The Foundation for Discovery: DRAWN TO DISCOVER Grounds Creativity in Solid Research
“I am now of the opinion that children should first be taught the art of drawing before learning to write. Let the child learn his letters by observation as he does different objects, such as flowers, birds etc. and let him learn handwriting only after he has learned to draw objects.” – Gandhi
It may seem paradoxical or archaic, but teaching children proper drawing skills will better prepare them for success in the 21st Century. Drawn To Discover is a program that develops children’s fine motor skills, visual literacy, and creativity. These skills have been shown to improve cognitive development, reading and writing achievement, and keyboarding skills. In turn, children increase their confidence and learn how to better master their world.
With so many gimmicks out there targeting parents and children, it’s reassuring that there is an engaging activity for children that not only keeps their attention and brings joy, but provides research-proven benefits. As a parent, you can take comfort knowing that Drawn To Discover is rooted in solid research, incorporating proven techniques and strategies that have long-term benefits for your child. As dedicated educators and parents ourselves, we have grounded this program in valid, scientific evidence.
A Forum For Sharing
This blog is a forum for us to share the scientific foundation of Drawn To Discover as well as the latest research updates and insights. We want to help you stay informed of the best activities designed for your child. As a discerning advocate for your child’s success, you want to know that the time and money you are investing is worthwhile. This blog will help equip you with the information you need to make the best choices. You can also check out our research page for summaries of studies that guide our work.
Why Handwriting is Still Important
Building academic, career, and life-long success begins with a proper grip. Indeed, early handwriting instruction has been shown to:
- engage the brain’s motor pathways
- improve the quantity and quality of children’s writing,
- improve achievement in math, science, and reading, and
- help children better communicate their ideas.
As children improve their fine motor skills through Drawn To Discover, they also improve their visual literacy, creative thinking, and observation skills – all skills that better help them navigate the digital world of the 21st Century.
The Benefits of Drawn To Discover
Parents and teachers have reported seeing children bolster their ability to communicate thoughts, ideas, and emotions after working through this curriculum. Moreover, they have seen improved attention spans and the greater use of details in their drawing and in their writing – demonstrating richer observations and a higher vocabulary. Likewise, when compared with similar students who haven’t been exposed to this curriculum, teachers have seen higher achievement on state assessments of reading and writing.
This holistic program not only teaches children the motor skills to help them master their world, but also unlocks the child’s creative and intellectual potential. It’s like handing your child the keys to the kingdom and giving them the full tour.