Remember art class when you were little? It was fun, creative and, dare I say, a little bit messy. Beyond the paint, clay, and art supplies, however, there was, and still is, a method and benefit to all of this enrichment. Research shows that learning art, music, and other creative skills can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs. Considerable value is granted to children who participate in music, theater, art, and dance, alongside other learning activities. At North Shore Christian School we are proud of our offerings of dance, art, and various instrument lessons such as guitar, violin, and percussion. Taking part in these activities strengthens our students in many ways. Here are just a few…
- Cognitive Benefits of the Arts – According to a report by Americans for the Arts, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills are strengthened by arts education. These skills can transfer to other areas, leading to achievement outside of the arts. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education reported that children showed more motivation, paid closer attention, and more easily remembered what they had learned when the arts were integrated into the curriculum.
- Emotional Benefits – The arts can connect people more deeply to and open them up to new ways of seeing the world. Art can provide a different type of “outlet” that traditional classroom lessons do not allow. Creative inquiry happens naturally when exploring art and music.
- Academic Benefits – An additional report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day, three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
- Motor Skills – There are many motor skills that are practiced naturally while drawing, painting, molding clay, or playing an instrument. According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones can be met quickly for even the youngest learners because of the practice of fine and gross motor control that art and music provide.
Does your child show interest in art, dance, or exploring a musical instrument? Find out more about our arts program during classes and after school in arts enrichment by visiting our website or calling.