The Arts and Brain Development: Why Creative Stimulation is Important in Early Childhood
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The role of the Arts in early childhood education has long been debated, with some believing that a rigorous, academic-focused curriculum is the only way to develop young minds. In contrast, others believe that creativity and imagination are essential to mental growth and emotional stability.
The truth lies somewhere between these two extreme positions.
Anyone who’s ever had an "Aha!" moment at work knows, that creative problem solving can be just as crucial as rote memorization on standardized tests in later academic success, so it’s essential to give children access to the arts during their formative years.
Creativity isn’t just for kids
If you ask any great business mind, they will all tell you one of the most valuable traits for success is creativity. It's so important that most public school districts take the time to offer Arts education programs on their campuses. Education from an early age can help make children more creative, prepare them for future careers that require freedom of expression, and give them a basis to grow their confidence as they progress throughout life.
Is There Any Evidence?
Many studies have shown that exposure to the Arts highly benefits children's brain development in many ways. Studies have shown that students who receive an education in the Arts (especially at a young age) benefit from improved motor skills, improved language skills, and improved social skills. One recent study revealed that Arts education may offer a protective effect from the decline of verbal skills which are typically associated with Alzheimer's disease. The CDC found that one-third of parents take their children to the library for story time, but only 11% visit a museum or art exhibit at least once a year.
Studies on Creativity
Studies have shown that exposure to the Arts benefits children by enhancing critical skills that are important for early development, including creativity, self-expression, language development, spatial awareness, and problem-solving. In fact, recent studies have shown that developing these skills in childhood may lead to a better chance of succeeding academically. Children who are exposed to Arts education on a regular basis during their early developmental years may become more open-minded thinkers who can form unconventional ideas when solving problems.
But How Can I Help My Child?
Many adults question how they can help their children achieve success in school and the workplace. In addition to fostering positive reinforcement in studies and school habits, incorporating exposure to the Arts is highly beneficial.
One of the best ways to expose your child to the Arts during early childhood is through involvement at school. Public schools across the US offer these types of programs, however many districts struggle with budget cuts. Unfortunately, the Arts programs are usually the first to be affected or cut altogether when budget cuts happen. We at BOHEMiYUM deeply believe in the importance of these programs, and are determined to help keep the Arts alive in public schools.
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There are many avenues to seek exposure to the Arts...schools, museums, libraries, art centers, music centers, photography instruction, as well as endless information online!
The Arts are extremely important in stimulating creativity in early childhood, which leads to all kinds of valuable benefits throughout life!