There are so many ways for children to access art both at preschool and at home. There is so much your child can learn from art. We can work together as partners to provide your child with art opportunities that will benefit their overall development. We can support different areas of your child’s development through art. Art promotes fine-motor, language, social-emotional and cognitive development. Art experiences give children the chance to understand the properties of materials. We should give children the opportunities to explore materials and combine different media. The more they understand the material, the more possibilities there are. Fine-motor development is supported through drawing, painting and sculpting. Description and use of new words guide language development through art.
Our role is to comment on your child's actions. When it is appropriate, we can suggest variations. Children should be encouraged to dictate what they create and reflect on their work. This builds their self-esteem and promotes healthy social-emotional development. Art also fosters cognitive development through activities that solidify cause and effect, reasoning, and analysis. Group work provides opportunities for children to brainstorm and create together. It allows them to share their creations with the larger group or community.
Art at our center
Your child accesses art experiences every day at our center. These range from more exploratory activities to more structured activities. These activities include drawing, painting, sculpting and much more. Oftentimes, art activities get messy. We will do our best to keep your child’s clothes clean, but we ask that you dress your child in clothes that can get messy. We really appreciate this because it allows the children to truly engage in art experiences and reap all of the benefits. The art experiences that your child will engage in will focus on the process of art rather than their final products. If we place too much emphasis on the product, your child’s creativity may be stifled.
Art at home
Art experiences can happen at home just as they do in the classroom. You can create an area or areas for your child to create, display, and store their art work and materials. You can use encouraging phrases like we do in the classroom to encourage your child’s focus on the process rather than product of their work. For example, you can say, “Tell me more about your drawing” rather than, “I like the fish you drew.” This encourages your child to think about how they feel about their work and it gets them to use their own words to describe their work. It is important to focus not only on your child’s work, but also to expose them to others’ artwork. You can talk about art in books, on display in your home, and at museums.
Together we can provide your child with art opportunities that will benefit their creativity and overall development!