Finding Beauty in the Homeschool
Or more accurately
How Does Our Homeschool Beautify the World
I have wondered what makes homeschooling such a wonderful option. If you know me, you’ll know I am going to say “freedom, ability to stretch bounds, searching for what fits MY child or our situation.” Beauty is found in these statements because beauty is a somewhat elusive “thing.”
Beauty – several words or ideas that come with this:
- sense of beauty
- pleasure that exalts the mind or spirit
- particularly graceful, excellent or ornamental quality
So how do we use this idea to beautify the world?
1 – Volunteer Work
We help out when we can. One of the girls volunteers at our church office once a week. We help setup and clean up for weekly meals at the church. When there is a trash pickup day, we do our best to attend and work hard at it. We clean up and put away in the teacher’s workroom. We do what we can, when we can, without being asked.
2 – Helping Others
This varies in what it looks like but there are many opportunities to help others. The girls enjoy going to Ladies’ Bible Class because they get to help tend the younger children during that time. Making a meal for someone in need is a joy that helps others. Doing things others just don’t want to do helps bring peace and a sense of beauty.
3 – Participating in Art
We enjoy attending an art class offered at Art Center Waco. The girls enjoy creating a beautiful piece of art work based on the artist studied. It is not unusual for those art pieces to be shared with sweet friends. What a way to bring a beautiful smile to someone’s face. This happens even with pieces that are created from art studies we do here at home.
4 – Creating Music
Miss L is studying violin and sharing that ability is an inexpressible form of beauty. It brings beautiful smiles to faces and makes others happy. Music has a way of doing that. Which is why Miss L also wrote a song for the Lads to Leaders video presentation. I hope we can share that with you soon.
5 – Finding an Ability
Finding an ability that you have and using it is probably the best way to express beauty and to share it with the world. Miss E has found that she has an ability with sign language. Not only does she enjoy it but she is very able. She is exploring some areas in which she can use this ability, including a possible mission experience. Letting the beauty of Jesus be seen through an ability which He granted.
These are just a few ways in which we are striving to add beauty to the world because it isn’t all about what we learn but about who we share with the world. And the abilities God gave us? Those beautify the world. So we use those, we feed those, we encourage that in our homeschool. Some will call these electives. That’s fine. We call them beauty. And God gave us that beauty, asking us to share that with the world so that they may know Him.
Now I invite you to visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about seeking beauty in their homeschools:
Links will all be live by Monday 1-30-17 at 12 noon EST.
Living & Loving Art by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Putting the Fun in School by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Art Fun In Our Homeschool by Amanda @Hopkins Homeschool
Fine Arts Is The Fun Part by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Washing Dust Off Our Souls by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Bringing Beauty Into Your Homeschool Through Poetry by Dana @ Roscommon Acres
Seeking out the beauty… by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Joy in Home Education by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Teaching Drawing (When You Can’t Draw) by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home
Homeschool Art for the Artistically Challenged by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Jesus, Peace, Freedom & Our Homeshool by Meghan W @ Quiet In The Chaos
Fine Arts Options in High School by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Reluctant Artist? What do you do? by Annette @ A Net in Time
Making Fine Arts a Priority by Lisa @ McClanahan 7
Creative Pursuits by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Arts and Crafts in Our Homeschool by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
Where Do You Find Beauty? by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Looping our Beauty Topics Saved our Homeschool by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully