Watching my kids play, learn, and interact with the world shows me that we are all creative as humans. They come up with ideas and things to do or try I wouldn’t have thought of, at least not at my age. I do encourage them to think creatively and be creative as mentioned in THIS post. And I am always looking for ways to add more creativity to our homeschool as mentioned in THIS post. But why am I encouraging it and looking for ways to add more? I do it because of the many benefits that come along with creativity. Today I am going to share six benefits that we enjoy in our homeschool and life.
Self – Confidence
It makes my heart happy to watch my kids blossom while they learn. It is one of the many reasons our family decided to homeschool. So watching my quiet, shy, anxious son turn into a thriving, friendly, confident tween has been a delightful blessing. I know that one of the reasons this happened is the encouragement and freedom he got to be creative. Trying new things, making mistakes and working them out helps our kids to learn about and trust themselves. The kids are in control of the process, the project and the outcome with most creative activities. It is a great sense of accomplishment to bring a project together from start to finish and know you did it. It is also a great boost to anyone’s self-confidence.
Better Problem Solver
When kids are doing creative activities they are always learning and trying new things. Mixing two colors together, adding paint to a journal page, or acting out a poem has helped my kids look at things differently. Since they are looking at things differently and often from a new perspective they become more observant. Being able to be observant, look at things differently and try new things makes kids better at problem solving.
One of the reasons I enjoy creative activities myself is because it is a huge stress relief for me. I know that my kids find it a good way to deal with stress too. Most creative pursuits occupy hands and minds. It focuses our minds off of the stress and onto something that is fun and that we enjoy doing. We can even express emotions in our creative works that we might not be able to say out loud or even know that we are feeling.
Creativity helps kids have better moods. The reasons are very similar to why it is great as stress relief. The more the kids, or anyone, enjoys doing something the better their mood will be before, during and after doing it. So if painting, drawing, singing, dancing or writing brings your kids joy, let them have fun doing it and see better moods happen too.
My daughter loves to draw. She would spend hours practicing drawing eyes so that they were just how she wanted them. She could have easily decided that the first one, or an earlier version, was fine and moved on to something else. But she had an idea in mind that she wanted to carry out so she kept at it. That is determination.
My kids have become better students over the years we’ve homeschooled. Part of it is due to a growing interest in their own learning experience. Part of it is because they are growing. Another part of being a better student comes from all the other benefits of creativity. Having a self-confident, observant, determined student that is usually in a good mood is very beneficial to learning in general.
Just A Few
These are only a few of the benefits of creativity in our homeschool life. Do you find creativity beneficial in your homeschool? Has it helped you or your kids? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.