Why creative learning is essential for your child's development

  • Date: 12 December 2017
  • Category: General
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Creativity can help children develop their own creativity, allow them to express feelings and learn communication skills. Creativity including movements such as dance and drama will help them develop, practice and improve coordination and motor skills. 

Increases confidence

A study by the Australian Council for Educational Research shows that children who participated in arts program were more engaged in their learning and their self-esteem was increased. This was especially true of children who came from disadvantaged backgrounds. Children were also observed to have developed their social, communication, teamwork and self-expression skills.

Boost achievements at school

Being creative at school can help children be active in their learning, understand what is being taught and to express that understanding in different ways. Creativity in your child’s school or early learning centre often translates to fun, and if children are having fun they will want to learn a lot more! Teaching approaches such as Reggio Emilia highly encourage that play and education shouldn’t be separated because it’s the most effective way for children to learn.

Involvement in arts programs over a long period of time will help children with decision making, problem-solving and critical thinking. Their reading and math skills will also be boosted. Learning about words and numbers through songs are a great way for them to stick in children’s heads!

Respect for themselves and others

Art forms such as drama help children connect with other people, making them able to empathise with others and to recognise that we are all different. Stories from books and songs teach them about the world around them, other cultures and history. Children who participate in different forms of art can become more tolerant, understanding and respectful.

Self-expression

Self-expression through many forms can be achieved by learning creatively. The arts help children learn focus, self-discipline, innovation, creativity and emotional expression, as well as verbal and non-verbal skills. They learn to use symbols, movement, visuals and sounds to convey meaning and to express their emotions. Children learn to get in touch with their feelings and the feelings of others through art.

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