Art history is more than just heavy textbooks and memorizing names and dates. In fact, the way I approach art history with my kids, there's no memorization at all, and the books are colorful story books!
Young kids usually learn best through kinesthetic and tactile activities, and develop auditory and visual learning skills later. So learning through art is a perfect way to get them engaged in any subject, and set them up for educational and creative success!
It can be challenging to make some subjects into a kinesthetic or tactile activity, but the good news is that kids usually LOVE doing art, and art history connects to almost every academic subject! So, while becoming their ultimate art history tour guide is a wonderful way to explore art together, you also get the extra added bonus of using art history as a gateway to study pretty much anything! You can learn about:
- and more, all through art!
Learning this way requires you to take a slightly different approach as to how you go about teaching. It actually requires that you don't teach at all... instead you guide.
What a relief!
Rather than researching, planning and teaching, you can have more fun (and usually get better results) when you begin with an open ended idea to explore, let your kids lead the discussion and see where it takes you.
As I sat down to reflect on the past 5 years of homeschooling my own kids, and what has been most successful, I keep coming back to our exploration of art history, and the way we integrate art into our home/school life. (For us, it's kind of the same thing.)
I put together a list of the 7 things that keep us inspired, enthusiastic about learning, and curious to know more! It's a little long for a blog post, so I've organized into a mini-course!
UPDATE DEC 30, 2017- This mini-course has been expanded and is now available for sale here.
Read one each day for a week, or devour them all at once, and jump start your school year with a renewed love of creativity that sets the stage for your best year yet! I think you'll especially love #5. It's so easy to implement, yet almost no one does it this way!
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