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Homeschool Resources For Learning About The Winter Olympics

Enjoy these homeschool resources for learning about Winter Olympics! The Games are a great opportunity for all kinds of hands on art activities and fun around a favorite sport.

Does winter make you want to burrow into a cozy nook and sleep the cold away? For some of us, that’s our reaction to the onset of cold and snowy days. But for other people, especially winter sports enthusiasts, winter is time to step into some skis, skates, or other gear and have a great time in the snow and ice!

Even if you do like to huddle close and stay warm, your family can enjoy winter sports as spectators of the Winter Games! 

Enjoy these homeschool resources for learning about Winter Olympics! The Games are a great opportunity for all kinds of hands on art activities and fun around a favorite sport.

The Winter Games: An Overview

Much like the Summer Games, the Winter Games are held every four years, but staggered on the even years when there are no Summer Games. And in the winter, of course! The focus is on sports played on snow and ice, whether indoors or out! 

Although the Summer Games hark way back to ancient times, the Winter Games were first played in 1924. They feature a variety of sports that your children may never have heard of (curling?), and can be a great opportunity to introduce your family to new favorite sports in the snow!

China is the host country of the 2022 Winter Games opening ceremonies and the ice sports competitions will be held in Beijing. The games are numbered with Roman numerals, so this is the XXIV Olympic Winter Games! Two other regions, Yanquing and Zhangjiakou will also host some of the events. You can follow along with this 2022 Winter Olympics Schedule

The Winter games is not just fun to watch, but it’s also an educational event you can discover in your homeschool! Chalk Pastel has so many video art lessons that serve as wonderful introductions to the Winter Games. Clubhouse members can enjoy the I Drew It Then I Knew It workbook. The workbook offers a planner, questions, and fun facts and interesting details about the most popular Summer and Winter Games events. 

If your family plans to enjoy watching the Winter Games, there is also a new Games Medal Count printable in the workbook, so you can track your favorite countries achievements!

Enjoy these homeschool resources for learning about Winter Olympics! The Games are a great opportunity for all kinds of hands on art activities and fun around a favorite sport.
homeschool art lessons for the Winter Olympics

Homeschool Winter Games Video Lessons

Bring out the chalk pastels and get ready to enjoy the Winter Games in the warmth of your dining room or study area. Nana’s winter games lessons cover the main ice and snow sports of the Winter Games. The various sports included in the Games have changed slightly over the years, but the fan favorites remain the ones Nana has included in her lessons. 

Ice skating art lesson for your homeschool

Ice skates are a common piece of equipment in various events at the Winter Games: Figure skating, speed skating, short track skating and hockey. Nana covers how to draw a basic ice skate, and teaches kids about the different parts of a skate: boot, blade, laces. She talks about the special laces competitive skaters use. 

Hockey is one sport that uses ice skates, and Nana has a lesson dedicated to this sport! My kids didn’t know much about hockey, but they enjoyed going virtually with Nana to a hockey game to learn about this sport. Nana encourages kids to personalize their drawings by giving “pizzazz” to their hockey stick and puck. I love that although Chalk Pastel lessons are step by step, there are always opportunities to get creative and make the picture your own. 

Enjoy these homeschool resources for learning about Winter Olympics! The Games are a great opportunity for all kinds of hands on art activities and fun around a favorite sport.

The bobsledding chalk pastel lesson gives kids an opportunity to create their own four-person bobsled team and decorate the helmets and sled to their liking. Or, they can follow Nana’s lead and make a Team USA sled! 

For more Winter Games fun, paint the Downhill Skier lesson. This lesson is unique in that artists will paint a silhouette of a skier. This both introduces artists to the concept of the silhouette, and makes drawing people attainable for young artists, because there are no faces or details to draw!

Hockey and snowboarding winter games art lessons
Enjoy these homeschool resources for learning about Winter Olympics! The Games are a great opportunity for all kinds of hands on art activities and fun around a favorite sport.

Painting a snowboarder is a bit more detailed and takes a little time. My oldest enjoyed working on his painting of this sport. In this lesson, Nana paints Olympic athlete Shaun White flipping through the air on his snowboard in a previous Winter Games in South Korea! This is an exciting “action shot” painting! 

I love how in many lessons, Nana stresses the importance of being forgiving with your art! This is so helpful to my youngest, who wants his pictures to be so perfect. I love how Nana reassures him that even if we make a small mistake or paint outside the lines, we can be forgiving as we create! Nana’s positive influence is very helpful to me as a parent teaching my children art! 

Enjoy these homeschool resources for learning about Winter Olympics! The Games are a great opportunity for all kinds of hands on art activities and fun around a favorite sport.

Fun Activities To Help You Learn More About The Winter Olympics

Besides drawing, there are so many winter olympics resources to help your kids learn more about the Winter Olympics! 

Check out this Winter Olympics Homeschool Ideas post to find ideas for celebrating the Opening Ceremonies, the geography of different countries represented at the Games, and creating fun decorations or enjoying foods from around the world. The author also has game schooling, history, book and movie recommendations for homeschool moms to pick from and create a delightful diversion from regular lessons. 

Fun activities to help you learn more about the Olympics
Homeschool video art lessons for your family

One thing we did to make our Winter Games chalk pastel time a little different than usual, was create Winter Games flashcards to learn the different sports. 

I made a simple flashcard template that we used with each Chalk Pastel lesson. Each winter Olympic sport is listed at the top. The boys painted with Nana in the larger box. Then we read through the I Drew It Then I Knew it workbook pages for each of the sports. I had the boys take turns filling in the text box with a one-sentence summary of what they had learned about each sport. 

You could laminate these flashcards and cut them apart for some matching fun with younger kids who are more visual. 

You can get the flashcards template here to try this out in your homeschool! There is a flashcard labeled for each of Nana’s Winter Games lessons, plus a blank page for using this with other events you study. 

More Homeschool Video Art Lessons For Your Family

If you’re looking for more resources to round out your lesson plans: my Ancient History Reading List can provide a literature component to your Winter Games study. It includes suggestions for fiction and non-fiction about the Greeks. Or, segue from an ancient games study to a study of ancient poetry and art with my Ancient History Classical Morning Menu set!

How To Draw an Olympic Torch for The Games

Continue building excitement for the Winter Games before and during the event with Nana’s other lessons that coordinate so well: 

Kids can create their own Olympic torch relay, or learn about the opening ceremonies with Nana. Since the Games originated in ancient times, explore the ancient olympics and paint the Greek coliseum and a Laurel Wreath.

Sometimes it can be hard for kids to connect to sports that are unfamiliar or events that are far away around the globe. Painting the equipment and athletes of the winter games and including other art projects and hands-on activities about the history of The Games brings kids right into the moment of excitement as these athletes compete for gold medals. With these great Olympic resources, you and your family will celebrate a memorial Winter Games this year!

Enjoy these homeschool resources for learning about Winter Olympics! The Games are a great opportunity for all kinds of hands on art activities and fun around a favorite sport.

Julie is a teacher, writer and homeschool mom. Her blog Happy Strong Home shares encouragement for cherishing children, enjoying motherhood, and growing strong families. Discover homeschool resources, natural living tips, and family activity ideas. Julie has been featured on Million Praying Moms, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and the Melissa and Doug blog. She offers writing workshops and a “homeschool neighborhood” community to support parents in their homeschool adventures. Find Julie on Instagram to be the first to know when new workshops and community events are available. 

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A Winter Homeschool Snowflake Study With Snowflake Bentley

Enjoy a winter snowflake study for your homeschool! Fun learning with a Snowflake Bentley read aloud, online winter art lessons and snowflake activities.

This winter homeschool snowflake study combines the beauty of winter with the fascinating life of Snowflake Bentley.

In our part of New England, the arrival of the first snow is greatly anticipated. It can happen as early as October or as late as January. We watch the sky and weather reports eagerly for this delightful precipitation. 

What is this somewhat magical weather phenomenon that turns ordinary dreary rainfall into a puffy playscape for kids of all ages? 

It seems hard to believe it’s simply the temperature dropping! Yet, it really is that simple. Let the red line drop below thirty-two degrees and our dreams of a white winter crystalize into reality! Our breath plumes white to match the snow, and suddenly the world is renewed! 

In our house, my boys have their boots on as soon as there’s a skim of snow to make tracks in. Snow angels, snowmen, snow ball fights, and sledding take up hours of their time until they’ve quite worn the snow out!

Whether you get snow in your area or not, you can create a winter snowflake study of this beautiful white fluffy stuff in your homeschool this year! Just gather a few simple materials to show your kids the wonder of these winter crystals.

“The snow crystals . . . come to us not only to reveal the wondrous beauty of the minute in Nature, but to teach us that all earthly beauty is transient and must soon fade way. But though the beauty of the snow is evanescent, like the beauties of the autumn, as of the evening sky, it fades but to come again.” ― Wilson A. Bentley

Learning About Snowflakes

There is no person better to start learning about snowflakes from than the man who dedicated his life to capturing these ephemeral water-stars. 

Wilson Bentley of Vermont said, “… from the beginning, it was the snowflakes that fascinated me most.” We agree, snowflakes are simply mesmerizing!

Wilson Bentley’s website contains a rich and lengthy biography, as well as several articles about snowflakes written by Bentley himself. Bookmark this site for some “mother culture” reading time as you plan your homeschool snowflake study. Bentley’s articles are written with as much beauty as their subject matter. 

Snowflake Bentley Homeschool Read Aloud

As the first person to ever capture a snowflake’s intricacy on camera, Wilson Bentley’s passion for snowflakes earned him the nickname “Snowflake Bentley.” His story is best enjoyed in the picture book by the same name. 

This read-aloud book is distinctive in that it uses two side-by-side narratives to share Snowflake Bentley’s story. The narrative under the woodcut illustrations lyrically tells the story of Bentley’s life and passion for snow. The margin text adds facts and scientific details that help the reader understand the excitement and importance of Bentley’s work. 

Bentley grew from a young boy who loved snow to a teenager who pursued his passions to a young man who determinedly persevered through failures. He knew there were “treasures in the snow” and he would gift these treasures to the world. 

And so he did. After decades of effort, he had a vast collection of snowflake photos compiled into a book: Snow Crystals. From passionate child to “snowflake authority” figure, Snowflake Bentley’s story is both endearing and insightful. 

Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” — Wilson Bentley

A Snowflake Bentley Study For All Ages In Your Homeschool

After reading about the startling beauty of snowflakes, children will definitely want to explore more! 

My boys took turns creating chalk pastel paintings to celebrate all things snow.

winter snowflake study
winter snowflake study

We started with the lesson on Snowflake Bentley and his camera. This lesson is perfect for older students because it’s a bit more intricate. 

The preschool lesson on snowflakes in Snow Clubhouse is short and sweet and delightful for beginners or younger students. Even a few minutes of painting with Nana helps kids to pause for a moment and consider the wonder of these tiny, transient winter gems. Nana’s patient instruction guides kids to wonder at the uniqueness of snowflakes as they draw. 

Bird in Snow is the perfect lesson to connect snowflakes to wildlife in your backyard – plus it uses black paper like Bentley’s black snowflake tray! The contrast of the chalk pastels on different colored backgrounds is stunning. 

winter snowflake study

My youngest painted Welcome Winter Snowman to celebrate the fun we can all enjoy with snowflakes! 

winter snowflake study

More Winter Homeschooling Resources

These snowy treasures of Bentley’s are well-celebrated in Nana’s Chalk Pastel lessons! Check out the ideas in this Winter Solstice celebration post. 

From a snowflake study, you can move easily to exploring other winter weather topics. Enjoy lessons on frosted leaves, icicles, beautiful frozen winter lakes at midnight and more with Nana. Your kids will see how snow, with its delicate, icy touch, creates beauty in all aspects of wintertime. 

Along with our chalk pastel lessons, we added in a few other hands-on craft activities. 

winter snowflake study

We were blessed beyond delight when the morning after painting our snow pictures with Nana, we had a suddenly snowfall! I handed out black construction paper and we rushed out to play Snowflake Bentley and collect our own snow crystals. Although I’m no photographer like he was, I managed to snap a few closeups to capture the detail of a handful of our flakes. 

The boys and I studied my photos later, commenting on the shapes, edges, and variety in our small sampling. When we draw attention to the fleeting beauty of snow, we’re teaching children to pay attention to even the smallest of things. This skill of noticing is foundational to keep our children enthralled with learning.

Later in the week, the boys and I made snowflakes. Snowflake cutouts can be simple and fun to make. Since my husband’s family is Polish, every so often, we attempt the Polish paper cutting technique of Gwiazdy (or, stars). Very similar to cutting paper snowflakes, but with more detailed cut-out designs. Just like snowflakes, no two are ever the same, no matter how we might try! 

winter snowflake study

We also designed snowflakes out of pipe cleaners. Extend this activity into a science lesson by making your own snow crystals! Kids can make actual crystal structures using a borax solution (especially wondrous if you live in an area that won’t have snow). 

You might also enjoy a Silent Winter Snow Walk using your senses. Find out how with our sister site, Homeschool Nature Study’s Outdoor Hour Challenge Instagram post!

However you choose to study snowflakes, whether reading, painting, or crafting, there is no doubt snowflakes are one of nature’s most beautiful wonders. The melt-away beauty of snowflakes never fails to melt hearts of nature lovers everywhere.

Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied. – Wilson Bentley

Julie is a teacher, writer and homeschool mom. Her blog Happy Strong Home shares encouragement for cherishing children, enjoying motherhood, and growing strong families. Discover homeschool resources, natural living tips, and family activity ideas. Julie has been featured on Million Praying Moms, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and the Melissa and Doug blog. She offers writing workshops and a “homeschool neighborhood” community to support parents in their homeschool adventures. Find Julie on Instagram to be the first to know when new workshops and community events are available. 

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How to Draw a Painting Snowman for Your Winter Homeschool

Not only can you make the snowman just like you’d like him, you can design your background, plus – decide what your snowman will paint! Nana’s How to draw a painting snowman with chalk pastels is perfect for your cozy, winter homeschool art time.

Not only can you make the snowman just like you’d like him, you can design your background, plus – decide what your snowman will paint! How to draw a painting snowman with chalk pastels.

Snowman Paints!

Painting with chalk pastels is such a wonderful activity for the whole family to enjoy around the homeschool table. If you have never painted with Nana before, we invite you to grab her FREE set of Get Started in Chalk Pastel Art Video Art Lessons. All it takes is 1, 2, 3! A starter set of chalk pastels, construction paper and Nana’s art lessons.

How to Draw a Snowman with Chalk Pastels for your winter homeschool. In this homeschool art lesson, you decide what your snowman will paint!

Free Art Lesson: How To Draw a Snowman for Your Winter Homeschool

Enjoy this early art lesson Nana shared with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table and recorded for you!

Suggested supplies: white or light blue construction paper. Black, red, purple, green, yellow and blue chalk pastels. Pictured: Our favorite chalk pastels and chalk pastels drawer storage.

See how Nana’s grandchildren painted their snowmen here.

Winter Solstice Art with the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse for homeschool.
Photo by Erin Vincent – Winter Solstice Art for Your Homeschool

More Homeschool Art With Nana in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse is perfect for homeschool art for all ages!

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.

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Winter Solstice Art Activities For Your Homeschool

Celebrate the winter solstice with your kids with chalk pastels winter themed art! They are easy and fun for the whole family. A perfect addition to your winter homeschooling!

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For years we have made a tradition of celebrating the shortest day and longest night of the year. These Winter Solstice Activities & Books have been perfect as we learned the science behind the winter solstice while making orange pomanders, orange garland, and delicious sun bread. With the winter solstice marking the first day of winter I thought, “why not add a little winter themed art this year?”

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

How about making some scones and tea to go along with our winter solstice art time? My son and daughter helped me prepare the scones and steep the tea. We set the table and logged into our clubhouse membership. I simply searched for “winter” and a whole slew of options popped up! The kiddos decided to start with the frost-covered leaf.

My daughter made her frosted leaf magical. She said it was touched by the autumn and winter fairies! Can you see the magic swirling around it?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Art Lessons

Next, we chose a moonlit bridge and frozen lake while continuing to sip tea and slather extra butter on our scones. It was a big hit! And nothing says winter like winter landscape scenes!

We just adore how “Nana” walks us through step-by-step in creating these snowy works of art! She always reminds us that we are the artist and that we don’t have to choose the same colors she does or add the same trees where she does. She encourages us to make it our own.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

My daughter added holiday lights to her bridge and a lovely reflection of the moon to her frozen lake. Can you tell which one is hers?

I just love her creativity!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrating the Winter Solstice In Your Homeschool

How about a deer standing in the snowy woods for a first day of winter creative project? Although initially, my son said his looked more like a silver-back gorilla, ha! I thought they turned out lovely.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful northern lights! After creating these magnificent works of art, we watched a video all about them. It was a great way to mix in a bit of extra science and beauty!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Chalk Pastels Clubhouse Winter Art Lessons For Your Homeschool

Did you know that with the Chalk Pastels Clubhouse you have access to ALL of their winter-themed art along with 600+ other art lessons? It’s true! Here are just some of the winter art course lessons you can do with the clubhouse membership:

  • Fireplace (A Simple Start)
  • Frost (Winter)
  • Icicles (Winter)
  • Frozen lake (Winter)
  • Winter forest scene with deer (Winter)
  • Stonehenge winter solstice (World Landmarks)
  • Bird in snow (Winter)
  • Northern Lights (Essential Oils)
  • Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening (Master Classes)
  • Winter Tree Reflection Acrylic (Master Classes)
  • Snowman (Preschool)
  • Skate (Winter Games)
  • You might also like Winter Art Fun with Artist Express (and enjoy the Polar Express with it!)
Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Art for Kids

We thoroughly enjoyed our buttered scones, tea, and winter art time. My son declared that homeschool art days are his favorite days! I think that’s saying something, folks. Though winter can be cold and dreary, art, it seems, warms our hearts and souls. Why not give the shortest day and longest night of the year the warmth of art this year?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art: Kids will love making winter solstice chalk pastel art with the You ARE An Artist clubhouse. Chalk pastels are perfect for any age and celebrating the winter solstice just got easier! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #wintersolstice #winterart #artforkids #wintersolsticeart

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Homeschool Lessons

Are you looking to add some cozy winter art fun for your kiddos this holiday season? Chalk Pastels are an easy way to help kids get creative! Add a little hot cocoa or a sweet treat and watch as you warm those cold snow days right up with beautiful art and lasting memories!

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We have been adding Festive Christmas Chalk Pastel Art Lessons during the holidays for years. It’s become a most treasured tradition. The kiddos always look forward to our holiday chalk pastels and togetherness. This year we were super excited to partake in the Artist Express lesson! Plus, the kid’s Papa joined in as a special treat!

When Papa learned that our plan was to watch the Polar Express movie and then draw our own version of a train in the snow he asked if he could join in too! The kids were thrilled!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express

If your children love the Polar Express book and/or movie, then they will adore chalk pastels Artist Express lesson!

But first, I like to set the table with Christmas lights, make some hot cocoa, and serve a special treat. We’ve had these chalk pastel traditions for years and the ambiance is part of the magic and fun. I want my children to have beautifully warm memories of the holidays.

It’s ok if they don’t like cocoa. Just pour a mug of their favorite beverage!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

What better way to make lasting memories than by letting the children get creative and messy! That’s why I adore chalk pastels. They are so easy to use that preschoolers through adults can have the best time making art with them.

With the Artist Express chalk pastel lesson Nana takes you step-by-step on an adventure drawing your very own locomotive in the icy north!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art In Our Homeschool

And oh! What icy locomotives were made! Not one looked like any other, but each was so special and unique just like each of us. One of the things I especially love about Nana is that she ALWAYS reminds your children that THEY ARE ARTISTS and that it’s OK if they use different colors or add extra trees or mountains or whatever their hearts desire. It’s OK to have smudges and lines. These are things that make each painting special and unique. These words are so helpful for young artists or perfectionist who may struggle when they feel their paintings don’t look exactly “right.” Nana is so encouraging!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Chalk pastels and art in general have been a wonderful addition to our homeschool and our holidays.

But it was especially lovely being able to share our chalk pastel joy with Papa! It made our special winter art time even more special.

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter and Holiday Themed Online Art Lessons

Did you know that the Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership has loads more Winter and Holiday themed art lessons? There are over 600+ chalk pastel lessons to choose from including these winter lessons:

  • Artist Express
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mittens and a Mug
  • Frost
  • Icicles
  • Frozen Lake
  • Winter Forest Scene with Deer
  • Bird in Snow
Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Christmas and Holiday Art Lessons For Your Homeschool

You will also have access to all the Christmas and Holiday Lessons including:

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Lights
  • Nutcracker
  • Clara and the Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Chinese Tea Dance
  • Mouse King

Plus, so much more!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Making holiday traditions warm and inviting plus easy on mom is a big checkmark in my book. Chalk pastels have proven themselves time and again as a fun and engaging art medium. The Artist Express lesson was a perfect addition to watching the Polar Express movie while enjoying a warm mug of hot cocoa. Chalk pastels will forever hold a special place in our family’s winter and holiday fun.

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels
Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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December Art Activities Perfect For Holiday Homeschooling

The holidays are a beautiful time of year, and the perfect time to change up the homeschool schedule or enjoy a lighter seasonal study. Make memories with these December art activities for homeschooling!

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

Homeschooling Through The Holidays

In this season, we might turn cookie exchanges into science and math lessons. We spend more time with grandma and grandpa listening for a history lesson one will never find in a textbook. Or maybe we laminate maps for the car ride to Aunt Alice’s house and knock out geography on the way. That’s the beauty of homeschooling! We can enjoy a slower pace, more cookies, and feel reassured our children are always learning. And reminding Jake to say “thank you” after he opens the crochet socks he was certain was an Xbox … well, that falls into a new subject we like to call Etiquette.

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December Art Activities Perfect For Holiday Homeschooling

Kick off December loudly with all the carols and Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol Homeschool Activities followed by The Nutcracker A Holidays Homeschool Study. Don’t forget to add the Laytons’ absolute favorite Christmas story, The Grinch! Nana and I agree, these lessons are not stink, stank, stunk!

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Draw Your Way Through the Story of Christmas – Add these Advent art activities to your Christmas Homeschool plans! You can draw your way through the story of Christmas from the angels announcing Messiah’s birth to the manger scene.

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: Hands on Homeschooling – When the nights turn chilly and darker, there are fewer places to go outdoors as a family. We usually see the return of “Family Movie Night” on Fridays in the fall and winter as a result. Our family loves watching movies based on books. Add a few hands-on homeschool activities, and everyone is ready for both learning and fun.

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

Free Event! Christmas Tree for the Animals

Speaking of December art activities for homeschooling… Sign up to enjoy this event live (on November 16th at noon ET) or the replay any time during the holiday season. Includes nature study with our sister site Homeschool Nature Study, an art lesson with Nana, a craft plus a hymn and composer study too! SIGN UP HERE!

Celebrate December Word Weavers with Literature Art Lessons

Grab your pens and journals along with chalk supplies as we celebrate these writers, poets, and creative story tellers. We believe in the Power of Adding Art to Literature Studies!

  • December 6, 1886 American poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer was born in New Jersey. He is best known for his poem Trees, published in 1913. Be sure to chalk Seasonal Trees and enjoy Winter Tree Silhouettes from Homeschool Nature Study.
  • December 9, 1608 British poet John Milton was born in London. He is best known for Paradise Lost.
  • December 10, 1830 Poet Emily Dickinson was born in Massachusetts. Over 2,000 poems were discovered after her death in 1886 and gradually published starting in 1890. My favorite is Hope.
  • December 10,1851 American librarian Melvil Dewey was born in Adams Center, New York. He created the Dewey Decimal System.
  • December 12 1821 French author Gustave Flaubert was born in France. He is best known for the novel Madame Bovary.
  • December 16, 1775 British novelist Jane Austen was born in Hampshire, England. High schoolers are loving our Jane Austen Art Lessons.
  • December 19, 1732 – Benjamin Franklin first published Poor Richard’s Almanac  containing weather predictions, humor, proverbs and epigrams.
  • December 30 1865 British writer Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India. He wrote The Jungle Book.
These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December Artists and Animators

December 2, 1859 French painter Georges Seurat was born in Paris. He was a leader in the neo-impressionist movement of the late 19th Century.

  • December 3, 1755 American portrait painter Charles Stuart was born in Rhode Island. He is best known for his portraits of George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, and Thomas Jefferson.
  • December 5, 1901 Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. 
  • December 23, 1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear during a fit of depression.

December Musicians, Composers, and Singers

  • December 5, 1791 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died a pauper at age 35 in Vienna, Austria. He had created over 600 works.
  • December 8 1980 Former Beatlemusician John Lennon was assassinated in New York City.
  • December 13 1835 American clergyman and composer Phillips Brooks was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is best known for the Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem.
  • December 16, 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. 
  • December 22, 1858 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Tuscany. 
  • December 29 1876 Cellist Pablo Casals was born in Venrdell, Spain. 

December Inventors & Engineers

  • December 8 1765 Cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts.
  • December 15, 1832 French engineer Alexandre Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. Along with the Eiffel Tower he also helped design the Statue of Liberty.

(If you’re traveling this winter holiday be sure to paint famous landmarks you see along the way!)


December Historical Events & Leaders

  • December 1 1955, the modern American civil rights movement occurred as Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back section of a municipal bus.
  • December 2, 1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France by Pope Pius VII in Paris. One year later, 1805 – Napoleon defeated Russia and Austria in the Battle of Austerlitz.
  • December 6, 1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified abolishing slavery.



December 7 1941 The U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft. One day later the United States and Britain declared war on Japan. We have combined many history and art lessons for the Your Modern History Buff.

December 16, 1773 – The Boston Tea Party occurred as colonial activists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded British ships anchored in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 containers of expensive tea into the water.

  • December 20, 1860 – South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union in a prelude to the American Civil War. 
  • December 21, 1879 Soviet Russia leader Josef Stalin was born in the village of Gori in Georgia, Russia.
  • December 25, 1066 – William the Conqueror was crowned King of England after he had invaded England from France.
  • December 25, 1776 – During the American Revolution, George Washington took 2,400 of his men across the Delaware River. 

December Space Study: It’s Out Of This World!

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December 14, 1502 French physician Nostradamus was born in St. Remy, Provence, France. He made astrological predictions believed by many to tell the future.

Nana predicts you will love learning about astronomy alongside painting the cosmos with chalk pastels!

  • December 14, 1962 – The Mariner II space probe sent back information from the planet Venus, the first information ever received from another planet.
  • December 27, 1571 German astronomer Johannes Kepler was born in Wurttemberg, Germany. He is considered the father of astronomy.

December Science: The Human Body

  • December 21, 1846 – Anesthesia was used for the first time in Britain during an operation at University College Hospital in London performed by Robert Liston who amputated a leg.
  • December 25, 1821 American nurse and philanthropist Clara Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts. 
  • December 27, 1822 French chemist-bacteriologist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France. He developed the pasteurization process to kill harmful bacteria.

Learn more about the Human Body with Nana’ new Science Art Diagrams and chalk tutorials: Small But Mighty Cell Activities, Microscopic World Study, Human Anatomy Study: Diagram the Ear and Human Heart Activity for Kids: Hands-On Science.

Winter Equinox Art Lessons

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? ~ Dr. Seuss


Have fun painting all things winter on December 21st, the Winter Equinox in North American.

December Holidays

  • December 18th-26th, Hanukkah. Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
  • December 25th, Christmas. The day Christians celebrate the Birth of Christ.
These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.
  • December 26th Boxing Day. In Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand servants, tradespeople, and the poor were presented with gifts. Today it is known as a shopping and sporting events day.
  • December 26th- Jan 1st, Kwanza. African American families celebrate a harvest festival. Kwanzaa means “first fruit” in Swahili.
These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December Ultimate Holiday Lists For Homeschoolers

Art Activities for Every Month of the Year

Look ahead to ALL the art activities for homeschooling you can enjoy every month of the year:

Homeschool mama, I encourage you to enjoy this season. It’s your holiday too! Find a family to serve, a cause to donate to, but most importantly a sweet child to cuddle up with before a fireplace. Take it from one who has graduated a homeschooler – the time does fly and boy do I miss reading The Grinch aloud. Enjoy the movie marathon, the Gingerbread House construction, Elmer Fudd’s Blue Christmas on repeat. I promise you’ll get back to filling in the homeschool blanks all too soon because sweet friend – you’re not “falling behind”.

Stef Layton

Stef started homeschooling her boys in 2008. She quickly adopted a hands-on learning homeschool style and graduated her oldest tactile learner in 2021. Stef started the Hands-On Learning column in Homeschooling Today magazine. The Laytons currently reside in the foothills of Colorado where Stef also teaches yoga. The family loves to hike trails, stand-up paddle board, and chase sunsets. Stef shares travel and homeschool tips on IG at @LaytonAdventures.

Resources for Christmas with the Animals Event

Thanks for signing up for the event Christmas with the Animals!

You will find more details below!

LIVE – Wednesday, November 16th at noon ET

Replay available to ALL families who sign up and for all members of both You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse and Homeschool Nature Study.

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What’s included?

  • Nature Craft
  • Christmas Tree For the Animals
  • Art Lesson

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  • Spruce Tree Nature Study – Outdoor Hour Challenge
  • O Christmas Tree Hymn Study
  • Composer Study

Here’s How to Be Ready for the Event

For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

  • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here)
  • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
  • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

Craft supply list below!

For your craft time:

  • 2.5 – 3 cups of seed, suet and dried fruit mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 5 Tbls granulated Gelatine
  • Cookie cutters
  • Cooking spray or oil
  • Lined baking tray
  • Oranges
  • Twigs – roughly drinking straw thickness
  • Twine

Download Your Nature Study, Hymn Study and Composer Page

Included:

  • A downloadable evergreen tree homeschool nature study by Shirley of the Outdoor Hour Challenges of Homeschool Nature Study
  • A downloadable Christmas hymn study by Dawn of You ARE an ARTiST – to match your Christmas tree studies
  • A downloadable composer notebooking page and music study to match your Christmas hymn by Stef of Educating Laytons

Where to Find Nana, Tricia, Victoria, Amy, Dawn and Stef

We have loved this Christmas Tree Study for kids! We invite you to connect with us and find even more lovely homeschooling through the holidays ideas.

More Christmas Fun

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Please be sure to share photos of your Christmas Tree for the Animals nature, craft and art time on social media and tag @outdoorhourchallenge and @chalkpastelart – We can’t wait to see you participating and to see your trees, crafts and your paintings!

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Joyful Art, Nature and Music for Your Christmas Homeschool

Enjoy a simple, joyful and stress-free Christmas event for the whole family. With art, nature and music plus a nature craft for your Christmas homeschool, you can make memories and have fun together.

Enjoy this simple, joyful and stress-free holiday event with art, nature and music for your Christmas homeschool.

Though we would like to, as homeschool moms, we can’t fit in all the holiday homeschooling fun. This Christmas homeschool event, however, gives you an easy way to say yes! And all you need is just a bit of time set aside and a few inexpensive supplies.

It’s all done for you! Sit back and enjoy the fun!

A Christmas Tree for the Animals – An Event for the Whole Family!

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Enjoy this simple, joyful and stress-free holiday event with art, nature and music for your Christmas homeschool.

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    Activities included in this Joyful Art, Nature and Music for Your Christmas Homeschool Event

    • Access to attend live and to the replay of the event – relax and enjoy on your schedule
    • How to create and decorate an outdoor Christmas tree for the animals with Amy of Homeschool Nature Study
    • A Christmas craft! Make an ornament for your outdoor tree (edible for the animals) with Victoria of Homeschool Nature Study
    • A hands on art lesson with Nana of You ARE an ARTiST – with a FUN Christmas tree with the animals theme!
    • A downloadable nature study, hymn study AND composer study to accompany the live event!

    Find beautiful follow up Christmas homeschool studies (including Nana’s Christmas cookies) in Holiday Homeschooling: A Christmas Tree Study for Kids

    Christmas craft

    Here’s How to Be Ready for the Event

    For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

    • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here).
    • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
    • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

    Craft supplies detailed at sign up.

    Enjoy this simple, joyful and stress-free holiday event with art, nature and music for your Christmas homeschool.

    Share On Social Media!

    Be sure to share photos of your Christmas Tree With the Animals Art, Nature and Music time on social media and tag @outdoorhourchallenge and @chalkpastelart – We can’t wait to see you participating and to see your paintings!

    And please invite your friends! Share this post with them!

    Art, Nature, Hymns & More Bundle

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    You will love these resources for Christmas and winter homeschool gathered by Homeschool Nature Study Outdoor Hour Challenges and You ARE an ARTiST! All in celebration of our LIVE event – Christmas Tree 🎄 with the Animals.

    These are some of our favorite resources for Christmas FUN!

    Not only will you receive a set of chalk pastels AND the Handbook of Nature Study book, you will also get:

    • Christmas Carols Golden book (has all the favorites – including O Christmas Tree which is our hymn study for the event!)
    • Merry Christmas Designs by Dover Publications – calming coloring book
    • The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
    • A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown) such a sweet story with a story of the sights and sounds of Christmas Eve through the cat’s perspective)
    • Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost with gorgeous illustrations by Susan Jeffers
    • Stories in the Stars: A Christmas Poetry Devotional by Julie Kieras (I loved this last advent season and look forward to starting it again soon!)
    • Discover Nature in Winter by Elizabeth P. Lawlor – an excellent resource to use each year!

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    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

    Enjoy this simple, joyful and stress-free holiday event with art, nature and music for your Christmas homeschool.
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    Homeschooling Through The Holidays: A Christmas Tree Study For Kids


    Enjoy these beautiful, simple and no stress activities as you are homeschooling through the holidays. Our Christmas Tree Study for kids includes not only nature study but a nature craft, Christmas hymn and composer study and an art lesson with Nana too!

    This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

    The Reality Of Holiday Homeschooling

    When we are homeschooling through the holidays, we can change things up, take our time, incorporate favorite traditions and make lovely memories together as a family. Many families choose to set aside this time for Christmas School. These weeks can lead up to and create a special focus on the birth of Christ.

    Just how? You can choose read alouds that point to Jesus and do hands on art lessons to draw your way through the Christmas story. Pick a nature study hunt for red and green and study a traditional hymn about the reason for the season. We always like to make Nana’s Christmas cookies! Have a sweet tea time. Watch Christmas movies!

    Another way to homeschool through the holidays is with this special event around a Christmas tree study!

    This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

    A Christmas Tree for the Animals Event: Here’s How to Be Ready

    • When: LIVE premiere Wednesday, November 16th at noon ET
    • Where: Right here on this page!
    • How: Sign up to participate via the form, below
    • Can’t attend live? No worries! Sign up and you will have access to the replay of the event

    Sign Up To Attend Live or for Replay

    Get access to attend live and to enjoy the replay of the event – Plus accompanying resources

      What’s Included in Christmas Tree For the Animals Event?

      When the event is live, you will enjoy (you will also have access to the replay):

      • Decorating an Outdoor Christmas Tree for the Animals with Amy Law of Homeschool Nature Study
      • Christmas Craft for Your Outdoor Tree with Victoria Vels of Homeschool Nature Study
      • Christmas Tree for the Animals Art Lesson with Nana of You ARE an ARTiST

      You will also have access to:

      What Supplies are Needed?

      For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

      • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here)
      • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
      • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

      Details on supplies for the craft portion included with sign up.

      This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

      Christmas Tree Animals Study

      It is so much fun to decorate an outdoor tree just for the animals! For even more animals studies, you can also enjoy an art lesson on forest animals and birds – here at You ARE an ARTiST and a nature study at Homeschool Nature Study.

      Here are some ideas for your Christmas Tree Animals study with an art and nature focus:

      This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

      Christmas Tree Nature Study

      Trees are a delight to study any time of year! Enjoy these additional ideas for a tree nature study or for winter nature study you can easily do indoors or outdoors.

      Paint a winter frosty leaf in chalk pastels with Nana!

      Nana’s Frosty Leaf is part of the Winter art lessons series in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse. Suggested supplies: dark blue construction paper, starter set of chalk pastels and slightly damp paper towel or baby wipes for easy clean up.

      Red and Green Outdoor Hour Challenge – this is a fun way to notice red and green in nature. Get started with these ideas.

      This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

      In Homeschool Nature Study membership, you can also find a study of the Hemlock Tree in the Autumn course and Evergreens in My Yard study and journal page in the Trees course. Each season includes a new tree study.

      FREE Winter Sample of Homeschool Nature Study Membership – with simple ways to study nature this winter, taking a ‘using your senses’ walk, studying animals in winter, taking a first day of winter walk and more!

      Christmas Craft Activities For Kids

      Besides your fun homeschool nature craft that Victoria will lead you in this event, you might also enjoy these hands-on activities for Christmas

      • Nature Crafts course – Victoria leads you in a brand new nature craft each month at Homeschool Nature Study. As you head into winter, you might especially love creating an ice craft!
      • Nana’s course, The Gift of Art, is perfect for allowing your kids to make gifts for others on a dime. Nana shares easy ideas for kids of all ages to make a gift to give that they will be proud of. Letting your children handmake a gift for someone is affordable and allows them to express their creativity. Not only that, your kids can gift items that showcase their artistic progress. 
      • Christmas Tree Art Lessons – Nana has several FUN Christmas tree art lessons and so much more!

      Additional Resources For Christmas In Your Homeschool

      Continue your lovely Christmas school with even more resources to create memories this year.

      • Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love! by Erin – Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels! Like Kevin from Home Alone, the Grinch and more!
      • A Merry Christmas Hymns Study for Your Homeschool – Whether you homeschool as normal through December, add in Christmas activities, or trade all your homeschool curriculum for ‘Christmas School,’ a Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your school day. It is a beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

      You might also like these beautiful topics:

      This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

      Where to Find Nana, Tricia, Victoria, Amy, Dawn and Stef

      We have loved this Christmas Tree Study for kids! We invite you to connect with us and find even more lovely homeschooling through the holidays ideas.

      Share on Social Media!

      We can’t wait to see your art, craft, or your nature or hymn studies! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @chalkpastelart and @outdoorhourchallenge

      As Courtney shared in her Biblical homeschool post, “we hope that this gives you lots of inspiration for your Christmas school plans this year! Remember, you don’t have to do it all this year. Advent is all about preparing our hearts and dwelling in His perfect peace. Christmas school is an opportunity not only for creativity and education but for making lasting memories together.”

      Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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      Creative Sight Word Activities For Your Homeschool

      Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It’s a fun activity for the whole family!

      Learning To Read With Art

      What if you could combine all the four major learning styles into one lesson? What if a multi-sensory approach helped your out of the box learner retain information and build confidence in a no fuss, enjoyable way? Even more so, what if you found a hands-on activity that encouraged relationships and fostered bonding in your very own homeschool? You have come to the right place!

      Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

      Sight Word Activities For Your Homeschool

      Do you have a cozy reading corner? Or maybe you just decorated your dining room table with a floral table cloth, and a few fresh picked wild flowers. You just baked warm chocolate chip cookies to fit perfectly in tiny hands. All you need is a good little book to read with those yummy cookies. Now little miss is eyeing you and the cookies, eagerly waiting to see the book you chose for this bonding moment…

      Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

      This multi-sensory Learn to Read book, combines all four of the major learning styles into creative sight word activities:

      • auditory
      • kinesthetic
      • tactile
      • and visual
      Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

      It also includes multiple subjects:

      • art
      • reading
      • writing
      • sight words
      • and nature!

      That’s not all! Nana surely brings inspiration to a realm of learners, perfect for any family!

      Let’s begin with those adorable early learners who show an interest in reading. Or maybe, you’re early learner is already picking up on a few letters, sounds, and sight words. When exposed to high frequency words that make up a high percentage of reading material, children can memorize them for reading fluency!

      This Learn to Read book immerses a learner in sight words such as: I, and, see, a. This brings exposure and encourages early reading. The Learn to Read book is also filled with bright art that will engage your preschooler and hold their attention.

      The Learn to Read book also provides an opportunity for seasoned learners to create something tangible and useful for their younger siblings; a wonderful serving opportunity. My middle schooler and upcoming junior higher took delight in becoming an aspiring author and illustrator as they gleaned encouragement from Nana through this thoughtful lesson.  

      After painting, the outdoors combined with the cool summer breezes  called our names. We took our favorite quilt,  spread it across the green grass, and my older ones read to their younger brothers. This encouraged sibling bonding, fostered  relationships, and an exposure to those high frequency words.

      Do you have a child with learning differences? This art lesson embraces auditory, tactile, and visual learning styles. An out of the box learner writes the words (tactile) and paints the illustrations (tactile again). Afterwards, reading takes place. The book may be read by the child, sibling, or parent. Either way, the reading provides the auditory learning style.

      The finished product then delivers an appealing visual. To make this Learn To Read book kinesthetic, we joined movement while reading. For example, we acted out “I”, “see”, “bird”, “bugs”, “eating breakfast”. This multi-sensory learning teaches the same concepts in multiple ways, giving extra support for retaining information.

      Learn to Read Beach book with Nana

      Interested in creating another Learn to Read book? Check out Tricia’s delightful post about creating your own learn to read book. Tricia uses their exciting beach days as an example. She shares how to make a book by tailoring it to your child’s interests. Fun for reading, fun for bonding, fun creatives sight word activities for everyone!

      Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

      Creative Sight Word Activities: Resources For Homeschool Preschool

      I love the early years. This tender age brings so much curiosity and so much laughter in the little things. They love simplicity and it’s such a beautiful time of bonding, building relationships, and connecting with our children. Learning naturally takes hold of their tiny hearts, especially when play or exploring is involved. Children love hands-on activities, outdoor fun, and stories at this age. Preschool learners love connection.

      Did you know Nana has a collection of preschool fun? Chalk Pastel Art offers gentle art from painting circles, simple lines, to backyard animals, tractors, and so much  more! Nana really understands this tender age and you can tell through her wise words through her lessons. She has taught all of her grandchildren when they were preschool age. Nana uses her expertise in this area to softly teach and encourage the littles and us parents!

      Picture books are an outstanding resource for preschool age children. Eric Carle is one of our favorites! Chalk Pastel Art offers several  art lessons for all ages that combine perfectly with Eric Carle’s stories! Check out Dawn’s wonderful post about Eric Carle and all the art lessons that pair so well with his picture books.

      Picture books are an outstanding resource for preschool age children. Eric Carle is one of our favorites! Chalk Pastel Art offers several  art lessons for all ages that combine perfectly with Eric Carle’s stories!

      My three and five year old adore The Very Busy Spider so much! Paint this cute little spider along with this popular picture book! You can even read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White to your older students, (my three and five year olds call every spider they see “Chaw-lette”) and create a Barnyard themed study, while your older artists paint Wilbur! Enjoy a Charlotte’s Web Study!

      create a Barnyard themed study, while your older artists paint Wilbur! Enjoy a Charlotte's Web Study!

      Do you love painting through the seasons? We surely enjoyed a fall apple study, while painting these cute little red apples! I love the joy on my son’s face when he paints with Nana!

      To see how we incorporated Chalk Pastel Art and the books we included in our Apple Study, check out my blog. I have included a detailed explanation of how we put it all together!

      We love snowmen around here! They bring such cheer in the winter!

      We love snowmen around here! They bring such cheer in the winter!

      Having trouble fitting art time into your schedule? Don’t miss Courtney’s seven tips on how to make time for preschool art in your homeschool day!

      Chalk Pastel Art even offers a homeschool fine arts curriculum from grades 1-12! Dawn’s helpful post, Preschool Art and Music Curriculum shares the benefits of adding art and music into your homeschool. “Preschool art and music curriculum for your homeschool has everything you need to foster an early love and appreciation of art and music.”

      You can also combine all of Nana’s art with Outdoor Hour Challenge’s Homeschool Nature Study! This is a wonderful resource for all ages and stages! Barb wrote a wonderful post relating to nature study and preschoolers!

      Additional Preschool Resources with Creative Sight Word Activities

      The preschool resources listed below are resources I truly love. I would say that they can serve  preschool aged children and kindergarten! I have included a wide range of materials from picture books to curricula. Tricia also encourages preschool moms with simple habits to teach your little ones as you homeschool!

      First School Preschool Activities and Crafts for Homeschool

      This is a FREE preschool resource! This website is packed full of preschool themed material for ages 2-6! You will find worksheets for the alphabet, animals, coloring pages, crafts, and so much more!

      play dough activity binder for creative sight word activities

      Homeschool Preschool with Play Dough Activity Binder

      Preschool Mom contains a plethora of preschool resources from letters, shapes, numbers, and more! My children love the Play Dough Activity Binder. We printed all the “mats”, placed them in sheet protectors, then stuck it all in a white binder. All you need is play dough to create your letters!

      Sight Word of the Week Program for Homeschool

      Sight Word of the Week Program for Preschool

      Kindergarten Mom has multiple kindergarten resources found on her site! We use the Sight Word of the Week Program. It is multi-sensory with a lot of repetition involved. Each day contains activities for one sight word a week. For example: Day 1 -Sign Language, Day 2-Fishing for Sight Words, Day 3 Sight Word Dab with paint, and so on.

      Preschoolers love picture books. Especially ones with eye-catching illustrations and an appealing rhyming pattern! Two of my absolute favorite authors for this age is the famous Eric Carle and beloved Karma Wilson.

      Picture Books for Homeschool Preschool

      Preschoolers love picture books. Especially ones with eye-catching illustrations and an appealing rhyming pattern! Two of my absolute favorite authors for this age is the famous Eric Carle and beloved Karma Wilson. Children learn so much from books that catch their interests. Both authors have written stories that are multi-disciplinary. For example, many of their book contain high frequency words, days of the week, numbers, colors, and the alphabet. I especially loved to incorporate sign language with their stories. The characters in their picture books are usually animals or insects found in nature. Snuggle up with your preschooler, make those memories and strengthen those bonds while reading a wonderful picture book.

      Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by Ella K. Lindvall

      Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by Ella K. Lindvall

      Can I say this bible series is my favorite for preschoolers? I have read this series to all of my children! This Bible series contains large print and wonderful, colorful illustrations. It is simple. Here is a list of Bible stories found in the entire series: (Vol 1.)The Man Who Was Too Little, The Man Who Couldn’t See, The Boys and Girls and Jesus, The Wind That Obeyed, The Man Who Said, “Thank You”, (Vol. 2) Simon and His Boat, The Boy Who Went Away, The Boy Who Shared His Lunch, The Man Who Helped, A Sad Day and a Happy Day, (Vol. 3) How God Made the World, Noah’s Big Boat, God Gives His People Bread to Eat, Daniel and the Lions, Baby Jesus and the Good News

      God Gave Us the Bible 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones

      God Gave Us the Bible 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones

      The illustrations by David Hohn are amazing! The way the author writes the Bible stories makes it easy to understand for children. What I absolutely love is that after the short stories, Little Cub and her friends have questions. Mama does such a wonderful job explaining and answering them in such a wonderful age appropriate way! This one is a keeper and will be used for all the littles!

      Signing Time Treeschoolers

      Signing Time Treeschoolers for Creative Sight Word Activities

      This is an incredible preschool resource! Including all four of the major learning styles, this is a science series that involves sign language, dancing, and preschool skills! Nine DVDs are included in this set with over sixty songs! They also have a brand new series titled Phonetica!

      ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Uppercase Letters, ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Lowercase Letters

      ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Uppercase Letters, ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Lowercase Letters

      My three and five yr. olds adore Stefanie Hol’s books. They are geared towards ages 2-5 and 3-6. Both books work wonderfully for special needs children as well. This book takes a child through strictly the sounds of each letter makes. Coupled with movement, a visual, and letter, my children love going through this book with me. We make it silly. I was shocked at how much my boys learned!

      Simply K A Developmental Approach to Kindergarten by Carrie Bailey from Masterbooks

      Simply K A Developmental Approach to Kindergarten by Carrie Bailey from Masterbooks

      Simply K brings a gentle introduction to the letters of the alphabet, Bible time, and life skills. This open and go workbook arrives with a Scope & Sequence, and supply list. The pages are laid out nicely for easy navigation. I love the Bible memory verses , Bible stories, and mini booklets for each letter of the alphabet.

      Math Lessons for a Living Education K Masterbooks

      If your early learner is ready for counting to 10, learning basic shapes, and patterns, Math Lessons for a Living Education K is a wonderful option. This workbook by Masterbooks is equipped with daily lessons, open and go, and fully colored pages. My 5yr old son absolutely loved this workbook!

      Math U See Primer for Homeschool

      Primer Introduction to Math by Math U See Demme Learning

      I have started all of my children with this book by Demme Learning. This rich curriculum is very basic with simple black and white photos. Along with the Primer comes with multi-colored hands-on math blocks. All of my children were fruitful in this multi-sensory math experience. It begins with basic counting and identifying numbers, writing numbers, understanding place value, basic addition problems, and skip counting.

      Pride Reading Program

      Pride Reading Program Beginning Consonants P.R.I.D.E. is an acronym for Phonemic Recognition Instruction Delivering Empowerment. This is an Orton-Gillingham reading instruction program geared towards students with learning differences. I have used PRIDE Reading with my son with special needs and my boys without learning differences. If you want a beginning consonant program that is hands-on and multi-sensory, this is a wonderful resource. It arrives with a workbook, online teacher’s guide, white board, and sound cards.

      There are so many precious preschool resources available for your little learners. A few art supplies can bring wonders to your homeschool in so many ways! It’s simple, easy clean up, and preschoolers love it! Multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary, and fruitful for all ages and stages-Learning to Read with art and creative sight word activities are just a few of the MANY hands on lessons Chalk Pastel Art offers. Nana’s gentle art always carry contagious giggles, and sweet smiles….. the colorful memories will last a lifetime!

      Jamie Gault

      Jamie is the author of A Brown Bear’s Language Arts Study, a literature-inspired homeschool mom of eight, and a former educator. She enjoys a bookshelf bursting with colorful picture books  and children’s stories of all genres. Indulging in a read aloud with all of her children around her is one of Jamie’s favorite moments of her days. Be sure to find Jamie on Instagram and visit her blog, Treasuring the Tiny Moments Homeschool, to be encouraged by all her learning adventures with her wonderful family.

      Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's a fun activity for the whole family!