the arts for children
September brings a lot of new excitement; the start of school, the beginning of fall and now, Arts in Education Week.
The second week of September, as designated by the US House of Representatives, is a time to celebrate how “arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines, including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.”
Do you want to be more creative? Have the next million-dollar idea?
Do you want to be in the ranks of Einstein, Picasso or Steve Jobs? Then it’s time to get creative… and quiet!!
Creativity is an internal process that requires time spent in imagination. But today’s world is busy; so many things demand our time, attention and energy. That generating original ideas can sometimes feel more like work than play.
Thinking creatively is an internal process. It’s about finding and connecting thoughts to arrive at new conclusions and new ideas. This kind of thinking comes naturally to the right side of our mind, but we need to slow down and “tune in” to hear it. We can all be creative, but we have to get quiet enough to hear ourselves think.
Art has long been perceived as a fun activity, with little academic impact or value in an educational system focused on literacy and test scores. Because of this misconception, art programs across the country are being eliminated in staggering numbers. While the cuts may help the bottom line, our students are paying the price. Research has proven time and time again, that art is essential to academic success, and many of our children can’t learn without it.
Education.com is a great resource for parents and educators. They have dedicated themselves to providing information to parents in order to help kids reach their full potential. The site is one of my favorites and contains articles, activities and thoughts from experts in their fields. The information is organized and presented by age group and covers everything from seasonal craft and play activities to parenting tips, to education tools and strategies. If you aren’t familiar with the site, I encourage you to take the time to visit www.Education.com. I am sure you will find it so valuable you will find it a must to bookmark.
I’m back from vacation and getting ready to travel again. This time I am en route to Cleveland to promote the Being-Visual philosophy on Art Education in a live taping of a segment at Fox 8 Cleveland and to present a speech on “What Every Parent Should Know About their Child’s Education” at the Agnon School.
First stop Fox News. I have been invited to appear on WJW-TV – Fox News in the Morning on Wednesday, October 3. During our session I’ll talk about what it means to be a visual learner, ways your child may be struggling in school and how you can help. I’ll share some ideas for making learning more visual and tactile.
Art teachers are excited to welcome students back into the classroom. While we enjoy the work our children create in art class, participation in the arts is far more impactful than is often understood. As explained in my new book Being-Visual, the arts are essential for all children because it influences their ability to learn in every subject.