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April 20, 2018

Is Dance as Important as Math?

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April 18, 2018

Before a lecture, Sir Ken Robinson tweeted out the title, “Why Dance is as Important as Math in Education.” He was met with some support, but also quite a bit of push back. One tweet simply said, “Ken, dance is not as important as math.” Here’s how he explained his rather controversial lecture subject: “I’m not arguing against mathematics — it’s an indispensable part of the great creative adventure of the human mind…Instead, this is an argument for equity in educating the whole child. I’m talking about the equal importance of dance with the other arts, languages, mathematics, sciences and the humanities in the general education of every child.

Some people have long understood that dance is an essential part of life and education. In Dance Education around the World: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change, researchers Charlotte Svendler Nielsen and Stephanie Burridge bring together recent studies of the value of dance in all kinds of settings: from Finland to South Africa, from Ghana to Taiwan, from New Zealand to America. The low status of dance in schools is derived in part from the high status of conventional academic work, which associates intelligence mainly with verbal and mathematical reasoning. The studies collected by Nielsen and Burridge explore how a deeper understanding of dance challenges standard conceptions of intelligence and achievement and show the transformative power of movement for people of all ages and backgrounds. Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in schools disrupted by violence and bullying.”   Source: “Why dance is just as important as math in school,”by Sir Ken Robinson, March 21, 2018, IDEAS.TED.COM



This Week at a Glance

Walking in the hallway

Parent Handbook Highlight

Happy Birthday


Activity Calendar

And last, but not least . . .!



Walking in the hallway

Thank you for your support with the running/walking. I hear many of you reinforcing this rule with your children. I also hear children reinforcing the rule with their friendsJ



Parent Handbook Highlight

Field Trips

Field Trips allow staff and children the opportunity to take advantage of the rich culture that the Twin Cities has to offer. Trips to local parks, museums, zoos, fire and police stations while using public transportation, adds to the growing and learning of our preschoolers. Infant and toddler classrooms will take walks using the buggies around the neighborhood and local parks.

Field trips will be announced at least one week in advance through permission slips which need to be signed and returned to your child’s teacher.

Parents are invited to participate in their child’s field trips.  If you are interested, you need to talk with your child’s teacher so arrangements can be made.  If there is an entrance fee, you are asked to pay for that yourself.  If you have given approval for your child to attend a field trip where tickets need to be purchased in advance (e.g. a theatrical production), and your child does not attend, you will still be charged that amount.  Any unpaid field trip fees will be assessed to your child’s tuition bill at the end of the week.

Parents are responsible for having their child to MetroKids in ample time to attend field trips.   If your child does not arrive at the center by the scheduled leave time for a field trip you are responsible for dropping your child off at the field trip site or finding alternative care for your child(ren) until your child(ren)’s class has returned to the center.



Happy Birthday

April 23 – Happy 5th Birthday, Soledad!




Please join me in welcoming Parker Gass and parents Shawna and Jeremy to Little Lambs. Proud grandma of Parker is Susie!!




MetroKids Activity Calendar

Little Lambs – Theme – Weather and Spring

Leap Frogs – Theme – “Breath, Just Breath”

Busy Bears – Theme – Community Helpers

Rockin’ Robins –Theme – Weather





And last, but not least . . .!

This past week, I have had the opportunity of spending quite a bit of time with the infants. It is such a joy to watch how fast the babies develop. The joy of watching them interact with bubbles, to their excitement when Jazmine took out the musical instruments and watching them rush to “join in the band”. The content of tummy time to watching them confidently walk across the room. These moments happen so quickly and don’t last long before the next milestone…what a gift to take the time to appreciate the joy.

Thank you for sharing your little ones with us!