For many people, when they think back to their favorite early learning experiences, they think of arts-related activities. The arts surround us in everything we hear, see, and feel and provide emotional context for experiences that heighten awareness and deepen learning. This course is designed to give teachers an understanding of the relationship between the arts and early literacy learning. Teachers will learn what the arts are, why they are important, how they contribute to a child’s social-emotional, cognitive, creative, and psychomotor learning, and how they can be a part of every day literacy instruction. With easy-to-use, tried and true models, teachers will discover how to intentionally plan arts activities and lessons to deliver classroom content, and embrace arts-based strategies as effective and powerful learning tools.