Fine Arts in Homeschool High School
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 young people who grew up with exposure to and involvement in the arts were stronger academically, better communicators, and had a greater sense of self-worth and responsibility to their communities than those who were not involved in the arts.
As homeschoolers, we have a wonderful opportunity to encourage our teens’ involvement in various artistic endeavors: music, visual arts, drama, dance, design, and many more. Here are 5 reasons to make time in your homeschool high school for involvement in the arts:
1. When young people are encouraged to try various types of artistic expression, 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 Vicki Tillman’s Human Development from a Christian Worldview text).
2. Teens 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. Teens with learning difficulties like ADHD can sometimes find self-discipline more easily developed in the framework of artistic activities.
3. Shy teens 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 have directed Drama Camps (one-week intensives for student actors) for over a decade, and I have seen so many homeschool high schoolers blossom in the area of social confidence when they have a small role in our play. Download your copy of How to Direct a Homeschool Drama Camp (manual and DVD).
4. Teens 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 teen 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 high schoolers with similar interests. This is a great way to SPARKLE up a transcript, too. 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.
5. Homeschool high schoolers need Fine Arts for graduation.
Most states require at least one Fine Arts credit on the transcript. Need some fun ideas? Download our FREEBIE: A Fun and Easy Fine Arts Credit.
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