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Draw Your Way Through The Story Of Christmas Homeschool Study

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

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

Homeschooling through the holidays can be one of the best parts of your homeschool year or, unfortunately for some, the worst. I have learned from experience that we should shift our focus for a bit rather than struggle through the holidays trying to keep up with homeschooling for fear of getting behind

Because, as you already know or are learning, there is no behind in homeschooling. Even while homeschooling through the Christmas season. Language arts and math will always be there, waiting for you. But, Christmas will come and go ever so quickly, so set aside time to enjoy this time leading to Christmas Day. 

You can still learn through the holidays, but use the time to pivot and educate from a place of peace, enjoy your family, and experience life together through the season. 

Homeschooling In The Christmas Season

One of the simplest ways to shift your homeschool in the Christmas season is to continue learning but change the focus of the educational material. Dive into Advent for the month, plan a birthday party for Jesus, enjoy holiday baking together, decorate the house, and focus on the true reason for the season, Jesus. 

The holidays are so much more meaningful when we come together as a family. We can focus on gratitude, giving, serving, and The Birth of Christ. This can also be a much-needed time of rest and togetherness, a time to slow down. 

You can still maintain a few core subjects each day if you feel the need to, but it might be a nice reprise for you and your children to do all of the things you feel like you never have the time to do. Things like Christmas homeschool art, hands-on activities, read alouds, experiments, you know, the fun stuff! All of those things we don’t seem to prioritize during the homeschool year, we now have a chance to experience. So many of these things still count as home education too!

Beyond all of those academic lessons, I want my children to know and follow Jesus. And I know many of you agree. 

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Teaching The Story of Christmas

Every Advent season, we choose to dive into learning all about The Story of Christmas. It’s a wonderful way to revisit the Birth of Christ each year, and especially if you have children, it’s important that they not only hear the story but eventually come to know it by heart. 

There are so many resources that can help you teach your children all about The Story of Christmas. (And we have some fantastic Christmas resources to share with you below!) So if you are still learning the story yourself, perfect, you can learn right alongside your children. Learning alongside your children models lifelong learning, and it’s a great way to cultivate a love of learning at home. 

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

If you don’t yet have any Christmas homeschool traditions, you can use December to create some! Include Christmas activities and holiday resources that you shift to and learn about each December. For example, we will cook together, bake holiday treats, enjoy some Christmas-related unit studies (on topics like snowflakes, Christmas trees, or St. Nicholas – we mix it up each year), and sprinkle in some Nutcracker fun, of course! Some of our most memorable homeschool traditions are an Advent study every year, reading The Story of Christmas in the Bible, and reading all of our favorite Christmas read alouds and picture books. You will likely find us having a Christmas poetry tea time or studying an old hymn. We also enjoy a special candlelit Christmas Eve church service that reinforces the season’s meaning each year. 

But my absolute favorite Christmas activity to do is Draw Your Way Through The Christmas Story together. I want to share it with you because I know so many families will love doing this too!

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Draw Your Way Through The Story Of Christmas Art Lessons

With YOU ARE AN ARTiST, you can draw your way through the entire Christmas Story. From the Angels announcing Christ’s Birth all the way to the Nativity. With so many incredible Christmas homeschool art lessons in between. 

The best resource to help walk you through the Christmas art lessons and help you plan with little prep time involved is the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook! You will find all the resources that you need to Draw Your Way Through The Birth of Christ. Resources like:

  • December Art Planners
  • Recommended Companion Book List (You can find many of the books we are using on the book list!)
  • 5 Fast Facts for Each Art Lesson 
  • Hymns
  • Scripture
  • History
  • Detective Questions (These can be used as December writing prompts too!)
  • Tips for How To Use The Workbook
  • and More!

Last year we enjoyed Biblical Christmas School, and this year we expanded on that by Drawing Our Way Through The Birth of Christ. We enjoyed drawing with Nana, drinking hot cocoa, and learning more about Jesus. Every year that we dive into The Christmas Story, I learn something new too! The fast fact sheets are perfect for sharing with your kids as you enjoy your Christmas Art Lessons together. 

Angels Announce Messiah’s Birth Art Lesson

Christmas School
We did this one last year, but it was great! The Messiah lesson is perfect for the whole family.

NEW – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night (Hymn) Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas
Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Biblical Map to Bethlehem Art Lesson – You can add geography to round out your study!

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

For Unto Us a Child is Born Art Lesson

Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

Nativity – Away in a Manger Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas
We did this one last year too. My kids loved this lesson!

Wise Men’s Start Chart to Jesus Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Christmas Star Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

We Three Kings Art Lesson

Rembrandt Dream of Joseph Art Lesson

Additional Resources For Meaningful Homeschooling Throughout The Christmas Season

Besides all of the Christmas art lessons I mentioned and the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook, here are some other excellent Christmas-related resources that you may want to include in your December homeschooling plans. 

Jotham’s Journey advent stories are perfect for your December read-aloud time. They align so well with an Advent focus for Christmas schooling, and there is an entire series to check out! I can’t believe that we hadn’t read these until this homeschool year, but I am sure glad that we did. I was impressed by the daily devotionals that follow each day’s reading. Consider adding these books to your Christmas studies too. 

More Christmas Art Lessons to Enjoy with Nana 

We hope that these ideas inspire you to Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas as a family. Remember, you can plan a day, a week, or a whole month of Christmas art and activities – there is no right or wrong way to do it. But most of all, we hope that you keep your focus on Jesus! 

Merry Christmas from all of us here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST! 

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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A Holiday Unit Study: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

I am a huge holiday tradition enthusiast, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever makes it into our read-aloud stack almost every November or December. I have read it so many times that I have gotten pretty good at all of the voices if I don’t say so myself. It’s much more fun that way! Because, as you know, you have to personalize the characters for the kids. 

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever before, I should warn you; you are likely to experience belly laughs! Along with learning some things you wouldn’t likely expect. 

But, in short, the Herdmans are a local family that is deemed no good. They are “terrible kids” and known for getting into all kinds of trouble in town. The Herdmans get involved in the church’s annual Christmas pageant, and they have never heard the story of the birth of Christ before. Their perspective is comical and evokes compassion from the reader, making it a wonderful story to revisit each holiday season. 

The story is a sweet reminder that not everyone knows about Jesus, and it is also a tender reminder that God loves everyone. I enjoy reading it to my kids and discussing it with them after each chapter. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a great book to share with your children because even though it has us all laughing, it touches on some fundamental ideas worth thinking about each holiday season. And it’s a classic! There is also a hilarious movie adaptation that you can watch with your children too. 

Enjoy these fantastic ideas for creating a unit study around The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and an art lesson to pair with it! #thebestchristmaspageantever #homeschoolart #christmasartforkids

Studying The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Chart the Herdmans. Yes, you heard that right. If you have elementary students, you could draw what you think each character looks like. Or make a visual chart of them from oldest to youngest. 

Discuss character traits. This book is a fantastic catalyst for talking about positive and negative character traits, etiquette, and manners.

Plan a service project. Planning a service project with your family or a group of friends is perfect for the season. Talk about donating with your children and find a local charity or church that helps meet your local community’s needs during the holidays.

Host a show and tell. Some funny antics occur during show and tell with the Herdmans, and your kids would enjoy a show and tell too! Have an art-based show and tell with friends or your homeschool group where your children can each share their chalk pastel creations. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Compare the book vs. the movie. One of our favorite family activities is watching the movie after we finish the book, and of course, comparing them. This is a wonderful way to allow your children to compare and contrast written text versus movie adaptations. You can discuss the differences orally or have them write down the main differences they see. Ask them to write a persuasive paragraph about which one was better and why. 

Writing prompts. Some writing prompt ideas may include the persuasive paragraph above, and so many other ideas come to mind, but here are a few ideas to help you plan. 

  • Choose your favorite character from the book and explain why. 
  • How do you think you can share the story of Christ’s birth with others?
  • Do you believe the Herdman’s were changed in any way by the end of the pageant?
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Homeschool Art Lessons For The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Around the holidays, I also love creating memorable hands-on experiences to pair with our favorite books, movies, and other holiday traditions. My kids love it, and holiday homeschooling is a fun way to break up the routine together. Usually, by November and December, most homeschool families are ready for a break. I know we are, and holiday homeschooling with art is the perfect way to mix things up in your homeschool. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Luckily, Nana has a Christmas Play homeschool art lesson that pairs perfectly with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! I was so excited to do this one with my kids because we love to celebrate the end of a book with art, treats, and Nana. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

It is an adorable chalk pastel drawing of the Christmas play star! So cute that it’s sure to make you and your children smile. My kids love to showcase their holiday artwork around this time of year, and they make fantastic holiday decorations.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Art

Additional Holiday Resources For Your Homeschool

If your family is ready to dive into all things Christmas, we have some wonderful choices to add to your holiday fun!

Christmas
  • Little House on the Prairie art lesson is super sweet and pairs well with holiday fun for all ages. If you are reading any Little House books currently or in the future, you will definitely want to add this art lesson to your list. 
  • Charlie Brown Christmas is a must-do! Charlie Brown is another one that is so much fun to read or watch first and then draw along with Nana. 
  • The Grinch is a classic, and what child doesn’t love drawing him? Add some green sugar cookies, The Grinch Movie, and have a great time creating together!
  • Jotham’s Journey Series is a wonderful choice for Advent and Christmas reading with the entire family! If you haven’t read these before, you are in for a real treat.

We hope that this gives you some fresh ideas for celebrating the season with art! Take some time away from your usual homeschool routine to enjoy these hands-on activities with Nana. Your kids will love it, I promise! 

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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Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Homeschool Art Activities

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

I am a big fan of tradition, and there are some that I want to pass down to my children. I recall watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as a child so many times. It became a tradition to watch the beloved special each holiday season. 

As with many favorite family movies and t.v. shows, I still think I spot something new each time I watch. And I treasure the excitement that it brings my children to know we are carrying on the same traditions that made me smile as a child. 

But this year, I got an opportunity to kick it up a notch! Thanks to Nana, you can create an entire experience around A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! This is one your kids will remember too. 

If you love A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, you will love adding these art activities as a new tradition in your homeschool too. #charliebrown #thanksgiving #homeschoolart #homeschoolartactivities

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: A Holiday Classic

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a holiday classic, like so many other wonderful movies. It is almost a childhood rite of passage to view the Thanksgiving special at least once. But, let’s face it, nobody watches it just once. Over the years, I have purchased all of the Charlie Brown classics on DVD. That way, we can watch them at our convenience, and we don’t have to wait for the cable viewings. 

If you have never watched before, the Charlie Brown special reels us in with its comical storyline, Linus’s Thanksgiving history overview, and that infamous Thanksgiving menu. Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving. Of course, in regular Charlie Brown fashion, he stresses over the event! 

The menu that they put together for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is probably the most memorable part. So, we had to recreate it for the full effect. And oh my goodness, my kids loved it! I know yours will too. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to put together. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Items needed to create your own Thanksgiving menu to accompany Nana’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lesson:

  • Buttered Toast
  • Pink Pudding
  • Jelly Beans
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkin Pie (optional)

I know, so simple to do. Now, onto the best part…art!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Thanksgiving Art Activities With Charlie Brown

We decided to do both of Nana’s Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lessons. Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Dinner is one that you have to do with this fun menu! I prefer to watch the movie and do the Thanksgiving art activities afterward, but plan it however it works best for your family. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Another Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lesson you will want to include is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This one is of Snoopy and Charlie, and both art lessons are easy enough for your younger children. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

If you are a Charlie Brown fan, you will want to check out the Charlie Brown Christmas art lessons from YOU ARE AN ARTiST too!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

More Thanksgiving Themed Learning Resources

In addition to the classic Charlie Brown special, there is also a book. So, if you prefer to read the story instead of watching the movie, you can, or, do both! We read it and watched it. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Another great resource that you will want to add to these exciting art activities is the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook. We had so much fun reading the 5 Fast Facts for both Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lessons. You will be surprised by some of the fun information you will learn about A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Dinner. 

You can also enjoy the entire Thanksgiving Course packed with art lessons like:

Besides the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art activities, if you grab the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook, you can utilize the fast fact sheets for each lesson, overviews, Thanksgiving planners, gratitude journal prompts, and a recommended Thanksgiving book list. You could even draw your way through the Thanksgiving story!

Year-Round Holiday Lessons For Your Homeschool

We love using our YOU ARE AN ARTiST Complete Clubhouse membership to celebrate our homeschool holidays all year long. If you don’t have a membership yet, I encourage you to look into one. A membership would make a wonderful gift for your children and your homeschool. 

We use our membership to incorporate learning about various holidays in our homeschool. It’s educational, and it breaks up the mundane. I have learned that adding fun, hands-on experiences in my homeschool keeps my kids happier and more eager to homeschool. Not all learning has to come from a textbook or should feel boring all the time. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

With a membership, you can include holidays (and special days) in your homeschool like:

YOU ARE AN ARTiST has helped my children understand that learning can be fun. I can’t imagine celebrating holidays without them. Consider a membership if you would like to tap into the rich educational resources here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST too! 

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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Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons: Draw Your Way Through The Story

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons

The story of Thanksgiving is one of my favorites to cover every year in our homeschool. Our home’s tradition is to revisit the Thanksgiving story with art, books, and activities inspiring gratitude. I mix it up a little differently each year to keep my kids engaged and excited. 

We Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a national holiday each year. But there is much more to Thanksgiving than just eating turkey with your family. The Thanksgiving story is rich in history, traditions, and there are so many reasons to remain thankful. 

Here are some ideas and resources to help you plan some time to dive all into learning about Thanksgiving and creating your own homeschool traditions. 

Let us inspire you to include our homeschool lessons as you draw your way through the story of Thanksgiving with chalk pastels! #homeschoolart #thanksgivingactivities #chalkpastels #artcurriculum

Homeschool Activities Your Family Will Love In November

Every November, some activities that have become traditions for us are thankful pumpkins or trees, using a fall bucket list, gratitude journals, and art with Nana. Oh, and pumpkin pie! No Thanksgiving activities are complete without pumpkin pie. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons with companion curriculum and pumpkin pie!

The thankful pumpkin or tree can be as simple as writing one thing each child is grateful for each homeschool day until your tree or pumpkin is complete. 

A gratitude journal or prompts are always included in our homeschool November. Luckily, this year you can snag thankful journal prompts inside of the I Drew It Then I Knew It Thanksgiving Companion Workbook too. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons

You will also find a printable fall bucket list inside the workbook! I print it out at the beginning of fall and check off different activities to ensure we got as many in as the season allows. Each year varies a bit, but I try to do all of the fun and traditional activities. I sprinkle them in here and there and do as many as we have time for without stressing about it. If we don’t do everything we want to do this year, there is always the next. It’s more important that we are enjoying our time together and have peace above all else. 

Fall Fun bucket list printable

And that brings me to art with Nana, the best part of all!

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons

Thanksgiving Homeschool Art Lessons For The Entire Family

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons
Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons

Voyage of Mayflower Map – This Thanksgiving homeschool art lesson is perfect for drawing your way through the story. It also helps children visualize the journey and retain the information even better by creating this map. 

The Mayflower art lesson for Thanksgiving homeschool
Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons

Columbus Tall Ship for the Mayflower – We needed an excuse to draw this ship! I have to admit that I have wanted to enjoy this Columbus Ship art lesson for a while, and I thought it would align perfectly with our draw your way through the Thanksgiving story plans. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons
Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons
Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons

Pilgrims – You can’t draw your way through the Thanksgiving story without the pilgrims. Plus, there is an overview inside the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook covering the colonial people that you can read before or after this homeschool art lesson. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons
Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons
Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons

Indian Headdresses – Yes, of course, we had to discuss the Indians too! We all learned so much about the Indian Headdresses in the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook, and it is a great resource to have handy as you work through the story of the first Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving hymns art lessons

We Gather Together  I love adding hymns! And you can also print out the full version of the hymn from the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook. This one is a beautiful hymn to learn more about and listen to as well while you paint. 

Tip: Remember not to get overwhelmed. Plan your Thanksgiving studies according to your homeschool and your family. There is no right or wrong way to do this, but peace and enjoyment are essential! You can spread your Thanksgiving homeschool art lessons throughout November or draw them all in one memorable day.

Here is a list of other Thanksgiving homeschool art lessons that you may want to consider adding to your lineup this year:

If you have preschool-level kiddos or early learners, you might like the apple, pumpkin, or leaves art lessons. I usually start with the easier art lessons for the youngest because they tire out sooner. Then I am usually left at the table with my oldest. We will linger longer with the more challenging art lessons and hot tea.

Exciting Resources To Learn The Thanksgiving Story

One new resource I am super excited to share with you is our I Drew It Then I Knew It Thanksgiving Companion Workbook! This companion workbook includes Thanksgiving planning printables, gratitude prompts, and a great book list! 

The Thanksgiving Companion Workbook has printable copies of hymns, the Thanksgiving Proclamation, and the Early Colonists and Native American Headdress overviews. In addition to that, it comes complete with five fast facts for each Thanksgiving homeschool art lesson. You could create an entire Thanksgiving unit study using the companion workbook and booklist as you draw your way through the Thanksgiving story. 

Thanksgiving books for your homeschool

We also love learning with various books, and I have some of our favorites pictured here; I encourage you to grab our Thanksgiving book list inside the companion workbook. It will help you save time looking for books. 

We sure do hope that this inspires you to include some hands-on learning at home as you draw your way through the story of Thanksgiving with chalk pastels! 

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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A Lovely Tasha Tudor Homeschool Art Lesson & Tea Time

Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson

When you study famous artists in your homeschool, you might want to add a Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson. Like myself, you may have seen her work so many times and not known it was the artwork of famous children’s book illustrator Tasha Tudor. Some of our most beloved children’s books are illustrated with her beautiful and intricate artistic styles. 

Tasha Tudor is known for illustrating children’s books like The Wind in the Willows, A Child’s Garden of Verses, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Mother Goose, and more.  Also noteworthy, Tudor wrote over a dozen children’s books of her own, like Pumpkin Moonshine and A Time to Keep

If you haven’t heard of A Time to Keep, The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays, it is a precious book that would be a fantastic addition to any homeschool library. It is a sweet and beautifully illustrated book that details one family’s traditions for a calendar year. The traditions are rooted in goodness and include everything from homemaking, children’s activities, and wholesome family fun. 

We paired Nana’s new Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson with a simple tea time to celebrate this lovely book. 

Learn more about famous artists like Tasha Tudor in your homeschool with art lessons, tea time, and other exciting resources. #homeschoolart #tashatudor #onlineartlessons #artforkids

Tasha Tudor Homeschool Art Lesson and Famous Artist Study 

We were thrilled when we heard Nana would be adding a Tasha Tudor art lesson to the YOU ARE AN ARTiST Complete Clubhouse. With access to over 800 homeschool art lessons and adding more each week, our membership has become extremely valuable to our homeschool.

My oldest is earning her visual art credit with YOU ARE AN ARTiST and a Tasha Tudor art & tea time sure is an exciting way to add to her hours. 

Learn more about famous artists like Tasha Tudor in your homeschool with art lessons, tea time, and other exciting resources.

We spent a lot of time talking about Tasha Tudor’s artwork from the few books we have on hand. Then we began looking up more of her artwork online. Viewing and analyzing art is half the fun! Tudor was such a talented artist, but one thing that stands out is her signature border illustrations. 

Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson

It is exciting to discuss how intricate each border is and noticed the details in each one. Her borders stand out and sometimes seem more significant than the illustrations inside of them. These are the homeschool discussions that I cherish.  

Learn more about famous artists like Tasha Tudor in your homeschool with art lessons, tea time, and other exciting resources.

Nana’s lesson was a perfect fit since Nana focuses on the border and allows the student to use their imagination to create a drawing or illustration inside. We left our borders open despite the appealing offer, we thought they were so pretty on their own.

Learn more about famous artists like Tasha Tudor in your homeschool with art lessons, tea time, and other exciting resources.

Resources to Complement Your Tasha Tudor Homeschool Art Lesson & Tea Time

Learn more about famous artists like Tasha Tudor.

A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor

You can reserve this one from the library, but I highly recommend adding it to your home library if you can. It’s a wonderful book to gift your children too!

Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson

You can reserve or purchase more books from Tasha Tudor; just be careful to grab the correct copies. For example, if you are searching for A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, you will need to be sure it’s the copy illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson

From Nana’s Back Porch Famous Artists Podcast

We have recently been adding Nana’s podcast episodes to our homeschool art sessions. I think Nana’s podcast fits perfectly into tea times and homeschool art lessons. It is also nice to sit and listen with the kids occasionally. I always read aloud to my kids. But, I get a little break with Nana’s podcast, and everyone is still learning. Win-win. 

In case you haven’t heard, Nana has podcasts for many other famous artists too! So make sure to add them to your other artist studies or homeschool morning basket time. 

Nana’s Tasha Tudor Famous Artist Lesson Podcast

An Overview of Nana’s Tasha Tudor Famous Artist Lesson

Read the Tasha Tudor Famous Artist Transcript HERE.

3:20 Tasha Tudor’s Name
3:59 Famous Friends
5:42 Tasha Tudor’s Farm
6:36 Corgis
7:46 Border Paintings

Famous Artists Homeschool Study

I Drew It Then I Knew It Famous Artist Companion Curriculum Workbook

Last but most certainly not least is the Famous Artist Companion Workbook. When studying famous artists in your homeschool, you can use the biographies for each artist from the companion workbook. I usually read the biography and five fast facts from the workbook aloud before or sometime during our art lesson. 

Tasha Tudor Homeschool Art Lesson

I love that the art lessons are online and self-paced. So we can pause at any time to read or catch up with our art project if we need to. You will also find helpful resources inside the companion workbooks like planners, book lists, and more to help you round out your famous artist studies. 

Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson

Other Famous Artists to Explore in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse

We hope that you are inspired to host your own Tasha Tudor homeschool art lesson & tea time too! It’s in these sweet homeschool moments that the best memories are made. 

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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The Gift of Homeschool Art Lessons and DIY Homeschool Gifts

Homeschool Gifts

Choosing meaningful gifts for your children doesn’t have to be complicated. Many of you, like myself, are on a quest to find homeschool gifts that have a purpose. Long gone are the days of loading up on toys that will break soon after gifting them. But what types of gifts can you give and make that our children will remember and use well? 

We have a few ideas for gifts to give homeschoolers and gifts your homeschoolers can make. Anytime! So, if you need ideas for birthdays, holidays, or Christmas, keep reading. We have some ideas that will help you get the most bang for your buck while blessing your homeschool.

Check out these awesome ideas for homeschool gifts! Gift ideas to give and make any time of year for all ages. #homeschoolgifts #homeschoolart #onlineartlessons #artforkids #artcurriculum

The Best Gifts to Give Homeschoolers

Gift An Annual Homeschool Art Membership 

I have been homeschooling for almost thirteen years as I write this, and I am often asked about gift ideas for homeschoolers. There is one gift that I always recommend. Hands-down, an annual membership to YOU ARE AN ARTiST. It is a gift that keeps on giving all year long. 

Whether you gift it for a birthday or a Christmas gift, your family can use it every day for the entire year with an annual membership. That, my friends, is valuable! 

Another tremendous benefit of gifting a membership at YOU ARE AN ARTiST is that you can purchase one annual membership, and the entire family can use it. No matter how many kids or grandkids you may have at home. How cool is that? 

Homeschool Gifts

It is also a gift that you can feel good about. Your gift recipient receives the gift of art, and experiencing art is priceless. And, you can add art into just about any homeschool lesson! Gifts like an art membership keep giving long beyond most store bought toys. 

A membership is a huge benefit to your homeschool. We are eclectic homeschoolers and use ours every week. I am also a huge fan of how easy it is to plan art and incorporate it into our homeschool days. 

Need to mail your gift or send it via e-mail to someone? No problem! You can also choose a printable gift certificate that is lovely enough to present in a card or gift box so that there is something to open. Even if your gift recipient is miles away, you can gift them an art membership from YOU ARE AN ARTiST. Remember when family members ask what they can give your children, an art membership might be perfect for your homeschool family.

Gift Certificate

Give YOU ARE AN ARTiST Merch

Yes, YOU ARE AN ARTiST has merch! So if you already have an art membership, you can surprise your favorite homeschoolers with Nana’s signature merch. 

When my kids received their YOU ARE AN ARTiST t-shirts, they were thrilled! Like so many of you, my kids adore Nana. She comes into our home each week, and it is like she is a part of our family. I know many of you feel the same way too. So imagine your children’s delight as they receive a t-shirt or mug with “I AM AN ARTiST” on it!

With plenty of merch items to choose from, you can grab one for yourself too! I especially love drinking from my chalkpastel.com mug during all of our special art sessions and tea times together. 

DIY Gifts That Homeschoolers Can Make

Now let’s chat about gifts that homeschoolers can make. There are all kinds of opportunities to gift someone—Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and more. Well, Nana has some ideas to help homeschoolers make their gifts unique! 

Nana’s course, The Gift of Art, is perfect for allowing your kids to make gifts for others on a dime. Nana shares easy ideas for kids of all ages to make a gift to give that they will be proud of. Letting your children handmake a gift for someone is affordable and allows them to express their creativity. Not only that, your kids can gift items that showcase their artistic progress. 

The Gift of Art: Gifts to Make and Give Video Art Lessons is a wonderful stand alone art curriculum or a perfect complement to your holiday gift-giving fun.

Included in The Gift of Art:

I am especially a fan of gifting chalk pastel art to family members, and Nana will show you some fantastic tips for preserving your drawings in frames to give others here. 

We hope this gives you some inspiration for homeschool gifts to give and make during any season of life!

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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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.