Young artists showed off their work last week at Lemon Grove
School District’s annual preschool art show.
The exhibit at Lemon Grove Academy May 22 featured a variety
of artistic creations from the more than 300 students in the school district’s Early Childhood Education program, which includes children ages 3 to 5 at the
district’s six school sites.
A teacher with the Lemon Grove preschool program had the
idea to start the art show three years ago as a way to encourage creative
expression, promote teamwork, involve parents, and build self-esteem, said
Donna Wilson, director of the program.
“Art is another way for children to express themselves,”
Wilson said. “In the preschool program, we really focus on the whole child. Art
is just another way of doing that.”
This year’s event was a big success, with about 100 people
attending and at least two pieces of art from each student in the program.
Pieces ranged from paintings and construction-paper creations to decorative
It’s empowering for the students to see their art displayed in
a public venue at shows like this, Wilson said.
“They are so proud,” she said. “It increases and improves
their confidence and their abilities.”
All of the work the children did was tied to the California
Preschool Learning Foundations, which outline key knowledge and skills students
can learn in early education programs.
The program in Lemon Grove is part of the First Five San Diego
Quality Preschool Initiative, a partnership between the San Diego County Office
of Education and First 5 San Diego that works to ensure there are high-quality
early education programs in high-need areas.
The initiative serves more than 13,000 students in more than
200 locations across the county.
Through the effort, SDCOE employees work with early
education teachers and administrators to help insure high-quality education
that helps build important school-readiness and social skills. By focusing on
regions with lower incomes and test scores, the goal is to raise student
achievement and close the achievement gap by enhancing existing programs.