Richmond’s Performing Arts Alliance is now part of Wolf Trap’s national early education affiliate network. The new partnership brings performing teaching artists into preschool classes in Richmond.
Wolf Trap artist Kofi Dennis has been working with kids and teachers at Richmond’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Preschool center over the last few days.
Dennis: “Actors, are you ready to help act out the story?”
He helped one class act out a lesson from the book Rainbow Fish. Teaching assistant Patricia Williams put on a shiny cape with shiny fish scales.
Dennis: “Please let’s hear your Rainbow Fish voice once you put it on.”
Integrating arts into other subjects has been shown to increase student test scores and improve language development.
Other master teachers like Dennis will continue to train and mentor Richmond teachers about how to incorporate more singing, dancing and theater into the classroom.