Ready, Set, Learn!
Who knew? Children who take part in an art program improve in a range
of literacy and critical-thinking skills, according to a recent study from the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. "Art is a precursor to
reading and writing because storytelling starts happening," says Church.
"They draw a picture and tell an entire story based on these scribbly
things. And the scribbles gradually become symbols, letters, words, and full
stories" — the building blocks of literacy.
Is it for my kid? Art, like music, is a universal inclination, but
kids who sit still easily for projects and those who tend to graffiti
everything in the house may tune in to it more. Painting and drawing can be
good for kids who need work on fine motor skills, and art is a great
confidence-booster for those with developmental delays.
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Stick With It or Quit?
Before you throw in the towel on swim class, find out why your child doesn't
like it: Talk with him afterward, when the situation is not so emotionally
charged, suggests Goldberg. Maybe the teacher yells or the class is too
difficult. "In some cases, you may uncover a problem that's easily
fixed," says Goldberg. If your child is preverbal, look at everything from
the teacher and students to the timing (is the class close to naptime?). Know
your child and gauge his comfort level. "If you can get your child to
cooperate, do it," Goldberg says, because your kid will learn and have fun.
"But if an activity is causing too much discomfort, stop and try again
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