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A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love!

Spring and summer are the perfect time to explore a pond nature study! Exploring a local pond can be filled with surprises and wonder, from algae and tadpoles to birds and fish. The educational opportunities are endless. Then, you can come back inside to cool off with the fun and colorful chalk pastel pond lessons!

A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love! :Spring and summer are the perfect time to explore a pond nature study! Exploring a local pond can be filled with surprises and wonder, from algae and tadpoles to birds and fish. The educational opportunities are endless. Then, you can come back inside to cool off with the fun and colorful chalk pastel pond lessons! #YouAREAnArtist #pondstudyforkids #pondunitstudy #pondstudy #chalkpastel #videoartlessons

The Abundant Life In A Pond


Ponds are a perfect place to learn about various things. A pond’s ecosystem is chocked full of life cycles of plants and animals. Birds and insects fill the air while fish and frogs fill the water. Even little kids enjoy catching tadpoles while older children may learn about water ph!

Observing a pond can also be a wonderful sensory experience. Water, mud, and grass are all along a pond, and the sights can be exciting and soothing. Watching a butterfly flit back and forth is calming, while the minnows zipping to and fro is exhilarating. How about watching a turtle lumber up onto a slippery log?

I highly suggest visiting your local pond and letting your children see what they can see! Are those wildflowers across the way?

A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love!


This Pond Nature Study Is Perfect For Kids


After an eventful day at the pond, why not come inside and cool down with some of Nana’s pond video art lessons? The benefits of learning in a hands-on and multi-sensory way are vast. Children absorb more information and retain more of what they’ve learned when you incorporate hands-on opportunities, including art!

All you’ll need is a pack of construction paper, a starter set of chalk pastels, and Nana’s pond video art lessons!

A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love!

The pond nature video art lessons include:

  • the pond
  • turtle
  • bullfrog
  • water strider
  • beaver
  • rainbow trout
  • goose
  • dragonfly
  • New Frog Life Cycle lesson (For You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members)
A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love!
The Lily Pads are in a Simple Start with Chalk Pastels series in Clubhouse membership!


Frog Life Cycle Activity

Nana has a NEW Frog Life Cycle art lesson! A pond nature study wouldn’t be complete without studying the frog life cycle. While raising tadpoles is the most fun, drawing the life cycle is just as educational, and it helps solidify the knowledge my kiddos have acquired. Nana will show your child how frogs start as jelly-like eggs and then go through a metamorphosis where tadpoles slowly start to grow legs and then begin to develop the pulmonary respiration system that allows breath!

A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love!

Be sure to check out these other posts, such as Backyard Biology: Frogs for Kids, where we raised our tadpoles and learned about the frog life cycle up close and personal! Tricia and her family did too!

A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love!


More Pond Nature Study Resources For Your Homeschool

Don’t forget there is a frog life cycle printable in the Homeschool Nature Study membership that includes notebooking pages, a full nature study and more.  

A Pond Nature Study Your Kids Will Love!

Here are a few more posts all about pond life that you’ll love:

If you happen to have a pond nearby you could create a Hands On Pond Science Unit With An At Home Water Testing Kit!

A dragonfly homeschool art lesson.

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership, you’ll have access to the pond nature video art lessons plus 700+ other lessons, including these other nature-themed lessons:

  • honey bees on sunflower
  • bunny
  • ladybug
  • caterpillar
  • lily pad
  • snail
  • forest path
  • red-eyed tree frog
  • eagle’s nest with eagle family
  • rat snake
  • deer in the forest
  • bear 
  • dandelion
  • green anole
  • ant
  • chipmunk
  • lightning bug (or firefly)
  • cardinal
  • goldfinch
  • hummingbird
  • chickadee
  • robin
  • bluebird
  • Plus so much more!

This summer, don’t miss out on a pond nature study, including the art of chalk pastels!

A Frog Life Cycle Activity for Your Homeschool

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

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Ultimate List of Holiday Activities for High School

Enjoy this compilation of holiday activities for high school using your You ARE An Artist clubhouse membership. All you’ll need is a set of starter chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and your clubhouse membership.

High school is looming and my son and I have been planning the upcoming year with a multi-sensory approach. He has requested we use a combination of You ARE An Artist Clubhouse video art lessons AND the Homeschool Fine Arts lessons. I love this idea because both the clubhouse and the fine arts have proven to provide a thorough fine arts education for one of his high school credits.

We started using the 6th-grade fine arts lessons last year for Fine Arts Fridays and loved them. Plus, we’ve been using Nana’s chalk pastel art lessons since he was nine years old. I’m confident that this is going to be a great year of art!

Ultimate List of Holiday Activities for High School:With all of these fantastic chalk pastel lessons available, we have created some memorable unit studies! All of these would be perfect for high school as well as for Holiday activities. So, enjoy this ultimate list of holiday activities for high school. #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #chalkpastelartlessons #highschool #multisensory

Chalk Pastel Activities for High School

You too can create awesome chalk pastel activities for your high schooler. How? The You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership has 700+ art lessons to choose from so adding art to a lesson is a snap. This is a great approach for high schoolers that need that multi-sensory component.

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse provides companion workbooks, Fast Facts, and a curriculum checklist for their I Drew It Then I Knew It series which include:

  • Literature
  • World Landmarks
  • Composers
  • Maps
  • American Presidents
  • Famous Artists
  • Inventors STEAM
  • Moon Missions
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Art in Space
  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration
  • Classical Collection History
  • Inventors History
  • American Landmarks
  • Knights and Crusaders
  • Modern History
  • American History
  • Medieval History
  • Ancient History
Ultimate List of Holiday Activities for High School

Ultimate List of Holiday Activities for High School

With all of these fantastic chalk pastel lessons available, we have created some memorable unit studies! All of these would be perfect for high school as well as for Holiday activities. Just make sure you assign books to your high schoolers’ reading level. So, enjoy this ultimate list of holiday activities for high school.

Activities for January

Activities for February

Ultimate List of Holiday Activities for High School

Activities for March

  • March 1st – Founding of Yellowstone National Park – Celebrate America’s first National Park with art!
  • March 3rd – Alexander Graham Bell’s Birthday – telephone lesson in the Inventors History lessons
  • March 6th – Michelangelo’s Birthday – Famous Artists video art lesson
  • March 15th – Death of Julius Ceasar – Ancient History The Roman Empire: Caesar
  • March 30th – Van Gogh’s Birthday – A Hands-On Homeschool Study Of Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh
Ultimate List of Holiday Activities for High School

Holiday Activities for High School

Activities for April

Activities for May

May 2nd – Catherine the Great’s Birthday – Catherine the Great lesson in the Classical Collection History Art lessons

Activities for June

June – Marine Biology Study – A Shark Week Homeschool Unit Study for Kids and A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool

Ocean Unit Study Perfect for Your Homeschool

Activities for July

Activities for August

  • August 5th – Neil Armstrong’s Birthday – Man on the Moon lesson in the Space Exploration art course
  • August 6th – Andy Warhol’s Birthday – Famous Artists’ video art lesson
  • August 18th, 1920- Women gained the right to vote – Women’s Suffrage Modern History lesson

Activities for September

The Lord of the Rings for homeschooling high school

Holiday Activities for High School

Activities for October

  • October 9th – Columbus Day – Columbus Day
  • October 1632 – Vermeer’s Birth Month – Famous Artists’ Video Art lessons
  • October 25th- Pablo Picasso’s Birthday – Picasso lesson in the Famous Artists’ video art lessons
  • October 27th – Lichtenstein’s Birthday – Famous Artists’ Video art lessons
  • October 31st – Katsushika Hokusai’s Birthday – The Great Wave Famous Artist’s lesson

Activities for November

  • November 11th – Veterans Day – Veterans Day Homeschool Activities and Resources 
  • November 14th – Monet’s Birthday – Famous Artists’ video art lessons
  • November 15th – Georgia O’Keefe’s Birthday – Famous Artist’s video art lessons
  • November 24th – Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Birthday – The Secret Garden lesson in the Literature Clubhouse
  • November 29th – Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday – A Little Women Unit Study For Your Homeschool
  • November 29th – C.S Lewis’s Birthday – Lamp Post lesson
  • November 30th – L.M. Montgomery’s Birthday – Anne of Green Gables lesson in the Literature Clubhouse

Activities for December

Art activities for homeschooling high school.

More Art Activities for High School

You will love these other high school activities posts!

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Summer Bucket List Activities Your Kids Will Love

Kick off summer with a summer bucket list of activities your kids will love! All you’ll need is a starter pack of chalk pastels, construction paper, and the You ARE An Artist Summer Camp Guide!

Summer Bucket List Activities Your Kids Will Love:Kick off summer with a summer bucket list of activities your kids will love! You'll need a starter pack of chalk pastels, construction paper, and You ARE An Artist Summer Camp Guide! #summercamp #summerartcamp #summerbucketlist #YouAREAnArtist


Getting Ready For Summer In Your Homeschool


Take a new and fun approach to learning this summer by relaxing with your kids. Make memories and enjoy togetherness as a family with the freedom and creativity of art. Throw in some outside time and some fun treats, and you’ve got the makings of a glorious summer!

Summer Bucket List Activities Your Kids Will Love


Summer Bucket List Activities For Kids


The You ARE An Artist summer art camp helps you create the summer art camp experience right from the comforts of your own home! The summer camp guide and June art lesson calendar give you ideas for completing your family bucket list while giving you access to camp lessons, including:

  • Summer camping
  • Reading in the hammock
  • Backyard wading pool
  • Blowing bubbles
  • I spy through the binoculars
  • Canoe

Nana has even created a new refreshingly cool glass of Lemonade art lesson for this summer too!

Summer Bucket List Activities Your Kids Will Love

In addition to all of the above, You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members with also have access to an additional six lessons:

  • Camp Song: Rise and Shine
  • Adventure Map
  • Adventure Teacup (art lesson for parents)
  • Fairy Garden
  • Donut for National Donut Day
  • Look Up! Summer Night Sky
  • ‘Freedom’ Acrylic Abstract
Summer Bucket List Activities Your Kids Will Love

If you follow the Summer Camp Guide and the online June Art lesson calendar, there are some suggested art lessons to consider, including:

  • Monday – Water Day with the beach ball lesson, and then get outside with the water hose, sprinkler, or pool if you have one!
  • Tuesday – Library Day with reading in the hammock lesson, and then take a trip to the library and stock up on books that peak your children’s interests.
  • Wednesday – Nature Day with firefly lesson, and then try to catch a jar full of fireflies as the sun is setting.
  • Thursday – Craft Day has so many possibilities!
  • Friday – Fun with Food with the watermelon lesson: how about this awesome Easy Watermelon Popsicles Recipe or make sugar cookies that look like watermelon or lemon slices!
  • Saturday – Family Outing with the jumping in puddles lesson, and then go find some puddles to jump in or make your own with the water hose! Maybe the whole family could take a trip to the beach, lake, or local park!


Your kids may also enjoy creating their solar ovens out of pizza boxes; then, they can make solar oven s’mores!


More Resources For Summer Fun


If your kids want more art lessons or maybe have more diverse interests then be sure to check out these ideas for summer art fun:

lemonade art lesson

We had loads of fun with Nana’s summer bucket list activities and video art lessons! The ice cold lemonade and sugar cookies were delicious and the art was sublime. My daughter got extra creative with her glass of lemonade lesson and created an entire pool scene around her glass of lemonade! I love that Nana encourages this creativity, and she always reminds the kiddos, “You ARE an artist!”

So tell me, what’s on your summer bucket list?

Lemonade art lesson

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

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Free Buzz Lightyear Activities For Your Summer Space Camp

To infinity and beyond with these Buzz Lightyear Activities!

To infinity and beyond with these Free Buzz Lightyear activities perfect for your summer space camp!

Free Buzz Lightyear Activities For Your Summer Space Camp


Space Camp For Fun Summer Learning

With summer upon us, many parents are looking for summer camps for their children as a way for them to have fun, explore, and extend their learning. But summer camps can be costly, and not every child wants to travel or be away from home for an extended period.

Did you know that You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members can enjoy space camp anytime from the comforts of their own home?

What’s more, you can learn How To Create An Affordable Space Camp At Home This Summer with just a few easy steps! Most traditional art camps may cost $200-$250. But with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership, your entire family can enjoy a full year of over 700+ art lessons and companion workbooks with planners, book recommendations, fast facts, biographies, and overviews for the same investment! Plus, you can access all of the lessons at your convenience! 

Choose the day or week you want to host your summer camp. There are so many space art lessons to choose from:

  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration
  • Solar Eclipse
  • and Moon Missions art courses

You’ll need a starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons! Add in some fun planet-shaped sugar cookies, cake pops, or cake to make this space camp even more memorable!

Free Buzz Lightyear Activities For Your Summer Space Camp


Buzz Lightyear Activities For Kids


You can start your space exploration with NASA’s awesome Buzz Lightyear To Infinity and Beyond! Activities which include:

Free Buzz Lightyear Activities For Your Summer Space Camp

Then, enjoy Nana’s FREE Buzz Lightyear chalk pastel lesson you will find at the end of this post! We even had a furry four-legged visitor join us, and I think he wanted to explore space too! Socks jumped up in my daughter’s lap and stayed there as she drew her version of Buzz Lightyear.

Free Buzz Lightyear Activities For Your Summer Space Camp


Space Activities: To Infinity and Beyond


Here are the space camp lessons all You ARE An Artist clubhouse members will have access to:

I Drew It Then I Knew It Moon Missions Art Course 

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

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar Eclipse Art Course 

  • Diamond Ring
  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Baily’s Beads
Companion Solar System Guide for Your Summer Space Camp

Follow along with the I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Course and Companion Workbook. If you introduce your students to the solar system for the first time, the companion workbook is perfect for learning about the individual planets. But even kids who have studied the solar system before will learn something new!

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Art Course 

  • Solar System
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Uranus
  • Saturn
  • Jupiter
  • The Plutoids
  • Neptune
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Mercury
Mars Rover For Your Summer Space Camp

Buzz Lightyear Activities

We had a load of fun with Nana’s FREE Buzz Lightyear lesson. My daughter’s creativity shone through with her “Fairy Bummblee Buzz,” space dolphin, moon, Saturn, and space shark… Let those artists choose how, what colors, and anything else they want to add. Why? Because as Nana always says, “You ARE the artist!”

So remember, there is no right or wrong way to do space summer camp. Do what works best for your family. Let your kids choose which lessons they want to create and follow their lead. You’ll be surprised at how much learning and fun can happen when creativity flows, and I think Buzz Lightyear agrees!

To infinity and beyond!

Free Buzz Lightyear Activities For Your Summer Space Camp
Free Buzz Lightyear Activities For Your Summer Space Camp: To infinity and beyond with these Free Buzz Lightyear activities perfect for your summer space camp! #spacecamp #artcamp #spaceartcamp #summercamp #summerartcamp #BuzzLightyear #YouAREAnArtist #videoartlessons

Free Buzz Light Year Art Lesson

Suggested supplies: white construction paper. Blue, red and light green chalk pastels. (Our favorites are here.) Baby wipes or a slightly damp paper towel for easy clean up.

Nana would love to see your Buzz Lightyear paintings. Please tag us on social media @chalkpastelart or send a photo via the chat box here on the website – so we can cheer you on to infinity and beyond!

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

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13 Colonies Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Are your students learning about the 13 Colonies? Why not add Nana’s wonderful chalk pastels as a colorful and artistic project to help solidify their knowledge? All you need is a simple starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons!

13 Colonies Lesson Plans For Creative Kids: Are your students learning about the 13 Colonies? Why not add Nana's wonderful chalk pastels as a colorful and artistic project to help solidify their knowledge? All you need is a simple starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana's video art lessons! #YouAREAnArtist #ThirteenColonies #13Colonies #AmericanHistory #chalkpastels #USHistory

Learning About The 13 Colonies In Your Homeschool

The 13 Colonies are a fascinating part of our nation’s history, and to learn about them, it’s interesting to view them from a geographical and economic standpoint.

The New England colonies included Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire and the Puritans dominated these regions. Their economic activities included shipbuilding, fishing, lumber, animal furs, and whale oil. That’s because these colonies had a cooler climate and rocky soil.

The Middle colonies included New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and the Quakers dominated these regions. Their economic activities were based on agriculture, including wheat, rye, corn, vegetables, fruits, and livestock. 

The Southern colonies included Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. They were known for their agricultural products, including tobacco, rice, indigo, corn, cotton, and livestock. The Southern colonies had rich fertile soil and a long growing season.

We also enjoyed learning about the founding of each colony.

Did you know that James Oglethorpe founded Georgia in 1732? He wanted to empty the debtor jails in England. Oglethorpe wanted to send all those in England who owed money to Georgia to pay off their debts! He also wanted a buffer between the Spanish in Florida and the English in the Carolinas.

Resources for Learning About Early American History

When studying early American history, we love using:

  • DK Smithsonian: American History Encyclopedia
  • History Year by Year: The History of the World, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age
  • DK Smithsonian: Timelines of Everything

When studying the original 13 Colonies, I also pulled these books from the library:

  • A History of US: Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Colonist!
  • A History of US: From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791

We also found these online resources fun:

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Homeschool History Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Like many children, my son is a hands-on visual learner. He enjoys his studies and retains more knowledge when there are hands-on and creative components to his lessons. That is one of the reasons Nana’s chalk pastel lessons have been a vital and thriving part of our homeschool for many years! Learning about the 13 Colonies was no different. Though we read books and watched documentaries, the hands-on art of Nana’s 13 Colonies chalk pastel lesson solidified his understanding!

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids
13 Colonies – the Gathering Storm

Chalk Pastel Resources For Learning About The 13 Colonies

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse, you have access to 700+ chalk pastel video art lessons. In addition to the 13 Colonies lesson, did you know that Nana has other Early American history art lessons?

  • Revolutionary War uniforms – Continental soldier and British soldier
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Early colonists
  • White House
  • The Constitution
  • Women in War
  • Paul Revere
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Native Americans – Midwestern Tribes Headdresses
  • Napoleon
  • French Flag
  • War of 1812
  • Columbus
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Three Branches of Government
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • King George, III

7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love and Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study have been among our favorite American History studies thus far. As you can see, my son learns best when we incorporate the hands-on beauty of chalk pastels into our history studies!

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Additional Homeschool History Lessons For Creative Kids

There are so many excellent chalk pastel history lessons to choose from:

Simply choose the history lessons that best fit the era of history you and your child are studying, and you are on your way to a hands-on and colorful way of experiencing the past.

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

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

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Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

Check out these homeschool map skills activities using chalk pastels! They are perfect for helping kids learn about maps and how maps work. You’ll need a set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and your You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities Chart Your Way To Learning: Check out these homeschool map skills activities using chalk pastels! They are perfect for helping kids learn about maps and how maps work. You'll need a set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and your You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership! #maps #mapskills #mapsskillsforkids #homeschoolmapskills #homeschool

The Power Of Map Skills For Children


Spatial thinking is an important development for children. Map skills in young children are as vital as building blocks and puzzles for a young mind because all of these help build spatial awareness. Map drawing, or cartography, is a skill that gets better with practice. As my children get older, I like to incorporate map tracing and even freehand drawing as they learn about different geographical areas. This method has helped them retain information that otherwise would have remained in their books.

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

Did you know that Charlotte Mason encouraged geography activities, including map study? Ms. Mason believed that children would better understand their history lessons by drawing and discussing maps!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning


Homeschool Map Skills Activities and Lessons


You ARE an ARTIST has a wide array of map skills video art lessons! With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to over 700+ art lessons, including:

  • Italy
  • France
  • The United States and Canada
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Great Britain, Ireland, and Scotland
Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

But the maps don’t stop there! Your children can draw their way across Ancient Egypt and the surrounding area and explore U.S. histories like the Oregon Trail or the 13 Colonies! How about traveling through the fantasy lands of Middle EarthNarnia, or the Hundred Acre Wood? Plus so much more!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning


Additional Homeschool Geography Resources

There are so many excellent chalk pastel lessons, no matter what geography you are studying. Nana’s got you covered. You can pair these beautiful lessons with Nana’s history or landmarks lessons to create a richer learning adventure!

These American Landmarks would pair well with American History and Geography:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Liberty Bell
  • Washington Monument
  • Yellowstone Falls
  • Old Faithful
  • Civil War Cannon
  • Niagara Falls
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Grand Tetons
Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

These World Landmarks would pair well with Ancient History, Middle Ages, Modern History, and Geography:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Taj Mahal
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Roman Coliseum
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Wall of China
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Stonehenge
  • Big Ben
  • Volcano
  • Plus, more to come!
Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

For example, when studying World War II, we paired the Great Britain map with the Big Ben world landmark, the Winston Churchill lesson, and the WWII helmet!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

Map Skills for Kids

Nana’s maps have opened up a whole new world for us regarding spatial thinking and the overall scope of drawing maps that coincide with our history and geography studies. Chalk pastels are fun to use, and they also give us a colorful and hands-on way to dig deeper into our current interests.

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

I love all of the skills we’ve acquired, and my son loves that his cartography has improved. Have you tried adding Nana’s maps to your homeschool lessons yet?

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

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A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool

Take your kids on an ocean study under the sea and up on shore with a combination of books and art to spark the imagination!

A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool: Take your kids on an ocean study under the sea and up on shore with a combination of books and art to spark the imagination! #oceanstudy #naturestudy #seashoreart #oceanography #homeschool #youareanartist

The Power Of Nature Study In Your Homeschool


Nature study helps provide the foundation of formal scientific studies in which science becomes interesting. It cultivates a love of learning about how things work and the tiny details in all things. Children also develop an appreciation for the natural world when they have the opportunity to be immersed in it and study it.

But sometimes, you can’t get to the place of interest. For example, we live hundreds of miles from the nearest beach. But my children love to study the ocean and all the creatures in it. How then could we do a nature study of the sea? By incorporating all the resources, we have at our disposal.

A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool


Ocean Study Lessons For Your Homeschool


We started our ocean study with a couple of favorite books, including Julia Rothman’s Ocean Anatomy and the Smithsonian Ocean Visual Encyclopedia.

I queued up several ocean-themed documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Then I found several helpful blog posts and additional books to help me pull this ocean unit study together:

My kids wanted to study all sorts of information, from jellyfish to the anatomy of the seashore, sea turtles, starfish, and everything in-between.

A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool

Additional Ocean Study Resources

We started with jellyfish. My daughter was especially interested in the Portuguese Man-of-War. Imagine her surprise when she learned that it is not a jellyfish but a collection of animals that live together called a siphonophore.

I wondered if Nana had a chalk pastel lesson for jellyfish. Why yes, yes she does! Nana has an entire Seashore-themed collection of art lessons!

The Seashore art is part of the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse. With the Complete Clubhouse, you’ll have access to over 700+ chalk pastel video lessons including, all of the chalk pastel nature study videos, including:

  • Sand Bucket
  • Clownfish
  • Crab
  • Jellyfish
  • Night Shark
  • Starfish
  • Sea Turtle
  • Under the Sea
  • Sandcastle
  • Seahorse
  • Plus so much more!

Did you know there are even tutorials for chalk pastel sharks? Shark art for kids would be perfect for shark week!

A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool

As the children created the Sand Bucket, I read aloud about the anatomy of the beach. When we discussed sea turtles, my daughter took the measuring tape to measure the largest loggerhead sea turtle on record.

FYI: it measured 9 feet in length and weighed 2,016 pounds!

A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool


For More Nature Study In Your Homeschool

Our ocean study took us under the sea to the habitats of seahorses, blue crabs, and starfish. We learned about their anatomy and unique features. Then we watched some of those documentaries I had queued up, and the children loved it. They reminisced about a long-ago beach vacation and all the exciting things they got to see. 

Seahorses are not horses but small bony fish, and Starfish are not fish at all, but echinoderms related to sea urchins!

Did you also know that the Homeschool Nature Study program offers Seashore lessons along with 26+ Outdoor Hour Challenge Homeschool Curriculum ebooks on many other nature topics? We use the nature study resource in our homeschool weekly, and it has been great at helping keep me accountable at getting us all outside and looking at nature!

So, whether you live by the seashore or hundreds of miles away, you can still enjoy an ocean unit study with all the depth and excitement of the open ocean and the color of a coral reef!

A Majestic Ocean Study Perfect For Your Homeschool

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

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The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Do you incorporate nature study into your homeschool? What about art and music appreciation? Learning art and music history is very important, as is learning about the world right outside our door. Now you can quickly and seamlessly include the beauty of art, music, and nature in your homeschool.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The Value Of Art, Music and Nature In Your Homeschool


I admit I’ve been lacking when it comes to fine arts and music in our homeschool. Sure my kids knew who Picasso and Monet were, but if you asked them about Giotto or Bruegel, they would have given you a blank stare. The same goes for music appreciation. My kids knew of Beethoven and Mozart but had no clue who Vivaldi, Corelli, or Handel was.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Please don’t take my homeschool mom card away!

How could I possibly have time to incorporate these AND nature studies into an already full homeschool schedule?

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

It was pretty easy!

You ARE An Artist has created an Art and Music Appreciation study called Homeschool Fine Arts! And now they have a new site called the Homeschool Nature Study! They have interwoven these incredible resources so that they complement each other and only take 45 minutes to an hour per week.

I decided to take our love of Nana’s chalk pastels we usually do on Fridays and name it Fine Arts Friday with some nature study thrown in too!

You ARE an ARTiST’s art and music appreciation program is designed for busy homeschooling families. The art & music appreciation plans organize a variety of resources so you can open the schedule and, with little preparation, offer your children experiences with great artists and composers!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Homeschool Fine Arts and Nature Study

We are currently using Homeschool Fine Arts Plans Grade 6: Medieval and Renaissance Art and Music.

Artists Included in Grade 6

  • Giotto di Bondone
  • Fra Angelico
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Raphael
  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Michelangelo
  • Pieter Bruegel, the Elder
  • Albrecht Durer
Homeschool Fine Arts are open and go music and art plans for homeschool families.

Composers Included in Grade 6

  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Joseph Haydn
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Franz Schubert
  • Hector Berlioz


By creating a habit of viewing paintings each week and listening to carefully curated music, my children are getting to know various artists and composers within a particular period. We’ve already had a ton of fun observing works such as:

  • Flight into Egypt
  • Life of St. Francis Renunciation to Wealth
  • The Dream of Joachim
  • Lamentation of Christ


You ARE An Artist Fine Arts Appreciation plans are listed by grade, but you can also use them family-style! There is so much flexibility with this program. Use it, however, works best for your family.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The new Nature Study Membership works seamlessly with the art and music appreciation. There are over 20 Nature Courses to take AND a remarkable Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation for all Seasons!

Homeschool Nature Study - Bring the Handbook of Nature Study to Life in Your Homeschool!

Homeschool Lessons For Art, Music And Nature Studies

Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum by Grade

Each fine arts curriculum offers additional art appreciation books, music, and podcasts that you can use as you have time available. They also encourage you to incorporate hands-on famous artists’ art lessons with Nana. These plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year.

If you don’t feel that a full year of fine arts appreciation is for you, you can also choose from a collection of unique art and music appreciation unit studies which typically last 6-9 weeks.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Homeschool Nature Study and Outdoor Hour Challenge

The Homeschool Nature Study Membership encourages you to get outdoors with the #outdoorhourchallenge. It also uses the Handbook of Nature Study to help bring life to your nature studies. With the Nature Study Membership, you’ll be enrolled in ALL of the nature study courses, including:

  • Autumn
  • Birds
  • Creepy Things
  • Forest Fun
  • Garden
  • Getting Started
  • Herbs
  • High Desert
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Moss, Fungi, and Lichen
  • Nature Crafts
  • Nature Journaling
  • Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation – All Seasons of Curriculum
  • Planning Resources
  • Pond
  • Rocks
  • Seashore
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • The Outdoor Mom
  • Trees
  • Weather
  • Wildflowers
  • Winter
  • Winter Wednesdays
The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

There is even a handy calendar with daily prompts so you can choose what bite-size chunks of nature works best for you and your family. The nature calendar provided us with YouTube videos, photos, and notebooking pages for each day of the month!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The Homeschool Fine Arts and the Homeschool Nature Study Membership ARE separate from the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership. But clubhouse members get 50% off and receive a Van Gogh and Handel 6-9 week unit study as a sample of this curriculum.

You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members also receive another Winter Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation from the Homeschool Nature Study website. This nature study is roughly three months’ worth of materials!

That’s a load of resources, folks!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

How To Incorporate Art, Music And Nature Into Your Homeschool Routine

Art and Music Appreciation

With our Art and Music Appreciation, my kids are learning the basics of drawing with the Draw Squad. We are learning about different famous artist and their artwork each week, and that has been quite entertaining. Don’t think that art appreciation must be serious and dry, especially when you’ve got kids.

At least my kids like to find the exciting and weird subject matter in each piece. Like clouds that look like UFOs or floating heads or faces that look like they have indigestion. Oh, yes, it’s true. But by pointing out some of these funny and unique bits of each artwork, my kids remember the artist, the time period, and the artwork themselves.

Why yes, the Madonna and Child, by Berlinghiero, does have alien qualities!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

For Music Appreciation, we’ve been learning and listening to Vivaldi:

  • Spring (Four Seasons)
  • Summer (Four Seasons)
  • Concerto for Two Trumpets
  • Sovente il Sole
  • Concerto in D for Piano and Guitar

Our favorite piece so far is his Four Seasons. My son said the Summer was quite “morose.” We did Nana’s Vivaldi Spring Tree chalk pastel and have added Vivaldi to our notebook timeline.

Homeschool Fine Arts plans from You ARE an ARTiST

Nature Study

Nature study has contained more about Vivaldi and a composer notebooking page! He goes beautifully with any season really. We’ve studied snowflakes, winter birds, winter mammals, the winter night sky, and most recently, bulbs because our daffodils are in full bloom, and our tulips are emerging!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

My children have become acquainted with winter nature study, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Giotto within a few short months! Our Fine Arts Friday has become a fun and hands-on way of learning about great art and exciting time periods. Afterward, we head outside for our nature study and #outdoorhourchallenge. Fridays have become a rich, full day of beauty and learning like never before! Won’t you join us?

Outdoor Hour Challenges with Homeschool Nature Study

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

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A Fun Hands-On Homeschool Unit Study For Valentines Day

Learn the history of Valentines day while enjoying some fun activities and art with this hands-on homeschool unit study for Valentines day!

A Fun Hands-On Homeschool Unit Study For Valentines Day: Learn the history of Valentine's day while enjoying some fun activities and art with this hands-on homeschool unit study for Valentine's day! #valentinesday #candyhearts #saintvalentine #valentinesdayart #valentinesdayfun #valentinesdayunitstudy #valentinesdayideas #valentinesdayresources

The History Of Valentines Day


When you think of Valentine’s day, you probably think of chocolate, candy hearts, handmade cards and flowers! This lovely celebration happens every year on February 14th. But the history of Valentine’s day has roots with a Roman priest!

Emperor Claudius II of Rome, who reigned from 268 A.D. to 270 A.D., banned marriage because he thought unmarried men made better soldiers. A Roman priest named Valentine disagreed and conducted marriages in secret. But Valentine was eventually caught and put to death on February 14th in the year 270 A.D. Before he died, as the story goes, he created the first “valentine” and gave it to the jailer’s daughter!

Later, in the 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius I declared the day Valentine died, February 14th, St. Valentine’s Day.

But it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that the idea of Valentines day took off. The oldest known Valentine still in existence is from 1415 by Charles Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was held captive in the Tower of London. This Valentine greeting is part of a manuscript collection in the British Library in London, England.

The poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to record Valentine’s day as a romantic celebration in 1375 in his poem “Parliament of Foules.”

Did you know that Ester A. Howland is considered the “Mother of Valentine.” In the 1840’s she made elaborate valentine creations out of lace, ribbon, and scrap pictures, and she was also the first to mass-produce them!

A Fun Hands-On Homeschool Unit Study For Valentines Day with teatime ideas

Hands-On Unit Study Valentines Day Activities For The Entire Family


Valentine’s day has definitely evolved over the centuries, but now you know some of the history of St. Valentine, how about some art? If you want, set the table with heart-shaped cookies, or candies, and serve the kid’s favorite beverage. Make your Valentine’s teatime as festive as you want!

Did you know that Nana has some lovely Valentine’s Day art for you and your kiddos to enjoy? All you’ll need is a simple set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper!

We started with this heart cookies and mug lesson I found after reading Courtney’s post: Little House On The Prairie Homeschool Ideas You’ll Love.

A Fun Hands-On Homeschool Unit Study For Valentines Day


Then, we continued with the Valentine woodpecker from the Bird Clubhouse Edition.

*Did you know we did a whole bird study using our Clubhouse Membership last year?*

A Fun Hands-On Homeschool Unit Study For Valentines Day


The Heart from the Preschool Spring Clubhouse Edition was our final piece of art, but it wasn’t the end of our Valentine’s teatime.

A Fun Hands-On Homeschool Unit Study For Valentines Day


*There is also this Heart Collage: Mixed Media Acrylic you could do with your kid’s too!*

More Fun Ideas For Your Homeschool Unit Study for Valentines Day


We chose to add a bit of poetry to our chalk pastel teatime. I selected a couple of pieces about love from my Celtic book of poetry, and they were just perfect for our Valentine teatime!

If you are looking for more Valentine’s day resources, consider a stack of children’s picture books about love! Or what about these 25 Inspired Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Your Homeschool?

A Fun Hands-On Homeschool Unit Study For Valentines Day

Additional Hands-On Unit Study Homeschool Art Lessons For Springtime


Springtime is the perfect time for hands-on unit studies in your homeschool! Check out some of these you can do while incorporating art!

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

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

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This Homeschool Moon Unit Study Is Out Of This World

Moon activities, books, and fun art lessons for all ages! Learn about moon phases and more with this homeschool moon unit study!

This Homeschool Moon Unit Study Is Out Of This World: Moon activities, books, and fun art lessons for all ages! Learn about moon phases and more with this homeschool moon unit study! #moonunit #moonactivities #moonunitstudy #phasesofthemoon #onlinehomeschoollessons #moonphaseunitstudy

Studying The Moon As Part Of Your Homeschool Science


Did you know that the moon is the Earth’s natural satellite? How about that the moon controls the Earth’s tides? There is much you can learn about the moon with a  Moon Unit Study.

I always like to start a new interest by strewing a few books and hands-on activities. Then I’ll look for any corresponding art lessons because my kids LOVE art!

For books, I chose:

  • The Usborne Book of the Moon
  • Faces of the Moon
  • The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
  • Magic Treehouse: Midnight on the Moon

I grabbed some loose parts and our 2021-2022 Moon Phase Calendar. Then I checked our You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership for Moon-related art lessons!

Online art lessons for your homeschool with all sorts of hands-on activities


Phases Of The Moon Homeschool Activities


The tastiest part of our moon unit study was using Oreos to show the different phases of the moon! The Moon Mission: Heading to the Moon chalk pastel lesson looked like a moon phase, so we incorporated it into our moon study. All we needed for this art lesson was a piece of black construction paper and a cheap set of chalk pastels! Nana walked us through how to create our giant moon with an itty bitty rocket headed its way!

We also used some of our circular loose parts to simulate how the Earth revolves around the Sun while the moon revolves around the Earth. At first, it was difficult for my daughter to understand how the moon could keep moving around the Earth even as the Earth moved around the Sun, but by showing her the loose parts, she soon understood perfectly!

This Homeschool Moon Unit Study Is Out Of This World


Online Homeschool Lessons For Your Moon Unit Study


Then, we discovered more moon art lessons! My favorite was the full moon!

With the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to all of Nana’s chalk pastel moon lessons, including:

  • Moon Missions: Heading to the Moon
  • A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels: Harvest Moon Nocturne
  • Nature Art Lessons: Full Moon
This Homeschool Moon Unit Study Is Out Of This World

You’ll also have these additional moon and space lessons to choose from:

Moon Missions Video Art Lessons

  • Pad Crawler
  • Saturn 5 Lift Off
  • Astronaut with Flag
  • Mission Control
  • Footprint on the Moon
  • Astronaut Helmet with Earth Reflection

11 Solar System Video Art Course Tutorials

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

6 Space Exploration Video Art Course Tutorials

  • Man on the Moon
  • Spiral Galaxy
  • Nebula
  • Comet
  • Night Sky – Big and Little Dipper
  • Space Shuttle Lift Off
  • Plus much more!
This Homeschool Moon Unit Study Is Out Of This World


Additional Resources For Space Exploration In Your Homeschool


Did you know that each full moon has a different name? My daughter loved learning the terms of the various full moons. She was particularly fond of the Pink moon, which is in April, and the Wolf moon, which is in January!

Here are some additional resources for learning more about the moon and space that we enjoyed on our “out of this world” adventure:

This Homeschool Moon Unit Study Is Out Of This World

Homeschool Moon Unit Study

A moon study can be fun and engaging when adding art and hands-on activities to compelling books! Then, pick a night to step outside with your kids and see the wonder of our natural satellite for yourself!

This Homeschool Moon Unit Study and moon phases calendar

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