Partnering with UW-Madison’s Dance Therapy Program

Partnering with UW-Madison’s Dance Therapy Program

Over the course of six weeks, the Rainbow Room children traveled to the UW-Madison to learn with students in their dance therapy program. Each week, the children joined the UW’s Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy class so the college students could learn from, and with, the preschoolers.

Unplanned Music Provocation

Unplanned Music Provocation

We recently had an extremely generous donation come into the music studio. A parent from the Red Room asked if we would like his double bass (contrabass) since he no longer played. Of course, we said “Yes!” Unfortunately, shortly after it was donated, the neck joint came unglued and so the instrument was sitting off … Continue reading

Leaf People and Natural Treasures

Leaf People and Natural Treasures

“Look what I found! It’s a moon rock.” In the Purple Room, the class decided to go on a walk, or rather a treasure hunt, where the children were free to pick up anything they considered “treasure.” The only stipulation was that it had to fit inside their collection bag. In this way, the kids … Continue reading

Exploring the Language of Clay

Exploring the Language of Clay

To welcome in a new school year, the Gold Room spent time in the art studio using and exploring clay as we got to know one other. For some of us who were reacquainting, we shared stories about the goings on in our lives since we were together last. The children new to the school … Continue reading

Paint Puddles and Feet

Paint Puddles and Feet

This summer, the art experiences on the front playground have been mostly sensorial and kinesthetic in nature, and allowed for the children to explore the materials and mediums in a variety of ways with freedom and wild abandon. For the last Art experience on the front playground of the summer, the children were invited to … Continue reading

Preschool: A Smart Investment

Preschool: A Smart Investment

Preschool of the Arts is lucky to receive funding from the Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust. The grant money we receive goes directly towards supporting our tuition assistance efforts. Read more about the Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust. “Look! A squishy worm!” A small child lifts her mud-covered hand to show her teacher … Continue reading

The PSA Makerspaces

The PSA Makerspaces

Every summer PSA welcomes the return of a group of our alumni – children who attended PSA and have gone on to the big brave world of kindergarten, first, and second grade. Our alumni participants really enjoy returning to the familiar, nurturing environment of Preschool of the Arts. At the same time, these “big kids” … Continue reading

Imaginary Play

Imaginary Play

We have noticed a lot of Imaginary Play happening with the Red Room crew these last few weeks. This week in particular, it has been a huge hit among the children and a great joy for us teachers to observe. According to NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), Dramatic Play is, “an … Continue reading