I ran across the article today and thought it was worth republishing. This article originally published on Parents.com. Decode Your Child’s Drawings Artwork is filled with insights into your kid’s mind — if you know what to look for. By Martin T. Stein, M.D. from Parents Magazine Children love to draw, and their work is a reflection of their inner world. Most kids don’t think about or censor their artwork. For the past 40 years, I’ve used children’s drawings as an important part of my pediatric practice. At each well-child visit beginning at 4 or 5 years old, our nurse asks
This article originally published on: Want to improve your kids’ writing? Let them draw By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra We might see drawing as a bit of fun, but the contribution to learning is more than we might think Shutterstock We love our kids’ first drawings. They draw before they write, so their drawings seem somehow miraculous in those early years – their first communication that is permanent and there for all to see. Preschool is all about drawing and painting. Large canvasses of abstract finger paintings give way to recognisable broad stroke figures, houses, and sunny skies.
When I created this website, I wrote this slogan for myself: “What our children create today shapes our future for tomorrow”. This article I ran across today describes exactly that. It’s so important that our children create: drawing & painting, writing, music, any creative process that is of interest to them. What they create does not matter, just that they CREATE period. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Here is the introduction to the article… Education minus art? Such an equation equals schooling that fails to value ingenuity and innovation. The word art, derived from an ancient Indo-European root
Drawing and Painting are the most basic means of creative expression for any human being and nurturing that desire in our children is imperative. I truly feel that as a Mom, I am my daughter’s first teacher, not only in Art, but in everything. It is my obligation and privilege to show her new things, bring new experiences to her world and share with her endless possibilities that lie ahead for her in this life. As an Artist, it was natural for me to want to draw and paint with her from the time she was old enough to finger