The Value of Aesthetics

It helps the healthiness both of body and soul to live among beautiful things.
--William Morris
As we endeavor to shape the minds of our children, let us not forget to establish for them a realm of beauty and nature.
Children experience the world sensorially before weighing it intellectually. Therefore, the world we first create for a child sets a foundation for what the child considers correct, beautiful, appropriate.
As a child's participation in the natural world helps to develop an important relationship to it, so too does a child's experience with art.
While there are many, many art and craft products geared toward developing a child's creativity and imagination, it is more important to expose our children to the great works of art first.