With our busy school days, it can be easy to focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic and let subjects like art, music, and drama fall by the wayside, especially if those are subjects that we as parents don’t have a natural bent for. But teaching fine arts is important for a number of reasons, such as inspiring creativity, building confidence, developing focus and motor skills, and improving academic performance. Yes, the arts can be messy or loud. Yes, they take a great deal of time for practice. But in the end, the benefits are well worth it. So, how can you go about adding fine arts to your daily schedule in the Beginning to Understand stage of learning?
Tips for the Beginning to Understand Stage
If your child has never had fine arts lessons, consider trying some when she reaches the middle school years. The arts open up a world of opportunities for careers, as well as enjoyment. Students at this age should be held responsible for practicing and taking care of any equipment, scripts, or musical instruments that they have been given.
- Ask your child to create a personal song, skit, or work of art.
- Your public school might allow students to attend just for orchestra or vocal music. Some cities and larger towns have public band, orchestra, choir, or drama groups that your child can be a part of.
- Assign your child a fine arts project to go along with core curriculum subjects. Create a commercial jingle to advertise a literature book, make a poster that shows an important event in history, or dramatize a scientific discovery.
- Plan time and opportunity for fine arts practice.
- Check out your local university or community college to find instructors for fine arts you aren’t comfortable teaching. Sometimes upper level students give lessons as a way to make money for college.
- Attend a Broadway musical in your city or one nearby.
- Purchase a variety of drawing and painting books. Invest in “real” art supplies, such as canvas, drawing pencils, and oil paints.
- Participate in homeschool and church programs and music events.
- Include visits to museums and galleries in your homeschool field trips.