Early childhood is a time of vast cognitive development for children and educating through a structured drawing preschool curriculum provides a flexibility in the process that enhances a child’s learning progression. An effective drawing preschool curriculum taps the talents of a child rather than simply providing a guidance. A drawing preschool curriculum should thus be rooted in research and science to optimize student outcomes (see our blog discussion on Visual Literacy). When researchers and educators collaborate to develop a scientific based curriculum, it embodies the critical factors and developmental skill sets a child needs in overcoming their shyness and gain self-confidence.
Our drawing preschool curriculum is centered on helping a child to learn about the proper pencil grip and paper placement along with how to draw straight, curved and diagonal lines, use crayon colors, and change pressure on the writing device. Skills developed in this course include specialized movement of the hands, wrists, and fingers. Holding and manipulating writing devices is one of the best ways to develop a child’s fine motor skills. An effective drawing preschool curriculum delivers instant visual feedback to a child that changes depending on the device (pencil, crayon, etc) a child uses and how he or she uses it. This feedback guides a child in identifying the best ways to produce their desired outcome.
Our drawing preschool curriculum enables a child to understand concepts like distance, size comparison, and textural differences in a deliberate way and problem solve creatively. When a child draws specific items in relationship to each other they can then perform fundamental visual analysis as they establish the concepts of concentration and practice. Harnessing awareness of small details, concentrating on achieving a specific result, and practicing what for a child are challenging tasks helps a child mature.
Along with developing fine motor skills, our drawing preschool curriculum enables a child to draw connections between what he or she sees and what he or she does. The outcome is the familiar phrase of pride often heard from a child of “Look what I made!” When a child learns to express their imagination, thoughts, and experiences, in drawing, their cognitive processes increase and they gain confidence. This positive affirmation will help a child’s self-confidence in other areas that may not come as naturally as drawing. It’s also worth noting children can’t always express themselves using words and thus drawing can be one of their key communication pathways. A child’s thoughts and feelings can be reflecting in their drawing and when child can express what they feel – they’re boosting their emotional intelligence.
“Visual literacy is the ability to comprehend and communicate through imagery.” Our mission is to develop visual literacy through fine motor skill development and academic drawing lessons. Visual literacy goes hand-in-hand with fine motor skills such as drawing and handwriting. A key aspect to developing visual thinking in children is this connection between the brain and the body, especially the fingers and thumb. When children develop fine motor skills through drawing and handwriting, they establish important neural pathways that strengthen learning (James & Engelhart, 2012; Li & James, 2016) and they gain mastery over their environment (Horn & Giacobbe, 2007; Leigh, 2017). When these skills are developed effectively, children can improve their language development and reading and writing abilities.