Continuing my list, #3 homeschool goal for the new school year is to spend more creative art time with the kids. Doing lots more hands-on art projects for science and history. Plus working on some themed paintings.
There truly is something soothing about putting on some classical music and breaking out the acrylic paints and canvas and just exploring colors and shapes. It’s also the best medium to teach kids that things don’t have to be perfect. Sometimes painting is just the opportunity to express our feelings, whether be color choices or by brush strokes. It really can be a therapeutic process. I know I thoroughly enjoy it, and absolutely love watching children paint on canvas. Kids truly love receiving a canvas to work on. They feel so proud, honored, and mature for the opportunity to work on them.
I love watching their expressions when I set up our art space.
The best part is teaching them how to take constructive criticism. I know this is a huge challenge for many of us. We can get offended or hurt. But this has worked as a discipline in our house, so that we can work to improve ourselves without taking offense (no this has not been seamless of course). Plus, learning just because someone has some feedback, it does not mean we should or have to take it. Then the bigger part is how do you respond to someone’s criticism, without being rude or angry. That is tough, even for adults. As for me? Absolutely, it can be difficult!
Oh, the blessing this provides for more teachable moments, for them and for me.
I hope you find the time and to courage (as it can be sometimes) to add more art time to your routine.
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6