Arts and Sports

ART AND CULTURAL

STEPPING STONE promotes creative thinking and artistic expression. The students get the opportunity to showcase their skills in visual as well as performing arts through a variety of programs like competitions, festivals, workshops, and shows. Not only does our art program nurture a passion for a specific art, it also inculcates an aesthetic sensibility and creativity in them.

1. ARTS and craft: Arts and crafts are important for several different reasons…

They help in the developmental growth in children of all ages in a few areas:

2. Motor and Coordination Skills: Simple tasks such as using a pair of scissors or holding a paintbrush helps enhance fine motor skills. Arts and crafts are also a great time to help your child learn things like how to hold a pencil correctly. The sooner they learn, the easier grade school will be.

3.Language Development: When a young child makes something new, they enjoy sharing it with others. Encourage your child to discuss with you what they havemade and how they made it, as this will help improve their language skills.

4. Academic Skills: Through arts and crafts, children can also improve their academic skills.
For example, they are faced with counting out the correct number of beads, reading the instructions, or writing a few words on theproject.

5. Creativity: Creativity is actually a learned skill – we often block out creativity, so it is important to help our children practice it so they don’t losethat skill.
Encourage your child to put their own creative spin on the project or allow them to determine how to display the project in a creative fashion. You will be surprised what goes on in that little imagination of theirs!

6. Decision Making and Critical Thinking: Your child will need strong decision-making skills and solid critical thinking skills for the rest of their life. In fact, these skills will be avital aspect of their professional development and success later in life.
Creating something can teach them how to make decisions through deciding what they will do with the finished piece, what colors willthey use, what materials will be best to use. They are faced with the challenge of thinking critically in terms of deciding the best routefor going about the project and decision making based on all the aspects of the project.

7.Drawing and painting:Why Drawing is Important for Your Child’s Development
One of the first things a child can do is pick up a pencil and start drawing. And as new technologies are becoming much more accessible to children and their families, they bring with them new ways to learn important creative skills. We see drawing as one of the most fundamental of these skills – here are just some of the reasons why…Drawing makes children more expressive
Children can’t always express themselves using words and actions, so drawing is another important form of communication. You can gain an insight into your child’s thoughts and feelings through their drawings. Being able to express what they feel also boosts a child’s emotional intelligence.It enhances your child’s motor skillsFrom a small scribble to a masterpiece that takes pride of place on the fridge, drawing can enhance your child’s motor skills from a young age. Starting them as early as possible will help them improve their hand and eye coordination, while fine-tuning their finger muscles.


Drawing develops your kid’s problem solving skills


When drawing, a child is faced with multiple decisions- whether it’s ‘what colour should I use here?’ or ‘How do I draw a animal and connect one part of its body to another?’ All these questions require them to solve problems. Try asking them why they drew certain parts the way they did or why they used certain colours, and see what solutions they came to.
It lets their imagination run wild!


Drawing enables your child’s imagination to become more active. Each time they draw they access their imagination and make physical representations of what’s in their mind. People’s imaginations have allowed them to create all of the things that we use and are surrounded by everyday
Drawing gets your little ones school ready
Drawing is one of the early foundations of logical thinking or abstract thought. Whether your child is still at home with you or at school already, drawing helps them prepare for understanding more difficult concepts. Learning these creative ways of thinking at an early age readies a child for future education. Provide your kids with a variety of materials to draw with, for example crayons, paint, chalk – and don’t forget digital media tools too, to help them get used to the tablets and other computers that they’re sure to use frequently in the future.

8.Theatre: Children’s Theatre is the most challenging form of theatre for any actor to perform. They are your most honest critics and will tell you straight away if you as an actor are not completely committed to being the Lion or the Grasshopper. They don’t wait for the reviews, they write them themselves, and you know pretty clearly how they feel. Because it’s a reaction to their most natural instinct – truth.
There is nothing quite like sitting in an auditorium when the overture starts, the lights go down and the magic begins to unfold.
Theatre is not only a magical way to entertain your children, but it nurtures the most important attribute children have - IMAGINATION!

9.Music: Music and the Brain: The Benefits of Music


A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.
But academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.
In addition to the developmental benefits, simply put: music bring us joy. Just think about listening to a good song in the car with the window down on a beautiful day. That's joy.

 

10.Sports: Children have to be active every day. Physical activity stimulates growth and leads to improved physical and emotional health. Today, research shows that the importance of physical activity in children is stronger than ever. For example, medical researchers have observed that highly active children are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer of the colon, obesity, and coronary heart disease later in life. Exercise is also known to relieve stress. Some children experience as much stress, depression, and anxiety as adults do. And because exercise improves health, a fit child is more likely to be well-rested and mentally sharp. Even moderate physical activity has been shown to improve a child’s skill at arithmetic, reading, and memorization. But sport, not just exercise, gives a child more than just physical well-being; it contributes to a child’s development both psychologically and socially.


Sport psychologist Dr. Glyn Roberts of the University of Illinois has worked primarily in children’s sport for the last two decades. He emphasizes that sport is an important learning environment for children. “Sport can affect a child’s development of self-esteem and self-worth,” explains Roberts. “It is also within sport that peer status and peer acceptance is established and developed.” One way children gain acceptance by their peers is to be good at activities valued by other children, says Roberts.


 Research shows that children would rather play sports than do anything else. A study conducted in the United States showed that high school boys and girls would rather be better at sports than in academic subjects. The same study showed that high school boys would rather fail in class than be incompetent on the playing field. Because sport is important to children, being good at sports is a strong social asset. Young boys in particular use sports and games to measure themselves against their friends. Children who are competent at sports are more easily accepted by children of their own age, and are more likely to be team captains and group leaders. Such children usually have better social skills. The primary goal of parents and coaches is to help children find the success in sport they need to make them feel valued and wanted. Every child can be successful at one sport or another. Take the time to find the sports that are right for each child.