Not all children are academic and having the opportunity to participate in arts activities will give them the chance to explore their different capabilities. They’ll be able to express themselves in a new way and of course have some fun, which can provide a welcome relief from more rigorous academic subjects. Read on for some more information on the importance of the arts in schools from a drama school in London.
Improved academic performance
The skills children learn through studying the arts can boost their progress in more academic subjects and have a knock-on effect in other areas of their life. Participating in the arts will enhance children’s creative skills and their ability to approach problems and challenges in innovative ways. The arts can also strengthen their decision-making and critical thinking skills, which will help them later in life when they inevitably encounter challenges and setbacks.
Through engaging in the arts children get a chance to test their capabilities and create something from nothing, which increases their confidence and self-esteem. They’ll also be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and master different skills, which helps strengthen their self-belief. Receiving praise for their artistic achievements is another confidence-booster.
Many of the arts such as music and theatre require children to work together as part of a team, with everyone playing a particular part to achieve a goal such as putting on a performance. Through this children learn about compromising, listening to others’ ideas and opinions, and asserting their own needs within a group. They also learn that each member of the team is integral to overall success and everyone has a role to play.
By working as part of a team children learn that they’re accountable for their actions and contributions to the group. This helps them develop a sense of responsibility and importance. If they make a mistake this will be a good opportunity for them to learn about owning up to it, fixing it and then moving on for the good of the team.
Often children will have to apply themselves to artistic activities with dedication and commitment if they want to master them. The arts can be challenging and frustrating, and they’ll need to practise hard to achieve their goals. Through this they’ll learn about persevering even when times are tough and working through struggles to get what they want.
If your child finds more academic subjects difficult, participating in the arts will give them the chance to express themselves in a different way and explore their abilities doing something they enjoy.
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