Homeschooling the Fine Arts!

Homeschooling the Fine Arts

The fine arts typically bring out either a “love” or “hate” relationship! Teaching music, or drama, or even art can seem daunting if you as the parent don’t have these skills. However, statistics show that students who engage in some form of fine art elective seem to be more relaxed and learn a variety of life skills.

  • Patience – We’ve all heard that patience is a virtue, and when it comes to fine arts it’s a practice! Student’s learn patience through trial and error, through practicing skills, and even waiting for the perfect timing!
  • Hard Work – Sure this goes hand-in-hand with patience but it’s definitely something that comes with working in the fine arts. Whether it’s a sculpture or an involved piece of music, students will have to invest hard work into the fine art form that they are developing.
  • Personal Expression – This is one of the best aspects of developing a fine art. Students can express their own personal thoughts, or share their viewpoint through dance, art, or music. This method of self-expression can be so fulfilling!
  • Personal Creativity – The student’s ability to develop their creativity is an amazing way to open their minds to all of their potential. Tapping into creativity can cause other talents and skills to rise to the surface. All of that can start with something as simple as a hobby!

How Do I Teach a Fine Arts Homeschool Course?

Parents still find it difficult to bring the creative fine arts into their homeschool. But, remember you can outsource! You don’t have to be the teacher of everything that your student needs to learn. There are alot of great ways to bring in outside expertise to help your teen tap into their creative side!

  • Personal lessons
  • Tutors
  • Homeschool Co-ops
  • Field Trips
  • Museum Experiences
  • Research Papers
  • Online courses

How Do I Count the Fine Arts Course for Credit?

For those of you who won’t be using a standard textbook, you will want to log work hours. This is especially helpful for unschoolers who complete many hours of life skills. Skills such as sewing, art, music, technology skills, animal husbandry… normally fall in the lower credit hours–120, and are still counted as one-credit courses. An hour a day, five days a week for a thirty-six week school year easily qualifies for one credit in a specific subject.

Half-credit courses equal approximately 60 hours and quarter-credit courses are comprised of approximately 30 work hours.

If your child is participating in dual enrollment courses, you should know that community college courses (one-semester courses), are equal to a one-year high school course (one-credit) even though the college credit will read as three credits. High school credits and college credits are calculated differently.

About 

Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]


September 30, 2019

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