Children who study the arts—music, dance, theater, or visual arts—usually do better in school. Here are some ways parents can help their children love the arts:
Look for ways to bring the arts into your daily life. Sing when you’re in the car. Keep a box of art supplies handy so a young artist can draw or paint.
Watch programs about the arts on television, or listen to them on the radio. If you’ve never listened to an opera, look to see when one is broadcast on television.
Check your local newspaper for arts events for kids. Many of these are free or cost very little. Attend some of these performances with your child. You may both discover that you love classical music.
Visit local museums. Many have at least one day when they are open to the public without a charge. This is a good day to take children. If your kids get bored after a short visit, don’t force them to stay.
Find out what arts programs are offered in your child’s school. Encourage your child to take part in these programs.
Don’t let money stand in the way. Your child may want to play in the band, but you are worried about buying an instrument. Ask the school—there may be a program that makes instruments available.
Check out books about art and artists when you’re in the library.
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