Among the numerous challenges that parents face in handling children’s art skills, getting kids to practice is the most challenging of all. What’s more, parents and art teachers often resort to the failed tactics they remember from their own childhood in desperate attempts to motivate their kids to practice.
A common example of this issue is the “practice for 30 minutes” rule, in which a parent or teacher will recommend that the child practices for 30 minutes a day and generally increase this time as they get older. In attempts to enforce adherence to this commitment, parents will often “bribe” the child for completing 30 minutes of “work” with something rewarding like watching TV, playing outside or playing video games. The problem with this method is that it makes the 30 minutes of practicing something to be endured in order to do something that is rewarding ( from a child’s point of view).
To transform practicing into a rewarding activity, parents should encourage reaching daily goals. For example, instead of saying that 30 minutes of practice is enough regardless of what is achieved, you might say, “Today the goal of practicing is to draw a simple given picture no matter how much time it takes.” Whether reaching this goal takes 15 minutes or 30 minutes isn’t important. What is important is that the child knows the goal of each daily practice session and feels motivated to be as efficient as possible while practicing in order to reach that goal and feel that sense of accomplishment.
HOW DOES CREATIVITY HELP YOUR CHILD?
Creativity helps your kid develop mentally, socially, and emotionally. Creating art may boost young children’s ability to analyze and problem-solve in many ways, according to Mary Ann F. Kohl, author of Primary Art: It’s the Process, Not the Product.
TOP 10 SKILLS CHILDREN LEARN FROM THE ARTS (According to the Washington Post)
- Creativity – Or as many use the term “Thinking outside the box”. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.
2. Confidence –Public relations during late stages of life is everything. Arts involving acting and theater gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.
3. Problem Solving – Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. In any career, problem solving is a crucial skill for evolving in any acquired position.
4. Perseverance –In the world we are living in, competing with peers is everything. People are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.
5. Focus – Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.
6. Non-Verbal Communication – Kids are coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively in front of audience.
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback – Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.
8. Collaboration – Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through arts, children learn how to collaborate with other exam members for the success of the final project. While collaborating, kids achieve the feeling of being a part of something that isn’t attached to one person.
9. Dedication –In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience’s applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.
10. Accountability – When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that they are held responsible for what they are accounted for doing to accomplish a specific task.