When we connect children to their hands, we enable them to discover and create independently. The education system has been criticized for it’s cookie cutter curriculum and production of young adults who do not think for themselves. Further than definitions, dates, and equations, we must encourage children to think creatively and use their imagination. I always tell my kids, to draw something is to discover something about something. At Drawn to Discover, we teach a broad curriculum of science, math, art, peace and engineering with a correct pencil grip and fine motor skill development. When children are given the power of the right pencil grip and handwriting capabilities, they are able to express themselves and their ideas.
We engage all of the senses when we learn to draw. Drawing things by hand on a variety of topics creates more connections to information and develops fine motor skills along the way. What we are fostering are experiential links in a child’s brain, and one of the best pathways is through their fingers. Research shows there are clear connections in the circuitry of the brain between areas controlling fine motor skills and areas controlling cognition. The brain develops at exceptional speed in children and motor skills are a proven indicator of future math and reading success. Honing fine motor skills engages the hands which engages the brain as an extension.
The more active children are with their hands, the more active their brains are. When children apply their hands in the process of discovery and creativity they access their full range of sensory potential and develop a sense of self. We have found that children can and enjoy accessing all of their senses. Their desire to learn is inherent and ever expanding.
Art, science, and discovery develops imagination and creativity. At Columbia University, Judith Burton’s study of more than 2,000 children found that “those in an arts curriculum were far superior in creative thinking, self-concept, problem-solving, self-expression…and cooperation than those who were not” (Jensen, Eric). Drawing activates the brain and encourages creativity.
Albert Einstein said that “the true sign of intelligence is imagination.” We give children the ability to think, create, and discover. A favorite student of mine, Trevor Wagner, once said, “Miss Wendy, I like to hunt and fish. I like to be outdoors. For instance, say I’m out on a boat and I see a great blue heron, I could pull out my phone and take a picture but if I draw it, it makes me wonder where it’s been and where is it going.” Drawing is a tool that fosters imagination and learning.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
~Caleigh Cramer and Miss WEndy
Reference Source: “Art With the Brain in Mind” by Eric Jensen