Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
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The Significance of Art in Child Development
Children are naturally curious about the world around them. From the moment they are born, they are investigating, imitating, and trying to figure out how things work. This unrestricted exploration helps to form connections in the brain by engaging all of their senses. Art is a natural activity that supports this concept. As children experiment with different materials, they are essentially building a foundation for the brain by strengthening neural pathways. The creative arts are fundamental for helping children develop each of the learning domains.
Unfortunately, in recent years with the pressure to raise test scores, there has been a shift away from the arts in order to focus on reading and math. Educators need to be aware that the arts should not be treated as a luxury for their students. They are a critical component of child development. Teachers should designate specific times in the day for art instruction as well as attempt to integrate the arts into core subjects as much as possible.
While it may seem like art is fun and games for children (which it is), it is so much more. The arts help students become well-rounded learners. The skills and abilities that your students are learning through art exploration will continue with them the rest of their lives.