Maybe the reason academics is so unexciting is the lack of challenge. Even in a classrom for gifted students, it is possible to get an "A", a gold star, a perfect score, is possible. In art, there is always room to improve. That can make it more interesting than academic work. Get her lessons. Elementary schools in my district sometimes offer after school programs in which kids get to choose a sort of extra elective tacked onto the end of the day. Some of the options involve things like drawing and painting and give the kids a fair amount of freedom to express themselves with some guidance to help them improve. After school programs tend to be fairly low cost, especially at public schools.

Edited by Arminius (04/14/09 08:06 PM)