Arts-Based Strategic Learning Philosophy
Arts-Based learning stimulates and develops imagination and critical thinking. It strengthens problem solving skills and nurtures important values such as team building, respecting alternative opinions, and appreciating different cultures and traditions. Creative learning also inspires mathematics, cognitive development and reading comprehension skills with our preschoolers at Imagination Station.
Why "The Arts"?
Learning through “the arts” is a smart and fun way to enhance brain development, support individual learning, and help students prepare for success in school and in life. Arts-based learning is great for kids of all ages, but especially helpful for young children for the reasons listed below:
Musccle development and coordination are important aspects of every activity. As the muscles are exercised, they grow stronger and the child gains better control over them. Coordination of eye and hand movements follow as a child tries to control the pencil, crayon, brush, or marker in his or her hand to make marks that are meaningful. They develop control over eye muscles, an important first step in learning to read.
As children work together, they learn to share the materials, to accept other’s ways of doing things, and to enjoy being a part of the group. Children learn to feel good about themselves and each other as they learn that they possess the power to do things. “The arts” encourage children to invent, create and find new ways to do things. It gives children a zest for imagining and learning that will last a lifetime.
Language And Literacy
Children gain a foundation for language development and literacy skills through hands-on activities that include the child in the learning process..
Art-based activities provide many opportunities for decision-making and problem solving.
Creativity is the ability to see, make, or perform in a new way. Making something new or being creative means taking a risk to do that something new or different. Making mistakes is a part of this process. Scientific thinking and creativity are difficult to separate. The more children develop creatively the stronger children become in their ability to think scientifically or analytically.
Children learn by doing. Learning concepts, language and skills are a foundation for reading, math and science. If it goes through the hands, feet and body, it goes through the brain.
Aesthetic awareness involves helping children see, hear, and enjoy the beauty in their world. It improves the quality of learning and helps the creative process.