4 Ways to Allow Creative Expression in Your HomeschoolLinda Rose
Some children are wired to look at the world from a creative point of view instead of a logical, linear, or mathematical point of view. Those kinds of learners especially benefit from homeschool approaches that incorporate the freedom of creative expression. But all of your students, no matter their thinking patterns, can be motivated with the variety that creative projects inject into your routine. Here are four ways I make room for creative expression in my homeschool.
Keep Inspiring Supplies on Hand
I have a large basket full of all sorts of drawing/coloring materials —markers, colored pencils, paint sticks, gel pens, sharpies, oil and chalk pastels. This basket is easily accessible to all of the kids as they do their school work because writing your math answers with an electric blue marker makes math much more fun!
We also have a drawer where we keep many of our specialty art papers — construction paper, scrapbook paper, watercolor paper, and drawing paper. It’s easy just for kids to grab which type of paper for the project they are creating at the moment.
Make Time for Drawing
Sometimes drawing or doodling helps our brain focus on the subject we are studying. I have found that when my kids’ hands are busy, their brains are able to concentrate on what I’m reading. It may seem they aren’t listening, but they are. I also like to have on hand How to Draw books and books with lots of pictures which give the kids an idea of what they might want their finished picture to look like. It’s also fun to draw what you are learning instead of getting bogged down in an essay. Essays are great, but sometimes a detailed drawing with lots of colors leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
And don’t forget to take advantage of coloring pages. Simply provide inspiring pictures on the topic you are currently studying, and allow your kids to color. Don’t dictate or try to force learning on them. They will learn and absorb the details of the picture naturally. Listen to each of them talk, and gently guide them into giving an oral narration of the material that you covered the day before. I’m always amazed at the depth of details that my kids can recall when their brains are engaged in multi-sensory learning.
Study Everyday Subjects in a Novel Way
Once we got into a rut of doing the same thing for the same subject every day. To say that got a little monotonous is an understatement. Try switching things up. Complete a related art project, make a scrapbook of the subject, draw a timeline, make an experiment notebook, watch a video, take a field trip, cook or bake a new recipe. All of these are excellent ways to break up the monotony of the same thing everyday.
Creativity isn’t limited to art projects. Being creative comes in many different forms. Allowing children to have choices is the simplest way to add creativity into your homeschool. Say you are learning about birds in your science curriculum. Choose from the library three books and one movie and allow them to choose the order in which those books or movies are enjoyed. After the material has been read or watched, let them choose a project to demonstrate all that they have learned. Maybe you think you don’t have any creative ideas for learning projects. That’s okay! Your children may have plenty of their own ideas if you let them have ownership of the project.