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The arts pale behind literacy and numeracy

Remember when you were a child? Remember what it felt like to ‘squish’ paint around a piece of paper? What it felt like to dance and sing along to your favourite TV characters, whether they were bears, birds or dinosaurs? Remember what it felt to make something new out of play dough, or even to wonder what play dough might ‘taste’ like? Remember what it felt like to be totally ‘wrapped up’ in the moment of painting a picture or ‘being’ a pirate, to just create something with a feeling of exploration and discovery, in the joy of the moment? In those moments you probably didn’t feel like you were ‘learning’ did you? Those sensations are however critical to being fully human, to exploring your world, expressing yourself, communicating with others and just having great fun.

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