As a homeschooling mom, I know how important it is for kids to learn practical, logical, and analytical skills. I also know that it is imperative that kids be allowed to express their creative side. Both sets of skills are extremely important. Stumped for ways to incorporate creative learning into your homeschool? Here are some creative skills for kids to explore.
Creative Skills for Kids to Explore
I should add that every child is different. What illuminates one child’s creativity may not be enjoyable for another child at all. I have three kids, and they are ALL different! That’s why it is important to let your kids explore creativity to find what suits them.
Children who have studied music from a young age have proven to be more capable when learning a wider range of subjects. Not only does this skill encourage children to become more active listeners, but it can also help develop their motor skills as well as their ability to think creatively. 15-Minute Music Lessons or Singing Made Easy are great options for introducing music.
There is a connection between music and math. To understand music, you must understand beats, rhythms, and scales. Similarly, learning to play an instrument as part of a wider band can help develop communication and team working skills.
When you allow children to make art, you are fostering their creative side. This can help them tune into new ways of thinking and problem-solving. It’s always great to have plenty of arts and crafts supplies on hand for kids to express themselves with.
Unlike other subjects, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to art. You can let your older child explore art lessons online. You can even try painting with nature. Younger children may enjoy making alphabet crafts. Finding ways to incorporate art into your homeschool allows kids to express themselves freely, which can give them a self-esteem boost.
Acting and the world of drama is a super fun way for kids to express themselves and learn valuable life skills. This creative practice teaches kids how to communicate, collaborate, and listen. It can also expose children to difficult scenarios and teach them to empathize with characters involved in complicated situations.
If music gives children the ability to practice basic motor skills, dancing gives them the chance to express these with movement. Dancing is extremely therapeutic for children and it can help them learn to regulate their emotions. With dance, children become more aware of their bodies as they learn to use physical movement as an emotional outlet for their expression.
Creative writing prompts are great tools because they spark imagination skills. With these prompts, you can let your kids just free write, or you can use them to teach how to structure a story, how to develop characters, and how to express themselves through vivid imagery or language. You can also explore other forms of creative writing such as poetry or journaling.
Children are all very different and this means that their preferred style of learning can also change significantly. Creative subjects like art, music, dance, or theatre, quickly get disregarded when they should be celebrated instead.
Some kids will express more dominance with the left side of their brain (the analytical side) whilst other children will show greater resilience with functions associated with the right side of their brain (the creative side). No matter what cerebral hemisphere they resonate with the most, you must allow them to express and develop both sets of skills equally.