Parents, are you naturally concerned about your children’s future and asking the question that haunts parents everywhere? The question that asks, “How can we be sure that our children have the right skills to enter the working world and be able to live independently?”
Recent news articles would have you believe that your children may never leave the nest; may never strike out on their own; may never become self-supportive and more than likely be living with you for quite some time after they obtain a college degree that you worked so hard to pay for.
What if we told you that there is a way to significantly reduce or eliminate this possibility from becoming a reality in your household? Would you consider changing the way you educate your student to make it happen? If so, then you are a parent who is interested in giving your child the skills that academics alone cannot teach. Skills that they will need to achieve a successful future in a world that is searching for entrepreneurs, creativity, and innovation.
Did you know that while academics gives children the facts, experience expands their cognitive processing ability to be able to think critically, be innovative, solve problems and be creative? Experience takes academic facts to a new level. It is that next level of thinking and creating that will define whether your child meets with success or failure in the real world.
So how do you give children the experiences they need to take academics to the next level? The process is simply to introduce the Arts modalities of Music, Visual Arts, Movement Arts and Linguistic Arts into your student’s curriculum each day. Research, (Dana Foundation, “How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition”) shows that sustained focus on any one of the art modalities causes changes in specific brain networks related to that skill and produces stronger efficient networks. Practicing a particular art skill brings a wide variety of neural networks together to perform the skill, thereby strengthening many neural networks at once.
Music strengthens math, spelling, perception, memory, understanding and language.
Visual Arts strengthens vision, visual acuity, math, proportion, depth perception, placement, making ideas come to life on paper requires higher order math
Movement Arts strengthens sensation, confidence, emotion, planning, organizing, problem solving, personality and behavior control
Linguistic Arts strengthens spelling, perception, memory, making sense of the world, expression of ideas, speech, reading, comprehension
We hear many of you say that you take your children to art museums, art classes, Lego camps, and other great field trips, and are getting the Arts inclusion your child needs in these ways. Please, parents do not stop going and doing all those things and having those experiences with your children. But, if you are interested in creating experiences that will be beneficial to learning; that will promote neurobiological growth and strengthen cognitive functioning, it is only through sustained focus and practice of an art modality that will actually cause a change in brain function and make the difference we are speaking about here.
Creating experiences for students through the Arts helps them to understand who they are; what their particular passion is and helps them to grow their passion to make a life. This is an important aspect in today’s constantly changing world where the entrepreneurial spirit is strong. Those who learn to see new patterns; see how to learn from their mistakes, or those who can envision solutions to problems, will be the ones to come up with the answers much needed for the future.
Life has no formula, no proven game plan and it’s not academic. We get to make it up as we go along, and so will our children. If we teach them today, how to make a life for themselves for tomorrow, they will leave the nest and strike out on their own; become self-supportive and be able to live independently. And that college degree that you worked so hard to pay for? Well, I think you know what the answer to that one will be.
The Arts, parents, is the foundation of all learning, not an option for a rainy day, but a real necessity for the future success of our children.
Let BEE help you empower your child today, for a lifetime of success and independence tomorrow.