Does your preschooler love to draw? Do you want to help your children learn to express themselves in a healthy, creative way?
Giving your child time to draw and practice art isn’t just a fun activity to do with them! Drawing and art-based lesson planning in educational environments can benefit a child in so many ways including creative self-expression.
Montessori preschool programs like the one at the Montessori Learning Centre work to help bring forth all of those benefits to truly enrich your child’s development; physically, socially, cognitively mentally, and emotionally. Keep reading to learn more!
What Is Art Provocation And How Does It Help Children?
Art provocation is an organized cue for artists to use and interpret their own way. In preschool, it can be used as a means of helping to understand a child’s perspective and learning to express their thoughts and feelings in a healthy, creative way.
During an art provocation, a parent or instructor will set up a place for the children, providing the necessary materials and the prompt. A prompt can be a question you ask, a short prompt or idea, or a prop of some sort.
If you’re doing this as a group, you’ll notice that many children have different interpretations of your prompt, the prop, or the questions you ask them. Otherwise, it’s actually best to give preschoolers individual prompts that can really excite them.
Creative Self Expression
When children scribbles on a piece of paper or draw something, that is their interpretation. Preschoolers often express themselves creatively. After all, self-expression is what art is all about.
When a child can create freely, without being told exactly what to paint and which colors to use, you can find out a lot about how they’re thinking, feeling, and developing. If a child uses certain colors and shapes in drawing more often, and you discover a patter, there is often something more than just preference behind it.
An educator or caregiver can really help a preschooler communicate better through drawing things. And, instead of asking or guessing what a child has drawn, have them explain it to you instead. Then, you can ask questions as to why they chose certain colors and shapes.
Other Benefits of Drawing And Art For Preschoolers
Creativity, specifically drawing, is incredibly important to a child’s development, in more ways than simply learning to draw. As mentioned, it also helps them to express things that they think or feel but can’t necessarily put into words. Let’s talk about some of the other benefits of drawing and art provocation for preschoolers.
Through drawing, a child can process their emotions. By using a prompt like, “draw what you’re feeling”, you can help a child to healthily process what they’re feeling, increasing emotional intelligence, and fostering all of this early, which is an extremely beneficial head start in life.
Individuality & Self Esteem
Through art provocation, whether it’s drawing or multiple types of art forms, you can foster self-awareness in a child. This crafts individuality, in certain shapes, colors, and artforms that a certain child is most drawn to. Through being creative, a child can really bring forth their true strengths as well.
Helps Focus And Concentration
Art is exciting and their interest can help a child to learn to focus and concentrate on the task at hand, which is something that will help them later on in their school years. When drawing, whether it’s free or prompted, a child must concentrate on how they will transfer what they have in their imagination onto the page.
Improves Fine Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination
Drawing can help children improve motor skills in a child’s fingers, hands, and wrists in preparation for writing. While drawing, they’re also exercising their shoulder and arm muscles too. Letting children draw also helps to develop good hand-eye coordination, and you will see this develop, as a child’s drawings become more precise with details.
Montessori-Based Drawing Activities To Inspire Creative Self Expression
Montessori schools use individualized lesson planning to bring out the strengths of each child. Through drawing and other art activities, you can help fortify a child’s development and confidence in their abilities. Here are some ideas.
This is perhaps the easiest activity you can do with preschoolers. This is where you can simply give them a drawing board or piece of paper and any kind of drawing materials like paint, crayons, etc. Then, simply let your preschooler draw whatever their heart desires and imagination can inspire.
Replication Using A Famous Painting
Have a setup of a famous painting for all the children to draw. See what colors and materials the children use and come up with from their imagination. During this time, remember that a child will not likely understand the meaning behind an art piece, and will interpret it their own way.
This is great for lesson planning for daycare or preschool. You can place a prop like a flower or use a prompt like “draw your favorite animal”, and then give your preschoolers the necessary colors and art supplies. Then, observe and get the preschoolers to tell a story about their painting afterward.
Getting Inspired By Nature
Go outdoors with your preschoolers or daycare class and collect items from nature like rocks, pinecones, flowers, and leaves. Then, get the children to use these items however they want in an arts and crafts activity. Take notice of what items each child has chosen and how they use them in their activity.
Bring Your Child To The Montessori Learning Centre For Individualized Lesson Planning
The basis of any lesson planning at Montessori Learning Centre is understanding every child’s perspective and observing them during activities. This is the best way to determine what a child is interested in, what their strengths are, and sometimes, where a child may require additional support. This helps the educator to create more individualized and personalized for every child.
So, instead of Montessori focusing on group teaching, educators at Montessori Learning Centre focusses on the unique needs of each child. So, for example, if a child is much more comfortable with free drawing than working on a replication, then the child is free to do so. But they are re-introduced to it later in a different way that may become more motivating and meaningful to the child.
At the Montessori Learning Centre, we work to observe, support and guide children to explore freely and discover within the parameters of what they are able to manage, always respecting the child’s own pace and yet implementing a variety of strategies through specific lesson planning to enhance the child’s learning experience. Our highly personalized approach in all areas of the child’s development and holistic approach brings enrichment to your child’s education and develops lifelong love for learning .
We offer high-quality programs for children ages 2 to 6 years. Contact us today to learn more about our preschool, daycare and kindergarten programs and how you can provide your children with a wonderful stepping stone into a life full of positive learning experiences.