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Art in Early Childcare

 
Art is an essential aspect of any early childhood program. A well-planned art curriculum promotes skills and growth across all developmental domains, including cognitive, social, emotional, and physical domains. Young children are very creative, and enjoy using materials in the art center to express their ideas and learn with one another. Children should be encouraged to explore the materials in the art center of a classroom and simply enjoy what happens, rather than be focused on the outcome of their work of art.

Child development experts traditionally describe developmental goals and objectives as belonging to one of three broad categories: cognitive, socio-emotional, or physical. Art is unique in that it relates to all three of these categories. Making art builds children's self-esteem by allowing them to express what they are thinking and feeling, which in turn has a positive effect on their socio-emotional development. Cognitive skills are developed through simple activities like making a collage, as the child must plan and execute where to glue leaves and twigs to a piece of cardboard. And finally, the arm and hand movements required for painting or drawing on an easel, or the smaller movements of hands and fingers used to cut with scissors help to develop physical skills for young children. Creating art helps children develop hand-eye coordination, and use his or her brain to develop a piece of art from start to finish.

Creative art should be encouraged on a daily basis when it comes to early childhood care. Here are some helpful ideas for art activities in the classroom: 
  • String Painting - Dip short lengths of string into tempera. Place between a folded paper and pull.
  • Crayon Resist - Make crayon drawing on paper by pressing down heavy with crayon. Wash over with thin tempera paint.
  • Finger Painting - Use slick paper for project. Apply finger or whole hand approach.
  • Straw Painting - Use slick paper, drops of paint and blow with straws for a design.
  • Tissue Collage - Place pieces of torn tissue on a sheet of construction paper. Paint over with liquid starch. Allow to dry.
Utilizing art in the daily curriculum of early childhood classrooms will help young children develop skills and abilities they can apply to many other areas of life. Children will also develop an appreciation for art found in other cultures, and the ability to express their own thoughts and feelings in a unique way. Rather than focusing on the end result of a particular piece of art, the process of planning, preparing, and executing artwork provides multiple lessons all rolled into one, which makes art activities a great educational tool for all early child care providers.
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Child Development through Art
Article Courtesy of pbs.org
 
In recent years, school curricula in the United States have shifted heavily toward common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children. View Article  
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     Art Influences Learning          
         Article Courtesy of earlychildhoodnews.com
 
Much has been written about how art enhances creativity, imagination, and self-esteem, but far less is said about how art encourages cognition, critical thinking, and learning. Our current education system places great emphasis on academic development. As a result, arts programs are being reduced or even eliminated from classrooms to accommodate more didactic teaching methods. View Article 
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This Month's Trial Course: Fine Art in Young Children's Programs   
 
CCEI offers CCEI760: Rainbows and Rembrandts: Including Fine Art in Young Children's Programs as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of March.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the development of aesthetic appreciation of art in preschool children. In addition, the course will examine methods for bringing additional art experiences to the children through the use of expert resources, field trips and parental involvement.
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Art in School-Age Programs   
 

Afterschool programs are a great setting to promote and offer art opportunities. As the school day becomes increasingly focused on reading and math, there is less classroom time for the arts.

Young students in afterschool programs have more freedom and time to express themselves through various types of art. Afterschool programs can offer a wider variety of art activities then a typical classroom, and can allow students to develop new skills and understanding. As classroom time for the arts decreases, it's extremely important for afterschool programs to provide an outlet for young students to express themselves in unique ways.
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Alumni Profile
 
 
Angela Zaragoza
Hartford, CT

Angela began her career in early childhood after deciding to change career paths after working in retail for over eighteen years. She enjoys spending time with the children in her care during free play each day and seeing them explore with toys, while the children's favorite time of day is art time! Angela is motivated by seeing the children in her care learning and growing. She says, "I enjoy educating children and seeing how they grow, develop and explore the world around them. It's amazing to see them constantly learning and absorbing what they are being taught in the classroom!"
 
In her free time, Angela enjoys reading, and spending time with her two sons! She plans to continue taking classes with CCEI and further her education as much as possible, and hopes to receive her head teacher certificate in the near future. Angela recommends CCEI to everyone and says, "The field of early childhood is amazing, and I love going to work every day. Each day is different and I can't imagine doing anything else!"
 
Congratulations, Angela! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!
 
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