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Homeschool Lessons For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Are you looking for Martin Luther King Jr. lessons and activities for your children? Here are some excellent resources to get you started! Plus, Nana has a wonderful chalk pastel lesson of Dr. King giving his “I have a dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial! All you’ll need is a set of chalk pastels, and white copy paper to get started!

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The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American national holiday, and it is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. Also known as MLK, Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Michael King and Alberta King. Michael King Sr. was a Baptist Minister at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Though they faced ugly prejudices, he and his wife endured MLK received a good education. 

At age fifteen, MLK attended Moorehouse College intending to become a doctor, but during the summers of World War II, he went off to Connecticut and picked tobacco. There he changed his mind about becoming a doctor and instead felt called to become a minister.

Did you know that MLK and Anne Frank were born the same year?

Martin Luther King Jr. went on to Crozer Seminary and became valedictorian of his class. At Crozer, MLK learned about Gandhi and that Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience had inspired Gandhi. MLK became fascinated by the ideas of nonviolent peaceful protesting.

After Crozer Seminary, King attended Boston University for his Ph.D. This made him Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Homeschool Lessons For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Civil Rights Movement

MLK spent most of his life working to achieve justice and equality for all Americans, especially Americans of color. He helped lead marches, made speeches, and was one of the leading figures in the Civil Rights Movement.

Racial segregation was the worst in the South. Black people had to go to separate schools, drink from separate water fountains, live in separate neighborhoods, etc. King was one of many trying to bring about the change this country so desperately needed.

“..I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Homeschool Lessons For Martin Luther King Jr. Day


A Martin Luther King Jr. Homeschool Study


Unfortunately, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Children need to learn who the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was and what he stood for. He leaves a crucial legacy, and there is still much work to be done in racial equality and justice.

Books are one of my favorite ways to help my children learn about any subject. So, I gathered a collection of picture books and middle-grade books for my children and me to enjoy.

Homeschool Lessons For Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Additional Resources For Learning About Martin Luther King Jr.


Here is a list of books we used to start our unit study:

I like to start with just a few books, and then as my children’s interests expand, I’ll grab more resources on that subject.


For example, my daughter and I also watched this short clip: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President.

Homeschool Lessons For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

If you are looking for additional resources, you may be interested in the following:

Nana’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Homeschool Art Lesson

Enjoy this free, sample lesson from Nana’s Modern History Homeschool Lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse. All you need is construction paper and a set of chalk pastels.

The Companion I Drew It Then I Knew It History workbooks are perfect jumping-off points for a quick history study! We learned 5 fast facts about MLK as well as a short biography. This workbook is available to all You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse members!

Homeschool Lessons For Martin Luther King Jr. Day


More Online Homeschool Art Lessons


With the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll also have access to 700+ art lessons, including all of Nana’s history art courses:

I love adding the hands-on artistic aspect of chalk pastels to our history studies! It helps to solidify knowledge and add a bit of colorful fun to any subject.

Homeschool Lessons For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a significant person in American history. His contributions resulted in the end of segregation at lunch counters, buses, and many other public places. He helped bring hope and change to a marginalized group of people. I look forward to discovering more about his life, his work, and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole with my children.

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 Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

These modern history art lessons are perfect for adding a bit of art to your homeschool history studies! These lessons are also excellent for history buffs, young and old.

Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff: These modern history art lessons are perfect for adding a bit of art to your homeschool history studies! These lessons are also excellent for history buffs, young and old. #modernhistory #modernhistoryresources #modernhistoryartlessons #pearlharbor #homeschoolartlessons #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels

My son has a passion for history. More specifically, he loves learning about World War II and onward. This love affair started a few years ago when he watched a documentary about D-Day. Suddenly, he couldn’t get enough. My son read all the World War II books he could find and watched all the documentaries available to him. We’ve gone to several reenactments, made our own World War II newspaper, and even made period-themed recipes! He has woven in and out of the European theater with an obsession with Great Britain. This year he is studying the Pacific theater more in-depth with various books, Wondrium lectures, and now Nana’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance art lesson.

Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7th is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and in 2021 we will remember the 80th anniversary of this historic event. In 1941, a surprise attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor resulted in 188 U.S. aircraft destroyed, 2,403 Americans killed, and 1,178 others wounded.

Japan declared war on the United States and the British Empire later that day. The day after the attack, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famous Day in Infamy speech. He also called for a formal declaration of war on Japan. On December 11, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. Congress then issued a declaration of war against Germany and Italy later that same day. Thus, the United States officially entered World War II.

Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

One of my son’s interests regarding Pearl Harbor is the USS Arizona. 1,177 officers and crew members were lost when the USS Arizona exploded and sank during the Pearl Harbor attack.

In November 2019, my son discovered that one of the survivors of the USS Arizona was still alive AND had written a memoir about his experience.

Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

My son immediately ordered the book, and when it came in, he proceeded to mail it to Mr. Donald Stratton, asking for his autograph and providing postage to send the book back. Mr. Donald Stratton obliged and signed my son’s copy of his book.

Shortly afterward, Mr. Stratton passed away. This book is now a most treasured possession of my son.

Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

Modern History with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership

Did you know your modern history buff will have access to 700+ chalk pastel lessons including Nana’s modern history course with the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership!

  • Queen Victoria’s Empire
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • War Helmets
  • Broadcasting
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Space Exploration
  • Women’s Suffrage
  • Medical Advancements
  • Modern Literature

You’ll also have exclusive access to these art lessons:

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Winston Churchill
  • Big Ben and other World  + American Landmarks
  • Presidents series
  • Famous Artists and Composers continuing series
  • Literature continuing series
  • Maps continuing series
  • Plus so much more!
Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

Hands-on Modern History Lessons for Kids

Along with your favorite history books and documentaries you can now add in the hands-on resources of Nana’s art courses. While studying World War II we have enjoyed these corresponding history art lessons:

  • Winston Churchill (Modern History)
  • British Isles (Map)
  • WWII helmet (Modern History)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (Presidents)
  • Japan (Map)
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance (Modern History)

These lessons have made my history buff extremely happy. Isn’t it wonderful how we were able to pull from Nana’s different courses to create art lessons to fit my son’s interests? That’s just one of the reasons I adore our You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse membership. I can cater to my children’s interests in colorful and fun ways that won’t soon be forgotten.

Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

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 Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All

Now your kids can create The Lord of the Rings art with chalk pastels! Let Nana take you step-by-step with her video art lessons. All you’ll need is a starter set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper. Add in the books, movies, and some snacks, and you’ll have a homeschool art study to rule them all.

The Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy


Our family has had a love affair with The Lord of the Rings for many years. Ever since my son was five years old and bored on a very long car trip, that’s when I snagged the audiobook versions. Years later, he read the printed trilogy himself. We have loved to find any reason to watch the movies or start the audiobooks anew ever since.

See that paper garland hanging on our fireplace? That is the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy!

We also have this incredibly annoying habit of quoting the movies out loud.

It drives my husband crazy!

How about that time with a blanket on shoulders and broom in hand, I declared in a booming voice, “You shall not pass,” for all to hear.

True story.

We even did a Hobbit chalk pastel teatime earlier in the year! It was such fun!

The Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All


Bring The Lord Of The Rings To Life In Your Homeschool

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

The Lord of the Rings

When I asked my son if he was interested in Nana’s The Lord of the Rings literature art lessons, his eyes got as big as saucers as he said YES!

We got out our copy of the series and queued up The Fellowship of the Ring movie. We talked about our favorite parts and how the films differed from the books.

Like why was Tom Bombadil left out of the movies?

Usually, I’d create a chalk pastel teatime with themed treats, but my son was eager to start, so I served a simple tea with buttered toast. But we pretended it was “Lembas bread.” 

The Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All


An Adventure through Middle Earth


Nana led us on many adventures:

  • A Visit to the Shire
  • Going on an Adventure through the snowy mountains
  • across the map of Middle Earth
  • an up-close look at The One Ring

My son seemed to be in his dream world of fantasy, and at times he would snap out of it and say, “This is the best teatime ever!” Then, he’d eat another piece of buttered toast and drain another cup of tea. Somehow this simple tea was the perfect second breakfast for my young hobbit.

I think that is part of what I love about our You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse membership. I can easily find the lessons that resonate with my children. The lessons that speak to their interests and passions are always the most intriguing, and my kiddos learn and retain so much more with this hands-on artistic component.

The Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All

More Resources For Literature Study In Your Homeschool


With the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to 700+ art lessons, including exclusive access to You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons such as:

It’s the power of adding art to homeschool literature lessons!

The Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All

Chalk Pastel Art Lessons

After all the buttered toast was eaten and all the tea was drunk, my son sat back in his chair and proclaimed he needed to start re-reading the trilogy right away. Instead of The One Ring, this hard-bound version of the trilogy is his treasured “Precious,” although his new The Lord of the Rings chalk pastel paintings are now a close second.

The Lord Of The Rings: A Homeschool Study To Rule Them All

Lord of The Rings Homeschool Resources

We love these resources to go with your Lord of the Rings Homeschool Study!

  • Lord of the Rings book
  • Lord of the Rings ‘Homebody’ mug by A Fine Quotation
  • ‘One Ring’ ring necklace
  • Lord of the Rings bookmark by A Fine Quotation
  • Speak Friend and Enter sign

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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Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love: Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies, and now your kids can re-create them with chalk pastels! #Christmas #Christmasart #Christmaschalkpastels #Christmasbooktomovie #Christmashomeschool #chalkpastels #Christmashomeschoolactivities

Are you looking for Joyful Christmas Activities For Your Homeschool? We love slowing down during the holidays and taking part in all that the Christmas season has to offer. That doesn’t mean being busy with activities.

Although, that may work for you and your family. I like to slow down, read lots of holiday books, watch loads of Christmas movies, and drink lots of hot cocoa!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love


Christmas Homeschooling


I want to build warm Christmas memories of coziness, love, and maybe twinkle lights for my children. This doesn’t mean that we are not still learning! On the contrary, we are learning all the time! But during Christmas homeschooling, that learning shifts to incorporate the holidays. Christmastime is when we pause some of our more traditional schoolings to favor more relaxed and festive pursuits.

More baking and handicrafts are happening around the holidays. We learn about the holidays around the world as well as learning about Christmas music and the composers!

Then there are the Festive Christmas Chalk Pastel Art Lessons like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol! But we especially love art lessons that incorporate our favorite Christmas book to movie creations!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love


Christmas Book to Movie: Activities For The Grinch

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!

I have read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every year on Christmas Eve, and we love watching the original cartoon too. It’s a tradition that started when my son was just a little fella. Now my son and daughter enjoy this read aloud along with the cartoon, AND Nana’s How to Draw The Grinch in Chalk Pastels!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities for The Grinch


A Polar Express Lesson For Your Homeschool

Last year we enjoyed a new Christmas book to movie with the Polar Express! Afterward, we created an Artist Express chalk pastel teatime that even my husband enjoyed! This is a beautiful book and film that is now loved by the whole family!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love


Charlie Brown Christmas For A Little Christmas Learning

Did you know you can incorporate Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art and Music Activities into your Christmas homeschool? Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and Snoopy!

Did you know my son had a blanket just like Linus until he was around nine years old? That’s when it finally fell apart in the wash.

Christmas Homeschooling ideas


Christmas Book to Movie: Home Alone Lesson for Your Homeschool

Nana has a NEW Home Alone movie art lesson! My kids love Kevin McCallister in the first two Home Alone movies, so you can imagine their excitement when we learned Nana has a Lost in New York lesson!

Home Alone Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

With our Home Alone art lesson, we also incorporated Nana’s art lesson on the composer John Williams. Did you know that John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history?

  • Jaws
  • Star Wars
  • E.T.
  • Home Alone
  • Jurrasic Park
  • Harry Potter
  • Superman
  • and many more!

Nana has Composers video art lessons exclusive to You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Members!

John Williams Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons as well as a full index of all of Nana’s Chalk Pastels at the Movies lessons? And let’s not forget ALL of the Christmas-themed art lessons too!

Literature Video Art Lessons

Chalk Pastels at the Movies Lessons

Christmas Video Art Lessons

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Lights

Plus, so much more! Find an over of all of Nana’s Christmas lessons in the Ultimate List of Christmas Art Lessons. And enjoy them all now by joining the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities

With Nana’s chalk pastel video art lessons, we can enjoy the simplicity and beauty of Christmas art with just a starter set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper. Make the table festive with lights, tinsel, and your children’s favorite beverage. Invite your children to partake in a feast for the eyes, ears, and hearts with these lovely chalk pastel art lessons for book and movie lovers alike.

Christmas Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

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 Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

Would your kids like to learn how to draw their own Nutcracker? Let Nana take you step-by-step through The Nutcracker homeschool art lessons with chalk pastels. All you need is a pack of construction paper and a starter set of chalk pastels. 

Throw in a little hot chocolate, some music appreciation, and twinkle lights, and you’ve got the making of a Nutcracker holiday homeschool unit study teatime!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study - Enjoy the holiday season with The Nutcracker, chalk pastels, and SQUILT! Throw in a little hot chocolate and twinkle lights and you've got a Nutcracker chalk pastel teatime! #Nutcracker #Nutcrackerartlessons #Nutcrackerballet #Christmas #chalkpastels #Nutcrackerart #homeschoolart #Nutcrackerstudy #holidayhomeschooling

The Story Of The Nutcracker Ballet


We love starting the holiday season with a Nutcracker chalk pastel teatime! We’ve enjoyed this tradition for many years. It reminds me to slow down and enjoy our little moments of togetherness.

Plus, my kids look forward to it every year!

Did you know The Nutcracker ballet was adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and is enormously popular, especially around the Christmas season because the ballet takes place on Christmas Eve?

There is no better way to enjoy this incredible masterpiece than by watching the ballet itself, learning about the music, and painting some key figures!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study


The Music Of The Nutcracker

“Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven’s gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls.”

Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer best known for Swan Lake and The Nutcracker ballet scores. Christmas time is the perfect time to study this famous composer and his music!

I know what you’re thinking.

“I don’t even know where to begin teaching my kids about Tchaikovsky!”

Or, “I don’t know anything about music.”

Don’t worry! Mary from SQUILT has got you covered when it comes to music appreciation.

SQUILT stands for Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time and is an easy-to-use music education program!

With The SQUILT Nutcracker Unit Studyyour children will learn the story of the ballet, E.T.A. Hoffman, and Tchaikovsky, as well as music and ballet vocabulary, instruments used, and musical concepts.

We’ve used SQUILT for years, and now You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse members are invited to a special live event with Mary of SQUILT Live and Nana for an overture of all things Nutcracker! Members will enjoy both a time of music appreciation and a new art lesson!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

You can also enjoy a SQUILT Christmas Carol study with many of the Christmas carols you may already be listening to on the radio!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study


Beautiful Homeschool Art For The Nutcracker Study


You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members have access to over 700+ video art lessons, including Nana’s Nutcracker lessons!

  • Nutcracker
  • Clara and the Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Chinese Tea Dance
  • Mouse King
  • Nutcracker Ballet (new!)
  • New Nutcracker lesson with live event!

Plus, Clubhouse members also enjoy the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It The Nutcracker companion curriculum. (There’s even a recipe for sugar plums included!)

You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members also enjoy the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It The Nutcracker companion curriculum.

Let your children have fun with their paintings. Encourage artistic expression and individuality. Be sure to follow your children’s lead and let them create the paintings that they like. As Nana likes to remind them, THEY ARE the ARTISTS.

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study


Additional Resources For Holiday Homeschooling


If you have the opportunity to see a live performance of The Nutcracker ballet in person, then I highly suggest doing so.

If not, there are several versions of The Nutcracker ballet you can watch on Amazon Prime and other streaming services. We watch a different one every year, but our favorite thus far is Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker.

We also enjoy pulling out one of our many copies of The Nutcracker books as part of our holiday homeschool unit study!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

Did you know that the Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership has loads more Winter and Holiday themed art lessons?

  • Artist Express
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mittens and a Mug
  • Frost
  • Icicles
  • Frozen Lake
  • Winter Forest Scene with Deer
  • Bird in Snow
The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

You will also have access to all the Christmas and Holiday Lessons including:

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Lights

Plus, so much more! View ALL that Nana has for Christmas School in the Ultimate List of Christmas Art Lessons!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

The Nutcracker ballet is synonymous with Christmas time. It is a beautiful performance with music as iconic as the Nutcracker himself. My children and I look forward to this special teatime each year, along with watching a rendition of the famous ballet. The Nutcracker video art lessons are perfect for all ages, and by adding in The Nutcracker SQUILT study, you’ll create a memorable holiday teatime the whole family will love.

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit 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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Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Are you looking for ways to bring the revolutionary war to life? Do your older kids love music? Did you know you could combine the two with books and chalk pastel art to provide a hands-on learning experience? Use these ideas to create your own Hamilton the musical homeschool study! And don’t miss the free Hamilton the Musical art lesson included, below.

Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study:Are you looking for ways to bring the revolutionary war to life? Do your older kids love music? Did you know you could combine the two with books and chalk pastel art to provide a hands-on learning experience? Use these ideas to create your own Hamilton the musical homeschool study! #Hamiltonthemusical #Hamilton #AlexanderHamilton #revolutionarywar #chalkpastelart #homeschool #unitstudy

What Is Hamilton the Musical?

I was excited to watch Hamilton: An American Musical when it first came to Disney+. I had heard so many great things about this Grammy and Tony Award winner. 

What is Hamilton?

It is a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda which follows the life of one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

The musical is filled with rap and hip-hop that takes you back in time to show how Alexander Hamilton arrived in this country as an immigrant and became one of the most influential men in American history.

I thought I was the only one interested in watching the Hamilton musical. Still, within a few moments, the whole family was sitting beside me watching the story of Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton is now a family favorite!

*Hamilton, the musical, does contain swear words and other content that may be viewed as inappropriate for children. I felt that my children’s enthusiasm for history, reading, and music far outweighed my concerns. Please preview the content and use your best judgment on whether it is appropriate for your kids and family.*

Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Adding Music And Art To Homeschool History

Folks, my son LOVES history. He’s been obsessed with WWII for years, but with the introduction of the Hamilton musical, he has also become interested in the revolutionary war!

Why?

The musical brought the story of Alexander Hamilton to life! My son didn’t realize that Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton didn’t like each other. But after watching the show, my son wanted to learn more.

The American revolution was suddenly fascinating! Why did George Washington trust Hamilton? Was Aaron Burr truly a villain? Why did James Madison criticize Alexander’s financial plans for the new country when he supported them at first? What about King George III? Was he really mad?

“THE TEN-DOLLAR FOUNDING FATHER WITHOUT A FATHER, GOT A LOT FARTHER BY WORKING A LOT HARDER, BY BEING A LOT SMARTER, BY BEING A SELF-STARTER.”

Aaron Burr, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Imagine our delight when I discovered Nana had a Hamilton musical chalk pastel lesson AND oodles of lessons on American history that coincided with the revolutionary war and American presidents!

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse you have access to 700+ chalk pastel video art lessons, including:

  • George Washington silouette
  • Revolutionary War Uniforms – Continental soldier and British soldier
  • Boston Tea Party
  • 13 Colonies – the gathering storm
  • The Constitution
  • Paul Revere
  • Three Branches of Government
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • King George, III
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • George Washington
  • plus so much more!
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Hamilton The Musical Lessons

We listen to the Hamilton soundtrack in the car and when we’re doing chores around the house. It’s not uncommon for one of us to break out into song at random moments throughout the day.

“Da Da Da Dat Da Dat Da Da Da Da Ya Da!”

King George III is one of our favorite characters, and we have the t-shirt to prove it.

“AND WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, I WILL SEND A FULLY-ARMED BATTALION TO YOU REMIND YOU OF MY LOVE.”

King George III, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

The Hamilton musical brought all of these historical figures to life in a fun way while also giving us an education in music and pop culture. We looked up the lives of the main characters as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda. There was so much to learn!

“I AM NOT THROWIN’ AWAY MY SHOT.”

Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Hamilton The Musical Art Lesson for Your Homeschool

Enjoy Nana’s Hamilton lesson with your American history homeschool studies! Suggested supplies:

Yellow construction paper, set of chalk pastels (our favorites are here), baby wipes or damp chalk pastels for easy clean up.

If you enjoy Nana’s Hamilton video art lesson, please share a photo of your painting and tag @chalkpastelart on social media! Nana would love to see and to comment.

Related Resources For Your Homeschool History Study

History isn’t black and white. It is shades of grey and usually told from the point of view of the winners.  So, I like to pull information from multiple sources.

For my 9-year-old daughter we learned more about Hamilton with these books:

  • Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
  • Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel In American History

For my son we used the books:

  • King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution
  • The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

With both kids I used:

  • Who Was Alexander Hamilton?
  • DK Smithsonians Timelines of Everything
  • History Year by Year: The History of the World, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

We didn’t just learn about Alexander Hamilton but many of the founding fathers, including their triumphs and faults. Combining music with art and books was a perfect way to make history hands-on and fun! It provided us with lots of topics and rabbit trails of interest. Nana provided excellent lessons with some of our favorite historical and musical characters of the revolutionary war that won’t soon be forgotten.

“AMERICA, YOU GREAT UNFINISHED SYMPHONY, YOU SENT FOR ME. YOU LET ME MAKE A DIFFERENCE. A PLACE WHERE EVEN ORPHAN IMMIGRANTS CAN LEAVE THEIR FINGERPRINTS AND RISE UP.”

Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool 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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Hokusai The Great Wave Homeschool Unit Study

With Nana’s video art lesson and other resources, your kids will love learning about Hokusai’s The Great Wave!

Hokusai The Great Wave Homeschool Unit Study: With Nana's video art lesson and other resources, your kids will love learning about Hokusai's The Great Wave! #arteducation #Hokusai #TheGreatWave #HokusaiTheGreatWave #homeschool #famousartist #podcast

Hokusai was born in Honjo, east of the city of Edo (now Tokyo), Japan. He is widely considered one of Japan’s greatest and most prolific artists due to his outstanding paintings and woodblock print. His Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji is his most famous work of art. 

The Great Wave is an image carved into a block of wood and then printed onto paper. The wave is not thought to be a tsunami, but an okinami rogue wave bearing down on three oshiokuri-bune – fast boats. Mount Fuji, with its snowy peak, can be seen in the distance.


Hokusai The Great Wave Homeschool Unit Study

Famous Artist Katsushika Hokusai Homeschool Study

One of the books we chose to help us study Hokusai was the DK Artists: Lives and Works. This is a gorgeous art history reference book that covers over 80 famous artists and their lives. DK Artists: Lives and Works is a book that your kids will return to throughout their art education!

Did you know Claude Monet was captivated with Hokusai’s art and owned 23 of his prints?

We did a quick online visit to THE MET to learn a bit more about Katsushika Hokusai. You can also create Nana’s map of Japan while exploring Japan’s culture with more books and even Haiku – Japanese poetry!

Did you know Hokusai’s Great Wave inspired Claude Debussy’s La Mer?

Hokusai The Great Wave Art Lesson for Your Homeschool

Nana brings Hokusai’s art right into your home with her Famous Artists online art course! With a simple set of chalk pastels and a sheet of construction paper, Nana will show you and your children step-by-step how to create your own Great Wave.

This is just one of the reasons we LOVE our You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership! We have access to 700+ video art lessons, including Nana’s Famous Artists series and podcast! Nana makes learning about art and artists intriguing and fun! Be sure to check out all her famous artist podcasts and lessons.

Hokusai The Great Wave Homeschool Unit Study
Hokusai The Great Wave Homeschool Unit Study

Additional Resources for Studying Famous Artists in Your Homeschool

Nana’s Hokusai art lesson is a part of the Famous Artists Series. The You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership offers 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo
  • da Vinci
  • Warhol
  • Monet
  • Rockwell
  • Rembrandt
  • Lichtenstein
  • Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter

… and a new one added about once a month!

The Famous Artists series is exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse. There is so much to learn about art and art history! You don’t want to miss out on all the famous artist goodness.

Hokusai The Great Wave Homeschool Unit 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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Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

These Ox-Cart Man activities are sure to bring this great book to life! Take a trip back to the 1800s with a New England farmer in the Ox-Cart Man. In a time when you wove your own clothes, whittled your own broom, and split your own shingles, this lyrical story takes you on a journey through the changing seasons.

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall is in picture book format. The story is beautifully illustrated by Barabara Cooney, winner of the Caldecott Medal.

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool: Take a trip back to the 1800s with a New England farmer in the Ox-Cart Man. In a time when you wove your own clothes, whittled your own broom, and split your own shingles, this lyrical story takes you on a journey through the changing seasons. These activities are sure to bring the Ox-Cart Man to life! #chalkpastels #YouAREAnArtist #OxCartMan #OxCartManActivities #videoartlessons #homeschool #changingseasons #chalkpastelteatime

Ox-Cart Man Is A Wonderful Read Aloud

After a year of harvesting cabbages, turnips, honey, maple sugar, wool, and various other goods a farmer’s family has grown, gathered, or made, the ox-cart man loads up his cart to go and sell it for his family. He walks for ten days through the countryside before he reaches Portsmouth Market.

Ten days!

My children and I couldn’t imagine going to town once per year to buy all the things we needed. Let alone walk ten days to get there and then ten days back!

And yet, the only things the farmer bought and returned home with were:

  • A Barlow knife for his son.
  • An embroidery needle for his daughter.
  • An iron kettle for his wife.
  • Two pounds of peppermint candies for the whole family to enjoy.
Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

What better way to celebrate autumn than with a chalk pastel teatime with Nana’s new lesson and Ox-Cart Man activities? In her lesson, Nana took us step by step in creating our own carts loaded with homegrown and homemade commodities.

We added in a few of Nana’s other lessons to round out our Ox-Cart Man teatime, including:

  • Garden Honey Bees – to represent the honey the family collected
  • Baby Lamb – to represent the wool that was sheered in the spring and spun into yarn for weaving and knitting
  • Goose – to represent the goose feathers collected in the barnyard
  • Forest Path – to represent the ten days the man walked each way through forests and farmland
Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

With Nana’s seasonal tree art, you could also use this book as a springboard for chalk pastels all about changing seasons!

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

We are not a self-sufficient family like the one in the book, except for honey. We do keep honey bees, and they provide us with enough honey to last all year as well as a little to spare. Harvesting honey is a family affair and pretty tasty too.

So, I brought up a jar of honey from the basement to add to our teatime treats.

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

More Homeschool Lessons For Our Favorite Books

We also enjoyed the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook exclusive to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons. It contained facts about author Donald Hall as well as writing prompts and prompts for additional research!

Did you know the Ox-Cart Man was initially written as a poem?

More Homeschool Lessons For Our Favorite Books

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons and IDITIKI Companion Workbook. These literature chalk pastel lessons include:

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

Chalk Pastels and Literature

The Ox-Cart Man is rich with imagery of days gone by, and Nana has a beautiful way of bringing all the vibrance and color straight into your home with her chalk pastel lessons. Her lessons pair perfectly with some of our favorite literature! How grand to enjoy the richness and depth of the written word AND the vibrant color of art.

Ox-Cart Man Activities 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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A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley’s Statue of Liberty

This homeschool lesson has everything you need to learn more about artist Steve Penley and the Statue of Liberty he painted, including a chance to create your own work of art!

A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley's Statue of Liberty : This homeschool lesson has everything you need to learn more about artist Steve Penley and the Statue of Liberty he painted, including a chance to create your own work of art! #onlineartlessons #chalkpastels #youareanartist #famousartists #statueofliberty #homeschoolart #artlessons #stevepenley

Steve Penley was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is known for his explosions of color and historical paintings. While Steve Penley does his artwork with oil paints, Nana shows us how to create his iconic Statue of Liberty with chalk pastels! With this gorgeous painting, I thought it would be a lovely time to add in Nana’s other Statue of Liberty lesson that includes Ellis Island and make a homeschool study all about the Statue of Liberty.

Why is Lady Liberty green anyway?

A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley's Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty Homeschool Study

With a couple of books on hand, we discovered that the Statue of Liberty is green because of the chemistry of copper. Yes, the Statue of Liberty is covered in a thin layer of copper which has turned green due to reactions with air and water. This green color is called patina.

I prefer to start with a few books for our unit studies, and if the children show more interest as we go along, I’ll find more books or videos on the subject.

Did you know that her official name is Liberty Enlightening the World?

One of the books we chose to start us on our learning adventure of Lady Liberty is the book What Is the Statue of Liberty? This book took us through the history and creation of this famous symbol of America. Lady Liberty was a gift from the people of France. She was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and her framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower. (You could even continue your study with Nana’s Eiffel Tower lesson in World Landmarks).

Did you know the Statue of Liberty is mostly hollow?

Another book we chose to add to our homeschool study is When Jessie Came Across the Sea, which tells the lovely story of a young immigrant girl leaving her home for a better life in America. The sight of Lady Liberty gave the passengers of her ship such pause and awe as they entered the harbor, and the illustrations are breathtaking.

Lady Liberty was and is a tremendous beacon of hope and a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving by sea.

A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley's Statue of Liberty with fantastic resources for a unit study.

Statue of Liberty Art Lessons for Your Homeschool

Nana showed us step-by-step how to create our own Steve Penley version of Lady Liberty. She was so colorful and vibrant! With her Famous Artist online art course, Nana brought the Statue of Liberty and Steve Penley right into our home.

Then we recreated New York Harbor with the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and even boats in the water!

This is just one of the reasons we LOVE our You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership! We have access to 700+ video art lessons, including Nana’s Famous Artists series and podcast! Nana makes learning about art and artists intriguing and fun! Be sure to check out her Steve Penley podcast lesson below! In it, she goes over Steve Penley’s life and art.  My kiddos truly enjoyed learning about his use of color, bold brush strokes, and even the books he has authored and illustrated.

A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley's Statue of Liberty

An Overview of Our Steve Penley Homeschool Lesson – Nana’s From My Back Porch Podcast

1:22 Penley’s Education
2:34 Penley’s Painting Style
4:34 Penley’s Paintings for Corporations
5:00 Penley’s Books

Read the Steve Penley Podcast Transcript HERE

A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley's Statue of Liberty

Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

Nana’s Steve Penley Statue of Liberty lesson is a part of our Famous Artists Series. The You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership offers 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo
  • da Vinci
  • Warhol
  • Monet
  • Rockwell
  • Rembrandt
  • Lichtenstein
  • Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter

… and a new one added about once a month!

The Famous Artists series is exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse. There is so much to learn about art, artists, and art history! The Famous Artist series is the perfect way to introduce these master artists and their works to your kids!

A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley's Statue of Liberty : This homeschool lesson has everything you need to learn more about artist Steve Penley and the Statue of Liberty he painted, including a chance to create your own work of art! #chalkpastels #youareanartist #famousartists #statueofliberty #homeschoolart #artlessons #stevepenley #onlineartlessons

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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Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

This homeschool study has everything you need to learn more about artist Pablo Picasso, including a chance to create your own work of art!

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study: This homeschool study has everything you need to learn more about artist Pablo Picasso, including a chance to create your own work of art! #artprojects #famousartistsonlineunitstudy #onlineunitstudy #arthistory #arteducation #modernart ##onlineartcourse #picasso #pablopicasso #youareanartist #chalkpastels #homeschoolart

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Pablo Picasso

Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, and is widely acknowledged to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He experimented with a wide range of styles, mediums, and themes throughout his career. Among many of his contributions to the history of art, his most important include pioneering a modern art movement called Cubism, inventing Collage as an artistic technique, and changing the way to sculpt…not in stone, but plastic! – Nana

Tricia’s family had the privilege of seeing Picasso paintings in person on their homeschool art museum field trip!

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Pablo Picasso

Picasso is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and it’s easy to see why! He was a genius that was painting like the master artists by the time he was fourteen years old. We dipped our toes into the art and life of Picasso with a couple of great books, Nana’s Famous Artist Picasso Modern Art lesson, and her Famous Artists podcast!

One of the books we chose was the DK Artists: Lives and Works. This is a gorgeous art history reference book that covers over 80 famous artists and their lives. DK Artists: Lives and Works is a book that your kids will return to throughout their art education!

Another book we chose was the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Pablo Picasso book. This is more of an elementary book, BUT this series of books are fantastic at getting your kids interested in the master artists. Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists is a fun book full of quirky facts and insightful details.

Did you know that Picasso had a pet Dachshund named Lump or that he enjoyed trying all sorts of foods from frog legs to eels? Pretty interesting facts, and my kids thought so too!

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

Pablo Picasso Modern Art Lessons for Your Homeschool

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso

Nana brings Picasso’s art right into your home with her Famous Artists online art course! With a simple set of chalk pastels and a sheet of construction paper, Nana will show you and your children step-by-step how to create your own Picasso Bouquet of Peace AND Modern Art piece. These art projects are so easy and simply beautiful when done.


This is just one of the reasons we LOVE our You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership! We have access to 700+ video art lessons, including Nana’s Famous Artists series and podcast! Nana makes learning about art and artists intriguing and fun! Be sure to check out her Pablo Picasso podcast lesson below! In it, she goes over Picasso’s life and different stages of art.  My kiddos truly enjoyed learning about his blue period, rose period, and cubism.

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

An Overview of Our Pablo Picasso Lesson – Nana’s From My Back Porch Podcast

  • 1:44 Collage
  • 2:39 Picasso’s Childlike View of Art
  • 3:24 Periods of Picasso’s Art
  • 4:26 Cubism
  • 6:24 Plastic Arts

Read the Pablo Picasso Transcript HERE.

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

Pablo Picasso

Nana’s Pablo Picasso art lesson is a part of the Famous Artists Series. The You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership offers 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo
  • da Vinci
  • Warhol
  • Monet
  • Rockwell
  • Rembrandt
  • Lichtenstein
  • Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter

… and a new one added about once a month!

The Famous Artists series is exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse. There is so much to learn about art and art history! You don’t want to miss out on all the famous artist goodness.

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study: This homeschool study has everything you need to learn more about artist Pablo Picasso, including a chance to create your own work of art! #artprojects #famousartistsonlineunitstudy #onlineunitstudy #arthistory #arteducation #modernart ##onlineartcourse #picasso #pablopicasso #youareanartist #chalkpastels #homeschoolart

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.