I have been working with kindergartners a lot this year. The students are learning to hold pencils and create letters. For each letter they are learning we play a drawing game and hide the letter. The kids love finding the letter after the picture is drawn.
At the beginning of the year, many of my students are worried that their artwork doesn't look realistic and they take it personally when their drawings don't look exactly like the real thing. I've seen this have a huge effect on kids. Sometimes they get so frustrated that they stop creating and label themselves as "unartistic" or "not creative". Recent research supports the power of art to help kids remember and learn new things. All of the common core math, involves making drawings. Drawing is important. It is visual thinking. It sets the mind free and unlocks creativity. Kids should be encouraged to create. Cool Easy Drawing s for Apple Users One of the ways students can be encouraged is when their drawings look good. It is amazing to see how kids treat other kids who can draw. It is a great way for kids to make friends. It is a sort of gateway that can help kids gain success in other areas. Research on learning supports this. All