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We have a lot in store for you this year. Check back for more information soon. In the meantime, check out a few suggestions below from last year.

Incorporate arts integration at home!

posted Nov 10, 2014, 6:45 PM by Kensington Parkwood

1. Read a Poem a Day — help instill a love of poetry by reading aloud. Read works of current poets and famous poets of the past. Read long poems and short poems. Read rhyming poems and free verse.

2. Go on a neighborhood poetry walk. Stop at various points — the park, the street corner, a neighbor’s house and ask your child to write a sentence or two that describes what he or she sees. Back at home, your child can revise and shorten those sentences and turn them into a poem.

3. Show your child how to write an acrostic poem, in which the first letter of each line spells out his or her name, when read top to bottom. Once the child writes a poem based on his or her own name, they can write about family members, friends, or pets.

4. Read aloud a poem around the dinner table maintaining the rhythm. Tap out the beat using forks and spoons while you read.

5. Turn a poem into a rap song — make sounds “acoustics” to go along.

Try tableau at home!

posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:07 AM by Kensington Parkwood

Have family members make still images with their bodies to represent a scene. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Read a story together and identify a few important events. Discuss what is happening in the story and create a tableau for each event.
  • Look at a painting or an illustration of a historical scene that depicts a number of different characters. Then bring it to life by representing the characters with your bodies.
  • Discuss a favorite movie. Have some family members create a tableau based upon the moviewhile the others try to guess what the tableau represents.
  • Read together different newspaper reports of the same incident (or differing accounts of an historical event) and produce a tableau that incorporates as many of the view points as possible. Discuss how events may be communicated differently, based upon the observer’s point of view.
  • Kennedy Center Study

    posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:03 AM by Kensington Parkwood

    Read the latest Kennedy Center study (in which KP participated) which outlines findings about the impacts of arts integration on student creativity and engagement. Read more »

    Kids, do try this at home!

    posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:01 AM by Kensington Parkwood

    Try activities at home that highlight the arts, like stage a rap competition for who composes the best song about what's for dinner one night, enjoy color-themed breakfast once a week (for example, only blue food on Tuesdays), and ask your child to pick out their favorite character from a TV show and figure out what costuming or personality traits would make them a villain or hero (the opposite of the role they play on TV).

    BrainPOP Jr.

    posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kensington Parkwood

    Visit the BrainPOP Jr. or BrainPOP Espanol sites (or download a free app) — courtesy of your Kensington Parkwood PTA — for fantastic videos covering topics from math to music to art. Email us to obtain your login information.

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