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Why is it important to teach Art in the early childhood classroom?


Young children feel a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in making art, whether they are modeling with clay, drawing with crayons, or making a collage from recycled scraps. This satisfaction comes from the control children have over the materials they use and the autonomy they have in the decisions they make. Deciding what they will make and what materials they will use may be the first opportunity children have to make independent choices and decisions.

Making art also builds children's self-esteem by giving them opportunities to express what they are thinking and feeling. When children participate in art activities with classmates, the feedback they give to each other builds self-esteem by helping them learn to accept criticism and praise from others. Art activities also help children practice important social skills like taking turns, sharing, and negotiating for materials.


Art and Cognitive Development

For very young children, making art is a sensory exploration activity. Exploring materials is very important because it is through exploration that children build knowledge of the objects in the world around them.

In the art classes I will be conducting with your children I will be using art reproductions and actual pieces of artwork. Reproductions of Masterpiece art provide children with another way of seeing and thinking about the concepts they are learning.

Through art activities, young children will develop abilities and skills that have application in many other areas of the curriculum. Most importantly, however, children will also develop an appreciation for the art of other people and cultures, and the confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings through art.


From the article: Art in Early Childhood: Curriculum Connections  By Jill Englebright Fox, Ph.D., and Stacey Berry, M.Ed.


Kim Mathis












Kristin F. Millson Ed. D


338 E. Lyman Avenue  Winter Park, FL 32789

NAC Accredited Preschool  near Orlando