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Art may help children with difficult schoolwork

on Friday,February 18,2011 21:02

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Many kids find traditional subjects, such as English and math, to be uninteresting in school. Now, new teaching methods are being explored to capture the attention of students who would otherwise shrug off schoolwork.

Randal Wung, a participant at the Lawrence Hall of Science in California, has made it a goal to help children get excited about learning again, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald. Recently, Wung worked with approximately 100 children to help with the "Art of Math Festival" at the Cave Elementary School. Teachers and other members from the Lawrence Hall of Science instructed children on how to incorporate crafts into their schoolwork for an enhanced learning experience.

"Even though there are a lot of us, they help me and the others," D'mesha Bernie, a second-grade student at Cave Elementary, told the Times-Herald. "My mom tells me art is wonderful and someday it might be in a museum."

Krystal Matthewson, an 11th-grade volunteer, told the news source that she was thrilled to see how eager the children were to learn. The "Art of Math Festival" may persuade others to enter the art industry to help others in the future.

Employment of artists is expected to increase by 12 percent over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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