One of the most important aspects of the STEM Montessori Academy educational experience is a focus on the child as a curious and natural learner. Becoming an independent learner is incredibly important, and great deal of emphasis is placed on students becoming independent and curious learners, who explore ideas and concepts not because they are instructed to by a teacher, but because they want to.
A great way to promote an innovative mindset in a curious learning is through incorporating art into a child’s early education. By doing so, the child can gain a variety of benefits.
Preparation for the Modern World:
Skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, are essential for finding a job in our quickly developing world. One way to develop these skills is through art. Students at STEM Montessori Academy utilize and develop their critical thinking skills through the description, hypothesizing, and intuitional abilities that are needed when creating art. Imagination is encouraged, and children become inspired to try new things, take on different perspectives, and create a variety of different art works.
Development of Fine Motor Skills:
Whether it be through the use of a paint brush, or a pottery wheel, art allows children to develop their fine motor skills that will be incredibly important as they age and eventually have to do tasks that require motor skills, such as handwriting and penmanship. Strong motor skills will also make other tasks, such as playing an instrument and working with fine parts, easier later in life. All of this can begin with an active and strong art education early in life.
Increases in arts educational experiences has been empirically proven to benefit children academically, socially, and emotionally. A 2019 study from the Brookings Institution found that “School students experienced a 3.6 percentage point reduction in disciplinary infractions, an improvement of 13 percent… in standardized writing scores, and an increase of 8 percent… in their compassion for others. Students who received more arts education experiences are more interested in how other people feel and more likely to want to help people who are treated badly.” The evidence is very clear: children who receive an arts education are simply better and smarter members of society.