Art in Early Childhood: Curriculum Connections

By Jill Englebright Fox, Ph.D., and Stacey Berry, M.Ed.

Art has traditionally been an important part of early childhood programs. Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, believed that young children should be involved in both making their own art and enjoying the art of others. To Froebel, art activities were important, not because they allowed teachers to recognize children with unusual abilities, but because they encouraged each child’s “full and all-sided development” (Froebel, 1826). 


Key points from the article: 

– Art and Socio-Emotional Development

– Art and Cognitive Development

– Art and Motor Development

– Art Experiences in Classrooms for Young Children

– Museum Field Trips

– Classroom Art Center

– Displaying Children’s Art in a Classroom Gallery

– Involving Families in the Art Program

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Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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