Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. We use drawing, painting and other various crafts on a daily basis.
Every season we create a project that we work on for 3-4 months. This allows the children to explore, experiment and try new ideas, the creativity has a chance to blossom.
Making choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life.
Music is an important part of our day care curriculum. Young children love sound. Music activities and experiences help children practice important skills, including thinking, language, motor coordination and understanding emotions.
“When you look at children ages two to nine, one of the breakthroughs in that area is music’s benefit for language development, which is so important at that stage[..]."
"Music can improve your child’ abilities in learning and other nonmusic tasks, but it’s important to understand that music does not make one smarter. As Pruett explains, the many intrinsic benefits to music education include being disciplined, learning a skill, being part of the music world, managing performance, being part of something you can be proud of, and even struggling with a less than perfect teacher."
The Benefits of Music Education
By Laura Lewis Brown at PBS
Singing songs is a powerful way for young children to practice language. When children sing, they practice pronouncing words and putting together sentences. Learning the lyrics to songs and rhymes is also an effective way to remember information.
Songs with motions help children practice fine-motor coordination. Just like arts and crafts, circle time is part of our daily curriculum.
Outdoors allows kids to run off the extra energy and
provide kids with an opportunity to get their hands dirty, as well as the freedom to explore and investigate the world around them. Outdoors are significant, it is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience motor skills like running, leaping, and jumping. Outside, children are more likely to invent games. As they do, they're able to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way. They feel safe and in control, which promotes autonomy, decision-making, and organizational skills. Inventing rules for games promotes an understanding of why rules are necessary.