Children are never too young for enrichment opportunities. Teaching children how to play with other children and learning new skills benefits them in the long run. It not only helps them develop confidence and social skills from a young age, but enrichment programs are actually considered critical because the brain is developing at this age.
Research shows that learning art, music and other enrichment skills can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs. In some classrooms and curricula, the arts are merely an option. But as the research and experts demonstrate, considerable value is granted to children who participate in music, theater, art and dance alongside other learning activities.
According to a report by Americans for the Arts, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills are strengthened by arts education. These skills can transfer to other areas, leading to achievement outside of the arts. Young people regularly engaged in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, win an award for writing an essay or poem or participate in a math and science fair than those who don’t participate in the arts, a report from Americans for the Arts states.
When choosing a childcare program for your child, make sure that enrichment components are part of the curriculum. Enrichment classes provide a different environment then what children experience at home. The programs let them become explorers and discoverers of the world. The classes shouldn’t push children but instead provide an environment rich with opportunities to explore and learn in ways that come naturally to them.