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Understanding The Developmental Preschool- Art PDF Print E-mail
Written by TeacherLee   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 02:37

Creativity is messyWhen children take part in art activities, they are expressing themselves creatively and emotionally and are learning the fine motor skills needed for writing. The learning experience is in the process rather than in the product and the focus should not be on the end result, but on the learning that was achieved by reaching that goal. In my experience, too much adult direction can be frustrating for children. Open-ended art projects help children develop confidence and independence by giving them the opportunity to make decisions themselves.

Children will start off by holding the brush, writing instrument or tool with a fist and, through the guidance of the teacher and parent, progress through to the correct pincer grip needed for writing. Early on children will start by making abstract impressions on the paper. As they progress, they observe the cause and effect of this process and learn to manipulate their environment to achieve the results they want. Younger children learn through observing older children working at the art and creativity table.

I always recommend that parents ask open-ended questions about children’s art such as “Tell me about your picture”. This is a positive approach and allows the children to feel confident about what they have produced. It is remarkable that so much is learned through art. Color, shape, number and letter recognition are all learned here, and because creative freedom is so much fun children progress quickly. The art area gives children the freedom to explore and the word mess does not exist here. Making a ‘mess’ is part of the creative expression and helps the children learn how to make order out of chaos. It is also an important lesson in cleaning up.

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