A 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, and had a greater sense of self-worth and 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:
- visual arts,
- design, and many more!
Here are 5 reasons to make time in your homeschool for involvement in the arts:
1. Less Fear of Failure
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 Vicki Tillman’sHuman Development from a Christian Worldview text.
2. A place in which to excel
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. Parent-Child Bonding
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. Social Skills
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 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.
For more on How To Direct a Homeschool Drama Camp, click here.
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!
How can you incorporate Fine Arts into your homeschool?
Are you or your kids interested in Drama?
Check out our Drama Resources for Homeschoolers, including the script for The Search for the Solution, a play that debuted in 2007 with a homeschool cast and was produced again with a new group of homeschoolers in 2013.
Now is the time to start planning a Drama Camp or Club for the summer!