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Preschool and Kindergarten Enrollment is Open!

Preschool and Kindergarten enrollment will open to the general public at 9 am on Saturday, February 10th for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment is not currently offered online, but the front desk staff is happy to assist you in enrolling your child in our programs.

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Why Art? 

A very good question. Think of “the arts” as art, music, dance, and drama. Not only is art fun, art is a perfect way to learn. Learning through the arts is a smart and fun way to enhance brain development, support individual learning, and help people prepare for success in school and in life. Arts-based learning is great for kids of all ages, but especially helpful for young children for reasons such as those listed here.

Physical Development

Large and small muscle development and coordination are important aspects of every art activity. Different muscles are exercised in different art activities. As the muscles are exercised, they grow stronger and the child gains better control over them.

Coordination of eye and hand movements improve as a child tries to control the crayon, brush, or marker with his hand to make meaningful marks. In dance and creative movement, children learn control and coordination of the body in space. In these art forms, a child learns to use her hands, eyes, feet, and body at the same time. She develops 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 letters and numbers.

Mental Development

Children learn by doing. Learning concepts, language, and skills are a foundation for reading, math, and science. If it goes through the hands, feet, body, it goes through the brain.

Language and Literacy

Children learn through direct experience what the word “texture” means as they handle cloth with different surfaces.

As children talk about their artwork, they are “reading” their picture. Writing a story is “written down talk.”

Dramatic play and acting out stories make stories literally come alive.

Thinking Skills

Art provides opportunities for making decisions and problem solving, no matter how many times a child has worked with the same medium.

Creative Development

Creativity is the ability to see, make, or perform in a new way. Making something new and being creative means taking a risk to do “something new or different.” Making mistakes is a part of this process. Scientific thinking and creativity are interrelated. Maya Angelou states, “You cannot use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Aesthetic Development

Aesthetic awareness involves helping children see, hear, and enjoy the beauty in their world. It improves the quality of learning and helps the creative process.

Social-Emotional Development

As children work in the Arts Center, they learn to share materials, to accept others’ ways of doing art, and to enjoy being a part of the group. Creating art affords the opportunity for release, whether in clay, woodworking, fingerpaint, sensory tables, the outdoors, or water play. Children learn to feel good about themselves as they learn they can do things well.

Children who feel free to make mistakes and to explore and experiment will also feel free to invent, create, and find new ways to do things. Grant the lasting gift of freedom to children—to make mistakes and learn from doing. Fostering creativity is rewarding and fun and gives children a zest for imagining and learning to last a lifetime.

Compiled by the director and faculty of the Lawrence Arts Center Preschool.