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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch,
Co-Editors / http://www.TeachingHome.com
Table of Contents
Creativity, Part 3: Facilitating Creativity
• Review of the Creative Process
• Supply Tools for Creativity
• Reserve Space for Work and Materials
• Provide Time To Be Creative
• Furnish Information and Instruction
• Use Activities, Toys, and Games
To Stimulate Creativity
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"Keepers at Home" Annual Calendar/Planner
Enlightened Democracy by Tara Ross
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
In this issue we continue our series on Creativity.
You can facilitate creativity in your
children by providing
time, tools, encouragement, examples, and inspiration.
If you are looking for a gift that will
your child, consider some of of the tools, supplies, games, and
instruction materials mentioned in this issue.
Creative thinking processes and skills
that you nurture in
your children can be used to:
• Solve problems, meet needs, or resolve conflicts
• Improve efficiency by saving time, money, materials,
• Create, adapt, or improve tools and/or methods
• Find available resources to make a substitution for something
you don't have
• Educate, persuade, or inspire people
• Produce arts and crafts that beautify our surroundings
• Honor and point others to the Creator
May the Lord bless you and your family for
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Review of the Creative Process
While specifics vary with different situations,
following steps may be involved in creative thought or activity.
The order of these steps may be rearranged.
1. Identify a need, a goal, an opportunity, or a problem.
2. Take inventory of what you already know
or what others have tried.
3. Develop new perspectives or approaches.
4. Brainstorm for ideas.
5. Use your intuition.
6. Ask the Lord for insight and wisdom.
Read the first two parts of our series on Creativity
Creativity, Part 1: Exploring Creativity
• What Is Creativity?
• Where and When Can We Use Creativity?
• The Creative Process
• How Should Creative Ideas Be Evaluated?
• What Are the Prerequisites of Creativity?
Creativity, Part 2: Preparing for Creativity
• Lay a Firm Spiritual Foundation.
• Teach Your Child To Think.
• Give Your Child a Wide Range of Experiences.
• Cultivate Good Character Qualities in Your Children.
• Do You Have To Choose Between an Obedient or a Creative
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• Practical how-to articles
• Encouraging letters
• Ready-to-use teaching tips
Home has been a part of my
continuing education since I started home
and I have kept every issue.
"I often go back to
old issues to find creative,
helpful hints or inspiration." Meredith C., Florida
Supply Tools for Creativity
On a very practical level, we need to provide
creative work. Children need to be given free access to quality
tools corresponding to their age, responsibility, and abilities.
When a special interest or ability is recognized,
advanced or specialized tools may go a long way in providing
encouragement and help.
• Instruction and pattern books.
• Many tools or musical instruments (such as a violin or
guitar) are available in smaller sizes for
• Provide materials generously, e.g., don't limit your
only one piece of paper.
• Sources may include thrift store, garage sales, or discount
__ See suggested resources below.
• Papers and sketchbooks of various weights and colors
• Soft lead pencils, charcoal, erasers, calligraphy pens
• Crayons, colored pencils, chalk, markers
• Paints and brushes of various kinds and sizes
• Rubber stamps, ink, and accessories
• Scissors, glue, play dough, clay
__ How Great Thou Art: Art supplies and instruction materials.
__ Draw Write Now. http://www.drawyourworld.com
• Instruments ranging from a penny whistle to a piano
• Interesting music within the ability of your child to
__ Piano for Life: DVD / Video Piano Lessons
__ Jean Welles' Guitar Video Courses
__ Music City
• Paper, journals, books, stationary supplies
• Special pens
• Tape recorder
• Software programs (including word processing)
• Dress-up clothes and props
• Cooking tools, supplies, recipes
• Gardening supplies and equipment
• Woodworking and leather working supplies and tools
• Sewing, needlework, weaving supplies
• Scientific tools or kits
__ Microscope Store: Teaching Compound Microscope
Recycle milk cartons, paper towel tubes, and
by using them for crafts and science experiments.
__ See ideas at:
Reserve Space for Work and Materials
If your children have to wait for you to prepare
a work area
and assemble all the materials, they will not initiate many
creative projects on their own.
• Store most of your materials in an area that is easily
accessible to your children.
• Keep space available for working on creative projects
a desk, a workshop area, a plastic tablecloth
over a table.
• To avoid surprises and messes, have your children ask
permission before they use any messy art materials.
• Be willing to tolerate messes during craft times.
• Expect your children to help clean up afterwards.
Organize Your New Year
with the "Keepers at Home"
Keep all the facets of homemaking
and homeschooling together in one place.
• All you need in a day planner and more.
• Complete school planning and lesson plans.
Two sizes (8.5 x 11; 5.5 x 8.5) fit in most binders.
More useful tools for Mothers at http://www.helpformothers.org.
Provide Time To Be Creative
We need to provide our children with time to
creative abilities. Your child's day or week can easily be
planned to include such time. This is one of the many benefits
of home education.
Creativity grows when children are given free
the best trained and most experienced minds still need time to
think. New ideas take time to nurture and perfect.
Consider not arranging every moment of your
As long as chores and schoolwork are done, allow time for your
child to daydream or think of ways to fill his day. This might
mean not immediately solving your child's problem of "I don't
have anything to do."
Control Time Robbers
In your home-school household, you can eliminate
time robbers such as:
• Television, videos, movies
• Computer games, Internet surfing, instant messaging
• Too many toys or toys that leave no room for the imagination
• Excessive homework or busywork
• Too many extracurricular activities
Allow time to explore and investigate new ideas
Do not let the push to complete a chapter,
course of study cause you to discourage your children's
exploration of the side trails that daily cross their paths.
Creative interest can be killed by the press
of time or the
promise that "we will do it some other time."
Furnish Information and Instruction
Stock Your Library with a Variety of Books
First, start with a good reference section
• Dictionaries: illustrated, children's, etc.
• Encyclopedic dictionary and/or encyclopedia set
• Bible study aids: Bible dictionary, concordance, etc.
Then add books that will open up your child's
• Photo books of people, places, animals, plants
• How things work, cut-away views
• Maps, geography, peoples
• Illustrated history books
• Biographies of people you would like your child to emulate
• How-to books on any subject
You can find a wide variety of books at thrift
garage sales, library sales, and used bookstores.
Online, you can search 13,000 booksellers around
that sell new, used, or out-of-print books at:
Your library full of books will be there waiting
creative moment that might have been lost by the time you were
able to go to your public library.
Books abound with ideas to inspire your children's
Use the Internet
Supervised research on the Internet puts virtually
information at your child's disposal. Teaching him how to find
what he wants is an important life skill and an impetus to
We can provide our children with instruction
in the creative
fields that interest them.
Instruction will not harm the "freedom" to
rather enhance it. You can't be free to compose beautiful
melodies if you do not know what a scale is, or be free to draw
beautiful pictures if your best efforts are still stick figures.
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Use Activities, Toys, and Games
To Stimulate Creativity
Include some of these activities for your whole
a regular basis. They will develop everyone's creativity and
thinking skills and keep parents' minds sharp and alert as well.
1. Read a Wide Range of Good Books
• Read aloud together as a family.
• Provide your children with good reading material.
• Discuss what you read. Ask questions on facts,
comprehension, application, evaluation, and
"what if . . ."
2. Creative Toys and Play
Multi-use toys that require imagination include:
• Costumes and hats for pretend play
• Building materials: blocks, Legos, Fischertechnik, etc.
• Play house items: phones, cabinets, dishes, broom, etc.
• Dolls, stuffed animals, and puppets
__ "A Life of Faith" dolls. http://www.alifeoffaith.com
__ Doorposts: Doll Kits & Toys
• Little toy people and props to act out stories
• Cars, trucks, construction equipment
• Cardboard and wooden boxes
3. Thinking Games
These activities will help your children develop
These skills are necessary for the creative
thinking used in
complex problems, especially in mathematics and science.
Insight into relationships and interrelationships
variables in problems can be built.
• Checkers, chess
• Master Mind, Clue, Stratego
• Scattergories, Taboo
• Brain teasers and thought questions
• Word or math games
__ Math Fundamentals. http://www.MathFundamentals.net
Word Game: "Same or Different?"
Choose two objects that seem very different
and ask, "How
are these things the same?"
For example: a light bulb and a kitten.
• Both are warm and use energy.
• Both are fragile and easily damaged.
• Both are more nearly round than any other shape.
• Both bring light into our lives.
As you can see, some answers are abstract
concepts and some
are very concrete -- this is good creative thinking.
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Sunnyside Up: Grown-Up Cheese
After prayer, Josh, 4, looked down at his
food and then up
at me with inquisitive eyes. "Mom, what's college?"
I thought for a moment. "Well, Josh, it's
like school. It's
a place of higher learning for older kids."
Puzzled, he looked down at his plate again.
why do I have to eat college cheese?"
Submitted by Connie L., Washington
God Loves You.
Because we have been separated from God by
Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust
Him as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
"For by grace you have been saved through
faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
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