Program Spotlight: Early Learners
on January 25, 2018 in Early Learners
Program Spotlight: Momentum Early Learners
With the belief that children at every age should have a chance to experience the joy of dance, Momentum has created a program specifically for pre-Kindergarten populations. In partnership with Columbus City Schools’ Department of Early Childhood Education, the Early Learners pilot program began in 2017 with a goal to deliver quality dance instruction by developing a classroom curriculum tailored to three to five year olds. For 2018, Early Learners has expanded to eight Columbus City Schools and will serve 140 children this year.
Pre-kindergarten classes, including those students with special needs, meet with Momentum instructors and piano accompanists for weekly one-half hour sessions during the school day. Susan Powers, Momentum’s Early Learners Lead Instructor and Curriculum Specialist, has incorporated Momentum’s teaching methods into an Early Learners curriculum. An experienced educator and highly trained dance instructor, Susan has a firm understanding of educational development and early childhood dance practices. Janine Lawson, Momentum’s Managing Artistic Director, is the director of the program and leads classes alongside Susan, assistant instructors, and music accompanists.
To best serve these young learners, instruction is simple and at a moderate pace, while still capturing the energy and the spirit of Momentum’s methods. Early Learners lessons include creative movement stories which inspires dancers to use their imagination to create movement. The class integrates many elements of spatial awareness and movement experiences that meet National Core Dance Standards and Ohio Early Learning Standards.
The Early Learners program is designed to put children on a path toward leading successful, healthy lives through the power of the arts at the earliest opportunity. As in all Momentum programs, Early Learners strives to teach excellence that will extend to children’s’ other activities, both in and out of school, and throughout their lives.
Current Early Learners Program Sites:
Columbus Spanish Immersion
Ecole Kenwood French Immersion