For several years, PIP has partnered with the Early Childhood Center at Brooklyn College to provide our young pre-schoolers with a variety of engaging and interactive projects to help them develop socially, creatively, and cognitively. Our collaboration is an excellent example of the ways in which teachers and teaching artists can support one another to create unique and well rounded cirriculum for students. From puppet making to performances to new media play, such as animation, film, and sound recording, we hope to introduce a wide range of techiniques for students to experience, learn from and continue to explore.
The goal of this partnership is to foster learning through creativity, imagination and fun and to provide an artistic environment for the students to interact with each other in order to connect with new ideas, emotions and experiences.
Once a week classes of two, three and four year olds meet in the PIP Center for activities. The environment at the PIP Center is a unique ground for learning and engaging a student's imagination. The colorful nature of all the puppets and masks instantly widens their eyes and brings smiles to their faces.
Semesters focus on a story which students are able to inspect and analyze over a long period of weeks. We spent several months with Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern, a story based on an old Yiddish folktale about a man who lives in a house that is just too noisy. The story has many characters, most of whom are animals, that the students were able to pretend to be, make puppets of, and perform shadow plays about. Projects range from individual collage making to whole class animations and dance parties. Additionally, the Early Chlidhood Center holds an after-school program for pre-schoolers and school-aged students who participate in the same type of programming.