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The Best Presidents Day Art Projects To Celebrate With

Presidents Day Art Projects

Presidents’ Day should really be referred to as President’s month if you are a homeschooler! Am I right? We can’t cram all of that good stuff into one day. It’s impossible; there are way too many interesting facts and rabbit trails to explore. 

Here at ChalkPastel.com, we know precisely how fascinating it can be to dive into the U.S. Presidents. We think all of our presidents deserve a celebration anytime! For that reason, we created the ultimate companion resource to our I Drew It And I Knew It Presidents Series. 

Presidents Day Art Projects

When you join our I Drew It Then I Knew It Clubhouse Series, you will also get the added benefit of our new companion workbooks! (Plus access to over 700 art lessons!)

We just started adding them, and we are thrilled with the first, the Presidents Companion Workbook. It is the perfect educational companion to drawing the Presidents with chalk pastels. 

Presidents Day Art Projects Worth Celebrating

Talk about a way to celebrate President’s Day or any Presidential holiday for that matter! Add art to history, and your kids will instantly be hooked! 

As we have mentioned before, adding art to any subject makes it more exciting for our children and keeps them engaged. My kids look forward to art no matter what subject I blend it with. 

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be boring, and we are here to help you have memorable experiences while you educate at home. There is no need to skip art; let it become the best part of your homeschool week!

Hands-on creativity with art is a good fit for all learning styles. That’s a win-win for homeschools with multiple students; everyone can join in! By adding art to your homeschool lessons, your children are also more likely to retain the information.

Presidents Day Art Projects

We recently had a fantastic time using the new companion workbook as we learned about some U.S. Presidents. 

I introduced my youngest two to Lincoln, and my oldest enjoyed learning a few fun facts about him we didn’t know! If you are going to study the U.S. Presidents, this is definitely the way to do it. 

Presidents Day Art Projects

We also celebrated the presidents by covering George Washington too. Use the companion workbook to blend books, facts, bios, and art for an educational experience your kids won’t soon forget. Every time we study a president, we learn something new. I bet your family does too. 

You can also complete Presidents Day Art Projects for Presidents:


George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln Portrait – Aaron Copland
Ulysses S. Grant
President Benjamin Harrison – First Christmas Tree in White House
Theodore Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Franklin D. Roosevelt
and we keep adding more!

Presidents Day Art Projects

Here are some tips to help you navigate the companion workbooks and plan ahead with your curriculum in mind. 

These workbooks would be perfect for planning a full unit study around the U.S. Presidents too! They are totally flexible so that you can incorporate them; however it works best for your family. 

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.

The Companion Workbook Includes the Following Resources To Help You Make The Most of Educating At Home

Planners: Our planners are designed for homeschool parents with flexibility in mind. If you want to map out what you plan to study for the entire year, you can use our annual curriculum planner. By mapping out what you will do for the year, you can match your art themes along with your family’s history, reading, and other subjects as you go. Track hours and art lessons with our monthly art tracker; you can easily use this for your portfolio if you are keeping one. The monthly art tracker also works well if you are tracking hours for an art credit. Lastly, we have included a weekly planner to stay on top of weekly art lessons and other assignments.

Fact Sheet: Use the fact sheet before your art lesson to cover some interesting facts about the subject to get your children engaged. These facts may also create some fun talking points while you create them together.

Detective Worksheet: If you want to include a little writing and research on the subject we drew, use our open-ended detective worksheet to keep the learning alive afterward. The detective worksheet could also be used as a questionnaire later or writing and research prompts for the following day. This will also make a great addition to your educational portfolio if you are required to keep one. The questions for each workbook are the same and can be reused for each individual art lesson.

Presidents Day Art Projects

Biography or Overview: Before each lesson, you may want to read aloud our quick biography or overview of the subject to your children. Whether we will draw a person, place, or thing – we will give you a brief summary, bio, or background, so you don’t have to search it out beforehand. This is a fantastic resource to help you combine learning with all ages or family-style learning. It can also help you save time by combining multiple children in one subject.

Book List: Books and read alouds are another way to make the most of learning together. We have a list of recommended books to add to your studies about whatever we will be drawing together. The book list includes books for various ages to choose from. Our book list will help you plan what books to buy or reserve from the library in advance.

Extension Ideas: Lastly, we add fun extension ideas to each series to help you plan more educational fun into your learning at home. 

We hope you enjoy our new resources and have a blast celebrating the U.S. Presidents with art anytime.

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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This Is How Your Teen Can Earn An Art Credit For High School

Art Credit For High School

Are you homeschooling high school? Then as you know, it is a beautiful time to cherish memories made with your teen. You may also be at the point in your homeschool journey where necessary credits are getting completed. High school is the time to make sure that your student’s transcript is coming together nicely for whatever may be in store for them in the future. 

So, if you are in the process of completing high school credits for homeschool, you may need an art credit. Many states require one visual art credit for the completion of high school. If that’s the case for you, we will show you how simple it is to use You Are An Artist to obtain your student’s visual art credit. 

As fellow homeschoolers, we know that homeschool families like to plan their own way! That’s why You Are An Artist is an excellent fit for your visual art credit needs. Our flexible path to a visual art credit with chalk pastels allows you the freedom to plan; however it best suits your student. 

Art Credit For High School

Visual art is not only the process of creating art. The education goes far beyond that. Visual art with chalk pastels also encompasses learning about art history, culture, nature, and more. Luckily, here at ChalkPastel.com, we have over 700 chalk pastel lessons to choose from, including all of those very things!

No searching for the right projects or spending hours trying to map out your visual art curriculum! We have simplified earning an art credit for high school for you. We offer a Visual Art 1 pathway to either a full or half-credit. 

And if you are a homeschool parent, you can appreciate the combination of subjects. It’s a win-win when you can combine art and history, art and geography, and better yet – when you can include multiple students. Yes, you can do that with a Clubhouse Membership

Art Credit For High School

How Your Family Can Use You Are An Artist For a Visual Arts Credit?

First, check your local requirements to find out how many hours you need for a full or half credit. You will likely find your state requires somewhere between 120-150 hours of study for a full credit and 60-75 hours or a half credit. 

Once you have your requirements handy, you may want to map out your semester or year. An easy way to do that would be with our Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker. The planner and tracker are also perfect additions to your portfolio if record keeping is required in your state. 

You can plan art lessons to coincide with what you may be learning or books you may be reading this year – with over 600 available lessons to choose from in the Clubhouse Membership, planning out your art credit for high school with chalk pastels is super simple. 

Plus, choosing to pursue a visual art credit is affordable. Unlike many other electives, the supplies for chalk pastel art are minimal. So if your family is watching the budget like many of us are, it’s an economical option that requires few supplies. 

Art Credit For High School

What Can I Count As Visual Art Hours?

What can you count as hours towards your visual art credit? That’s a great question, and accumulating hours is easier than you think! Here are plenty of ideas and ways you can make all of your educational moments count. 

Chalk Pastel Projects: The projects themselves will take time, and the time per project will vary. Each project’s time will be different from student to student, depending on your child’s skill level. However, all of the time spent creating counts! Your teens will likely love this course; chalk pastel art is easy to enjoy.

Art Vocabulary List: Create an art vocabulary list to help your students learn all of the art terms you can find. You could use this list for learning definitions and even test or quiz your student. Another idea may be to have them research particular art terms and the history behind them. Where did the art term originate and when? The possibilities are endless.  

Chalk Techniques Definition List: We have a Chalk Techniques Definition List inside the Clubhouse to help your students get familiar with all chalk techniques. We recommend your student become familiar with this list. Like the vocabulary list above, you could quiz your teen on the list of definitions or do more extensive research on the terms if you choose. 

Field Trips: Yes, of course, field trips count too! And they happen to be a highlight for the whole family to enjoy. Plan a weekly or monthly outing to a nearby art museum, art fair, or art exhibit. Field trips are a fantastic way to experience art in real life. Take a camera to snap photos of your favorites or to try and recreate them later at home with pastels. Have your student bring a journal on the trip and make notes about what they saw. Or bring some chalk pastels along to draw while you are at the museum. You can get extremely creative in using this time for exciting learning opportunities. 

Art History: Watch documentaries about a particular artist or piece of art. Visit the library and check out books that cover art history, culture, and showcase works of art. Your students might veer off onto a rabbit trail as they begin to research the history of pastels themselves. Chalk and oil pastels can be traced back to the renaissance. Yep! The history is fascinating, and some of our most famous artists used chalk pastels. 

Critique Famous Chalk Works: Along with your art history studies, you will find that many famous works of art were created using pastels. Another exciting activity to assign your teen is to critique the pieces. You can dive as deeply into critiquing as you like, but there are some basic questions you can cover. What is the history behind the work? What sort of artwork is it? Ex. Portrait, nature, still life, landscape, abstract, etc. What kind of lines, shapes, and forms do you see? What colors do you see? Discuss space, light vs. dark, and focal points. You can also talk about interpretation; what is the artist trying to convey? Lastly, evaluate. How does the artwork make you feel? Do you like it? Why or why not? 

Submissions: Submissions are another fantastic way to challenge your budding artist and still calculate hours towards your visual art credit. Encourage your student to submit their own works of chalk pastel art into local contests. You can often find competitions to enter posted in your local library or college campuses. A simple Google search will produce all sorts of opportunities where your high school student can enter their art. You might even find fun entry opportunities at your state fair!

Final Project: Assign a final project for each semester or year-end. To determine a final art project, you may want to combine techniques or styles covered over the year. A final art project is a fantastic way to assess everything your teen has learned throughout the curriculum. It is also a fun way for your student to showcase all that he or she has absorbed. 

We hope this helps you easily plan your child’s Visual Art 1 curriculum for the year or semester. Make sure to get a Clubhouse Membership to access your Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker, along with the Chalk Techniques Definition List. 

We also invite you to join our private group. Inside of the, You ARE An Artist Community, you will find art submission opportunities for your teen along with plenty of art activities that the whole family can enjoy. See you inside!

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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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

Winter is a wonderful time for tea in your homeschool. Most of us have seen lovely homeschool tea time spread photos on social media and feel intimidated to try our own. Or perhaps, you aren’t quite sure where to begin. 

Well, I want to share a poetry tea time with you today that is easy to set up, and every bit counts as educational. And, if your children are anything like mine, they will be asking when the next poetry tea time is. 

One of the best poems to enjoy during winter is the renowned Robert Frost’s, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening. It is one of those poems that instantly comes to life with all of the delights of winter. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

You ARE An Artist’s art tutorial of Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening will help you round out an entire hands-on lesson for your family to enjoy. 

We do think this poem is worthy of a special tea time. This time of year can be busy and leave us feeling stressed about the holidays. But Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening helps us remember it is ok to stop and linger a bit at God’s wonderful creation. Like the traveler, we all have obligations to get to. But we also can stop and take in the beauty around us, if even for a moment. Often, that is precisely the refreshment we need. 

That’s is why we think this tea time with chalk pastels will leave you and your children feeling refreshed and renewed for the winter season. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

What Do You Need For A Snowy Art Homeschool Tea Time

The supplies you need for the art lesson are minimal; chalk pastels and construction paper.  And a Clubhouse Membership from You Are An Artist, not only to enjoy this chalk pastel project, but you will also get over 700 other art lessons that your entire family can do and a beautiful poem to print out.

We love the picture book Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening that is illustrated by Susan Jeffers too. The beautiful illustrations that accompany Robert Frost’s words are a perfect combination to share with your family. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

The fun part is what else you can add! We like to enjoy tea or hot cocoa to drink and make an entire experience of it. The kids sip as I read. 

We also add some treats like tree-shaped sugar cookies or something white to signify snow. But you can add anything that your kids might find exciting. I think ice cream would also be fun for this tea time. Remember, there are no rules!

You may be wondering if you have to add any snacks or drinks. I will share with you why I almost always do. My children linger longer with something to sip or snack. It’s true. If I want to read to my kids and keep their attention, I add a little something that counts as a treat. It also makes poetry tea time with art a special time to look forward to. We like to celebrate the end of each week with art. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

Once you decide on all of the fun stuff, now let’s prepare our educational resources. 

If you are afraid that you can’t count art or poetry tea time as educational, you might need a fresh new perspective. Let me assure you, art and poetry tea time is 100% educational. Let’s discuss all of the educational aspects of this single project. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

What Can We Learn From Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

  • New Art Techniques. Your child will learn chalk pastel techniques to create a lovely piece of art. Hands-on art with chalk pastels is an excellent fit for all types of learners, and it’s a great way to foster their creative expression. 
  • History. You can dive into the biography of Robert Frost; he was a well-known American poet with four Pulitzer Prizes. You may very well have heard some of his most famous works already! Older children can help research his life and other poems if you want to travel down a few new rabbit trails together! 
  • Poetry. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening is not just a beautiful poem; there is much you can learn from it alone. If you have a high school student, you may want to discuss the poem’s rhyme scheme and other poetic devices. It is full of imagery and literary devices, all worth pointing out as well. 
  • Nature. Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening fits perfectly into winter nature study. If you are working through a winter nature study curriculum, this tea time and art project will coincide nicely. 
  • Togetherness. Winter is the best time to cozy up with warm drinks, create art, and discuss poetry. Even your earliest learners can sit in a draw with chalk on a piece of construction paper while listening along. 
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

We hope you enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of winter with this special poetry tea time! Celebrate winter nature and bond over the arts together as a family with books, art, and tea.

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

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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Christmas Tea Time With Art Is The Perfect Way To Enjoy The Holidays

Christmas Tea Time

We have all spent a holiday season, or two, caught up in the hustle and bustle. It happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? But this year, don’t forget to slow down and savor the season! One of the absolute best ways to do that is with a Christmas tea time.

But wait, there’s more! As much of a delight as Christmas tea time sounds, you can add art, poetry, some holiday hymns and make an afternoon of it. It’s like adding a cherry on top with sprinkles to your Christmas tea time!

The holidays are a great time to slow down for so many reasons. Especially if you homeschool, you may be ready for a break. But as most of you mommas know, we still have to keep the kids entertained. I also like to join my children in these entertaining activities! The holidays are so much better when you just take time to lean into your family.

Christmas Tea Time

So if you are like me, you may want easy activities that don’t require much preparation. We love chalk pastel art for this reason. I simply set out a few affordable supplies and turn on Nana. Our entire family can sit back and create together.

Add some holiday hymns playing in the background, a nice hot spiced tea, and a lovely Christmas art project – perfection!

Christmas Tea Time

If this sounds appealing to you, all you need is to grab your family a Clubhouse Membership from You Are An Artist. You can enjoy tea time and art anytime with over 600 art tutorials to choose from. It also makes a fantastic gift for the family that keeps on giving all year long.

We love this art tutorial of I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. As a homeschool mom, I also love that there are so many learning opportunities woven into this project. History, poetry, and music are all tied to this one piece of art.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day art lesson is found in the I Drew It Then I Knew It: Hymns Course within the You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership. This art lesson about the Christmas carol is originally from a Longfellow poem, making for a great homeschool lesson.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem Christmas Bells in 1863. The sound of the bells signifies peace and hope during the civil war. It is a beautiful piece of American history worth learning during your holiday studies. The poem was set to music in 1872 and has been covered by many musical artists since.

You can read or even memorize the infamous Longfellow poem and listen to various renditions of the Christmas carol too. We like to listen to different performances of the song and compare. It’s fun to discuss which ones we liked better and why.

You could even look up the biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet. There is an interesting personal back story about how he came to write the poem Christmas Bells. Depending on how in-depth you would like to go, don’t forget there are opportunities to discover new vocabulary words within the poem, poetic elements, and civil war geography.

We think this one is a lovely art lesson rich with history and education that your family will truly benefit from. With peace at the core of this lesson, you will enjoy looking upon this beautiful scene all season long.

Christmas Tea Time

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 Plan A Biblical Christmas School Lesson In 4 Simple Steps

Christmas School

If you haven’t heard of Christmas school yet, let me fill you in, dear friend! Christmas schooling can happen anywhere between now and the new year. You can get festive with your homeschool plans, get educational, lean into Advent, or create a lovely combination of things. My absolute favorite part of Christmas schooling is the time spent preparing our hearts for Christ with our families.

If that isn’t a homeschool perk, I don’t know what is!

Many of you may be planning for Advent, and what I will share with you today would be the perfect addition to your plans. If you don’t have any specific Christmas schooling plans, you will love these ideas to homeschool through the holiday season too.

Either way, we have got some excellent resources to add to your Christmas school plans today. The best part is that these Christmas school plans can be done anytime and require little planning on your part. Because keeping it simple surely helps around the holidays.

What Exactly Is Biblical Christmas School?

Christmas schooling is whatever you want it to be! Right? We are homeschoolers, and we love the freedom to customize our lessons and homeschool days.

But in short, Christmas school allows us to focus on the real reason for the season. And you can do that in so many ways. We will give many resources to choose from and help you customize your perfect Christmas school day, week, or month.

Christmas school is also unique in that you might want to plan with the whole family in mind. Learning about Christ’s birth, reading Bible stories, and spending time together is perfect for the entire family. So remember to plan family-style when Christmas schooling. You may even want to add dad or the grandparents in on some of these excellent projects. Including the whole family is a wonderful way to make memories and get lots of great photos ops too!

Christmas School

Planning Your Ideal Christmas School In Just 4 Steps

Step One for planning your perfect Christmas homeschool plans may be to decide when you would like to block out your Christmas school time.

You may want to plan one epic day of Christmas activities in your homeschool. Or you may want to add little snippets all month long. I have done it both ways, and I am here to tell you that your kids will love it either way. No pressure, plan what you can. It’s supposed to be fun!

Christmas School

Step Two may be to decide what you will do. For us, that’s an easy one. Art! Every homeschool lesson is more fun with art. But I also want to include some educational aspects too, of course. It’s still homeschooling because education can be found in everything.

One of my favorite aspects of the Clubhouse Membership with You Are An Artist is that there is hardly any planning required for homeschool moms to put together incredible homeschool lessons. All you have to do is find the Christmas course in the membership area, and you will see all of the available tutorials in one spot. It’s that easy.

Christmas School

Onto the Christmas art lessons we chose for our family. Keep in mind; we prefer to enjoy all of these activities family-school style. I have a wide range of ages in my homeschool, and You Are An Artist is perfect for activities the entire family can enjoy!

According to your children’s skill level, a quick tip for planning your art lessons is to start with the easier lessons first. I have found that my younger artists might be ready for a break sooner than myself and my oldest. That way, we save the more advanced projects for after they have moved on to another activity.

Christmas School

One of the fantastic educational resources you may want to include, as we have, is a Biblical Map to Bethlehem. Mapping is the perfect way to add geography to your Christmas plans. You may want to read the story of Jesus’s birth before mapping, so your children have a good understanding of it before you begin.

Another cool idea to add to these Christmas plans is the Wise Men’s Star Chart! Yep, your kids will love this.

I also wanted to include the We Three Kings tutorial because it pairs perfectly with the whole lesson. We did something similar for Thanksgiving by including hymns into our day, and the kids enjoy listening to music as they create. And Christmas music, need I say more?

Christmas School

You may also want to add The Messiah Lessons – Angels Announce Messiah – This one is a beautiful lesson that also covers Handel, the composer, and has a lot of musical information & appreciation. The Messiah Lessons are incredibly fun and educational on its own. My kids really enjoyed this one, add a little hot cocoa, and they were all ears.

Christmas School

Some other fantastic Biblical Christmas art tutorials to add are Unto Us A Child Is Born, Nativity/Away In A Manger, Christmas Star, or Dream of Joseph, to name a few. Remember, these are all available within the Christmas Course section of your You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

Step Three is optional, but besides the Bible, what books would you like to include? If you are only planning for a day, you may want a few essential picture books, and if you are planning to work through all of this over a more extended period, you may want to include some chapter books. Remember to reserve them from the library now or jot them down on a list so you can pull them out later.

Christmas School
Christmas School

Step Four is a must. What will we eat! Come on; we are homeschoolers. We never stop snacking. Ok, but seriously, my kids will linger through any lessons longer with food. There are so many great ideas; you can plan a tea complete with baked goods or a lovely kid-friendly charcuterie board. What would be fun, and we decided to add it to our plans is a few food items from Biblical times. You can make this as educational as you please; there are so many exciting choices to include!

Christmas School

Another idea to think about adding in may be some holiday crafts or seasonal handcrafts. You could make a dried orange garland, bake cookies together and decorate, or paint ornaments all while listening to beautiful Christmas carols. You could even decorate the tree!

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.

Christmas School

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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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Grateful For Thanksgiving Homeschool Days Like These

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

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

By Having A Membership with You ARE An Artist, You Can Easily:

•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

Onto 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!

Here Are The Resources You Need 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. 

Thanksgiving lessons included with membership

Grab Your Membership 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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Make Homeschool Lessons More Fun When You Add Art

Homeschool Lessons

If you are new to homeschooling, you may think incorporating art into your homeschool lessons seems impossible. But today, I want to show you how simple it is to include art into just about any topic you are learning or teaching.

First, you may be wondering why we should try to blend art into a homeschool lesson. Why would you want to do that? So many reasons, but here are a few.

 

Reasons Why You Need To Blend Art Into Your Homeschool Lessons 

Make it fun! Who says home educating has to be boring? Your kids will love learning at home even more when they realize it can be hands-on and exciting!

Memory Retention. Do you know that your kids are more likely to remember what they learned when adding the element of doing? Yep. Kids remember more by doing rather than watching or hearing alone.

Stress relief. So many moms burn themselves out by trying to check off all the boxes each day. Enjoy some relaxed learning time WITH your kids. It is such a fantastic way to decompress and have a good time with your children. They need to see you enjoying life too.

Now that you have a few solid reasons why we should incorporate art into our learning activities. Next, let me show you an example of how easy it is.

Creating a Unit Study is as Easy as Pie with You Are An Artist

You can easily pull together a few resources to create a family-friendly unit study using the resources you will find within a membership from ChalkPastel.com.

With your membership to ChalkPastel.com, you can utilize the Elective Tracks and Unit Studies Resource. It is a phenomenal tool for pairing up art tutorials with homeschool lessons and topics you may be learning in your homeschool.

With the Elective Tracks and Unit Studies Resource, you will find art lessons that include everything from preschool, nature, space, presidents, maps, history, geography, garden, landmarks, the Bible, and more! Literally, hundreds of art lessons to choose from and all sorts of topics.

Once you choose which topic you are studying and would like to expand on, you can plan an entire lesson or unit study around it.

The example I will use for you today is Johnny Appleseed. I have a wide range of ages in my homeschool, and we could all learn about him at once. It’s a great fit with Johnny Appleseed’s birthday approaching on September 26th.

 

Another excellent feature from the ChalkPastel.com Membership is the calendar. It’s perfect for keeping up with important holidays and fun national days to celebrate in your homeschool, like Johnny Appleseed Day!

Most of us don’t remember or even know about days such as National Honeybee Awareness Day, Shark Week, or E.B. White’s Birthday. These are such awesome opportunities to use in your homeschool for family connection and home education. The ChalkPastel.com calendar has an art prompt for each day to assist you with creative learning ideas!

I searched the Elective Track and Unit Study Resource in the membership portal and found Johnny Appleseed. That way, I can easily pull all of my resources together beforehand.

There is even a nifty Homeschool Curriculum Match Up Checklist for History & Science lessons. They make it so easy for you to plan your homeschool lessons with art! 

 

There were art lessons that fit my older student and some easier lessons for my younger two. I even found Nana’s Apple Pie Recipe! There was a book recommendation for How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World. So I decided to make an entire day of apple pie making, creating art, and learning about Johnny Appleseed.

All of the resources were in one convenient place, so I planned this out and made my supply/grocery list in seconds. I also reserved the books I needed from the library quickly. Easy as pie!

 

As homeschool parents, we can get wrapped up in textbooks and checking off the boxes too often. But, creativity, curiosity, and excitement are also essential to a healthy homeschool.

I highly encourage you to add art to your homeschool toolbox. You can create special memories in your homeschool while you educate your children. Homeschooling can be creative, enjoyable, and fun with the right resources.

Grab your membership here and start planning today! Membership includes the replay of An Appleseed Adventure event with Nana mapping John Chapman’s travels!

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.