Parents with children in Room 2 may have noticed that their children have been bringing many varied forms of art home. The area of creativity, art, is part of all the child’s work in the Montessori classroom. The creative force of the child is an interior part of his or her development, and it has exterior expression when his or her ideas take concrete form.
We, as teachers, assist the child’s artistic expression by providing him or her with the opportunity for the use of tools to give expression to the child’s internal thought and sentiment. The child’s artistic expressions may take many forms (painting, clay, sewing, drawing, dancing, music, pasting, drawing, writing, etc.), and we must allow the child to develop that.
For young children, art offers opportunities to make things all their own. It provides colors, textures and designs to explore and ways to express feelings they may not yet be able to translate into words. Each satisfying experience encourages the child to explore and experiment, to trust his or her own sense of creativity, and to take pride in his or her accomplishment. As the child manipulates scissors, uses crayons or pastes constructions together, the child’s fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination are being developed.
All of these important concrete experiences give validity to Dr. Montessori’s insights into early brain development and the importance of “hands-on” learning. This is why she said, “The hand is the instrument of human intelligence.”
“Picked a Pumpkin”
(to the tune “Oh, My Darling Clementine”)
Picked a pumpkin, (Picking hands movement.)
A big, fat pumpkin, (Two hands making “big” motion.)
That was growing on the vine. (Two hands making a vine.)
And I carved a jack-o-lantern, (One hand carving.)
And it turned out just fine. (Hands on hips.)