Saturday, October 15, 2011

Art, art, art...

Fourth grade: Art

We’ve talked a lot about social studies and language arts, but there is another subject in fourth grade that we don’t need to overlook. In a lot of school systems art is being cut, either entirely or at least to the bare bones. In a time when everyone from parents to school administrators is looking for higher test scores and cost cutting measures, art often gets the short end of the deal. If you are home educating then this is one of those places where you can give your child a better shot at participating in art than they might get in school. Art is important to your fourth grader for many reason, not the least of which is that it is fun. Another reason to include art in your child’s curriculum is that there are studies that show that students who are exposed to art, and allowed to participate in it , do better academically. And there are many forms of art to choose from. Art is everything from drawing with a pencil in a notebook, to painting on a canvas, to sculpting with clay, to making crafts with common, everyday items. Art is not just the hands on part of art, but it also can include studies of famous artists such as Monet and da Vinci. . Many of the classical pieces of art have historical as well as artistic importance and so should be studied and recognized for their historical significance. There are several very good art appreciation type programs online to help you expand your child’s art curriculum.

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