It’s so easy to just stick to our textbooks as we teach our kids but it can get plain boring for them. They’re not allowed to express their creativity. Then art gets left behind because it’s the “extra” subject.
You’re barely able to get through the main subjects that art slips away. You have art and craft supplies but you really should provide better instruction.
You’re not artsy yourself so you have no idea what you’re doing.
Enter Drawn to Discover, a new online enrichment program for children aged 4-11.
They teach science, math, language arts, geography, history, handwriting, and more… through art.
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Imagine if you didn’t do art as its own subject, but you did it as a part of the other subjects you learn.
Notebook the world around you
You can capture drawings of the world around you, when you’re outside in your backyard or out on a hike with your family, bring along a notebook and have your kids record what they see. Plants, animals or scenery that they can draw and color will go a long way rather than them just telling you about it.
They will pick out the things that are most important to them.
Respond in drawings
Learning about a special event in history or fractions in math, you can diagram as you teach and have your child explain their answers with a drawing. Have them draw a perfect 1/4 of a fraction using pizza or pies. Let them choose and then color it.
They may only answer one math question but look at all of the skills they would have used to draw a round circle and to evenly divide it into 4 pieces.
Keep a journal
Have them draw a picture before they do their writing. You’ll see that writing will come easier if they can just write about what they just drew. My boys always struggled with what to write about but they always had a picture in the head and then it was easier to translate that into words.
Why should your kids learn to draw?
Drawn to Connections is one of the programs that we started with. It started with a warm-up lesson where they practice drawing and coloring activities before they get to the actual lesson. The drew dragons, a dog, flowers and a patterned flower.
My daughter who is 6 loved this and my son who is 10 did a great job too. I was happy to find something that they could both do together and you can see the difference in their work level.
Drawn to Peace
This program takes special quotes from peacemakers and they draw a picture to illustrate that quote. I can’t wait to start on this one, the projects I’ve peaked at look amazing.
I didn’t think writing in cursive could be done via drawing but this program does it really well and teaches your kids to write in cursive in a fun way that isn’t repetitive or boring.
Preschool – Project Pencil Grip
This preschool program is perfect to start working on their pencil grip with simple art projects that are on their level.