Getting Your Kids Started Early in the Arts

Children who are allowed to express themselves and explore their creative side tend to do better in school, make more friends and have a better quality of life compared to those who are forced to live a structured life growing up. This means that parents should do their best to allow their kids to paint, draw or otherwise use their imagination as much as possible.

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(my son’s painting)

If your child is interested in the arts, you should nurture that passion as much as possible. Even if your child doesn’t become the next Picasso or write novels like Stephen King, you are allowing your children to explore their interests and find out for themselves what they are good at and what they may be interested in doing as a career after they are done with school. You can get your child started in theater by enrolling them in Standing Ovations children’s theater or any local performing arts group. 

Most importantly, you are allowing your children to have fun when they are allowed to take art classes with their friends or perform on stage for their friends and family. While they are having fun drawing or writing, they will also be learning history, verbal skills and how to solve problems as they develop their work. If children learn how to problem solve and think critically when they are younger, they will likely carry those skills over into adulthood.

4th Grade Homeschool Portfolio

We just had our third quarter portfolio review with The Master’s Academy a few days ago. My daughter is on her fourth year of homeschooling and she has definitely shown growth and mastery of her subjects through the past 4 years. Here are some pages of her portfolio for this third quarter.

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As you can see, she does very well in arts and hopes to be a book illustrator someday. She is an avid reader as well. Science and history are her favorite subjects while Math is not. We definitely need to work on more drills and problems together. Filipino is also a bit difficult but she can speak fluent Filipino.

More than the output, I am glad to see that she is learning and growing in the knowledge of Christ through our regular Bible study together and discussion of life. These moments are immeasurable and it is only through time that we will see the fruit of  all our labor and through the grace of God.

Overall, I thank the Lord for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside my daughter through homeschooling. No matter how hard, at the end of it all, my heart is full of joy and love.

Thumbprint Animals

Art work done by my son. He just used the stamp pad to create his thumbprints and colored markers to complete this artwork.

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Art Lessons At Home

A few weeks ago, the kids used colored papers to make their own mosaic art works.

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This artwork is inspired by the art curriculum that we have been using, Artistic Pursuits. Artistic Pursuits Early Elementary Book One is for 5 years old and above.It is filled with many colorful illustrations and introduces the principles of arts without intimidating the child.

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I am thankful to have found this art curriculum, because it has certainly helped the kids to have a deeper appreciation for the arts and the principles of art. If you want an art curriculum which is fun and informative, you should definitely try Artistic Pursuits.

 

 

 

Digital Art Works

My daughter started using Microsoft Paint and tried to make her original digital art works. These are her most recent finished works:

Title: Dogs In The Night

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Title:  Two Cats
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Title:  Animal Painting

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So, what do you think?