Making Time for Art in Your Homeschool
Art is one area of our homeschool that didn’t always make the cut when we first started our learning at home journey. I thought it was “wise” to spend our time reading, writing, and computing. Art would be messy and time consuming so it was best if I left it off the list. I find it pretty crazy that I had such thoughts since I was actually disappointed when I realized I could’ve pursued art education versus general elementary education, and I teach art classes regularly.
If you are like my first year homeschool mom self, I want to encourage you to make time for art in your home
Three Quick Tips for Making Time for Art in Your Homeschool
Other stuff has a way of snuffing art out of our daily living if I allow it. I decided I would have to prioritize art by placing it at the top of the day versus the latter part of the day. When art has become absent in our homeschool, we will do art before doing any other subjects. Changing up our schedule isn’t only great for helping us keep art in our daily living, but it also provides spontaneity to our homeschool, and we all benefit from mixing up the routine. We are a little more energetic while experiencing peace. That’s what I love about art—it awakens your mind while relaxing your soul at the same time.
Rethink Art Time.
One thing I realized is creating doesn’t have to be a subject, but instead we could create for pure enjoyment. Does your family make time for game nights or movie nights? Art could be incorporated in the same manner. My youngest daughter was my main art loving child. She thrived when it came to being free to create. When she was around 5 years old, she made it a point to have Saturday Art with us. She would think of projects for all of us to do together. We painted canvases, crafted, and anything else she wanted us to do. I have fond memories of creating art on Saturdays with my family. This time didn’t last forever, but it was a fun time while it lasted. You and your family can experience art outside of school time if during school hours doesn’t fit your schedule.
Enlist Art Help.
If you haven’t found time for art in your homeschool, I hope the three quick tips will help you and your family create more!