This Spring, the Siegel JCC preschool children celebrated the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC), “Week of the Young Child.”
From Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and finishing up with Family Friday the joy and delight of childhood was made clear to everyone who visited during that special week.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to coordinate the Artsy Thursday activities, and I chose to do a collaborative project where each child used colored papers cut into interesting shapes, tape, beads, and pipe cleaners to assemble their portion of the project.
Inspired by the quote, “We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece,” I carefully selected a project that would require the children to work together, even choosing to use scraps of paper painted by the students at Albert Einstein Academy making this truly a collaborative effort. By allowing each child to be the master of his or her own work, they were given a chance to see themselves as artists. Then, showing the children that we could string their work together, the collaborative impact of the art became an installation more beautiful than that of its individual parts. The children were able to see in a concrete way, that their work was part of a larger whole.
In our community, we often speak of, “Stronger Together.” The truth of this sentiment can be found in just about everything we do! During The Week of the Young Child, our ECC children showed the world once again, that each unique member of our community has much to offer, but together we are strong, we are beautiful, and we are an inspiration.
Thoughts of an inspired Art Teacher.