The Science of Beauty for a Delight-Directed Daughter

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Welcome to the final week of the
2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair!

This week's theme: Seeking Beauty

Our co-hosts are: 

The Virtual Curriculum Fair (also known as the VCF) is a month-long blog Fair where every week, homeschool bloggers share their Homeschool Reality and the methods they use to teach their kids. Don't forget to visit the other entries listed at the end of this post!

This year's schedule:

  1. January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.
  2. January 12th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science---includes anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).
  3. January 19th---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
  4. January 26th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World---includes any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.

The Science of Beauty for a Delight-Directed Daughter

This isn't going to be a post about fine arts, but it is going to be about our homeschool experience with a daughter who is 'seeking beauty', so to speak.

Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me
By Paula Begoun, Bryan Barron

It isn't unusual for kids to suddenly develop a fascination with a particular activity or topic. As a homeschool parent, is also isn't unusual to try to figure out how to incorporate these interests and hobbies into something that resembles a course of study. 

That is what happened when my daughter Emma became obsessed with beauty and fashion. Not only did she suddenly want makeup and skin care products - and lots of them - she wanted to create a YouTube channel to share what she was doing and learning. 

Maybe I've been homeschooling too long, but I instantly pictured subject tie-ins to chemistry, photography, and videography. Because this is something Emma chose, she was very happy to have support and encouragement, as well as mom providing supplies out of our school budget. 

As much fun as trying different makeup looks can be, I wanted Emma to understand the ingredients in different skin care and cosmetic products, and the effects they would have on her skin. I found books by Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun (for less than $2 each at Half Price Books!) that explain the ingredients of skin care and makeup lines, and give great information about how effective those ingredients are and whether or not a product fulfills advertised claims. 

Paula's information-packed, easy-to-understand, no-nonsense approach make these books an excellent educational resource on the subject of skin care and beauty product ingredients, and how to care for your skin and hair.

When it comes to clothing and accessories, we can't afford the latest styles and trends most of the time, so we make regular trips to the thrift store for fashion finds and have fun re-purposing and retro-fitting clothes to fulfill her latest fashion ideas. She has also made some of her own jewelry. We will eventually have her projects organized into a course of study that reflects the things she's learned about fashion trends in history, famous designers, how to sew, and how to create patterns of her own design. 

Emma can now be found on her own YouTube channel -  EJ Newman. Tutorials, hauls, tags - all of these have become familiar vocabulary words in our home. Her camera was the big-ticket item that we decided not to be chintzy about - we researched and shopped online and read reviews to find the best camera we could afford, and located a nice DSLR that didn't break the bank. We also subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud with a Student discount, which makes this top-of-the-line software a good bargain as a complete course in photography and video by using their tutorials as 'classes'.

All of this gets translated into her transcripts. We start by listing the skills she's acquired and concepts she's mastered, compile it into a course of study description, and assign a credit value. Her channel will make an effective online resume of her accomplishments as well. 

Nightmare Factory [HD]
Starring Gregory Nicotero, John Carpenter, Steve Biodrowski

Eventually, Emma wants to become a makeup artist for television and movies. We've watched several documentaries about how movies are made to learn about period makeup, special effects, and prosthetics. We view the special behind-the-scenes features on DVDs with rapt attention to all that is involved in accomplishing the look and feel of reality that a good special effects and makeup department bring to the movies and shows we love. Another resource we are going to start using is a subscription to Make-Up Artist Magazine.

I'm not going to say that I haven't been concerned about my daughter's pursuit of beauty. In the midst of all this, I don't want her to be shallow, vain, or just a shop-a-holic, or to lose her sense of self in the pack of fashionistas. We have many conversations about beauty of character, and what are appropriate expressions of her individuality without becoming immodest in her appearance or behavior.  We talk about the pitfalls and dangers she may face if she pursues a career in Hollywood or New York.  But this is something she is passionate about, and I believe it's my job to equip her for the challenges ahead the best way I know how.

I think this post brings to the forefront the complexities of educating our children. If homeschooling was just about communicating facts, that would be a breeze! But we know that our homeschooling goal is ultimately to prepare our kids for their futures - to be compassionate, courageous, responsible individuals with the skills to navigate their relationships and careers, as well as the daily decisions and minutiae that is every day life.  We also hope and pray that they live their lives in a way that brings honor and glory to God, and leads others to faith in Christ. We won't find those answers in a workbook, nor is there a curriculum that will do this for us. It's going to take every day in our Bibles and on our knees, seeking wisdom.

I hope you've enjoyed our version of this week's VCF about Seeking Beauty. See the links below to visit more bloggers who've participate in the Virtual Curriculum Fair of 2015!

Special thanks to Susan Anadale at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds for organizing and hosting the VCF all month!

The Every Day of Education Virtual Curriculum Fair posts:

Visit these VCF bloggers for more about fine arts homeschooling.

The Art of Organization�or How Clutter Almost Ruined My Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

The Shadow of Divine Perfection by Lisa @ Golden Grasses

Relaxed Homeschooling: Fine Arts in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom's Heart

Fine Arts {Art Appreciation, Art, Composer Study Hymn Study} for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

Adding Sparkle to Home Education by Sarah @ Delivering Grace

And All the Extras by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Teaching Art Using the Bible by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker

Art In Every Subject by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

Letting Art Just Happen in Homeschool by Amy @ One Blessed Mamma

Missing Art? by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset

Do YOU Have Time for Extracurriculars? by Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays

Fine Arts in Our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm

Seeking Beauty: How we Tackle the Arts in our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Learning To Appreciate Beauty With Fine Arts Resources@ As We Walk Along the Road by Leah@ As We Walk Along the Road

If you have a homeschool blog post that fits with this week's theme, please link up and join us!