A Thought for Thursday: How Should We Teach Creative Thinking? Ask a Four-Year-Old

The following article of mine originally appeared in Teacher’s Net Gazette in November 2011. How Should We Teach Creative Thinking? Ask a Four-Year-Old  By Abigail Flesch Connors Young children are the “experts” when it comes to creative thinking. Here are some tips I’ve learned from the young children I’ve taught to foster creative thinking in students […]

A Thought for Thursday: The Sound of Creativity

This article of mine originally appeared in “Teaching Music,” a publication of the National Association for Music Education, in 2010. The Sound of Creativity: Helping Children Develop Creative Thinking Skills Using Rhythm Instrument Activities Abigail Connors Today more than ever, our fast-changing world depends on creative thinking. Yet teaching creative thinking is not a priority […]

A Thought for Thursday: Where Does Music Come From?

Many young children think that music comes from CD players and radios. I wrote this article (which originally appeared in TEMPO, the magazine of the NJ Music Educators Association, in October 2009) to help teachers help young children to develop an  understanding of the elements of music. Where Does Music Come From?: Teaching the Elements […]

A Thought for Thursday: How to Help Children Stay Creative

This article of mine originally appeared on the site Creativity Portal: How to Help Children Stay Creative By Abby Connors Picasso famously stated, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Anyone who lives or works with young children knows they truly are artists, buzzing with creativity, […]

A Thought for Thursday: When to Start Formal Music Lessons

  This article of mine appears in the new (August 2014) issue of New Jersey Family. Play Dates What’s the right age to begin music lessons? BY ABIGAIL CONNORS One of my most vivid childhood memories is running home after my weekly piano lesson so I could try out my newest piece on my home […]

A Thought for Thursday: Where Does Music Come From?

This article originally appeared in TEMPO Magazine, the magazine of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, in October 2009. Where Does Music Come From?: Teaching the Elements of Music to Young Children Using Rhythm Instruments Rhythm instruments play a unique role in the development of young children’s musicality. When students are tapping on drums, shaking […]

A Thought for Thursday: Summer Resolutions

This article of mine appears in the July issue of Teachers Net Gazette. What are your summer resolutions? A Teacher’s Summer Resolutions By Abigail Flesch Connors I know! Summer isn’t resolution time! Summer is for chilling out and kicking back, not for getting all serious and resolution-y! But I have to confess, I’m a natural-born resolution-maker, […]

A Thought for Thursday: How Music Sets the Tone for Learning

  This article of mine appears in the current issue of “Teaching Young Children”: ABBY CONNORS I’m clapping to the beat as we begin music time. Soon Nyra, Mason, and Aditya are clapping, too. Sophia pats the floor to the beat. While Sophia responds to the music differently from the other children, she too is […]

A Thought for Thursday: Creativity Boosters

This article of mine originally appeared in New Jersey Family. Creativity Boosters  By Abigail Connors When my children were preschoolers, a typical day included a “vacation” behind the living-room couch (complete with backpack “suitcases” filled with toys), my 4-year-old interviewing the cat (using her tail as a microphone), and performance art involving everything from leaves and […]

A Thought for Thursday: “Shake Up Your Curriculum With Rhythm Instruments”

This article of mine originally appeared in Early Childhood News: ”Shake Up” Your Music Curriculum With Rhythm Instruments! By Abigail Connors  As an early childhood professional, you’re well aware of the seemingly insatiable need of children to express themselves by making noise – a lot of noise! Rhythm instruments provide a uniquely effective way to […]