Education


Teaching Artist Laura Schandelmeier shares Wolf Trap techniques 
with Ms. Kumar and her class.
Jul 17, 2017

Wolf trap Teaching Artists: Bringing the Arts into the Classroom

Some songs stay with you all your life. They may be simple, but they are unforgettable. Paige Hernandez starts singing one she learned more than 30 years ago, when she was a 4-year-old in a Baltimore Head Start classroom: “Friends, friends, 1, 2, 3 All my friends are here with me…” It’s a catchy tune, designed to put children at ease and get them in...

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Students from Woodrow Wilson High School shared the stage with local artists like Sylver Logan Sharp (left)*
Jun 28, 2017

From the Classroom to the Stage: Wolf Trap Honors and Elevates High School Teachers through Transformative Grants

It’s the beginning of the summer here at Wolf Trap, which means ushering in another season full of fantastic performances, both at the Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. And while the halls at Wolf Trap are buzzing with excitement about providing the community with a summer full of opportunities to enjoy the arts, Wolf Trap’s education programs continue to focus on fostering unique arts education...

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Teaching Artist Laura Schandelmeier shares Wolf Trap techniques 
with Ms. Kumar and her class.
May 09, 2017

Wolf Trap Teaching Artists: Bringing the Arts Into the Classroom

Some songs stay with you all your life. They may be simple, but they are unforgettable. Paige Hernandez starts singing one she learned more than 30 years ago, when she was a 4-year-old in a Baltimore Head Start classroom: “Friends, friends, 1, 2, 3 All my friends are here with me…” It’s a catchy tune, designed to put children at ease and get them in...

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Sharing Stories of Learning Through the Arts
Feb 06, 2017

Sharing Stories of Learning Through the Arts

At Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, we hear every day about the ways our Teaching Artists are making a difference in the lives of the children and teachers they serve. We’ve heard countless stories – like using the classic tale The Three Little Pigs to help children acquire and practice language skills and learn engineering concepts by playing the parts of...

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Seasons of Learning: 3 Easy Indoor Activities to Do With Young Children When Winter Strikes
Dec 02, 2016

Seasons of Learning: 3 Easy Indoor Activities to Do With Young Children When Winter Strikes

Has freezing rain turned everything to a sheet of ice? Is it so cold your face hurts the second you step outside? When winter brings its worst, it’s time to bring the fun indoors. Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through The Arts has a few tips for making winter a time of joyful, meaningful learning that you can share with your child: Snowbound? Recreate an...

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Training Our Newest Team of Teaching Artists
Nov 10, 2016

Training Our Newest Team of Teaching Artists

Remember the excitement you felt as a young child whenever you had an assembly at school? It felt like a special treat – being able to put your lessons aside, leave the classroom and take a journey to the auditorium or gymnasium for what seemed like an hour of pure fun. While you were there, captivated by a special presentation or honored guest, you were...

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Seasons of Learning: 3 Books to Keep Children Engaged This Fall
Nov 09, 2016

Seasons of Learning: 3 Books to Keep Children Engaged This Fall

The arts can be a great way to incorporate all of the sensory elements that autumn has to offer. Here are three books, along with a few easy arts-based activities, that can keep children thinking, exploring and discovering throughout the fall: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, by Julia Rawlinson A concerned and caring little fox is startled when the leaves on his favorite tree begin...

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The Art of Teaching
Sep 15, 2016

The Art of Teaching

Wolf Trap Institute Employs Creativity in the Classroom You’re racing toward an intersection on your way to work and the light turns from green to yellow. You’re too far away to make it through, so you stop. It’s a simple decision, one you make automatically, never missing a beat in the song on the radio that you’re singing along with. But the child on the...

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Stories of #WolfTrap Teachers
Sep 09, 2016

Stories of #WolfTrap Teachers

  “Last fall, I was privileged to work in a Loudoun County classroom with preschool children who have special needs. Ms. Laura, the classroom teacher, said her deepest wish was to find a way to reach one particular child – I’ll call him Michael. I had read about children like Michael, but in all my years of teaching I had never before encountered anyone with...

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Main St. Development Center 2011
Aug 19, 2016

A National Conversation on Learning Through the Arts

There’s an exciting conversation taking place in our country right now. And a powerful mix of people doing the talking—everyone from the First Lady to the U.S. Secretary of Education; from famous musicians to decision- makers on Capitol Hill; and from teachers and parents nationwide to all of us here at Wolf Trap....

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