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Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities You’ll Be Grateful For!

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to create learning experiences that blend family and fun. These are thanksgiving homeschool activities you’ll be grateful for!

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Years ago, I used to be so busy checking off homeschool lesson boxes that I missed the true meaning of homeschooling. Holidays would pass me by because we were so caught up with staying on track with our curriculum. 

I am beyond grateful that these days are quite the opposite! I take pleasure in slowing down and savoring the sweet moments without sacrificing education. 

It did take me a few years to figure out how to blend learning, family, and fun creatively. But once you learn how to make it all come together, you can have the most magical time learning together. 

Thanksgiving and Fall are some of the best opportunities to create these types of learning experiences too! 

Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities

For the record, we don’t do this on the daily. I would never want you to look at some of our best times and think this is what our homeschool looks like every day. But, I do try to make something special happen at least once every two weeks or so. I find it helps to keep our homeschool fun, and my kids enjoy looking forward to our next special homeschool occasion. 

For this particular experience, we chose to get some mileage out of our You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership at ChalkPastel.com. Our homeschool has been so blessed by our membership that I can’t stress enough how much you need one too!

The membership does more than just add art to your homeschool. A membership with You ARE An Artist enhances the learning that is already going on in your homeschool. Think of it as upsizing your homeschool! 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Homeschool Resources For Every Day Of The Year

•Plan art into practically any homeschool lesson.

•Enjoy tea times with art. 

•Use a daily clickable calendar with art prompts.

•Utilize resources like the Curriculum Match-Up Checklist and add art to all of your homeschool history and science lessons. 

•Never miss celebrating a holiday or season in your homeschool with art. 

•Say goodbye to dull homeschool days. 

•Create custom unit studies – here is a wonderful example of our day filled with Johnny Appleseed activities.

 •Incorporate the entire family. (I love family-style homeschooling opportunities!) 

You really can look like the fun mom with a Clubhouse Membership, especially if you struggle with adding excitement to your homeschool days! I speak from personal experience. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Our Thanksgiving Homeschool Lesson Plans

I plan to share with you all of the resources we used and hope you are inspired to plan a day unique to your homeschool. It’s an example of an easy way to make a simple unit study. We are incorporating an excellent array of fall nature, Thanksgiving, and history. 

Usually, I will block out the entire day to have fun around these themed type homeschool lessons. It gives us plenty of time to bake because you have to have treats, right? And the baking allows for some hands-on fun too! So it’s fitting that the featured treat for this day should be pumpkin pie. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

We are currently exploring the season with a nature journal that’s perfect for autumn. The journal is packed full of information, including seeds, migration, autumn, and nature tracking. It also has hands-on ideas, writing prompts, and so much more. These fall art lessons pair so well with what we are learning through our informative nature journal.  

I love including all of my children on days like these. So I try to mix a balances blend of things they can all do together, along with a few more advanced things for my oldest and more age-appropriate activities for the younger ones. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

With that said, we are using the Fall Leaves art tutorial for early learners and the Acorn and Wind in the Tree art lessons that are a bit more challenging. These all blend nicely with our nature journal activities and what we have been learning. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

You could also add The Voyage of the First Thanksgiving art lesson because it’s a perfect match for early American History. Long gone are the days of boring mapping lessons in your homeschool. You ARE An Artist takes mapping to a whole other level! Your kids are guaranteed to love this one. It’s a must-add to your Thanksgiving homeschool lessons. 

And with saving the best for last, we are forever grateful because of HIM. Our homeschool keeps God at the center, and I love old hymns. I had to include the We Gather Together art tutorial; it helped tie everything together with thankfulness and gratitude. 

We did our art lesson as we listened to various versions of the hymn We Gather Together. The hymn is a fantastic reminder about bringing family and friends together to give thanks to God. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

I encourage you to introduce this hymn to your children. You ARE An Artist also included a link to a hymn study on the song if your kids want to research the history behind the hymn too. If you are anything like me, I find such value in these little additions to our learning. 

Don’t forget to pull out some of your favorite read alouds to enjoy too!

Resources For Your Own Thanksgiving Homeschool Experience

Here is a quick recap of everything we used and a few others you may want to incorporate too! 

The Voyage of the First Thanksgiving Art Tutorial from the Maps Clubhouse Complete Exclusive

Preschool Fall Leaves Art Tutorial from the Preschool Fall Video Art Lessons Clubhouse Edition

Wind in the Tree and Acorn Art Tutorials from the Fall Video Chalk Art Lessons Clubhouse Edition

We Gather Together Art Tutorial from the Hymns Clubhouse Edition

Thanksgiving Homeschool

A few other art tutorials that you might want to include in your Thanksgiving unit study:

Pumpkin

Thankful for Art Resources

Norman Rockwell 

Acrylics Fall Tree Reflection

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Quick Tips: Don’t feel like you have to squeeze it all in one day. Spread these lessons out over a week or a month, but don’t rush them! Enjoy this time with your family, learning and creating together, savor these sweet moments. 

And if you don’t fit it all in, there is always next year! Homeschooling isn’t a race; it’s a journey. 

I hope that this gives you some ideas to expand on and plan around. Our plans were simple yet packed full of goodness and education. 

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a Thanksgiving companion workbook with Fast Facts, Overviews, Gratitude Prompts, a Thanksgiving Planner and MORE!

Grab Your Homeschool Lessons Here and Start Planning Today! 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Colorful Famous Artist Horace Pippin Homeschool Lesson for All Ages

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson

We are so excited here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST this month because we are focusing on famous artists! There are so many incredible artists to learn about in your homeschool it’s hard to pick which one to start with. We decided to kick off our studies with a new Horace Pippin homeschool lesson, and we can’t wait to share all the details with you!

One of the best things about including art in your homeschool is that you can combine all ages! Art appreciation with YOU ARE AN ARTiST’s online art lessons can be done family-style, and I love that. There aren’t too many subjects that we can combine with the age gap between my children. That’s why I am super thrilled to dive into some fun art appreciation this month; all of my people around one table creating and learning together make my momma heart happy. 

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Horace Pippin, he was a self-taught artist who was incredibly talented despite having lost use of his right hand. He has been referenced as one of the most important black painters of American History. So if you are studying famous artists or art history, his story is worthy of your time.

Enjoy homeschool art appreciation with famous artists! Our Horace Pippin homeschool art lesson is great for any age. #horacepippin #famousartists #homeschoolart #onlineartlessons

Horace Pippin Art Appreciation Resources for Homeschool 

My favorite resource for studying famous artists and art appreciation is the Famous Artist Companion Workbook from YOU ARE AN ARTiST. The workbook is the perfect addition to your art appreciation curriculum. With each artist in the workbook, you will find a fast fact sheet, a biography about the artist, book recommendations, art planners, detective questions, and so much more. You don’t have to search down books or biographies, and as you know, that is a huge time saver for parents. 

Horace Pippin Homeschool Lesson

Another resource that will help bring your Horace Pippin homeschool lesson to life is this beloved book! A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. It is a colorful telling of Horace’s life, and it pairs perfectly with Nana’s Horace Pippin art lesson. It is also an all-around genuine story of life and perseverance; although it is picture book style, older students and adults love it too. (I certainly did!)

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson

Lastly, as many of you know, Nana has a podcast, and it is a great resource to add to your famous artist studies. She has many podcast episodes dedicated to famous artists, so definitely go check out the podcast. You can hear all about Horace Pippin from Nana’s Back Porch! You could listen to Nana chat about Horace Pippin before or after your online art lesson. Nana’s podcast episodes would also be an excellent addition to morning-time fine arts resources for elementary and high school students. 

Learn About Self-Taught Artist Horace Pippin – Listen to Nana’s Podcast

Enjoy Nana’s From My Back Porch Podcast on Horace Pippin! Learn about how Horace Pippin was a self-taught artist and how his paintings became a part of exhibits in famous art museums.

“In this podcast on Horace Pippin, I share a quote from the favorite book that Courtney shared about, above. That book is A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. I highly recommend you get this beautiful book by Jen Bryant or borrow it from your local library.” ❤️ Nana

“Paint us a picture, Horace!”

A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant

Read Nana’s Horace Pippin Podcast Transcript HERE.

Nana’s daughter, Tricia, and her children were able to see several Horace Pippin paintings in person at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta! You can read more about self-taught artists and view Horace Pippin paintings online in a virtual art gallery: Gate Crashers: The Rise of The Self-Taught Artist in America.

Horace Pippin Art Lesson

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson 

Nana’s Horace Pippin art lesson works for all ages! We enjoyed learning about Horace and creating with Nana so much. These colorful pictures are too stinking cute, right? This is just one of many homeschool famous artist lessons for you to enjoy!

Enjoy homeschool art appreciation with famous artists! Our Horace Pippin homeschool lesson is great for any age. #homeschoolart #horacepippin #onlineartlessons

I have one child who loves to express her artistic creativity, so when Nana mentions that you can draw whatever you want inside the circle, of course, she went with it! I know your artists will love adding their own special touch too.

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson

There are so many artists waiting to be discovered by you inside the clubhouse. If you don’t have a membership already, you can learn more about one here. We use our membership every week because there is an art lesson for just about anything you are learning about in your homeschool. My kid’s attitudes toward home education are always better when adding visual and hands-on activities like art. 

Horace Pippin Homeschool Lesson

Extension Ideas for Horace Pippin Homeschool & Art Lesson

Color Wheel Activities. There are so many excellent color wheel activities out there to try in your homeschool. Learning and experimenting with colors is so much fun! You can start with a simple color wheel art lesson for preschool and elementary or dive into color theory for older students. Don’t forget if you have high school students that need an art credit, you can utilize YOU ARE AN ARTiST for earning a visual art credit

Research Horace’s Art and Processes. Horace Pippin created over 140 artworks throughout his lifetime; they included paintings of slavery, racial segregation, daily life, religion, World War I, and more. He has oil paintings, drawings, and self-portraits to see. Interestingly, Horace first began burning designs into wood and painting them with only a couple of colors to highlight parts of the image. He was depicted as a genre artist; find out what genres he painted and why. View some of his many pieces of famous art—research which of his works have gotten the most recognition.

Horace Pippin Quote

Learn About Other African-American Artists. Another area to explore might be to dive into learning about other great African-American artists like Horace Pippin. You don’t necessarily have to stick with his genre of art. Still, you could learn about African-American artists that broke barriers in art, like Henry Ossawa Tanner and others. 

Art Appreciation. One of the best ways to appreciate art is to view it. Take a field trip to a local art museum or exhibit if you can, or the next best thing is to look it up online. There are all sorts of museums with online art exhibits, original works of art, and even commentary to explore when appreciating any genre of art or a particular artist. Discuss pieces of famous art that you like or dislike and talk about why as a family. (And yes, that all counts as education.)

Horace Pippin Art Lesson for Kids

Other Famous Artists Homeschool Art Lessons

Make sure you add some of these other famous artists to your art appreciation studies this year!

  • Monet
  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo 
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Van Gogh
  • Rembrandt
  • John James Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter 
  • Degas
  • da Vinci
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • Betsy Ross
  • Andy Warhol
  • and so many more! (YOU ARE AN ARTiST has over 800 homeschool art lessons for you to try!)

As always, we hope that these ideas inspire you to create your own homeschool lessons with art and rich resources that your children will love and remember. 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Anne of Green Gables Art Lessons, Tea Time, and Homeschool Ideas

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Oh Anne, how we love her! Her personality, wit, and genuine ways have hooked us all. As a young girl, I daydreamed of Anne’s adventures and country lifestyle. I have desperately wanted to share Anne with my daughter, and I am thrilled to get started. So, I am calling all of my fellow Anne of Green Gables fans to celebrate Anne with a literature-based art & tea time today! Anne of Green Gables is undoubtedly one of my top choices of books to get lost in for either upper elementary or high school. 

Around my daughter’s fourth grade homeschool year, I was so excited to dive into Anne of Green Gables, yet my daughter wasn’t thrilled at all. I hate to admit it, but I was so disappointed. I wanted her to love it as much as I did at that age, but here we are in high school, revisiting it with fresh enthusiasm. If you have a high school teen, see how you can use art lessons like these to earn an art credit! I also want to encourage you to wait and try again if you have been attempting to introduce your children to Anne of Green Gables and they haven’t taken to it.

So if you are ready to celebrate our beloved Anne or maybe revisit her, let’s plan some exciting homeschool lessons around art and literature. 

Calling all fellow Anne fans to celebrate Anne of Green Gables art lessons with tea time! Join us for homeschool art ideas and resources. #anneofgreengables #homeschoolart #onlineartlessons #artcurriculum #teatime

Why Blend Art With a Homeschool Anne of Green Gables Study?

So I mentioned above that I am revisiting Anne of Green Gables with my oldest this year. She was less than enthusiastic when we attempted to read the book around her fourth-grade year. I probably had overdone it with Heidi, Little House, and other literature that I was overly excited to dive into. In addition to me pushing too many of my favorite books on her that year, I hadn’t figured out how to get my children excited about reading back then. So I will share my little secret with you now, art. Yep. It’s that simple. We incorporate hands-on art lessons with Nana into just about everything that we are learning in our homeschool. 

Once I learned how to add an element of excitement and fun to our homeschool, home educating shifted for us. We add art to all of our homeschool lessons, books, tea times, and more! Plus, I have a couple of hands-on and auditory kiddos that crave art, so it fills their cups in so many ways. 

Last week we celebrated the end of Charlotte’s Web with an art celebration, but we are kicking off the start of Anne of Green Gables with an art celebration and tea time this week. I thought this would be a great way to get my oldest super excited about diving headfirst into Anne of Green Gables. 

Anne of Green Gables online art lessons

Anne of Green Gables Art Lessons for Tea Time 

We decided to kick things off with a Stack of Modern Literature art lesson. Anne loved books too, so it seems fitting. You can use this art tutorial for so many different subjects and lessons. 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Another lesson that we couldn’t pass up for Anne of Green Gables art is Nana’s Quilts art tutorial. The quilts lesson feels nostalgic to the time period and lifestyle of Anne of Green Gables, right? 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons
Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Forest Walk in the Woods is another great lesson that we incorporated, and you might want to do the same. Nature was a huge part of Anne’s life, and this lovely nature walk just seems to fit.

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Nana created a special art lesson dedicated to Anne of Green Gables. It’s a real treat! Which reminds me, if you haven’t joined the YOU ARE AN ARTiST Clubhouse, now is the perfect time to join. 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Additional Anne of Green Gables Homeschool Resources for Your Book Study 

If you are about to dive into Anne of Green Gables, like us, here are a few resources that might give you some inspiration. 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

If you didn’t know, when you become a complete member here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST, you will get access to Companion Workbooks like this Literature one. The Literature Companion Workbook has five fast facts for Anne of Green Gables, two writing prompts, and a research project idea. We always cover our fast fact sheet aloud during art and tea time. The writing prompts and project ideas we use as we work through the book. The best part, the Companion Workbooks are incredibly versatile, so you can use them for all ages and even combine your children for family-style schooling. They also come complete with extension ideas, planners, and more!

You can add plenty of life skills to your homeschool lessons with these precious books. Of course, you don’t need these exact books to enjoy Anne of Green Gables. But, they may give you some ideas and inspiration to amplify tea time, learn new life skills, and read some interesting commentary about the time period. There is even etiquette, sewing, and craft ideas. 

The Anne of Green Gables Treasury and The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook are both wonderful resources worth checking out if you want to dive full in. 

An Anne of Green Gables study guide might also be of value to you if you want to follow a spine of study and comprehension questions. We plan to use ours for discussion questions, vocabulary, and essay projects. But it also has some great extension activities in the back that are helpful for ideas too. 

Literature Companion Workbook

Tea Time Ideas to Blend with Your Art Lessons

We chose traditional tea recipes for our Anne of Green Gable’s art lessons and tea time. Tea, cucumber sandwiches, blackberries, and biscuits with orange marmalade are just a few of the items we chose. I think hosting tea, making these traditional recipes, and learning tea etiquette are important life skills for young girls and women. Homemaking is an act of service to others, so character training is another aspect you could combine in all of this rich learning. 

Anne of Green Gables Quote

Of course, you don’t need to make everything from scratch, but I think cooking and baking add to the fun of it all. Other ideas might include shortbread, chicken salad sandwiches, or a pie – and you can do all store-bought. No pressure. Remember that above all things, have a good time together! The food, art, and atmosphere do not need to be perfect to be enjoyable and memorable. 

I hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas to make the most of your art lessons with Nana. Don’t forget to grab a membership so you can access all that YOU ARE AN ARTiST has to offer.

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons & Tea Time Ideas

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

My two youngest children have been looking forward to the end of Charlotte’s Web for a while now. Not because they haven’t enjoyed it, but because they know that we will celebrate the end of the book with an art & tea time with Nana. It’s has been our tradition to complete the book and join Nana for a corresponding art lesson. And honestly, I couldn’t wait for this one either. Nana has the perfect Charlotte’s Web homeschool art lessons to enjoy. 

Charlotte’s Web is a fantastic elementary read-aloud, and I am so excited to share some art & tea time ideas to help you plan something memorable for your homeschool too. 

End of book celebrations are not only an incentive to complete the book, but they are a great way to continue to grow a love for reading. If you have a child who is a reluctant reader or hasn’t adapted to family read-alouds yet, you may want to think about adding in these hands-on homeschool art lessons from YOU ARE AN ARTiST. 

We have some Terrific Charlotte's Web homeschool art lessons to help you make lasting memories with your children while creating together! #homeschoolart #onlineartlessons #charlottesweb #booksforkids #charlotteswebart

Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons 

If you are going to host a Charlotte’s Web homeschool art lesson & tea time, you have to draw Charlotte; am I right? The Spider art lesson is suitable for all ages and looks like Charlotte. Even your littlest of learners can join in on this one. Nana also has a colorful spider web art lesson. You can enjoy this one and even ‘weave’ in ‘SOME PIG’ and more of Charlotte’s words.

And of course, there is Wilbur! We have had so many discussions about him over the past couple of weeks; it is so much fun to create him finally. I love how drawing Wilbur really brought him to life for the kids. 

In addition to Charlotte and Wilbur, you may want to create some of the other animals in the barn. The Preschool Barnyard Course includes a Barnyard Farm, Tractor, Chick, and Mixed Animals Tutorials. These art lessons are easy enough for preschoolers but can also be used for elementary. 

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

Other Charlotte’s Web homeschool art lessons to include are from the Baby Animals, and Animals Courses – the lamb, piglet, and cow are perfect for rounding out your farm animals. 

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

Educational Resources To Include While Reading Charlotte’s Web

Literature: One of my absolute favorite resources that pairs with YOU ARE AN ARTiST online art lessons for homeschoolers are the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks! You can get a sneak peek into one here in a video where I show you all the details. But inside the Literature Companion Workbook, there is an accompanying lesson for Charlotte’s Web. Eeeek, yes! It comes complete with 5 Fast Facts about E.B. White, Writing Prompts, Art Planners, and more. It is an excellent resource for all ages, and you can use it with multiple children.

Spider: Spiders and web-spinning sure are fascinating! I can’t tell you how many questions I fielded from the boys over the past few weeks as we read through Charlotte’s Web. One resource that I found helpful is the Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 1. It covered a few different spiders, and some of their incredible handiwork ties right into what Charlotte shares about herself and her cousins. You could also include the life cycle of a spider. 

Research: Like me, you will probably answer plenty of questions such as why the pig eats slops? Or what are slops? These are great questions, and one thing that helped me was to make a list. Keep a notepad nearby and as questions pop up, jot them down to look up later so you won’t have to interrupt your reading aloud. 

Farm Life and Animals: Your children may also be interested in some of the other animals on Zuckerman’s farm. If so, animal reports are another easy and effective way to learn more. Creating an animal report can be as easy as making a page in a spiral for each animal. As your kids research, you can record facts and other interesting tidbits about each animal. Another excellent resource to accompany your farm life and animal research are Julia Rotham’s Farm Anatomy and Nature books. They are packed with illustrations and information to help you dive into all things farm-related and nature.  

Vocabulary: Charlotte’s Web is filled with words that may be new to your students. Add these words to your list of things to look up later. You can look up the definitions and also practice spelling with them. This may also be a good opportunity for you to help teach your kids how to look up words in the dictionary. 

Field Trip & Activity Ideas To Complement Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons

  • Visit a local farm. 
  • Take a trip to the apple orchard. 
  • Watch one of Charlotte’s Web movie adaptations. 
  • Find a local or state fair to attend. 
  • Bake Nana’s Apple Pie.
  • Make sure to add art with Nana! You can enjoy so many art lessons to complement all that you are studying. 
Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

Tea Time Ideas for Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lesson

We love our tea time while we enjoy our online art lessons with Nana. It is a favorite in our homeschool and almost always includes food. We all like the feeling of creating, relaxing, and enjoying some tea & treats together. But, I have to admit, since this was an end-of-book celebration that my youngest two were really looking forward to, I decided to do something special and have cookies made. Charlotte’s Web was one of their first bigger chapter books to complete, and I wanted to encourage their eagerness to read and learn. So don’t go thinking I made those adorable cookies! Lol  But seriously, if you haven’t done a fun tea time like this, you should definitely try it. Even with the simplest of snacks, my children still think our time with Nana is the best. 

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

You can choose any kind of treats for Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons – farm-shaped cookies, animal cupcakes, easy muffins, all make fun tea time treats. But my children will spend more time creating and listening when there are tasty treats in front of them. And tea, of course.

You don’t have to wait till the end of the book to experience online art lessons with Nana; you can incorporate art into any homeschool lesson anytime with YOU ARE AN ARTiST’S self-paced video art lessons. Your kids will thank you! Grab a membership today and enrich your homeschool with art.

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art Lessons To Help You Celebrate

Ahoy Matey! Talk Like A Pirate Day is the perfect opportunity to add a bit of fun to your homeschool. Do you know what a pirate’s favorite subject is? Arrrrrt! Get it? Arrrr. See what I did there? But seriously, there are plenty of creative ideas to add to your homeschool day, and some of them count as educational. So, let’s plan a day or afternoon in your homeschool that the kids will never forget!

Talk Like A Pirate Day has become an extremely popular holiday to celebrate with children. Most kids, mine included, will jump at the chance to wear an eyepatch and practice their best pirate imitations. But, if that doesn’t seem academic enough for you…we have a few ideas to help you make it count in your homeschool day. 

So whether you are ready to add a memorable day of learning to your homeschool, or maybe you just need to take a break from your regularly scheduled homeschool day, either way, we have something for you! What better way to celebrate than with Talk Like A Pirate Day homeschool art?

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art Lessons To Help You Celebrate! Art lessons, books, movies, and educational ideas to make a memorable homeschool day! #homeschoolart #talklikeapirateday #pirateart

5 Things To Incorporate Into Your Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Plans

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
  1. Art. Art is the perfect companion to an exciting day of learning. Exercise your hands-on creativity with Nana and join in on pirate-themed art lessons! Pirates, ships, and adventure maps are ready for you to enjoy anytime right inside the You ARE An Artist Membership.
  2. Books. Talk Like A Pirate Day is perfect for picture books, classic pirate novels, and reading aloud. Choose a classic pirate tale like Treasure Island for a family read-aloud or Peter Pan. For younger students, you might prefer Pirate Boy or Magic Treehouse’s Pirates Past Noon. 
  3. Education. Don’t think that you are slacking by enjoying a day such as Talk Like A Pirate Day. There are so many ways to keep the day educational. Our Literature Companion Workbook has a Treasure Island Lesson with fun writing prompts and fast facts to enjoy with the whole family. You can also find plenty of affordable educational pirate resources to use, such as a Talk Like A Pirate Vocabulary Cheat Sheet or pirate-themed printables to complete your homeschool day. Other educational ideas might include researching famous pirates like Blackbeard or look up how much a silver fourpenny is worth in today’s money.
  4. Movies. If you want to end the day on a high note or keep the day on a lighter note, movies are also a great way to go. Treasure Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, or Hook are all excellent choices. 
  5. Food. Blending in some fun foods and snacks is just another way to add to the already exciting day. Check your local restaurants; some of them give discounts and freebies to adventurous eyepatch-wearing little pirates. Or snack on some Pirate’s Booty Popcorn or reward your pirates with gold-covered chocolate coins. 
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

Talk Like a Pirate Day Homeschool Art Lessons

Adventure Map: The Adventure Map is perfect for all ages, and this is one that even your youngest learners can join in. 

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

Pirate: My youngest kids had too much fun drawing this pirate, and I know yours will too! 

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

 Peter Pan: If you add Peter Pan to your day, you have to paint these adorable Peter Pan hats!

Pirate Ship: Last but not least is Nana’s Pirate Ship Art Lesson. This one is sure to please your arrrtists!

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

Benefits To Adding Homeschool Art To Your Days

If you are anything like I was when we began homeschooling, you may need some convincing to get you to put down your curriculum teacher’s manual and enjoy a day like this. Like so many of you, I thought we would fall behind if we didn’t complete every single day that was laid out for us. But, the truth is we need days like these in our homeschools. Days where we let go of expectations, schedules, and instead, we just have fun. 

These types of days aren’t a waste; they are the building blocks to cultivating a love of learning. Days like this keep our children excited to come back to the kitchen table without dread. We can shake things up and laugh while learning. But, our children need to see more of these. Days like these are memorable, and they are just what we all need sometimes. And luckily, YOU ARE AN ARTiST has so many ways to help us plan well!

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

If you want to add more creative ways to learn in your homeschool, grab a You ARE An Artist membership. With over 800 art tutorials, you can add art to any homeschool lesson. With a membership, you will never run out of exciting ways to add a bit of fun to your homeschool. 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Art Lessons For The Eclectic Homeschool Family

Eclectic Homeschool

We were homeschoolers for years before we became an eclectic homeschool family. And honestly, before we became eclectic homeschoolers, we missed out on so much in our homeschool. Now that I look back on it, it felt like we played Simon Says with our curriculum most days. We didn’t do anything unless Simon, ahem, I mean our curriculum teacher’s guide, said we could. Thank goodness that didn’t last! Shifting to an eclectic homeschool has been one of the best choices we ever made.

An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons

What Is Eclectic Homeschooling?

Eclectic homeschooling is one of the best possible methods for homeschooling. I firmly believe that. I have been coaching other homeschool families for almost a decade now, and eclectic homeschooling works for almost everyone. Because home education isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, eclectic homeschooling is adaptable and can be customized. 

There are no rules when it comes to eclectic homeschooling. You have the absolute freedom to mix and match homeschool methods, curriculum, resources, and routines. There is no right or wrong way to homeschool when you are an eclectic homeschooler. 

An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons
  • Of all the homeschool styles and methods, eclectic is the one method that you can customize and tailor to your unique family. With eclectic homeschooling, you make it work for you. Not the other way around. With some popular homeschooling methods, you are expected to fit inside the box and follow the parameters of that educational style. But, eclectic homeschoolers can use whatever they love about any homeschool method without fully committing to them. As an eclectic homeschooler, you don’t have to choose one type of learning, teaching, or method. You can carefully curate all the things you like and leave out everything that you don’t! 
  • Eclectic homeschooling works for all learning styles. Since you can pick and choose various curriculum and resources, you can tailor an education to each individual child. For example, a couple of my children are visual and kinesthetic, so we often incorporate You ARE An Artist art lessons to work creatively with our hands and eyes. Chalk pastel art is also a great way to stimulate multiple learning styles at once. 
  • Eclectic homeschoolers are freedom seekers and rule-breakers. Like many of you, we aren’t followers and like to march to the beat of our own drum. Eclectic homeschooling allows for complete freedom to home educate your way! If you don’t like the idea of being held to a style, curriculum, or routine – you will love eclectic homeschooling. 

Why An Eclectic Approach To Homeschooling Works For Our Family

When we first began homeschooling, we were stuck on the hamster wheel of checking off all of the boxes. We had no time for the fun stuff, like art. My daughter and I were both miserable. We weren’t enjoying home education. Honestly, in the beginning, I didn’t even realize that home educating could be fun, enjoyable, and relaxed without sacrificing a quality education. At the time, I had no vision beyond what I remembered from public school. I was lucky enough to learn more about home educating and was eager to cultivate a positive environment at home where my children could flourish. 

Eclectic homeschooling works for my children because we can carefully choose how we approach each subject, curate the curriculum best suited for them, and customize when, where, and how. My children are individuals, each with unique interests, gifts, and learning styles. And I want to foster that to help my children grow into the individuals that God intended. 

With two out of my three kids being naturally artistic and craving hands-on activities, art helps to keep my kids consistently enjoying our homeschool. They associate creating and having a good time with Nana, and she’s a big deal around here. I remember our homeschool before You ARE An Artist, and it wasn’t nearly as happy and healthy as we are now.

Eclectic homeschooling encompasses flexibility and the ability to customize the homeschool that we need. That is something I genuinely appreciate now! 

Eclectic Homeschool

Art And Eclectic Homeschooling

Art is the perfect addition to eclectic homeschooling. Since eclectic homeschooling has no boundaries, you can add art to anything. And with so many lessons to choose from, You ARE An Artist has an art lesson on just about everything. Seriously! You are sure to find an art lesson to coincide with almost anything you might be studying at home.

I say this all the time, but adding fun, creativity, and excitement to your homeschool can make a world of difference in your home and for your children. Art helps them express their creative ability, incorporates hands-on learning, and helps them retain what they have learned. Not to mention, we don’t have to sit stiffly or still when we create. We can sit however we want (or wiggle) and enjoy art!

In addition to those wonderful benefits, by adding art, you can create an environment that shows your children learning can be a lifestyle! Isn’t that the goal, cultivating lifelong learners?

Eclectic Homeschool

Art Lessons For Our Eclectic Homeschool Family

You can easily add art to any homeschool lesson! Yes, really. I add art to Bible lessons, Holidays like Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Poetry, Tea Time, Science, History, Literature, Music, and plenty of other learning opportunities. My children look forward to our time spent together doing art. Some of our best homeschool moments will be remembered around our kitchen table, creating art with Nana.  

You ARE An Artist offers art tutorials on unique topics like Hymns, Maps, Inventors, Famous Artists, Presidents, Solar System, The Games, 4 History Cycles, Sharks, Literature, Nature, and so much more. I know as eclectic homeschoolers, you will appreciate that!

We are enjoying Nana’s Simple Start to Chalk Pastels in the pictures you see here today. I decided on an apple for our back-to-homeschool art teatime. This one was no-fuss with muffins and tea. Usually, I enjoy planning out our tea times with all sorts of books and coordinating art lessons from Nana. We find our tea times with art relaxing and a great way to decompress when our homeschool feels like it could use a boost.

An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons

Here is a shortlist of some of our favorite art lessons through the years with chalk pastels. Each post below has multiple art lessons, all tied to one central theme. I love learning this way because we can blend so many overlapping subjects. I hope this gives you some ideas for how you can use these art lessons in your own homeschool.

An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons

I also want to share some of my favorite resources from You ARE An Artist that helps me blend subjects and age levels altogether at home:

I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks: The I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks are designed by an eclectic homeschool mom! Yes, me! It is with much gratitude and appreciation for You ARE An Artist that I can even say that. I was honored when presented with the opportunity to create companion resources for You ARE An Artist and become part of the team. Designing educational resources that are versatile and help families learn together for Nana is kind of my dream job, you know? I carefully create each workbook with cultivating a love of learning in mind. Our goal is that they are flexible for you to use; however they work best in your homeschool.

In each workbook, you will find a Book List with varying reading levels, 5 Fast Facts, an Overview, Biography, or Writing Prompts, Planners, and Ideas for How To Use our Curriculum. Everything you need for a quick lesson can be found inside. Or use all of the planners included to map out a more extensive study. I also love that the Companion Workbooks help me combine my oldest to youngest learners all in one place over a central topic. There is something special about family-style learning and all of us creating together.

Clubhouse Complete Membership: When I first found Nana, we were using individual art lessons. But, I soon realized that the way to go is the Clubhouse Complete Membership. With access to over 800 art tutorials and counting, you never run out of fun to add to your homeschool days, weeks, or year. 

Visual Art Credit: My oldest is in high school, and we also use You ARE An Artist for her Visual Arts Credit. Since we have to accumulate hours for her credit, I allow her to choose what lessons she wants. She can access the You ARE An Artist Calendar within our membership and select a lesson on her own; it’s excellent for promoting independent learning. 

Eclectic Homeschool

I hope that this gives you some ideas of how you can utilize a Complete Clubhouse Membership in your eclectic homeschool too! Your kids will thank you for it!

An Awesome Eclectic Homeschooling Bundle of Resources!

We’ve put together this beautiful bundle of eclectic education-inspired books and materials that would be perfect for an eclectic homeschool family! The bundle includes:

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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How To Create An Amazing Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

If you have ever wondered how homeschool moms blend multiple subjects with one common topic, you will want to follow me along on this exciting rabbit trail! Oh and, forgive me now because I tend to get overly giddy about this type of learning. 

So we have all seen those super cool homeschool moms who can plan their own lessons around interesting topics and mesh together science, literature, history, art, and more! If I am honest, two things would come to mind when I would see or hear about a mom doing this when I was in my first few years of homeschooling:

  1. Wow, that looks incredibly awesome but too hard for me to do.
  2. We don’t have time for stuff like that because we have to check off our daily curriculum boxes. We will get behind if we veer from our schedule. 

More than likely, you, too, have scrolled through social media or heard another mom at co-op talking about how she plans to present a homeschool lesson in this same manner. And, you might have had some of the same things come to mind. Maybe you felt inadequate, or you may question why teach this way at all? Well, I am so glad you asked!

After more than a decade of homeschooling, I have learned so much about education. My perspective has certainly changed about those seemingly elaborate homeschool lessons, and I believe even if sporadic, they are beneficial for your homeschool and your students. And the best part, putting together a unit study or homeschool lesson, can be super easy! 

A Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson is perfect for summer! So many ideas here to help you make a memorable learning experience at home! #perseids #meteorshower #homeschool #homeschoollessonplans

Why Blend Subjects Together When Planning Homeschool Lessons?

  • You may need a new approach to home educating. One way to really get your children excited about learning is to show them how these subjects can overlap. By approaching education in a way that helps ignite a passion or curiosity about a topic, idea, or lesson – we teach our children how to learn rather than what to learn. Our job is to present lessons to our children that jumpstart their imaginations, inspire them to research more, and enjoy learning. So with all that said, if you have a student that is dreading homeschool every day – try something different! Likely, it might not be the student but the teacher who needs a new home education outlook. 
  • You can show your children just how much fun learning can be. By blending subjects together, we show our children that learning is fluid. It runs from subject to subject and topic to topic; it never stops. That is also the end goal for many homeschool families; we want to cultivate lifelong learners! What better way to demonstrate how exciting education can be than to make the lessons fun and engaging at home? By meshing art, literature, history, science, and more – we aren’t putting any boundaries on our education. We are learning in ways that aren’t conventional and are definitely more fun. We are homeschoolers, and we can do that! 
  • You can save time home educating multiple ages.  Often we think it will be too time-consuming to pull together a homeschool lesson that ties in multiple resources and subjects. But the truth is, it’s not that hard, and it can actually end up saving you time. Think of it like a recipe, all you need is a little of this and a little of that, and before you know it, you can have a nourishing meal. Not only are you capable of pulling together a study that your kids will love, but you can also present it to all of your children at once. Rather than homeschooling every subject level every day, you can teach in more of a one-room-classroom type of way. Yes, you may have to tailor things for differing ages, but the overall lesson is the same in the end – thus saving you more time each day or week.
Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Now On To The Good Stuff… Let’s Create An Amazing Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Study Together

Ok, now that we have covered a few benefits of overlapping subjects, let’s see an example of a stargazing unit study or Perseids meteor shower lesson. (Call it whatever you prefer, the label isn’t nearly as important as the content and experience you are creating.)

Remember, I said you might need to follow me on my rabbit trail. Let’s blend it all together and make a fun day, week, or month of it! Here is a wonderful example of how one interesting bit of information is linked to another and so on.

If you plan to use our ideas, remember to tailor them to your family, children, and unique homeschool. There is no right or wrong way to do a unit study or homeschool, for that matter. 

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

What Is The Annual Perseids Meteor Shower?

The basis of our study is the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. I love the idea of creating a build-up to an event that we can celebrate. It keeps my kids engaged through the study because they know that there will be a celebration of sorts or a reward, if you will, at the end. 

If you aren’t familiar with the Perseid Meteor Shower, it is one of the brightest and longest-lasting meteor showers. And, it happens in August, so it’s usually easy to view because the weather is warm, and the sky is likely to be reasonably clear. 

I know! So many fun ways to enjoy a summer meteor shower with the family, right? S’mores, art, and sky-gazing all sound dreamy to me! The best time to catch the peak of all the meteor action is around August 9-14th, but even as early as late July, the start of the showers begins. (If you like ideas like this, you would also love our art summer camp!)

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Learning Ideas To Blend Together For An Epic Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Science: Your students can research what a meteor is, write a list of facts they find, and look up as much as they can about meteors specifically. 

Or, if you prefer to give them tasks to complete, you could create a list of questions that they need to find the answers to. Questions like how fast do meteors travel and how many meteors per hour could they potentially see during the upcoming Perseids Shower? 

Hubble Telescope Homeschool Art Lesson

Another fun science-based idea that you can tweak so many different ways is to learn about telescopes, space exploration, and star gazing tactics. Nana has some incredible lessons that can tie these things in, and I mention them all below under art. The Hubble Space Telescope and Galileo are perfect for this one!

Don’t forget to watch documentaries or videos about the Perseid Shower too. 

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

History: Ooooh, this is getting good! The 1860 Great Meteor occurred on July 20, 1860. It was talked about and reported from locations all over the United States. American landscape artist Frederic Church painted the rare but fascinating string of meteors in a now-famous oil painting, The Meteor of 1860. You can tie this all together by doing Nana’s accompanying art lesson 1860 Great Meteor. You can also listen to Nana’s podcast on the Hudson River School artists which includes another homeschool art lesson.

Don’t forget to grab the I Drew It Then I Knew It Famous Artists Companion Workbook for a biography and fun facts about Frederic Church. There is so much more to learn about this famous artist! 

Galileo Homeschool Art Lesson

As mentioned in the science portion above, another learning trail you could take on your Perseids meteor shower homeschool lesson might be digging into the history of the telescope. Start with the Galileo lesson from our I Drew It Then I Knew It Inventors Course and research more information about his telescope design. Galileo’s telescope was a prototype of the modern-day refractor telescope.

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Literature: Ok, here is another interesting link in our chain of stargazing information. Walt Whitman was also inspired by the same 1860 meteor event that Frederic Church painted and wrote the Year Of Meteors poem (1859-60.) 

This also could fit under history, and it’s even more fantastic when these things overlap in various subjects. You can find the entire poem inside the I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature Companion Workbook. You can read it aloud with all of your children or allow your older students to read it on their own. We enjoyed reading it as we did some art around the dining room table. 

Art: Nana’s How to Draw Perseids Meteor Shower in Chalk Pastels is the perfect lesson to either start this study with or finish it! Either way, this is a lesson the whole family will enjoy doing together. 

Don’t miss all of the other art lessons I have mentioned in our Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson & learning ideas here in the post! Look Up Summer Night Sky, Night Sky Lesson, Hubble Telescope, Galileo, and the 1860 Great Meteor, to name a few! You can pick and choose which ones you feel are the best fit for your unit study and your family. 

If you want to blend in some art appreciation, make sure to view Frederic Church’s oil painting, The Meteor of 1860.

Writing: Have your students write a short report about the Perseid Shower and all they have learned. If your student is a reluctant writer, frame the assignment differently, ask them to write a letter to a friend who has never heard of the meteor shower before, and explain it to them. 

If you have older students, you may have them research and write about Frederic Church, The Hudson River School, Walt Whitman, Galileo, or the Hubble Telescope and pair these writing activities with the coordinating art lesson. Since your teens can earn an art credit with chalk pastels, this is the perfect way to pair the two. Not to mention it adds a little fun and creativity to their curriculum too. 

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Nature: With Nana’s Look Up Summer Night Sky and Night Sky Lesson, you can certainly have some nature-filled fun. Star mapping and sky watching have been done since the beginning of time; not only is it fun to do, it’s educational. After you create one of the night sky lessons with Nana, plan a night sky watching party with the family. BBQ for dinner and bring out cozy blankets for dessert while you all watch the night’s sky together. This is just another example of how home education also supports family time and bonding. 

Book Selections: Another fun part of pulling a unit study together is the books! Am I right? Our stargazing unit study is the perfect opportunity to pull in different books that overlap many of our incorporating topics. 

One of the things that takes the most time when planning your own homeschool lessons is the book selection. Some of us are intimidated about selecting the right books, and I get it. But I have a hack for choosing high-quality books; use our Companion Workbooks. It’s the easiest way to buy or reserve books in advance on any topic you are studying. In every, I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook, you will find a book list. We carefully curate highly-rated books to use along with your studies, and it will save you a ton of time. We make it incredibly easy to plan ahead and reserve your books from the library. Our book list even tells you what age levels the books are recommended for; we want to make it easy for you!

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Extras: This is certainly not required, but I like to include treats when we do art. It makes it exciting, and kids love to enjoy a snack or a special something when we are enjoying a relaxed day of learning and creating together. I didn’t have time to make homemade cupcakes on this particular day, so we settled for store bought. And for some added oomph, I added sparkler candles to the cupcakes. My photos don’t do them justice, but they were the perfect little something we needed for talking about meteors! 

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

So there you have it, friends! We hope this gives you many ideas and plenty of inspiration to create your own Perseids Meteor Shower homeschool lesson. We would love to hear how you pull yours together too, come back and comment here to let us know or tag us on social media @chalkpastelart. We would love to cheer your artists on!

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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An Art Lesson & Tea Time for Families Seeking Simplicity

I Went To The Woods Art Lesson

Life is moving at lightning speed for many American families, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that will slow us down. Most children are enrolled in multiple classes, co-ops, groups, activities, sports, and quiet time is no longer a necessity. We spend less and less time in nature, we are drowning in stuff, and quality family time isn’t sacred anymore. But, whether you are a homeschool family or not, simplicity is key! There was never a time that our families needed simplicity more than now.

Upon pondering this, Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden comes to mind. In short, American author Henry David Thoreau journals through his two-year stay in a cabin on Walden Pond. His journey is based on his desire to illustrate a simpler way of life while living amid nature. He brings attention to self-sufficiency, makes scientific observations about the nature around him, and experiences a spiritual awakening. There is so much we can learn from the book Walden and Henry David Thoreau in general. 

If you are craving simplicity in life or homeschool, this is a lesson you may want to use. You can adapt it to your own homeschool however it fits best. We love to decompress with tea and literature, so tea time is fitting for Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson. 

Occasionally, we need to decompress with tea and literature. Join us in slowing down for Thoreau's "I Went To The Woods" art lesson. #homeschool #homeschoolart #homeschoolliterature #homeschoolideas

Why Use Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Homeschool Art Lesson?

  • Start Combining Literature and Art: If you haven’t joined the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse yet, this is a wonderful lesson that will give you a glimpse into the simplistic and rich learning that can come from combining art and literature in your homeschool. We have an entire Literature Companion Workbook that you can use right alongside art lessons like this one with fact sheets, writing prompts, research ideas, and more!
  • Slow Down And Learn To Enjoy Your Homeschool: If you or your children find yourselves disliking or even dreading your homeschool, you may need to slow down. By using Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson, you can do precisely that. Try a new experience in your homeschool that your kids will love, art! By incorporating art into any homeschool lesson, I have found that I have happier students, a more peaceful homeschool, and it’s simple to do. 
  • Enjoy A Lesson On Simplifying Life: Whether you are a homeschooler or public schooler, Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson is perfect for taking time to reconnect to nature and ponder how important it is to live a life of simplicity. This lesson is especially good for teens; you can dive into a deep conversation about Thoreau’s views on how to live a simplistic yet meaningful life. 
I Went To The Woods Art Lesson

More “I Went To The Woods” Homeschool Learning Ideas

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking and planning your own “I Went To The Woods” homeschool lesson. Remember to adapt the lesson to how it fits your homeschool best! There is no right or wrong way to study literature, but there are many ways to enjoy it. 

Read Walden Together: That’s right, this one could be an excellent read-aloud for your high school students. You could read the book together and celebrate the completion of the book with a lovely tea time. Also, since you can use chalk pastels to earn a visual art credit, this would be a fantastic lesson to accumulate art hours. 

Tea Time & Art: If you aren’t ready to read the complete book yet in your homeschool or don’t plan to, you can enjoy a tea time and just read the “I Went To The Woods” excerpt together. (The printable is inside the Literature Companion Workbook.) This would be a wonderful option for a multi-age homeschool; even elementary children will enjoy hearing the reading along with Nana’s gorgeous art lesson. 

Inspire Your Writers: Before or after diving into a tea time or Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson, do some writing. With our Literature Companion Workbook, you will get fast facts to learn about together, writing prompts, and more. You can spark your writer’s creativity with some fun writing prompts that are already done for you. 

Have Deep Discussions: Art lessons like these can spark some memorable conversations at home. Talk about the importance of simplicity, connection to nature, or brainstorm how you might simplify your homeschool. For example, simplifying your homeschool might mean fewer textbooks and more hands-on activities like art. Or it may mean less online work and more time in nature. Find what adjustments you need to make by asking your children and get their input. 

Research Projects: If you have middle school or high school students, you might want to assign a little research about the author. Make sure you use the Literature Companion Workbook to grab your “I Went To The Woods” printable, get five fast facts to enjoy, and complete the research project. Another fun idea may be looking up more Henry David Thoreau quotes.

There are so many ways for you and your students to enjoy Henry David Thoreau’s works and Nana’s coordinating art lesson. We hope this inspires you to slow down, put on some tea, and create together. To get started join the Clubhouse and grab all the resources that I mentioned!

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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How To Create An Affordable Space Camp At Home With Art for Kids

Space Camp At Home With Art

Are your kids fascinated by the idea of space? Mine too! The solar system can be such an exciting area of study. Most of us still remember learning about all of the planets and space exploration when we were kids. 

Isn’t it funny how you remember certain things you learned as a child? Usually, we recall the things that stuck out the most because the lessons were exciting or had an element of hands-on education included. 

That is precisely what we are going to help you create at home! We have some exciting and affordable ideas to help you create a space camp with art in your homeschool or maybe for fun this summer at home. 

Here at You ARE An Artist, we will be hosting a week of space camp, and we sure do hope you join us. But, luckily you can also use our clubhouse membership to do an art camp based on space anytime!

Are your kids ready to blast into learning all about space? Check out how easy it is to create a Space Camp At Home With Art! #artcamp #onlineartclasses #kidsart #homeschoolart #homeschoolscience #sciencecurriculum

5 Steps To Create Space Camp At Home With Art 

  1. Grab your clubhouse membership here if you don’t have one yet to get started. Tip: One week of traditional art camp or space camp for just one child can easily cost $200-250. But get this – your entire family can enjoy a full year of over 700+ art lessons along with our companion workbooks with planners, book recommendations, fast facts, biographies, and overviews for the same investment. With our clubhouse membership, you get more value for your money! Plus, you never have to leave home, and you can access all of our art lessons at your convenience. 
  2. Make sure you have your supplies ready. You will need a starter set of chalk pastels and copy or construction paper. Yes! That’s all you need to get started. Super affordable!
  3. Choose when you will host your art camp. Honestly, art camp is perfect any time of year, but a few ideas to help you choose may be: summer, spring break, or kick off the first week of school with art camp (that is an easy way to ease into the homeschool year and get the kids excited to learn). Or you can join us for summer camp together! During summer camp, we will create traditional summer camp art projects in addition to travel camp with landmarks, space camp, and so much more.
  4. Pick your art lessons. This is the fun part! We have so many space art lessons to choose from; you could be busy for a while! You could even block out an entire 4-6 weeks in your homeschool to study space with our Solar System, Space Exploration, Solar Eclipse, and Moon Missions art courses. 
  5. Add the fun stuff. Here is where you can get creative! It may be fun to decorate solar system sugar cookies, make a galaxy cake, or planet cake pops. There are so many creative ways to incorporate snacks while you are learning together. 

Here are some of the exciting lessons you can enjoy during a space art camp at home:

I Drew It Then I Knew It Moon Missions Art Course 

  • Pad Crawler
  • Saturn 5 Lift Off
  • Headed to the Moon
  • Flag on the Moon
  • Mission Control
  • Footprint on the Moon

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar Eclipse Art Course 

  • Diamond Ring
  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Baily’s Beads

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Art Course 

  • Solar System
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Uranus
  • Saturn
  • Jupiter
  • The Plutoids
  • Neptune
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Mercury

I Drew It Then I Knew It Space Exploration Clubhouse Edition Art Course 

  • Space Shuttle Lift Off
  • Man on the Moon
  • Night Sky
  • Comet
  • Spiral Galaxy
  • Nebula
  • Mars Rover
  • Astronaut Helmet

I know! So much art to do and exciting ways to learn about space!

We followed along with the I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Course and Companion Workbook. If you introduce your students to the solar system for the first time, the companion workbook is perfect for guiding you from planet to planet. But even kids who have covered the solar system before will learn something new!

We had a blast drawing our way through the Solar System. Earth was another must-do art lesson for us, and then we dove into the beautiful rings of Saturn. We are still working our way through all of these exciting lessons and learning a lot along the way.

Remember, there is no right way to enjoy art camp, but there are endless ways to have fun with it! You don’t have to start with any particular lesson; begin with whatever interests your kids the most. 

Please join us for Space Camp! You can try out a sample lesson here

Once you join the clubhouse, tag us on social media @chalkpastelart and use #YouAREAnArtistClubhouse so that Nana can see your artwork! She loves to encourage your artists. 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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10 Ways To Effortlessly Add Art To Your Homeschool Anytime of Year

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Have you been skipping art in your homeschool, but you are ready to start implementing it now? Or maybe you aren’t sure how you can work art into your homeschool. No worries! You may not know this, but ChalkPastel.com has multiple ways to help you add art to your home and homeschool. 

And we can’t wait to show you just how easy it is! No matter what kind of homeschooler you are, we have a way for you to bring the joy of art into your home.

Whether you are a serious planner mom or a spontaneous fun family, we have some ideas to share with you. Because art can be the cherry on top of all your learning at home and kids thrive when they can use their hands and exercise their creativity! 

Here is How You Can Effortlessly Add Art to Your Homeschool Anytime of Year! #homeschoolplanning #homeschoolart #artcurriculum #homeschoolcurriculum

10 Ways You Can Plan Homeschool Art with You ARE An Artist

Spontaneous  

If your homeschool family likes to wake up each morning and see where the day takes them, you can access over 600 art lessons anytime with your Clubhouse Membership. Just sign in to your membership and browse through all the available lessons and choose. Easy!

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Coordinate with Your Homeschool Curriculum 

This option is perfect for families that like to plan their weeks and months ahead. Since You ARE An Artist has a wide range of art lessons spanning from history, science, nature, famous artists, composers, presidents, Bible, hymns, inventors, space, and more – you can find an art lesson to coordinate with just about anything you may be studying! You can find this by using the search bar inside your membership or browsing through the various courses. Make sure you take advantage of our companion workbooks to access multiple art lesson planner pages too!

Companion Workbooks for Homeschool Studies 

Since we just mentioned these in #2, let’s talk about the companion workbooks a bit more in-depth. We have been creating companion workbooks to go along with our I Drew It Then I Knew It Series. Each of these workbooks comes with a recommended book list for the topic, biographies or overviews, planner pages, fast facts, writing prompts, research ideas, and more to complement whatever you are learning. Our companion workbooks make adding art to your homeschool easier than ever! Everything you need to complete a fantastic homeschool lesson with art is right at your fingertips. 

Don’t forget to utilize the search bar within your membership dashboard. The search bar is an easy way to find a last-minute art lesson or plan as far ahead as you need. Either way, pop whatever you are looking for in the search bar to search over 600 art tutorials. 

Art Lesson Calendar 

Nana and the You ARE An Artist team are always planning new and exciting lessons for Clubhouse members. You will find live events, holiday art, and seasonal relevant lessons pre-planned for you. Accessing the art lesson calendar is easy; it’s right inside your membership dashboard. Utilize the art lesson calendar, and you will never forget another fun opportunity to enjoy art in your homeschool!

Courses 

Not sure what to study? We have a solution for that too! Please browse through all of our courses to see what your children might find interesting. We have an entire series dedicated to I Drew It Then I Knew It and many other topical art courses to keep learning at home exciting. Pick a course and dive right in. Learning never has to be boring with You ARE An Artist. 

Art Credit For High School

Art for a Credit for Homeschooling High School

Do you have a teen that needs an art credit for high school? We have just the thing! Let us walk you through how simple it is to receive an art credit using chalk pastels. 

Homeschool Curriculum Match-Up Lists 

You ARE An Artist also has another effortless way to add art into your homeschool lessons with a match-up list. Download a curriculum match-up list from your dashboard for Ancient, American, Medieval, or Modern History and add art to any history lesson. 

Live Events 

Here at You ARE An Artist, we are always planning exciting ways to bring art into your homeschool. One of the ways we do that is by hosting live events online with our community. You can log into your membership dashboard to keep up with all of the upcoming events and add them to your planner or calendar, so you never miss it! Then your family can tag us on social media using @chalkpastelart and hashtag #youareanartist. Your kids will have an amazing time as you search the hashtag to see all of your fellow homeschoolers out there doing the same art lesson. 

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Family Time 

Art adds joy and erases the mundane from our homes and homeschools, so remember, You ARE An Artist on rainy days, for family time, and anytime you hear “I’m Bored”! Stretch your membership as far as possible by using it recreationally; it doesn’t have to be just for homeschool. Saturdays, summer, tea times, anytime with friends and family are also perfect times for chalk pastels. 

Don’t forget we have plenty of lessons for preschool so that you can add your youngest to the fun too. You can always add a little learner to any of our chalk pastel lessons, just give them a piece of paper and a couple of chalk pastels, and they will feel like the big kids! 

We hope to help you make the most of your learning at home together and your membership! Don’t have a membership yet? No worries! Grab yours now.

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.