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Creativity is an essential part of a child’s life. It helps them learn, grow, and discover the world around them as well as themselves. However, as you might be aware schools are focusing more and more on what they seem to be the essential subjects. Something that can cause creativity in terms of the arts to be marginalised and be less a part of your child’s life. Happily, there are some strategies for combating this at the different stages in your child life, just read on to discover what they are.
If your little one is in primary school like mine is, then it’s a great time to get them introduced and engaged in creative pursuits. You will find that there is still a reasonable amount of artistic and musical activities provided at school at this stage. Although, even at this young age it can start to be pushed out in favour of things that will look better in the league tables.
To encourage their creativity is a good idea to provide them with fun artistic and musical activities to do at home in their spare time. To get inspiration for this checkouts page like pinterest.co.uk or you could subscribe to a monthly box that delivers predetermined and organised activities to your home. Something that can make it easy for even the busiest family to have some fun being creative together. Don’t forget I have plenty of ideas right here too.
Once your little ones progress onto Junior school, you may notice a significant decline in creative opportunities.
This is why it can be very useful at this time to encourage them to take up an after school activity that is artistic or musical. The important thing here is that you let them have some time to explore their preferences and try different things, so they can establish where their passion lies.
One way to help your kids continued access to creative activities is to get them in school that values this as well as more traditional academic pursuits. Often, these best schools for encouraging creativity are private ones that your child will need to take an entrance exam to get into. Don’t worry though, as it’s not as scary as it seems. You can even get advice at sites like Educators.co.uk on how to prep and pass the test. Something that makes the whole experience much easier for parent and kids alike.
Remember it is particularly important to get them to attend a school that has good facilities for creative pursuits as this age. The reason for this that this is when they will be making their GCSE and future career choices. That means if they want to enter one of the many and ironically growing creative fields for work such as graphic design, web design, digital arts for films and publications, as well as music and drama they will need a good foundation and qualifications to do so.
While creative and artistic pursuits may be declined in the formal school environment, there is a lot that we can do to keep it in our children’s lives. Whether that is providing the materials and time to be creative at home, encouraging them in after-school pursuits, or even helping them to pick a school that continues to value creativity despite the current political climate.
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