Large and small muscle development and coordination are important aspects of every activity. Coordination of eye and hand movements follow as a child tries to control the crayon, brush, or marker in his hand to make marks that are meaningful to him. In dance and creative movement one learns control and coordination of the body is space. In these art forms kids learn to use their eyes, feet, and body at the same time. They develop control over eye muscles, an important first step in learning to read. “Free drawing” rather than coloring in the lines of a coloring book, will develop the skills needed for making the transition to writing letters and numbers.
It is proven that children, just like adults learn by doing. Learning concepts, language and skills are a foundation for reading, math and science. If it goes through the hands, feet, body through music and movement it goes through the brain.
Language & Literacy
Children learn through direct experience. As children talk about their art work, they are “reading” their picture. Writing a story is “written down talk”. Dramatic play and acting-out stories make stories come alive and are the very first steps of reading.
Creativity is the ability to see, make, or perform in a new way. Making something new, being creative means taking a risk to do that “some- thing new or different.” Making mistakes is a part of this process. Little Stars provides a safe environment to make these mistakes and continue to perform and grow confidence.
As children join Little Stars Preschool they will learn to share the materials, to accept other’s ways of doing art, and to enjoy being a part of the group. Children who feel free to make mis- takes and to explore and experiment will also feel free to invent, create, and find new ways to do things. The side benefit is that fostering creativity in an arts based environment is rewarding and fun and gives children a zest for imagining and learning to last a lifetime!