Meet Makeeka Harris, Kidcreate Franchise Owner
Makeeka never dreamed she would be a business owner, but is over-joyed by her choice to make a passion into a career. A previous veteran, Harris served 10 years with the army before deciding to change her career goals. She felt as though her service in the military prepared her for skills in great customer service, emotional intelligence, and empathy; all essential abilities for a Kidcreate Studio owner.
Makeeka, a mother of three daughters and one stepson, believe Kidcreate is a great family-functioning business. She states:
“My favorite part about owning and operating a Kidcreate Studio is seeing the joy and excitement on my students’ faces! I enjoy getting messy with them and helping them create cool projects that they go home and brag to their parents about. I enjoy a job that really focuses on children, their ideas and their own creative development.”
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Art Education for Early Childhood Development
1. Motor Skills
When kids participate in creating arts and crafts, there are many movements involved. From holding a paintbrush to coloring with a crayon, a child’s fine motor skills progress through this hands-on approach to education. Other actions, such as using scissors, help develop the dexterity children need for writing.
2. Language Development
In addition to getting their hands physically dirty creating art, children have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary by learning words for colors, shapes and various actions. This helps children use descriptive words to discuss their creation, and will help them express what feelings are elicited from observing different types of art by the time they are in elementary school.
Studies show art education strengthens both critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in young children. The process of creating art gives children choices and urges them to make decisions in the course of creating their art – a crucial skill that translates into other parts of life. For example, exploration through art will encourage children to try new ideas in other areas of life. Not only will this further spark creativity and imagination, but children can also use critical thinking to react to new experiences and problem-solve when necessary.
4. Cultural Awareness
Exposing children to a variety of interpretations on society is a great way to help them understand the nuances of their surroundings and embrace the differences they see around them in the diverse society we live in today.
5. Encourages Neural Connections
Because art employs any or all of the senses, such as sight, sound, taste and smell, the synapses in the brain of a small child fire away as they experience situations that immerse their senses and further encourage their creativity. In fact, a young brain makes billions of new connections with every bit of new knowledge it is exposed to. In young children, artistic activities lead to the formation of well-rounded personalities, good attachment, self-esteem and better mental health.
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2017 Summer Camp Guide
Summer is approaching quickly and it has a lot of parents wondering how they can keep their children occupied and learning throughout the summer months. Kidcreate Studio summer camp is not only a way to keep your children busy, it will also keep them engaged and learning through art education activities.
Kidcreate Studio offers three and four-day,half-day camps designed to inspire, educate, and entertain young artists. These programs are between $99 and $150 and are available to children as young as 3-years-old.
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Franchise Gator has chosen Kidcreate as a Top 100 franchise for 2017. The online franchise directory developed the Top 100 ranking as a way for prospective franchisees to identify opportunities with strong growth potential that are also affordable investments for the average franchise buyer. Franchise Gator ranked Kidcreate as the number 48 emerging franchise opportunity overall. The ranking is developed using a formula based on several criteria including financial stability, growth, sustainability, profitability, transparency and franchisee satisfaction.
“Each opportunity on the Top 100 list has demonstrated strong growth potential coming into the new year,” said Eric Bell General Manager at Franchise Gator. “Not only are these opportunities among the very best in the industry, they also offer a solid investment for the everyday franchise buyer.”
In the spring of 2007, the first Kidcreate Studio opened its doors in Eden Prairie, Minnesota offering kid’s art classes, camps, birthday parties and selling art-themed retail items for children ages 18 months to 12 years of age. Kidcreate Studio is an art studio where children create fridge-worthy masterpieces while learning art concepts and techniques in an environment full of fun. Simply said, Kidcreate Studio is “art education made fun!”.or the full Franchise Gator list. Click here for the full Franchise Gator list. For more information about Kidcreate franchise opportunities, please follow this link.