Rachel Lovelace

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Texas Woman's University Associates of Art: Education Bachelors of Science: Early Childhood Education EC-12 Art EC-12 Special Education EC-12 ESL EC-4 Generalist 4-8 Generalist

Rachel Lovelace

Artistic activities used in early childhood foster intellectual and emotional development that are beneficial to students academic growth and their ability to develop their creativity. When we value children's creativity, we help them feel valued as people, raising their self-esteem.

Art stimulates both sides of the brain and increases the capacity of memory, attention and concentration as well as aides in developing early reading skills in children. Many of the motions involved in marking art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. Art education also helps children with language development by learning descriptive words to discuss their own creations. Through creative art, children may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalize. They may draw pictures out of proportion, exaggerating things that are important to them.