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?
Tips for the Starting Out Stage
You don’t need formal lessons in preschool and kindergarten. This age is all about experimenting. Offer a wide variety of art mediums and music and drama experiences to give your child an idea of what these subjects are all about. While many children at this age will throw themselves into each experience with reckless abandon, don’t worry if your child doesn’t like to get messy, hates the noise, or is shy in front of people. Just keep offering the opportunities.
More than likely, though, things are probably going to get messy and loud. If it is all too much, try moving art and music time outside to the patio. Here are some other ideas:
- Purchase large vinyl tablecloths to lay on the ground to contain most of the mess. Save Dad’s old t-shirts or dress shirts or buy plastic art aprons. Consider investing in an art easel if you have the money and the space.
- Purchase a simple set of children’s musical instruments, such as a tambourine, triangle, and mini cymbals. Let your child experiment with them, including attempting to find the beat as you listen to song recordings.
- Point out the beauty of God’s creation to your child as you go throughout the day. Take in the gorgeous sunset, listen to the delightful bird song, etc.
- Take your child to age-appropriate concerts and plays.
- Listen to a wide variety of music at home and in the car. Find recordings of various instruments and composers to share with your child.
- Read books about famous artists and composers.
- Consider enrolling in Kindermusik.