Hannah T. 4 years old
Kit101’s Discovery Program is a Visual Arts program where children in the early years learn about and are explicitly exposed to the basic elements of art and studio practice through sensory play and guided play activities.
During the early years, brain growth is rapid. At least 90 percent develops by the age of five. In this period of development, the most effective way for young children to absorb and process information is through “Sensory Play”. Sensory play allows them to actively take in information and create an understanding of their world through their senses and thus, strengthening their brain connections. Healthy brain development is highly attributed to appropriate sensory input and stable, responsive relationships. When young children are discovering a material or medium, they learn more about it when they observe it, touch it, explore its properties, and experiment with it. Once the children are better able to handle and manipulate the material, then they start to create with it.
Creative expression through the arts comes in naturally for children because it has similar characteristics to play. But just like academic skills, it requires consistent practice and proper guidance to truly flourish. In guided play, children play to learn in a prepared environment. The teacher’s role is to process and scaffold the discussion to keep within the learning aims for the day. Early exposure to the guiding principles of art elements, drawing and painting techniques paired with meaningful conversations and playful art experiences contribute to the development of their observational skills, visual sensitivity and art language, which are essential to producing art.
Kit101’s Discovery Program is designed to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for young children to be exposed to fundamental art concepts. It caters to children ages 2 to 5 years old. The aims of the program include the following: (1) a venue for children to explore and become familiar with using art tools, materials and media, (2) learn basic art concepts, (3) develop and refine fine motor skills essential to handling materials, (4) become familiar with the studio routine, (5) expand the child’s thinking skills to plan and produce artworks, and (6) develop persistence and engagement in doing artworks.