This research is very important to the early childhood field in my country, because it is about children’s art which plays a dynamic part in preschool education. In the Saudi kindergarten curriculum, there is the subject of art that trains children to be creative and innovative, and their artistic abilities are developed (Alaqeel, 2005).
Furthermore, this kind of subject “aims to develop the senses of children and how to use the tools of drawing, colouring, coordination and expressions of feelings and ideas” (Alsonbel et al, 2008:163).
Educational policy in Saudi Arabia specified the educational objectives of kindergartens in Saudi, and one of the main aims is to ‘encourage a child’s innovative energy and give him the opportunity to express the creativity which is inside him (Ministry of Education, 1994).
Similarly, the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf countries (1991) pointed out that the general objectives of preschools are to develop artistic and aesthetic tastes in children through classroom and non-classroom activities.
In relation to psychology, kindergarten children are mostly too young to express themselves through talking. This does not exclude the fact that they still require critical care during their kindergarten days. As such, teachers have to devise a non-verbal means of understanding the children, and that is where their drawings come in. The idea lies in the fact that children draw as per their feelings.
The second relevance is in that in Saudi Arabia, there is scarcity of understanding in this matter since not much information about it is disseminated under early childhood development in Saudi universities.
Collectively, the research will provide analysis of children’s drawing as an alternative means of understanding kindergarten children by their teachers. The objective to be attained is better understanding between the teachers and kids, thus better relationships and better learning and/or ...Show more