Art to Enhance Our Curriculum

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By Renee Hennessy, Director of the Preschool

All of our Preschool classrooms are stocked with a variety of art materials.  Creating self-directed art is a hands-on activity that helps children learn in many ways.  By drawing, making collages and using watercolors to paint, children learn about shape, color, and texture.  They are practicing making decisions about what to create and what materials they will use.  Those fine motor skills are enhanced by cutting with scissors, holding a crayon, or sculpting clay.  When children observe what their friends are creating, they are learning to appreciate the artwork of others.  

New vocabulary words are introduced when they discuss their work with adults.  We use phrases like, “Tell me about your picture.”  Preschool-aged children often create things that are symbolic of something else – for example, something they have just built in the block center or a flower they just saw outside.  The practice of using symbols will become important when they are learning to read.  Art can also enhance science concepts when colors are mixed or children see how adding paint to water can create changes.  

Creating art in any form helps children develop their imaginations and practice many skills for learning. At the Preschool, our goal is to give children the confidence to express themselves through art and to feel a part of a creative community of learners whenever they make something new.  

Doughnuts With Dad!
Dads, don’t forget that you are invited to join your child for doughnuts on Friday, February 5th.  Please come to your child’s classroom right after carpool. For those dads new to the school, this event usually lasts 30-45 minutes. If Dad can’t make it, a grandfather, uncle, or favorite friend can drop in. Hope to see you there!

Book Nook
Our 2s love the snow! They love to explore the cold, the way snow molds in their hands, and the marks they can make in snow when walking, and especially making snow angels! They also love The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This 1963 winner of the Caldecott Medal is a timeless story with simple, bold text and whimsical collages. A young boy awakens to a world of freshly fallen snow and goes exploring. Keats captures the delight children feel in the simplest pleasures.