Welcome to the May Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival, 'Kids and Learning.'
The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Art" which doesn't just mean doing craft - it includes music, performance art and appreciation as well! Our bloggers have come up with many different thought-provoking takes on this theme. Please read through to the end to find links to the other participating blogs.
|Image: D. Sharon Pruitt|
Thus, as it is not part of our capitalist system, as art is so difficultly monetized and does not conform to the rules of kyriarchy, from a young age, we - as a society - start marginalizing the arts. Drawing becomes doodling, crafts become hobbies, theatre becomes pretending.
Art is limited to one or maybe a few hours in a curriculum for those who are so lucky. And parents are reluctant to send their kids to art school, because 'how will they make money off this'.
I completely disagree with our society's stance on this.
Art - in it's various expressions - might well be the single most important pass time of mankind. Not only can man express his feelings and frustrations through art (thus avoiding the therapy that is so highly attended in some industrialized countries), art also has great power. It can connect, disrupt, emote...
So instead of trivializing arts later in life, we should enforce our children's focus on them, we should encourage them to be creative. We ourselves as parents should set an example by the unbridled pursuit of our creative interests. You always wanted to be a dancer, but you thought you were too old/too fat/too clumsy, don't hold back, find a course and get to it.
Even if you're an engineer/scientist/banker/whatever, you have a need for a creative outlet. So stop finding 101 excuses and make it work today. You'll feel better and your children will learn that the arts are not just a pass time on the road to adulthood.
- CatWay at Adventures With Kids is getting the most out of a trip to the art gallery with ideas of how to prepare children and interest them while they are there.
- Mamapoekie from Authentic Parenting argues for the importance of art and why we should be encouraging it as our children get older.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources talks about how to create an environment that encourages young children to explore art.
- Sharon at Hear Mum Roar has done a fantastic video post by getting her children to do an activity two different ways and letting you see the very different results.
- Amanda at HomeAge has been admiring art with her daughter since she was a baby, taking her to several art exhibitions and reading books.
- Kate from Picklebums talks about why art is important for little people and has a huge list of activities you can try.
- The Planning Queen from Planning With Kids has tips for visiting the art gallery with kids, including links to different galleries and some ideas for activities afterwards.
- Colin Wee at Super Parents is thinking about his son's musicality as he learns to play the violin.
- Deb from Science@home has her children investigating materials while making sculptures and bravely let the 2 year old use a hot glue gun.
- Lisa at SMMART Ideas has a sidewalk chalk festival in her own driveway!
- Leechbabe from Stuff with Thing started out looking at patterns in nature, but the activity changed because she followed her children's lead.
- Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey has used an indoor activity, giving her children magazines to cut out and create collages.