Why is it so important for young kids to do art?
Practicing art is a HUGE part of your child’s development. With school systems moving more toward core subject emphasis and away from free thinking art and music it is important that the kids get time somewhere to create.
We are lucky that we are able to homeschool and live in a very relaxed stated with little rules to follow on homeschooling. But if you aren’t, it is important to still make room for it.
Art helps children develop…
Motor Skills – There are so many skills learned and practiced through art. Cutting, tearing, grasping, hand control are just a few!
Language Development – Art gives an opportunity to learn new words such as shapes, colors, direction, movements. It also gives the child an opportunity to tell about their creation using descriptive words. I was always taught not to ask a child “What is this picture?” but ask them “Can you tell me about your picture?” The simple change in words encourages the child to describe the picture using colors, shapes, etc… instead of just replying “It’s a ball”. It also help their self esteem so they are not disappointed that you can’t see what they see.
Making Choices – During their art experiences, a child has so many choices that they can make all on their own. It is an important step in growing up! Even better, their choices are safe. There is no big responsibility or liability that comes from these kind of choices, but the fact that they can make them without any adult influence is a great practice. What color they uses, design, pattern, etc… is all up to them!
Cultural Awareness – Through creating art and observing others art children learn differences in shape, size, color and more about the people around them. They can learn to be diverse in their thinking and acceptance of others.
Enhancement of Core Subjects – All the pluses that art gives,it is only common sense that it will help children improve those subjects also! They are able to create an image of what they read, draw out a math problem to give visual aide in solving it, improved writing due to extra practice. The possibilities are endless!!!
Most Importantly, art will give kids a sense of ownership in something. It can be a great tool to encourage struggling learners and encourage their self esteem. I have a child who thrives in art but struggles in other areas. It is an opportunity for her to succeed in an area.
It gives a child the opportunity to imagine, pretend, and create!
I was lucky enough to have discovered FunShine Express when my children were young. We have homeschooled since preschool and have used this program for each of them. They put such a great emphasis on art and creativity. This week my youngest has had so much fun making her very own artistic creations and displaying them all over the house! Here are a few of her work from January’s Fireflies kit.