Painting in the Closlieu (designated painting area) does not mean having to produce works of art. We want all of our children to find their own way of expressing themselves, which is very important for encouraging a well-balanced personality.
During free painting in the Closlieu, the children can do as they wish in their play area (the piece of paper) – as long as they abide by one or two rules that facilitate interaction in the painting group.
They can use the colours that are important to them, they can repeat things as often as they wish, they decide themselves what to put on paper – and no child ever says: “I don’t know what to paint.”
This type of free expression can only happen when children are confident that what they paint or draw will not be assessed, commented on, interpreted or compared. We provide this kind of safe space (the Closlieu) for our children in our art classes.
If we let children develop certain signs for themselves, if they can formulate them and we do not anticipate any stages in their development by showing or telling them what to do or painting things for them to copy, all of those symbols will remain with them and never be unlearned.
Christiane Augustin-Malysz – Degree in Social Work, trained in expressive semiology and supervising the Closlieu (Arno Stern, Paris)
All children enjoy music and dance. They play with their voices, love how their bodies move and enjoy getting their hands on anything that makes a noise. They learn rhymes and songs, rhythms and melodies. They make them theirs and sometimes change them on their own. Preschool music lessons develop and systematically encourage the innate talents of every child. Starting with music at a young age can make a positive contribution to a child’s overall development.
In class, we present music to children in a playful fashion, letting them experience it with their senses and realise it as an important part of life. For children, a holistic experience of music means:
- Dramatic play
- Playing instruments (Orff Schulwerk instruments)
- Listening to music
- Becoming familiar with traditional instruments
- Learning musical basics