One of our jobs, as parents, is to allow our children to sample the different flavors of life to see what they like. Some children excel at sports, while others are artistically inclined and it’s our job to find out what subjects spark interest in our kids.
But if your child seems disinterested in a new activity at first, don’t give up on them too soon. We learned this valuable lesson recently at my preschool and kindergarten in Chula Vista.
In order to give your children different activities to explore, we offer four different enrichment programs:
- Spanish as a second language
The fourth is our art enrichment program and the subject of our story today. Since it’s inception in 2007, we’ve had a tremendous amount of success with this program because it inspires so much confidence in our students.
In addition, the atmosphere in this class is very easy going. The children are relaxed, yet excited to paint, draw, and learn about different artists. They are relaxed because we assure them that everyone’s artwork is different and that’s perfectly fine because we draw to express ourselves, and most importantly, to be happy!
This makes them feel more comfortable in the classroom. They are told that sometimes drawing will be a little difficult, but always do their best. Our motto in the art enrichment program is to never say “I can’t do that.” Instead, we say “I will try.”
One of our students who I’ll call “Hector” to protect his identity, is a 5 year old little boy who began our art history class as a very shy, quiet, and insecure child. He had poor fine motor skills and showed very little confidence in himself.
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