5 Reasons to Include Fine Arts in Your Homeschool High School

Here are 5 reasons to include Fine Arts in your homeschool.

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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:

  1. Give them required credit for their homeschool transcripts. 
  2. 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.

5 Reasons to Include Fine Arts in Your Homeschool

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 ).

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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:

Acting and Directing

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.

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Sabrina Justison

20+ year homeschool mom and curriculum developer for 7SistersHomeschool.com. Fred's wife. Writing, drama, music, blogs, kids, shoes, coffee, & books in varying orders on various days. He is God, He is good & He loves me.

15 Replies to “5 Reasons to Include Fine Arts in Your Homeschool High School”

  1. My children have been involved in band and choir, drama (including Sabrina’s drama camps – for years I had 3 children attending each summer), and cinematography. All have left them with wonderful memories and good friends, as well as experiences that can be used elsewhere in life. They also had opportunities to be involved in choir and drama with some of their siblings, so it was a bonding time for that as well.

    • Our homeschool community’s experiences with forming bands are a great example of having to be flexible. Years ago, we had leaders available to lead a “traditional school band” class. Then those leaders moved on, and we had a period of time with little opportunity for instrumental music with other homeschoolers. But God raised up new leaders in time with a heart for forming Praise Bands, and now our community has those instruments out making beautiful sounds once more.

  2. Hey, I know those kids in the video! Good work to Sam, who filmed and edited, and the silly actors.

    When my daughter was in high school she announced that she wanted to be a photographer. Fearing that she would not be able to earn a living, I tried to divert her attention. That is until a wiser homeschool mom pointed out that God’s will might be different than mine (imagine that).

    She took photography at the community college during her junior/senior years of high school and majored in college. She now works as an art teacher and does professional photography.

    • Vicki, your daughter’s example is so beautiful because not only did she go after her own dream and gained the skills and credentials to be a professional photographer (and my daughter’s wedding photographer, to boot!), she also wanted to give back to the homeschool community that blessed her. My son Jonah took an art class with her that gave him artistic and self-discipline tools that I never could have provided on my own.

  3. These are very good points. My children have been blessed to have a number of opportunities in our community, and specifically homeschool community, for music, dance, and drama. It has been very good for them all. They have learned a lot about self-discipline, taking constructive criticism, working as a team, and perseverance in addition to the skills themselves. These extra-curriculars have really contributed to their growth.

    • One of the most important character-forming things my kids did in high school was participate in Sabrina’s drama camps. They learned:
      -to try on new hats
      -to encourage and support others
      -that God can work wonders when we are out of our comfort zones
      -to work hard
      -to be a part of a working team
      -to have fun as a team member

      I can’t say enough about how important guided drama experiences have been for my kids.

      • Another great reason for children to participate in “guided drama experiences” is the lessons the drama is communicating to the audiences are usually lessons the actors have adopted in their personal lives that will last a life time.

        • So true. A line that showed up in a couple of the early plays I wrote for Drama Camp was “He is God. He is good, and he He loves me.” I have former students from YEARS ago who will still occasionally post that as their status on Facebook. The truth they played out on stage for the audience became a part of their own walk with God. His truths are everlasting!

      • It has been so cool to see students (like your kids, Vicki) mature from one year’s camp to the next. Ones who started as “cut-ups” in the group, having to constantly be reminded of the task at hand, became powerful leaders in future years. Really rewarding for the director, I gotta say!

    • Allison, I know that dance was a hugely positive experience for my daughter, Bekah. Her years learning ballet, tap and jazz had little to do with a future of professional dancing and EVERYTHING to do with discipline and accepting constructive criticism. She probably counts her time in dance classes as some of the most character-forming time in her growing-up experience.

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