Do Kids Need Art?
The web site We Are Teachers has a great section addressing the timely topic of Art in Education. The site aptly captures the current conundrum in its introductory paragraph:
“Teachers instinctually know that art, music and drama add value to kids’ lives. But in the era of high-stakes exams, the arts often fall to the bottom of the list, whether we intend them to or not.” (http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/topics-in-education/why-our-kids-need-art)
The web page created by the site’s editors and authors houses a host of links to great resources and topics, including:
- The Benefits of Arts Education—An infographic summary of research on the benefit of Arts on the brain
- Making Time for the Arts—a list of 40 creative teaching ideas, grouped by grade level
- 70+ Art Projects—links to WeAreTeachers Pinterest boards
- Teaching With Music—provides a list of Teachers’ favorite educational songs
- The World of Reader’s Theater—a brief How-To for incorporating Reader’s Theater into a classroom
- How Improv Aids Learning—includes a fun video and discusses how improv teaches kids how to use what they know in different situations
- Social Media and the Arts—details five ways social media can ignite creativity
- What Creative Teachers Do—Five things creative teachers do
- Four Activity Books We Love—the books listed are appropriate for grades that range from 2 to 8
Do you think art is important in a child’s education? Share with us one of your favorite ways art was used in a classroom for you or your child below.
11 Facts About Arts in Education, DoSomething.org