Here are 5 reasons to include Fine Arts in your homeschool.
5 Reasons to Include Fine Arts in Your Homeschool
One of the best gifts we 7Sisters have been blessed to give our homeschool high schoolers is a broad exposure to Fine Arts. This has done 2 things for them:
- Give them required credit for their homeschool transcripts.
- Give them rich experiences that helped personal development. Even teens who are not called into the arts as a career benefit from exposure to Fine Arts.
A very interesting study was done by Shirley Brice Heath of Stanford University to determine the effect of involvement in artistic endeavors beyond traditional school settings. Her findings showed that children who grew up with exposure to and involvement in the arts were:
- stronger academically
- better communicators
- had a greater sense of self-worth
- had a greater sense of responsibility to their communities than children who were not involved in the arts
As homeschoolers, we have a wonderful opportunity to encourage our children’s involvement in various artistic endeavors: music, visual arts, drama, dance, design, and many more.
Here are 5 reasons to make time in your homeschool for involvement in the arts:
When children are encouraged to try various types of artistic expression at a young age, they are less likely to be afraid of “failing.” If they wait until later in their developmental process, they will have a more rigid set of rules that they have created for themselves, and will be more likely to be afraid to try. (For more information on developmental stages in children, check out Human Development from a Christian Worldview ).
2. Children who struggle with academics will often excel in the arts. Having this “arena for success” is a great encouragement to a child who struggles with reading or math. Children with learning difficulties like ADHD can sometimes find self-discipline more easily developed in the framework of artistic activities.
3. Helping your child try out various types of artistic activities can be a great bonding point for you. Sometimes our children only see us do things that we have already mastered. If I am humble enough to try dance with my child, even though I have no experience with dance and am not very good at it, it can be very reassuring to her to see that it’s okay to just give something a try, even if the result isn’t very inspiring for the audience!
4. Shy children tend to interact better socially if the social situation is structured. It’s easier for a shy student to speak up in a group if the purpose of that gathering is a drama club meeting, and everyone has a line or two to recite. I (Sabrina) have directed Drama Camps (one-week intensives for student actors) for over a decade, and I have seen so many children blossom in the area of social confidence when they have a small role in our play.
5. Kids who aren’t confident as athletes can still enjoy the benefits of physical activity and a sense of being part of a team. Dance is particularly great for the physical activity part, but drama and music are great ways to be part of a team, too. A child who likes drawing or painting can participate in creating a group mural with an art club. A very little effort on the part of mom or dad to start a group for kids with similar interests can go a long way in making great memories and encouraging a lifetime of creative expression in a child!
7Sisters has a number of resources to help homeschool moms start a drama program for their co-op or group. Here is one of our most popular drama resources:
We also have a resource on Fine Arts for Non-Artsy People. Vicki Tillman shares a fun and easy way to earn a General Fine Arts credit in a way that enriches your teen with beautiful (and simple) experiences. This is a no-fuss, no-fail way to expose your high schooler to beautiful art, music and drama.
If you would prefer listening to a podcast we have one on Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts Sparkle. College admissions officers look at thousands of transcripts each year. How can your homeschool high schooler stand out? Fine Arts electives give transcripts sparkle. It’s one way to catch their attention!
For more information on How to Start a Homeschool Support Group from which special-interest clubs can easily be formed, download the White Paper in our EBookstore.