Alana has been working with our watercolour easel. Inspired by some beautiful pink flowers discovered in the garden.
This pleasurable experience offers an opportunity for self-expression.
At the same time, Alana strengthens her wrist and pincer grip for writing.
What learning do I think is happening here?
Painting in the Montessori classroom is a fun, yet serious experience. To the Montessori teacher, painting for self-expression is the secondary goal. The first goal of painting is practical in nature. For the 3 to 6 year old child, painting is a way to strengthen muscles and refine motor skills. It improves concentration and coordination. The process of setting up and cleaning up is also a way to promote independence.
Opportunities and possibilities?
Further exploration of colour and self-expression. Participation in these processes will develop a sense of appreciation for the art, and works of artists can be later explored to deepen this.