Art journaling is a great opportunity for preschool children to experience different types of art materials and allow them to experiment with them freely. I try to incorporate art journals at least once a week in the classroom. While I occasionally give specific prompts, art journaling is most successful when children are simply given a few open ended materials and are allowed to create anything they would like. When teachers prioritize process over product, children are a lot more willing to take risks and try something new. (more…)
Creating a safe and supportive environment is important for building community in the preschool classroom. We can improve our interactions with children by joining them in their play and asking open ended questions. With open ended questions, there is no pressure for children to answer correctly and we can extend their learning in a meaningful way.