Art, it turns out, might be the key to getting good grades! It seems that nurturing creativity and a child’s unique expression of their individuality can have a huge impact on how they do in other areas of their life.
Many studies continue telling us the same thing. For example, a paper published by the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University concluded that “arts education…positively predicted academic achievement and growth in reading and mathematics from kindergarten to 5th grade. Moreover, the positive associations increased in strength as students progressed to later grades.”
A more recent study conducted by the George Mason University Arts Research Centre found a link between arts electives courses (such as music, dance, theatre, etc.) and better grades in middle school.
That’s the science of it, sure, but what does it mean?
Basically- the amount of time children spend doing arts isn’t wasted. In fact, this time can actually positively affect their performance on other subjects. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Through art, children can learn a valuable new skill (or many) and they can improve their academic performances.
How can you use this knowledge to your advantage?
Easy! Griddly has a list of things you can do:
- Enroll your kid in a new activity, or encourage them to pursue a new class at school.
- Nurture their artistic endeavours and interests! (Piano lessons, dance lessons, drawing lessons- there’s choices galore and plenty of community programs are very accessible! A little bit of research can have a lifetime of payoff.)
- Support clubs and Arts programs offered in your community. (You can volunteer, donate a little- what matters is that you show your kids that you’re excited about art!)
- Try to spend time together by doing some art at home, or playing some STEAM Games (you can turn it into a family tradition).