Child development, the arts, and your little ones brain.
Today's post is dedicated to the creative child in all of us. And how we might help our little ones find their creative spirit, and why this matters.
A report produced by the Dana Consortium coming out of Harvard looks specifically at Learning, Arts, and the Brain. What we found interesting about this report was the connection with the Arts and child development.
It is of course our view that your child has intelligence in all the multiple-intelligence areas. Merely knowing about them individually we are all best placed to nurture our children.
Music - Surprisingly it turns out that the practice of music helps in the study of symmetries, in mathematics, and reading. A child practicing music will also develop the pathway for literacy.
Role Play & Acting - This appears to improve memory, recollection and to be able to understand and look at general knowledge.
Dance - By practising and learning dance, children develop observational skills. This could transfer to other cognitive areas.
The study shows that the “appreciation of the Art’s will lead to pleasure in producing that Art." It also demonstrates how practicing an Art can impact and develop many areas of the brain and the associated pathways. And how visual, linguistic, movement, and music develop completely different areas within the brain.
So whether your child likes music, dance, role-playing, painting or any of the arts. All of them are benefiting brain functions, and each one has a different result.
So have fun, paint a picture, role-play, dance and listen to music, it all matters and it works.
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