Investigating and appreciating the arts allow children to integrate a number of different skills essential to child development. The arts provide each child with another vehicle and organizing framework to express ideas and feelings. Music, movement, drama and visual arts stimulate children to use words, manipulate tools and media and solve problems in ways that simultaneously convey meaning and are aesthetically pleasing.
Through experimenting with sounds, colors, forms, motion and words, children communicate in ways that are distinctly their own and that reflect their own learning style. Each painting, dramatic play scenario and improvised tune provides teachers and families with insights into a child’s interests and abilities and allows children to express what they know. In an environment that fosters the arts, children learn to appreciate the contributions of other children and the works of others that reflect different experiences, cultures and views.