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									Teaching Literacy and Life
 Skills through the Arts
                 Social Skills
Developing social skills through a literacy/art program
                            Social Skills
              Adult students receive social skills training through:

• Art courses
 It is about is an integral part of
 Students learn the importance
 Teamwork building self-confidence
 of completing self-awareness.
 and increasing as adult students
 the art studiostasks, showing
 up on time, and respecting the
 work collaboratively on various
 skills and
 projects. talents of their peers.
 Adult students often take on the
 Students take pride in their facility
 role of teachers as they voluntarily
 and voluntarily assist with chores.
 assist their classmates who are
 learning new skills.

 Classes most important to both
 Perhaps at VSA arts are organized
 to make and staff are the part of
 students students feel like long- a
 community.
 lasting friendships that are formed.
                          Social Skills
             Adult students receive social skills training through:

• American Sign Language Classes
  Because all of our students are
  In addition to learning the language
  required to participate in ASL classes,
  itself, students in the ASL classes
  also and the of hearing students are
  deaf havehard chance to learn about
  Able to converse with their hearing
  deaf culture.
  peers.
  In the American Sign Language
  Through American Sign Language
           students hard of hearing
  classes, deaf and who were shy
  have opened the initiative to assist
  Students takeup as they discovered a
  their hearing peers.
  method of communication that works
  for them. We have seen several
  cases in which, after first learning how to communicate through ASL,
  students that were non-communicative began to open up and communicate
  through a combination of signs and speech.
Adult Basic Literacy
         Adult Basic Literacy
Art can be used to teach basic reading and writing skills




          Reading pictures and drawing words
         Adult Basic Literacy
Art can be used to teach basic reading and writing skills




          Reading pictures and drawing words
Numeric Literacy
Numeric Literacy


              • Student Store
               By reading independently
               and presenting to the
               class a review of what
               they’ve read, students
               receive play money which
               they use to purchase art
               supplies from our student
               store.
Numeric Literacy


              • Cooking
               Numbers can also
               be fun. In order to
               learn about fractions,
               students took to the
               kitchen to try their
               hands at cooking.
       Numeric Literacy

• Music & Dance




                  Counting of beats and
                  knowledge of rhythm are also
                  key elements in both the
                  music and dance classes.
            Numeric Literacy

                          • Art Sales
                          Students brush up on
                          their math skills by selling
                          their artwork.




What is learned in the
classroom is applied in
real life settings.
Reading Comprehension
   Reading Comprehension
         Students receive literacy training through:

   • Visual Arts
Interpreting poetry and fiction is a
key element of learning to read for
meaning.

Students learn to
interpret poetry
and fiction through
the use of
pictures,
paintings,
collages, and
various other
forms of art.
     Reading Comprehension
          Students receive literacy training through:

• Music & Dance

Words and music
are interpreted
in the form of
movement as
students
choreograph dance
routines to match
the lyrics and
the moods of the
songs they learn.
       Reading Comprehension
             Students receive literacy training through:

• Drama
Analytical reading is a
key component of the
VSA arts of Hawaii-
Pacific drama classes
as students learn to
take written words a
step further by acting
out their interpretations
of what they read.

Students are working on creating their own script and
producing their own play.
       Reading Comprehension
              Students receive literacy training through:
• A Weekly Literature Circle

 Although not art
 related, by having a
 weekly literature circle,
 we have noticed an
 increase in reading
 comprehension skills
 as well as an
 increased desire to
 read independently.
Life Skills

              • Vocational Skills
                In life skills classes, students learn
                how to search for jobs, how to fill out
                employment applications, and
                how to do job interviews.

                Students get hands-on training
                and work on projects such as
                searching through the newspaper
                for want ads that interest them,
                cutting out these ads, and pasting
                them onto sheets of paper to form
                job collages.
Life Skills

              • Vocational Skills
                Students get experience filling
                Students are given opportunities
                out job applications, applications
                to do practice interviews with each
                for post-secondary institutions,
                other and with the staff.
                and resumes.

                Students get hands-on training
                and work on projects such as
                searching through the newspaper
                for want ads that interest them,
                cutting out these ads, and pasting
                them onto sheets of paper to form
                job collages.
Life Skills

              • Basic Skills
                In computer literacy classes,
                Students also learn practical
                students learn basic write
                skills such as how to computer
                checks by designing to use
                skills, including how and filling out
                their own “mock” checks.to set
                Microsoft Word and how
                up an e-mail account.
                In order to learn how to address
                letters, students created postcards
                which they wrote messages on and
                mailed to each other.
     Literacy Through The Arts
Through our literacy through the arts classes, students focus on poetry, fiction,
autobiographical writing, employment literacy, numeric literacy, college prep
classes, and grammar. All exercises incorporate the arts as a vehicle for learning
literacy.
      Literacy Through The Arts
By teaching through the arts, we have discovered that students are a lot more
enthusiastic about learning literacy.
      Literacy Through The Arts
This desire to learn has been reflected in their CASAS scores. This past year,
approximately 40% of our students using the Reading: Life and Work series
progressed to the next level.
      Literacy Through The Arts
Our approach to teaching literacy has also been recognized and praised by: The
University of Hawaii College of Education, the Hawaii State Department of
Education, the U.S.D.O.E, the Hawaii State Department of Health, and case
managers, adult day programs, and adult education providers throughout the
state of Hawaii.
      Literacy Through The Arts
Our mission is to be able to reach as many adults with developmental or other
lifelong disabilities who have goals of bettering their lives or their careers and to
further enhance the symbiotic relationship of art and words.

								
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