As I reflect on my more than 23 years of homeschooling, I believe that creativity is the most wonderful gift you can give your children! Here is the next letter to my younger self — Letter 27 ~ Creativity
These new collages are from images of our many creative moments over the years. Warning ~ This post is chock-a-block full of links to previous creativity related posts; proof of my emphasis on creativity! I recommend you bookmark this letter to come back to read all the links.)
Dear younger Nadene,
Your children’s happiest moments in homeschooling revolved around your creative approach which included frequent hands-on activities. Realizing this joy, I want to urge you to provide daily creative opportunities such as arts & crafts and doing regular hands-on activities such as lapbooks, making models and paper projects, and allocate time for lots of dramatization. Figure out how to fit in hands-on activities into your schedule, and these activities will become your children’s favourite homeschool memories. Your Fabulous Fine Arts Fridays will save you and your children from burnout and stress! Over these years you will produce many creative projects.
Your children will create cute finger puppets for narrations, cut and colour Lego-punched dioramas for poetry, make models of Laura Ingalls’ Little House, dress up to act out their History narrations, re-create famous paintings in 3D, create their own sets of paper dolls. Amazing mobiles will adorn your schoolroom for different themes and study topics. Every year you and your children will make puppet shows such as the Nativity Play and Esther play for Purim and their art will cover the walls in your home.
Your young children love to be creative every moment of the day! In their free time, they love to dress up and you will even sew them boned corsets! You will make them a rag doll family to replace their Barbie dolls, and your middle daughter will use her skilled fine motor skills to create her own Polly pocket in a soap dish!
Join Sketch Tuesday and do art every week. There are so many advantages to sketching weekly! This simple weekly Sketch Tuesday activity will produce an enormous skill set and build confidence! Not only will it be the most welcome time of enjoyment and respite in your week, but it will offer regular opportunities to try new mediums and styles and your children will excel in all their artistic activities.
Because you provide them with a creative space and creative materials, they will also make jewellery and beautiful gifts. Your daughters love creating beautiful flower arrangements. They will create beautiful rustic decor for their brother’s weddings. Your daughters will become experts at home decor. You will teach them all to sew and knit and your teenage daughters will start their own beautiful pyjama clothing range called La Lune.
Your eldest daughter Tess will become an incredibly talented seamstress at just 15-years old, sewing dresses for weddings and Matric farewell functions. She and her best friend will put on and host several fashion shows. When your daughter graduates, she will work in the hospitality industry for a season. She will marry and her home will be filled with beauty and loveliness. When they move Sedgefield, she will renovate and restore the old family seaside home into a lovely Airbnb. Her homemaking, cooking and creativity will spill into every area of her life.
When your middle daughter Kate graduates, she will continue to create her own unique styled art, create professional designs and logos, and develop her digital art. She will hone her photographic skills and assist her boyfriend Mathew with photography at weddings. She will assist him in developing his website, his marketing and social media. Kate loves food and she will enjoy cooking Masterchef-type food! She will become a singer and musician, teaching herself to play musical instruments.
Your youngest daughter Lara will do art every day. Her Instagram feed is full of art, art and more beautiful art! Lara and her talented wood craftsman boyfriend will start their own collaborative online art business called Collection Shed. Joshua will make beautiful custom frames for Lara’s paintings!
Your children’s creativity and handicrafts skills will become great assets. They have so much creative talent that it spills over into entrepreneur and job opportunities. They will start businesses, sell products at markets and online, work for art and animation studios, sell art via social media. All of them will develop wonderful unique artistic styles and their regular creativity will generate wonderful rich art portfolios. Your family will be known for its creative flair!
You, too, will find great joy in doing creative projects, regularly sketching, painting, sewing, knitting, gardening and doing decor and DIY projects. As your homeschooling journey nears the end, your lifestyle and time will allow for much more art and creativity, so it is a good thing to take part in arts and crafts with your children while they are still young. Maintain your creativity as a hobby lifestyle, or as Charlotte Mason describes it as “Mother Culture” and you will have a fulfilling and joyful transition post homeschooling.
And very importantly, don’t be afraid of your children’s occasional boredom. This time is the essential ingredient that is necessary for them to discover and develop their creativity! In this day and age of constant stimulation and distraction, quiet undistracted time is a gift for creativity.
Keep a simple schedule and avoid rush, stress and over-committed extra-mural activities. Plan for days at home, free afternoons and long, unrushed weekends.
Creativity also requires grace to learn, to experiment and to make mistakes. Offer your children and yourself gentle encouragement and avoid any comparisons. Compliment and display your children’s art and keep trying new materials and techniques.
Here are some wonderful creativity quotes ~
- “Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” Brene Brown
- “Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes & having fun!” Mary Lou Cook
- “Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
- “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein
- “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
- “To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce
With fondest love from your older and creative self, Nadene
I’d love to hear your views and thoughts on this topic! Would you share yours in the comments below?
In case you missed any of my previous “Letters To Me” in this series:
- 1 Learning Not School
- 2 Ideals and Compromise
- 3 Unique Individuals
- 4 Toddlers
- 5 Let Be
- 6 Husband
- 7 Action
- 8 Friends
- 9 Wait
- 10 Come to Pass
- 11 Teens
- 12 Casual Classical Music
- 13 Dare to be Different
- 14 Send Homeschooler To School?
- 15 On Track
- 16 Don’t kill it!
- 17 Perfectionism
- 18 Memories
- 19 Have Fun!
- 20 Trust God
- 21 Time
- 22 Striving
- 23 Fears
- 24 Failure
- 25 Change
- 26 True Skills