Friday, 11 December 2015

How Finger Painting Weaves Magic For The Preschoolers?

We were acquainted with different forms of painting ages ago. Many studies and researches have recognized the therapeutic prospects of this artistic medium of expression. Applying colors on a plain canvas with fingers, treats the subconscious mind with a healing touch. That’s why activities like finger painting can be considered as a part of progressive education. For the comprehensive development of children, it’s important they give expression to feelings they do not communicate. Pouring within the outlines of imagination, and colors of creativity, finger painting is a perfect medium for free expression of the preschoolers in the following ways:

Teaching Other Content Areas

Finger painting isn't just a tool for artistic exposition. If you think that your child's preschool finger painting activity will only build up his artistic abilities, think again. The early childhood educator, or you as the teacher at home, can use finger painting to teach other content areas. For example, the teaching staff at Williamsburg Northside Preschool suggests that finger painting helps preschoolers to learn about basic math concepts such as shapes. Making use of the subtractive method, the preschooler can make shapes using paints and let the paper underneath show through. Another content area that preschools may encourage through finger painting is science. Preschoolers can experiment with color mixing by blending the primaries -- red, blue and yellow -- with their fingers.

Infusing Creativity

Process-based art activities like finger painting allow preschoolers to explore and experiment, which will help to take their creativity to the next level. The experimental nature of finger painting makes it a more enticing prospect for the preschoolers than the regular coloring sheets and cut-paste activities that don’t push the boundaries of imagination. Finger painting activities allows a child to produce exquisite imageries from abstract expressions and allows him/her to work with the medium, moving it around, blending it and creating anything like a family portrait to explore his own creativity.

Enhancing the Vocabulary

Vocabulary enhancement is a sure shot sign for thriving literary skills. Innovative and all-inclusive ways must be looked after for enriching the vocab instead of looking at it as a separate subject and setting aside special time for it. The preschools in Williamsburg Northside make use of the multisensory activities like the finger painting to help students learn new words. Students are made to trace the word using fingers while a teacher pronounces it loudly. This impart a visual and auditory sense to the learning process which make it easier for students to remember words. The interactive process of finger painting is a great way for the preschoolers to fine tune their color and sensory vocabulary words like slimy, squishy or sticky. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Skills Your Child Should Muster Before Preschool

A strong preschool program strengthens the substratum of support for academic, social and emotional accomplishment of a child. Nurturing a child in his formative years, prepares him for an important transition i.e., starting a preschool.  All parents are often worried that their child might not be ready for preschool although choosing the right preschool will help quell that anxiety to a certain extent. This blog recapitulates and summarizes the ways to prepare your little one for preschool. These steps will help your child derive most out of the classroom teachings and activities. 

Stimulate Independence –

“It is important for parents to instill confidence and faith in their child’s capabilities of making appropriate choices and even if they fail, let them learn from their own mistakes.”

                           Educator, Williamsburg Northside Preschool

Encourage your child to learn the basic self-care skills like pouring water in a glass, opening lunch-box, washing hands, putting on jacket, cleaning his toys. Let him take responsibility and don’t forget to teach the safety rules!

  • Inculcate basic organization skills –

Teach your little one some basic organization skills like how to fold clothes, zip the school backpack, clean up the play area and ways to organize his room. You can always use some handy and colorful baskets and store like items together. Do not forget to pat the back once he completes his task.

  • Develop etiquette -
 Going to a preschool means your child will have to interact with other children and teachers. It is important for him to express and communicate his ideas, curiosities and needs to others.

 “Saying thank you, please and sorry, greeting others, using table manners are some of the basic social skills that parents should teach their child before starting preschool. It shows that your child respects his fellow mates and teachers.”

-Educator, Williamsburg Northside Preschool

Williamsburg Northside preschool is acclaimed for its carefully crafted early childhood program that fosters your child’s learning experience. Their classroom activities are inspired from curiosities, ideas and interests of a child so that they can explore and acknowledge the world around them. The Reggio Emilia approach is the cornerstone of the WNS program and values the individuality of every child.