“Drawn to Peace”
A peace education course for children portends to make a profound and enduring impact on the child’s life. It is in early childhood when students are forming their social and cognitive awareness to participate as positive productive members of groups. Helping children build their own esteem and appreciation of diversity, mindful of the interconnectedness of the group, gives children the ability to see they are woven into the fabric of the whole (a global citizen) and a part in understanding, forming, and preserving peace.
Our peace education course for children is inspired by the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drawn To Discover created the curriculum Drawn To Peace which explores the world influencers that promote peace. Drawn to Peace educates children about great people and moments in history with a focus on peace and prosperity rather than a frequent topic of history, war.
With our peace education course for children our mission is to teach peace, compassion, and positivity through fun and engaging lessons for children. This themes are woven throughout our entire Drawn To Discover curriculum and especially emphasized with Drawn To Peace. These lessons illuminate famous quotes and actions of historical figures focused on peace and goodwill. For example, one lesson focuses on King’s very important distinction that, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Our peace education course for children curriculum teaches through art lessons focused on important people and events in history with the following amount of thematic lesson focus:
- Confidence = 72%
- Self-discipline = 64%
- Patience = 60%
- Leadership = 56%
- Respect = 55%
Drawn to Peace is effective in supporting children’s social and emotional learning. This peace education course for children helps students resolve conflict, properly identify their feelings and communicate them respectfully. Studies have found that promoting emotional and social skills correlates with improved outcomes in students’ lives. A 2011 analysis of 213 Social Emotional Learning programs involving 270,034 kindergarten through high school students determined children demonstrated markedly better social and emotional skills, attitudes and behavior compared with a control group, as well as an 11-point gain in academic achievement percentiles.
Also in a recent study, researchers from Penn State and Duke looked at 753 adults who had been evaluated for social competency nearly 20 years earlier while in kindergarten: Scores for sharing, cooperating and helping other children reliably determined whether a person graduated from high school on time, earned a college degree, had full-time employment, lived in public housing, received public assistance or had been arrested or held in juvenile detention. The conclusions of the study were: “A kindergarten measure of social-emotional skills may be useful for assessing whether children are at risk for deficits in noncognitive skills later in life and, thus, help identify those in need of early intervention. These results demonstrate the relevance of noncognitive skills in development for personal and public health outcomes”. Dr. Mark Greenberg, a co-author of the study, said he was surprised by how much social competence outweighed other variables like social class, early academic achievement and family circumstances when it came to predicting outcomes. Dr. Greenberg said, “That tells us that the skills underlying what we’re testing — getting along with others, making friendships — really are master skills that affect all aspects of life.”
Childhood is when the foundation for future development is layed whether it’s in the domain of language, cognition, or social-emotional capacities – they all come into use more frequently and purposefully. This is the ideal time for a peace education course for children because as they progress with language, they use it to communicate their needs and wants, express their emotions, and verbally solve conflict. As children’s cognitive ability progresses and they are able to discern and see distinctions between themselves and others, they use their newly developed social skills to probe friendship-making. Because of these advancements in a child’s development, early childhood becomes a crucial time for developing the skills and capacities necessary for peace awareness, building, and preservation. Click here to learn more about our peace education course for children, Drawn to Peace.
“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.