We find independent learning is an important process required to provide children the important skills to make critical decisions necessary to deal with their own self-initiated learning. Independent learning is further extended into creative and performing arts at The Early Learning Hub. Every step involves making a decision and problem solving, whether it is choosing a colour, selecting a shape or just drawing a line. Our children are exposed to a variety of art materials to develop self-expression through the creation of artworks. We expose our children to a range of modern and contemporary artworks to engage their passion, inspiration and appreciation of the arts.
As our children are taught how to use the quality art materials, in developing their own art making practice they further develop their cognitive development. Moving beyond exploring their senses and focusing on representing their own thoughts and feelings through symbols. This visual literacy is a vital outlet for children whose vocabulary, written or verbal, may be limited (de la Roche, 1996). Research shows that this provides a foundation for children's later use of words to symbolise objects and actions in formal writing.
We feel it is vital to give all children the opportunity to display their artwork in an exhibition space. This provides a bond with our parents and community, and gives them the opportunity to reflect, self evaluate, building their self esteem and pride.
physical activity & performing arts.
Embedded into our curriculum is physical activity through the use of NSW Health’s Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS). The FMS help educators understand how to effectively plan, assess and teach physical activity. From crawling, running, jumping, and climbing to yoga, dance, team sports, and skill development etc.
We ensure our physical environment is suitable for all ages and provides a diverse range of experiences that promotes development and learning. Our environment has been designed in a manner that is equipped and organised to encourage a range of resources and learning areas. The outdoor learning environment facilitates for educators maximum potential to engage children and provide positive experiences and inclusion relationships.
“healthy, physically active kids are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful; and physical competence builds self-esteem at every age” - (Mary L. Gavin, MD, 2014).
Dance gives our children the opportunity to express themselves through movement in a joyful and nurtured environment. Our children learn to enjoy movement through music, song, dance and performance, building their love and appreciation for performing arts. It is widely known the physical benefits that dance has on the body. In our positive environment we offer a variety of performing arts experiences where our children further develop their social, emotional and cognitive growth.
As young children posses the imagination of a skilled artist, dance encourages creative movement through a variety of sensory experiences to stimulate the imagination. By communicating freely with the voice, face, and body, children learn to express ideas with confidence, empathise with others from different cultures and backgrounds, and feel at home in their own skin.