Art and Music
In some traditional schools, art and music programs have begun to suffer due to a lack of funding or mismanagement of school budgets. Yet, art and music are fundamental parts of even the earliest education. Rhythmic moving and dancing come naturally to youngsters as soon as they are able to stand in their crib, swaying to the music they feel within their bodies. Coloring and doodling are the first exercises that children attempt when they pick up a crayon, whether they have paper before them or not.
Art and music are an integral part of human beings, helping to enhance thinking skills, creativeness, and imagination. Such skills should, therefore, never be discounted or relegated to one or two days a week. Rather, they should be an essential part of every day.
Art brings out the creativeness and inventiveness in children, as well as provides ways for children to illustrate, convey, and communicate feelings and perspectives from their point of view. You'll want to focus on the creative process of hands-on arts and crafts projects rather than the outcome of the project. It's the involvement and action of creating art that makes it so enjoyable. Being overly concerned with the end result can extinguish the creative spark before it ignites.
Harmonizing Body and Mind
It's fascinating how we can remember the words to a song we haven't heard in twenty years, yet we can't remember what we wanted to pick up at the grocery today. Perhaps we should set our grocery lists to music.
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Similarly, children can have difficulty learning the alphabet, the months of the year, or the countries of the world, but put them to music, and suddenly they can sing them in the correct order. Music has this ability. Music brings the mind and body together in a splendid harmony of sound, rhythm, words, and brainwaves. Research has shown that music increases spatial-temporal reasoning skills, which are especially helpful in grasping some mathematical concepts.
Even if your children are not necessarily musically or artistically inclined, they will still reap the benefits of artistic creation and the sound of music. Welcome both into your lessons every day.