Our Annual HBMH Art Gallery is in full swing! Our friends have been preparing for this event for quite some time now. We encourage our families to take the time to look at each piece, allow your child to point out their art works.
This event is hosted annually as part of “National Youth Art Education Month.”
“Creativity is basically an attitude, one that comes easily to young, but must be sustained and strengthened lest it be sacrificed in our too logical world”. (Marzollo and Lloyd, 1972)
In our student community, we encourage creativity through the use of the child’s imagination. Creativity leads to self-exploration and discovery. Art is one way that children can creatively express their emotions, or tell a story. Art comes in several different forms. It can be through painting the “parts of a flower” after tracing the different pieces at the light box, or it can be written in a simple poem. Even pin-pricking an object or shape and gluing it onto another piece of paper is a very detailed and meticulous form of art that the child creates.
Montessori supports the idea of independence, “I can do it for myself, I can think for myself. I can create.” (Miller, J, 2001)
One way that we promote and encourage different forms of art in our classrooms is by providing materials that the children can confidently use on their own, with little adult guidance. They aren’t given a list of instructions on what to create, or a “kit” to complete; the end result being exactly the same as everyone else’s. Instead, they are free to choose their works and materials, creating whatever their heart desires.
When a child is encouraged in the creative process this can also help increase their concentration, it allows them to lose themselves in their work as they engage themselves in the process completely (Miller,J, 2001). Since art and creativity go hand in hand it is then we look at how Montessori encourages art in the classroom. She realizes the need for self-expression and having the means for communicating these ideas. She takes into mind the abilities of the child in this endeavor. (dailymontessori.com)
In our Montessori community, it’s the process of the child’s creation that we emphasize, rather than the end result.
We hope to keep the art on the walls for the remainder of the month. It’s so wonderful to hear the children explain the intricate details of each piece of art to their families. They’re all so proud of their hard work!
There are so many different ways to incorporate this spring holiday into the Montessori classroom, the most traditional being egg decorating. I came across a blog provided by the North American Montessori Center, focusing on how to incorporate Ukranian Easter Eggs in your classroom’s culture and science curriculum. Very interesting!
I would also encourage you to peruse our HBMH Easter-Inspired Montessori board on pinterest for more ideas on how you can introduce this holiday and generally the spring season to your children’s daily routine.
Our primary community is currently enjoying a variety of spring-themed works such as the life cycle of the butterfly (including parts of the butterfly), tracing flowers, leaves, and butterflies at the light box, pin-pricking/cutting shapes and outlines of flowers and butterflies and several different weather patterns such as rain, thunderstorms, clouds, etc. There are so many ways that you can introduce the concept of spring. You can even make spring sensorial boxes filled with flowers, branches, and other items from outside, go on nature walks and discuss the many seasonal changes currently taking place outside, plant flowers and vegetables in your gardens, and so forth. There are so many creative things that you can do to help introduce the new season to your students!
Tomorrow, we will be hosting our Annual HBMH Easter Egg Hunt (photos will be shared afterwards, of course). Everyone is busy with excitement as we welcome this new spring month of April!