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Everything You Need For A Homeschool Moon Missions Unit Study

Here is everything you need to create a moon missions unit study that will blast off! Includes art, books, and even snacks for learning.

This is a perfect time of year to learn about the moon in your homeschool. Here is everything you need to create a homeschool moon missions unit study that will blast off!


“I see the moon,

 And the moon sees me;

 God bless the moon,

 And God bless me!” 

From a young age, children learn nursery rhymes about the moon like the one above or,

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon.”  

“God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.” (Genesis 1:16) The lesser light dominates the night; moon rhythms and cycles keep time, track seasons, and control the sea tides. Its influence on us is inescapable. 

We can see the moon outside almost every night. It can seem so strange and mysterious as it moves through the sky and changes shape. 

It makes sense that children would be interested in learning more about such a beautiful and mysterious object. Adults have been equally interested in studying the moon and its impact on us. Of course, we have even gone so far as to send astronauts to walk on and explore the moon.

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”

Neil Armstrong

Moon Missions Anniversaries For Your Homeschool Study

Each July, there are Apollo Moon Missions anniversaries to learn about. This makes July a great month to spend a little time focused on the moon missions. For example:

July 20, marks the anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.

“This is one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 Lunar Rover mission is 7/31/21.

There are so many fun resources for learning more about the moon and space exploration. You can read books, do art projects, enjoy fun snacks, explore with a telescope or good binoculars, and there are many virtual learning opportunities. 

Homeschool Moon Missions Study: There are so many fun resources for learning more about the moon and space exploration. You can read books, do art projects, enjoy fun snacks, explore with a telescope or good binoculars, and there are many virtual learning opportunities.

Books About Moon Missions For Your Unit Study

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We visited Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during a family trip to Florida several years ago. We love listening to audiobooks on long car rides, and ever the homeschool mom, I decided that we should listen to Alan Shepard: Higher and Faster to go along with our visit.

All of my children loved the book, but it sparked a big interest in my then five-year-old son. He has been learning all he could about astronauts and the moon ever since.  

One of the books he enjoyed after we got home was To the Moon – The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship. He listened to the audio repetitively and learned so much, even though it is a chapter book recommended for middle and high school students.

More Moon Missions Unit Study Books

  • Who was Neil Armstrong is another great biography, that is good for a family read-aloud or independent reading for children reading chapter books.
  • Magic Tree House Midnight on the Moon is one that elementary students can read independently.
  • Younger children may really enjoy The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons or On The Moon by Anna Milbourne

No matter what you decide, books are a great place to start your homeschool moon missions study.

Art Lessons Perfect For Learning All About Moon Missions

Art is such a wonderful way to engage in creative learning. It can help the brain connect to the information that you are learning and help students engage in ways they otherwise might not. NASA spared no expense in video and photography equipment during their nine manned moon missions they took thousands of photographs. You can view many in NASA archives and use them as inspiration for artists. 

When we think about the moon missions, this Man on the Moon painting which celebrates the moon landing and placement of a United States flag is one of my favorites! It is so easy to do but looks great finished.

“This is a rock and rolling ride!” – Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin

Nana’s new Apollo 15 Lunar Rover lesson in the Moon Mission course is a great one for students that want something a little more detailed. As always, Nana does it step by step so that even beginners can use it but the details in this painting are perfect for those students that want something a little more challenging. 

Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s birthday on August 5th (or any of the other astronauts your child is interested in) with The Astronaut Helmet lesson.

Everything You Need For A Homeschool Moon Missions Unit Study: My son’s favorite lesson was this exciting painting of the Saturn V Lift Off, which is also in the Moon Mission course. Having stood under one of the three remaining Saturn V’s in Florida really helped put this painting into perspective. The rockets used to reach the moon were huge! The launch must have been amazing.

My son’s favorite lesson was this exciting painting of the Saturn V Lift Off, which is also in the Moon Mission course. Having stood under one of the three remaining Saturn V’s in Florida really helped put this painting into perspective. The rockets used to reach the moon were huge! The launch must have been amazing. 

There are so many great options for your homeschool in both the Moon Missions Course and the Space Exploration course. You can let your student pick their favorites or do a different one each day of your study.  If you wanted to go a step further than the moon, you could even try out the Mars Rover lesson!

You can even spend time with Nana’s lessons creating a Space Camp at Home with Art. With so many space courses, you can enjoy several weeks worth of lessons as your explore the solar system and beyond!

Add Fun Astronaut Snacks To Your Homeschool Day

After all that hard work reading and painting, you might just be ready for a little snack. I know that my children always seem to remember the fun foods we ate when we did a unit study. 

There are many different ideas for moon snacks:

  • The rocket made from fruit and this moon surface snack made from rice cakes and bananas are my favorites. Both are super easy to put together and healthy!
  • Another fun option (though maybe not quite as healthy) is this snack which makes the moon phases out of cookies! 
  • There’s also the classic astronaut ice cream. Ice cream is far better than the Tang and dehydrated beef and vegetables mix the Apollo 11 crew ate out of packets. 

 Online Lessons For More Moon Learning

If you want to learn even more about the moon missions in your homeschool, then be sure to check out these resources:

  • Enjoy this fun NASA STEM activity page. There are lots of virtual science experiments and ideas that you can do at home to learn more.
  • You can get a closer look at the surface of the moon with Google Moon (like Google Earth but for the moon).
  • Finally, you can experience the Apollo 11 mission in real-time with this virtual learning experience. It uses all real historical information and “original historical missions’ material”.
This comprehensive list has everything you need for your homeschool moon missions study. Includes art, books, and even snacks for learning.

Moon Mission Study For Your Homeschool

Moon missions are fun to explore with any age from preschool up to adults. NASA, and mankind, have learned so much over the years and there is still more to be explored. NASA is well on the way with its Artemis Program, which aims to land “the first woman and next man” on the Moon by 2024.

Long the venue of science fiction, our children, or perhaps grandchildren, will likely grow up as part of an interplanetary species with plans well underway for both lunar and Martian manned stations.

“Opportunities will be available to you that you cannot imagine.”

Neil Armstrong

You could spend a day, a week, or even a school year learning about the moon missions and studying space in your homeschool. Your young artist today could be a future rocket scientist, or terraforming engineer helping to settle a new world.  

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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The Art of Patriotism

I am so grateful for our freedom and the blessings that come from living in the United States of America. While I am grateful every day, upcoming holidays make me spend more time reflecting on those blessings and the art of patriotism.

My husband and I are raising our children to understand how blessed we are to be free. Children need to know the sacrifices that were made by so many to protect those freedoms.

My husband even manages a Facebook page dedicated to commemorating events of national significance and celebrating them with the corresponding American flag.

The Art of Patriotism - Incorporating Patriotic Events. What better way to learn about the flag and remember its importance than to paint it.
Enjoy Nana’s ‘America’ (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) hymn lesson and Dawn’s accompanying hymn study in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!

The Art of Patriotism – Incorporating Patriotic Events

We often have family discussions about those anniversaries and the meanings and importance of patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day, Constitution Day,  Veteran’s Day, and Patriot Day.

When possible we try to attend memorial services, wreath layings, parades, celebrations (such as a fun reading of the Declaration of Independence), and other events. Our attendance at those events can honor and remember the sacrifices that have been made

These commemorations instill a sense of awe and pride in our country and its peoples. Even if there are parts of our shared history that we shouldn’t be proud of, our people have overcome, adapted, and developed. This is a great opportunity to reinforce the core values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Incorporating Patriotic Art

In addition to those discussions and events, I think students can learn a lot by incorporating art lessons into their celebration and recognition of holidays.

What better way to learn about the flag and remember its importance than to paint it? There’s a proud tradition of painted flags. Artisans would apply hand-mixed paints to fine silk, allowing for beautifully complex classical banners.

Neither Francis Hopkinson nor Betsy Ross is connected to silk flags, but you can still channel their creativity (along with John Adam’s desire for ‘illuminations’) with Nana’s beautiful American flag lesson. It even includes fireworks! This would be great anytime, but especially Flag Day, Independence Day, and other patriotic holidays for the art of patriotism.

The Washington Monument - Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels
An American Art Celebration (with a free American Flag lesson)

The Art of Patriotism with American History and Landmarks

There is an entire chalk pastel course on American History, but the  Constitution lesson is perfect for Constitution Day. This painting is done in a simple manner that makes it easily achievable even for elementary-aged students. Chalk pastel projects are easily woven into your Independence Day celebration (or lessons) and reinforce themes of the Revolution. 

Also, the American Landmarks course includes stunning paintings of the Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument. Additional lessons on Old Faithful, Niagara Falls, and the Golden Gate Bridge would be a great way to facilitate a discussion on all of the wonderful sites and monuments throughout the United States. You might even incorporate Nana’s Presidents Art Lessons.

Blessing Others with Patriotic Art

In addition to creating all of these lovely pictures to help students remember, use them as a blessing to others. How wonderful would it be to gift a veteran with a picture of the American Flag or this beautiful new lesson on the Statue of Liberty with a thank you for their service!

The Art of Patriotism - In addition to creating all of these lovely pictures to help students remember, use them as a blessing to others. How wonderful would it be to gift a veteran with a picture of the American Flag or this beautiful new lesson on the Statue of Liberty with a thank you for their service!

Your child might even be able to display their work at a local library or business. Displaying art is a great way to remind people to be thankful for the sacrifices that have been made. In our busy world, sometimes we need to be reminded to slow down and count our blessings. A child’s artwork can be a great reminder.

How will you incorporate patriotic art into your celebrations? What other paintings could you do to celebrate?

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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The Art of Kindness

As homeschool parents, of course, a primary focus of our homeschool is teaching our children to do ‘reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic. However, a more encompassing goal, both academically and personally, is developing who they become. Not that they need to be famous or rich, but that that they become men and women of character and integrity. I want them to love Jesus and love people and leave this world a better place. I want to teach them the art of kindness.

While they may one day do big things,  I think that most of our impact comes in the little day-to-day actions. Things like showing kindness to other people, being honest, and making good decisions. We teach them this through many big and small actions over the years.

The Art of Kindness

One of the ways that we like to share those small acts of kindness is through our artwork. There are many ways to use artwork to make someone else’s day just a little bit brighter.

There are many ways to use artwork to make someone else's day just a little bit brighter. It's the art of kindness

Sending Homemade Cards

My children love to draw, paint, and create cards for any occasion. They love being able to express their creativity in the cards and knowing that it might just make someone else smile.

There are many ways to share small acts of kindness through artwork to make someone else's day just a little bit brighter. It's the art of kindness.

A Treat for Service Workers

We love to sit out cookies, candy, or some other treat for our mail carrier, UPS driver, recycling pick-up team. We have even taken some to the library or on other errands.

Recently, we realized that we could add small pictures that were colored by the children to make them extra special. Just a small way of letting those people know that we appreciate their hard work. To show them that they are special to our family.

Artwork as Gifts

This one might be the most obvious, but making artwork as a gift can be a great way to spread kindness. As a bonus, it helps reduce the clutter of too many masterpieces. That could just mean giving or mailing one of your paintings to a grandparent.

However, you can take it a step further and choose art subjects based on the interest of those whom you want to gift. For example, my daughter knew that my mother-in-law loves owls. Therefore, she did a beautiful chalk pastel owl for her. Other times they have chosen a beach scene for someone that loves the beach. 

That is one of the many things we love about our You Are An Artist Membership. There are so many lessons to choose from they can always find one that will work for the people in our lives. You could even do artwork on an unusual object like painting a rock, decorating a canister set, or creating a wall hanging.

Giving the gift of art and time.

Creating Art Together

Finally, sometimes the kindness is not in the art itself but in finding a way to make someone feel cherished. Taking the time to create art together can be a great way to include grandparents, friends, or maybe residents of a local nursing home into your lives. It can be the gift of time and memories, with art as a fun by-product of time well spent.

Have you ever used art as a way of spreading kindness? How can you incorporate kindness into your routine? If you are looking for ideas for gifts make sure to check out Nana’s Gifts to Make and Give Class in the You Are An Artist Membership.

You might also like: The Art of Hymn Study. Dawn shares a wonderful match up of her hymn studies with Nana’s hymn art lessons!

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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The Art of Hymn Study

In the same way that a certain smell can stir up powerful memories, music has a way of going deep and reaching the soul, catching in that place where words blend with feelings to create, or evoke the strongest of emotions. Today, I share with you the art of hymn study.

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”

Jules Combarieu

Words to familiar songs often bring me back to when I first heard them or they bring up feelings related to the words of the song and events that are tied in my mind to the music The hymn sung at my grandfather’s funeral. The cheery tunes sung by the choir at the Christmas cantata, or the doxology after the Lord ’s Supper. These songs reach into my soul and remind us that thou we are but mortals we can glimpse the eternal.

Worshiping God through music that just draws me in and brings peace and joy to my soul. In our home we enjoy a variety of music; ranging from traditional hymns, to bluegrass worship, to contemporary praise.

In addition to listening and singing along, we like to study various hymns. In taking the time to look closer at the lyrics, the scripture behind the songs, and the stories of how or why they were written, one can more profoundly understand, and relate, to the powerful messages that are included in these works.

Does that mean that your hymns shouldn’t be fun? Inspiring? Or that your worship should be full of work? Of course not! Don’t get overwhelmed, and don’t fret that you struggled with high school poetry.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Hans Christian Andersen

Making Hymn Study Fun

What can make a hymn study even more fun and powerful? Adding art to that study! Nana, here at You are an Artist, has done an entire course of art lessons that connect especially to hymns. This allows students to experience the songs in new ways and engages students that might not otherwise be interested in music. It’s the art of hymn study!

Nana has a knack for taking inspiration from the music, and helping artists of any level recreate her vision. A masterpiece created by your children also allows the opportunity to discuss the image, meaning, and inspiration with others. “Here Grandma! I made this for you. It’s a picture of the three Kings…”

To add more art to your hymn studies (or hymn studies to your art), you can check out this selection of hymns that already have lessons and hymn studies. Check the hymns course in your “You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership” each month for new hymns.

Add art to your hymn studies by checking out this selection matching up hymns and art. The art of hymn study! Experience songs in new ways.

Hymn Study and Art Pairings

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Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.