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See how Moving Through Math children’s books, arts integration instructional materials, and videos benefit classrooms and STEAM education. Explore how Marcia Daft has been working with students, teachers, and artists across the United States for over 25 years.



National Science Teachers Association Review for “Caterpillar to Butterfly”

August, 2011  |  National Science Teachers Association

National Science Teachers Association review praises this PreK-2 STEM arts integration program for its engaging combination of science, music, and dance. Integrated audiovisual support is often hard to find, and Caterpillar to Butterfly would be appreciated by any preschool or primary teacher.

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Teaching the Music of Language at Cattell Elementary School

February, 2018  |  Des Moines Public Schools

Arts integration expert Marcia Daft brings the PreK-6 program The Music of Language to Des Moines Public Schools. Daft is a noted arts educator with a client list that stretches from sea to shining sea. She’s serious about changing education.

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The American Biology Teacher Reviews “Caterpillar to Butterfly” DVD

March, 2012  |  The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher reviews Moving Through Math K-2 STEM arts integration DVD Caterpillar to Butterfly: Adventures in Science, Music and Dance. "This DVD is beautifully photographed, easy to use, highly engaging, interactive, and scientifically accurate."

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“Meadow Count” Wins Creative Child Magazine 2012 Book of the Year Award

December, 2012  |  Creative Child Magazine

Moving Through Math STEM arts integration children’s book for PreK – kindergarten, Meadow Count, wins 2012 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine.

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“Clap, Drum and Shake It!” Wins Creative Child Magazine 2013 Book of the Year Award

December, 2013  |  Creative Child Magazine

Moving Through Math STEM arts integration children’s book for ages 4-8, Clap, Drum, and Shake It! is named 2013 Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine.

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How Does Arts-Integrated Instruction Impact Analytical Seeing, Geometry, and Spatial Reasoning?

January, 2014  |  Waterloo District Research Paper

Research study on PreK-5 STEM arts integration program Moving Through Math and how its lessons deepen learning and develop conceptual reasoning. Arts Integrated Instruction Impacts Analytical Seeing, Geometry, and Spatial Reasoning.

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Mississippi Classrooms Work to Integrate the Arts

June, 2008  |  Delta Democrat Times

Moving Through Math helps local educators integrate chanting to teach literacy, dance to demonstrate scientific processes, and movement to teach math.

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Founder Marcia Daft on CBS News

January, 2011  |  CBS News

Marcia Daft's Moving Through Math program integrates music, movement, and drama with elementary mathematics - with dramatic effects on student learning.

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Moving Through Math Research

January, 2013  |  Marcia Daft

Moving Through Math is a research-based teaching approach—integrating movement, social learning, discussion and reflection into the standard math curriculum. This arts integrated math program and engages all learning modalities.

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16th Annual Summer Institute for Educators

June, 2016  |  Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Arts integration program, Moving Through Math, trains teachers and administrators from Maui and Moloka‘i schools at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in June 2016.

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Artists as Education Consultants

February, 2009  |  Education Week

Founder Marcia Daft’s journey to becoming a teaching artist and how integrating music, dance and dramatic play revolutionized the classroom environment.

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Arts at Cattell: DMPS-TV News

February, 2018  |  Des Moines Public Schools

Arts integration expert and The Music of Language founder Marcia Daft works with educators and students in Des Moines to teach English through the arts. We stopped by Cattell Elementary School to see a workshop with 5th graders.

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“Caterpillar to Butterfly” Wins Family Review Center Gold Award

January, 2012  |  Family Review Center

Moving Through Math arts integration DVD “Caterpillar to Butterfly” awarded for its hands-on, creative, and interactive approach to children’s STEM education. "No longer is learning confined to a book and paper/pen approach, but taken beyond what can be learned behind a desk."

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“Caterpillar to Butterfly” Wins Creative Child Magazine 2011 DVD of the Year Award

December, 2011  |  Creative Toy Award

Creative Child Magazine names Moving Through Math STEM arts integration program “Caterpillar to Butterfly” winner of 2011 DVD of the Year Award.

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Mathematical Association of America Reviews “Meadow Count”

January, 2013  |  Mathematical Association of America

This read aloud arts integration book for children ages five and under gets thumbs up in this review from the Mathematical Association of America. Math through the arts? MAA reviewer Moby Snoodles approves!

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Old Schoolhouse Review for “Caterpillar to Butterfly”

August, 2011  |  The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine calls this PreK-2 arts integration STEM DVD “stunning” while children’s “enthusiasm and cooperation are contagious.” Daft developed the project for children ages 4- 8, but it's easy to see how the age range could be stretched on both ends of the spectrum.

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Performing Teachers Take the Arts to Preschoolers

June, 2001  |  San Diego Union-Tribune

Moving Through Math arts integration expert Marcia Daft works with California students and educators on ways to integrate the arts into daily STEM education. A Master's degree from the University of Chicago, piano study in Salzburg, Austria, and the lessons she developed for the Smithsonian give Marcia Daft the resume to come cross-country to teach preschoolers for a week.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Arts Integration & The Common Core

March, 2013  |  University of Northern Iowa

Research study by the University of Northern Iowa examining the relationship between arts teaching strategies and classroom curriculum, specifically mathematics.

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Mathematical Association of America Reviews “Clap, Drum, and Shake It!”

January, 2013  |  Mathematical Association of America

This fun and impactful arts integration book for children ages 4-8 gets thumbs up in this review from the Mathematical Association of America!

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National Geographic Endorsement

September, 2011  |  National Geographic Kids Magazine

Children’s STEM arts integration program “Caterpillar to Butterfly” DVD is recognized for its “delightful blend of music, movement, art, and nature footage.” Art and science elements combine to tell the science of metamorphosis, skillfully presenting the magic of nature.

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“Caterpillar to Butterfly” Wins 2012 Omni Intermedia Awards

December, 2012  |  Omni Intermedia Awards

Moving Through Math arts integration DVD was recognized by this international award for outstanding television, video, film, and animation productions. This project received two silver awards in the children's and educational categories.

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National Parenting Center 2011 Seal of Approval Winner

March, 2011  |  The National Parenting Center

Moving Through Math arts integration DVD “Caterpillar to Butterfly” is recognized for innovative teaching techniques in science, music and movement. This creativity and uniqueness of the program really impressed testers.

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Portsmouth Schools Link Learning and Art – With a Little Extra Help

April, 1997  |  The Virginian-Pilot

Moving Through Math founder and arts integration expert, Marcia Daft’s unique blend of music, movement and drama makes PreK-K learning “fun with sugar on top.” In addition to leading classroom exercises, Daft also held an after-school workshop on weaving music into academic lessons.

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The Beat of a Different Drum

February, 2010  |  E-Town News

Moving Through Math arts integration program deepen children’s understanding of math and science by bringing music, dance and drama into STEM classrooms. Look inside arts integration in Enid public schools with Marcia Daft.

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The Artist Residency in a Preschool Classroom

October, 2009  |  Wolf Trap

Founder Marcia Daft captivates young learners using arts integration education techniques including music, movement, and dramatic play. A classically trained pianist, she has recently worked in Greece and England doing a similar program to the one that occupies her thoughts today.

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School Library Journal Reviews “Caterpillar to Butterfly”

December, 2011  |  School Library Journal

The School Library Journal praises Moving Through Math’s STEM arts integration DVD for its “fascinating, unique approach to teaching” PreK-2 students. Marcia Daft uses the technique of arts-integrated instruction in this DVD to educate viewers about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly.

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STEM Moving Through Math Waterloo Flyer

January, 2013  |  Waterloo School District

Moving Through Math arts integrated STEM program deepens Waterloo children’s understanding of math through music, dance, and drama. The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at the University of Northern Iowa partners with the Waterloo Community School District since 2008 to address STEAM education.

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Teachers Testing Musical Math Equations

July, 2013  |  Focus Maui

Marcia Daft, the founder of Moving Through Math, helps Maui PreK- 6th grade teachers bring arts integration techniques to math education. Can music help teach children to add, subtract, multiply and divide? Yes!

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Teaching the Teachers

February, 2008  |  Delta Democrat Times

Founder Marcia Daft helps local teachers bring music, movement, and dramatic play into the classroom using arts integration techniques. This helps teachers connect with their students in increasingly difficult learning environments.

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Theory Uses Music and Movement to Teach Math

October, 2007  |  Northwest Arkansas Times

Moving Through Math founder Marcia Daft helps Arkansas educators bring arts integration programs into STEM classrooms. 3rd grade students learned to squat, jump and twist their way to figuring out multiplication problems!

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Artful Teaching Integrates Creative Concepts into Old School Subjects

October, 2018  |  Juneau Empire

STEM arts integration program, Moving Through Math, helps Juneau School District teachers bring music, dance, and dramatic play into their elementary math education.

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Third-Graders Get Rhythmic Lesson In Multiplication

October, 2007  |  The Morning News

Moving Through Math helps elementary school educators teach multiplication in ways all students can understand using music and movement. Fayetteville schools and Walton Arts Center team up to integrate the arts with STEM instruction.

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Booklist Online Reviews “Caterpillar to Butterfly”

July, 2011  |  Booklist Online

Booklist Online reviews arts integration STEM program “Caterpillar to Butterfly” where children explore the butterfly life cycle through music, dance and drama. Marcia Daft performs music and motions that mimic those of the egg, larva, pupa, and adult butterfly.

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Waterloo Teachers Use Rhythm to Teach Math

February, 2011  |  Waterloo & Cedar Falls Courier

Moving Through Math helps early learning and elementary school educators teach important math fundamentals using music, movement, and drama. When a teacher only talks at the board, children who learn best through movement, music, and social interaction are losing out.

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