Kids Cottage Nursery shines light on the importance of drawing in a child’s early development.
17 April 2018| Last updated on 17 April 2018
Children use drawing to express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings. The spoken word is a first step towards verbal literacy (oral expression, writing and reading), the scribble begins a journey towards a graphic literacy.
The language of drawing should be a daily experience that provides a foundation for authentic expression in other art media in order to give a chance to their creativity to blossom, to their imagination to foster and to their problem solving skills to be nurtured.
This experience will deeply occur when a child is experimenting with art materials while learning to make decisions and choices.
The Role of Drawing in Children’s Communication
Children start by scribbling, than making lines, dots, circles and repeated patterns at this point their drawing conveys meaning.
Once they begun to draw images, they have mastered their symbolic skills and understood that lines on paper can be a symbol of something else, like a house cat.
The last exciting milestone is when the child is able to understand that text and print have meaning.
Our role as Educator is to motivate not to “teach” while encouraging children to express themselves through the language of drawing.
We do emphasize that when children begin to draw, they begin an intellectual journey which comprises linguistic, logical, mathematical and aesthetic aspects.
Their voices should be heard and their choices should be valued.
Hoda El Naddaf
Kids Cottage Nursery