The Importance of Art in Education Systems

Kids Learn Better With Art Education

kids-in-art-classArts and its subcategories such as drawing, painting, music, theatre, and more have been part of the education curriculum for decades, but it seems that the tides are turning for arts in many institutions. Due to restricted budgets, many schools are picking off their art programs one by one, and by the end of this year, an estimated 25% of public schools may do just that completely. Of course, the first thing that may come to our mind upon hearing this report is the impact that it will have on teachers in the line of art, like those who teach dance or photography classes. But it could have an even deeper impression on the students itself, as studies in the past have shown that the art is a very important pillar of education. Studies have shown that those who don’t experience art classes may not only find chances to unleash their creative powers but also have higher chances of experiencing difficulty in mastering the core subjects, disciplinary crisis and are more possible to be dropped out.

Studies conducted by research organizations, professors, and schools demonstrate how vital the arts is to inspire and motivate students. For example, in 2002 the Arts Education Partnership spearheaded a research dealing with the effect of art in academic performance, conducted by nearly 100 researchers on 62 different studies. The result? “Schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance may do a better job at mastering reading, writing and math than those who focus solely on academics,” says the Arts Education Partnership. In 2009, the Center for Arts Education reported that schools that are more accessible to art programs also have higher graduation rates as opposed to schools that don’t, who reportedly have higher dropout rates. The Maryland school system says that visual arts skills could actually be used to enhance reading, while the skills developed in playing an instrument could be applicable to math.

Arts Education advocates have long claimed that skills earned through creative training could be used to excel in other academic areas, although not much research is conducted to prove the scientific basis of this claim. A four-year research, however, shows that students who do regular music classes were found to develop changes in brain structure in relation with motor skills, which they could be used to similar areas. Students who practiced specific art forms were found to have improved their attention system and fluid IQ scores. Similar conclusions are reached upon by other studies, proving that a maintained arts education has a large impact on a person’s social and intellectual development.

These studies only show how much schools are missing out in underestimating the power of art for a student’s development.

Various Outdoor Activities That Kids Would Love

Young girl sitting outdoors blowing dandelion headThere’s that time of the year when you are spending more time outdoors than in. This is the time that you are able to do those things that you consider too messy for anywhere with walls. Kids typically love such activities that involve messy play. However, this is an advantage for you because cleanup is easier outside.

Fizzy Foaming Car Wash

With the use of a water table and a few simple household items, this can be a fun and messy activity that kids would enjoy. This foamy and fizzy kiddie car wash will keep your little children’s hands busy for hours.

Squirt Gun Painting

Squirt guns with paint might be considered staples of childhood for some. You may want to let your kids experience it as well. This could a great bonding time with your kids during summer.

Glow in the Dark Chalk

Almost every kid loves chalk. The fun with such activity starts with creating it. The recipe is easy to make. However, it is messy. Introduce this to your kids and they will have an incredible night under the stars that they won’t soon forget.

Water Balloon Paint Party

Filling balloons with water may not that interesting. But you can pump up its fun factor by filling it with paint. You and your kids may wear white T-shirts in order to spot easily who is the most covered in paint.

Water Table Paint and Print

During summer, there’s an interesting use for your water table. You can utilize it for a painting and printing activity with your little kids. While letting their creativity come out at such a young age, their hands may get awesomely messy with paint. Their creation can be used as a display or something to give as gifts to grandma and grandpa.

Rainbow Bubble Wrap Tree

Ask your kids if they want to paint a tree, and you will see them screaming with excitement. This would be a unique idea that combines sensory play, messy art and nature to produce the most awesome experience for kids.

Mud Painting

This could be the messiest activity your kids will have. Your kids will this but you must watch out for worms in the mud.

 Edible Ooey Gooey Worms

A kid wouldn’t normally want to squish and mush gooey worms in mud until they are actually edible. Try the Measured Mom’s gooey worms that are deliciously yucky. Spend one afternoon with your kids exploring the ickiest of all outdoor activities.

Rainbow Glitter Sidewalk Paint

Aside from easy preparation, this is also awesomely fun to do as well with your kids. Together, you can make rainbow glitter sidewalk paint. This is a good way to pass a summer afternoon outside.

Shaving Cream Slip N Slide

This is another messy activity that you can spend with your kids. Basically, you will have a shaving cream slip n slide. For sure, your kids will be talking about one afternoon that you spent executing this idea all summer.