Carolyn Leiloglou is a homeschooling mom of 4 and best-selling author. You’ll love her new middle grade fantasy novel, Beneath the Swirling Sky! Today we discuss why homeschooling provides the ideal environment for nurturing creativity in our kids and how we can best support them in exploring their own creative passions.
You can listen to my conversation with Carolyn on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And be sure to check our other interviews with amazing guests like Leah Boden, Leslie Martino, Durenda Wilson, and Jennifer Pepito.
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Ways to Support Your Creative Kid
- Find a creative community for your child where they can share stories and dream big together.
- Be a supportive first audience. Ask questions. Don’t offer critiques if a child isn’t looking for advice. You might want to ask your child, “Are you wanting me to help you with this, or are you wanting to share it with me?” Try not to treat creative pursuits the way we treat other school subjects.
- Select homeschool writing programs that will help your child grow as a writer. Not every homeschool writing program is designed to do this. A few that Carolyn recommends are classes by Daniel Schwabauer and The Young Writer’s Workshop.
- Get your children quality supplies like real watercolors if they’re interested in painting or a legit camera if they’re pursuing photography. Show that you believe in them by investing in their pursuits as finances allow.
Books That Creative Kids Might Enjoy
- The Mona Lisa Vanishes by Nicholas Day
- Carolyn’s Book List of Art Themed Novels for Middle Grade Readers