Art and Sensory activity plays a big part in our daily life Center Stage Preschool! Art can come in many different forms and it’s all about how it feels, acts, and reacts in all different textures.
We explore the world of art by using different recycled items like cans, spoons and paper. At our Ashburn Preschool, our teachers use things like bubble wrap to explain to the kids the different textures in just one piece of material. Bubble wrap has a flat, smooth side – and the other side is bumpy with air bubbles. The students had so much fun popping the bubbles!
They also learn about using a variety of materials by dipping them into paint to create different prints. Art helps us to explore our environment in so many ways! Read more about our Center Stage art studio!
Dot your I’s and cross your T’s.
Our children have so much fun doing pointillism (dot work). It’s a type of art as well as a learning technique. These dot bottles help the children identify aim, teaches them pincer grasp, and helps the core strength within their arms. This is one of the ways to work on fine motor skills by using the bottles like a jumbo size crayon, and wrapping their little hands around it to make dots. You can aim for the dot, you can fill a whole page with dots, and you can use colors to make up different pictures.
Today they are recognizing their upper case and lower case I’s and T’s. This is a whole new realm of experience where they are using the pincer grasp, fine motor skills as well as recognizing and identifying the letters.
At Center Stage Preschool in Ashburn, we learn to play alongside each other and teach the children about collaborative play. Children interact with each other on a daily basis and learn that in order to get something done that is hard “we are better together”. Collaborative play, also known as social play and cooperative play, is a type of play that typically begins at around 2 years of age when toddlers are mature enough to begin taking turns with playmates, sharing playthings, following rules, and negotiating with others. When the children are outside there is real time conflict resolution as well as identifying their own voice, speech, their needs, and desires, “let’s play over here,” or “I have a great idea.” They learn about engaging imagination as well as including their friends in their fun world.
Doesn’t this sound like a great way for your child to spend their day? Learning by playing with other and being creative? We think so too! Find out more about our programs by scheduling a tour today. You can see more pictures on our Facebook page!