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Why the Arts Matter in the Classroom
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It seems like the arts are slowly dissipated from public schools. Unfortunately, for many students, budget cuts can lead to the removal of valuable curriculum courses such as music and theatre. While we can all agree that the arts are fun for the kids, it is important to recognize that art is a critical component in a well-rounded education.

Here are several ways emphasizing art in school can help kids develop on many fundamental levels.

The Arts Nurture Creativity

According to the Washington Post says, with an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

The Arts Improve Academics

A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

The Arts Develop Motor Skills

According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors.

At Redd School, we engage students with well-rounded education that includes an emphasis on the arts — some of which include theatre, cooking, radio, fine arts, storytelling and art history. These activities are equally necessary to stimulate our students and encourage their growth as lifelong learners at every level. 

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