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Small But Mighty Cell Activities For Your Homeschool

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. In fact, online cellular biology lessons are an excellent addition for your homeschool science. Take a look!

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

When it comes to making learning fun, homeschool parents don’t have to look far. Kids are fascinated with what makes them…well, them! They love to see the inner workings of things. What is more intricate and endlessly fascinating than the human body? 

Cells are like mini-worlds unto themselves. They make up our very existence, yet they exist beyond our eyesight. This whole “universe” of cells is a captivating world to explore through hands-on activities like experiments, crafts, and art! Consider these small but mighty cell activities as you plan your homeschool science curriculum. 

Make Learning About Cells Fun

What’s more hands-on than the human body? We all have one, right? Kids will be engaged by what they can learn by simply observing their own body. When our family studied human anatomy, my boys loved that they used their bodies as part of the experiments and activities. 

Yet as much as we can observe so much of the human body’s wonder from the outside, it’s a million times more astounding to consider what goes on at the cellular level! 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Cell Activities For Your Homeschool

Want to give your kids insight into the microscopic world beyond our sight, but right below our skin (and on and in it too!)?

  • Enlarge the cell
  • Model the cell
  • Watch the cell in action
  • Draw the cell
These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Enlarge the cell.

You probably eat single cells for breakfast! Yes, a chicken egg starts out as a single cell. Show your child an egg, and explain to them the simple parts of a cell: the cell wall, membrane, cytoplasm, and nucleus can all be “seen” in a cracked egg!

Model the cell.

Now that kids have a sense of the major parts of a cell, dive deeper into some of the smaller pieces. In our study of cells, we created an edible cell using gelatin and candies. So fun and delicious. You’ll need a package of jello, a bowl, and a variety of small candies to represent the organelles (parts of a cells) like the mitochondria, golgi bodies, ribosomes, and more. 

You can find a detailed edible cell model to follow here

jello model for homeschool cell activities

Watch cells in action.

Show your kids the “cellular highway” of capillaries and veins that your blood cells travel on. One quick (and to my boys, humorous) way to do this is by shining a flashlight under their tongues while they look in a mirror. There, they will spot a “roadmap” of multicolored veins that give a glimpse of how special cells like blood cells travel around the body!

We even made a model of the blood using corn syrup, candy red hots, and candy sprinkles. Have you kids mix this up to see how various cells are different sizes and how they travel through plasma. 

Draw the cell.

In Nana’s newest I Drew It Then I Knew It series, kids get hands on with science by painting and labeling a diagram of some of our smallest parts! 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Online Cellular Biology Lessons Perfect For Your Homeschool Study

Whether you’re studying human body cells, plant cells, or the chemical makeup of our world, these science art lessons will fit your homeschool science. 

Nana has included a wonderful “opener” lesson in her Lab Coated Scientist class. My oldest created a painting of a scientist researching in a book, with swirling scientific symbols above his head. While this scientist is drawn as a chemistry teacher by Nana, my oldest changed the book to read “Biology” to match our current science studies. He replaced Nana’s chemical notations with a DNA strand and a bacterium! Kids can be so creative with these lessons. 

This scientist painting would be perfect to have as a cover for any note booking or portofolio of your child’s work. 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Diagram A Cell

After doing some of the hands-on activities above, have your child paint and Diagram a Cell. Nana does a wonderful job of helping students visualize the cell through their chalk pastel “microscope” as they look for the cytoplasm, nucleus, mitochondria, and cell membrane. If your students have learned other parts of the cell, why not have them include this knowledge into their drawing as well. This video art lesson is the perfect choice to add to a science journal or notebooking collection. 

Diagram Bacterium

The colorful Diagram of a Bacterium lesson helps kids learn about another kind of cell that can be lurking in your body. Whether harmful or helpful, bacteria exists everywhere, and yet is a different kind of cell than what makes up your body structure. After this lesson, kids can discuss proper hygiene (here’s a free hand washing printable you can use!), proper nutrition (talk about probiotics in their yogurt!), and discuss which kinds of bacteria are harmful or helpful.

diagram of bacterium
These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Diagram of an Eye

Diagram of an Eye helps students learn the various parts of the eye. What is special about this lessons is how students get to label the eye as we see it, and as it looks from inside the body!

Biology and Chemistry

DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man painting makes a great finish to a series on the human body. This makes a wonderful lesson in the proportions of both artwork and the human body. As you sketch out the  dive into the concept held by this Old Master that “everything is connected.” Our cells are microscopic, but work together to create a larger system. In the same way, people are smaller parts of God’s much larger universe. 

The Light Prism with Sir Isaac Newton lesson would be a fantastic intro lesson for studying chemistry and physics. Is it so beautifully colorful and symmetrical, you will want to frame this artwork after your kids create it!

For additional scientific artwork, try the Daffodil lesson where kids will paint a gorgeous yellow daffodil with their chalks and label the parts of a flower. You might revisit your cell painting and discuss how a plant cell is slightly different than an animal/human cell. 

More Homeschool Science Lessons From You Are An Artist

Science doesn’t end with the human body, of course. Our boys have enjoyed so many science lessons from Chalk Pastel. 

For a great Astronomy study, the Hubble Space Telescope Lesson can be a jumping off point for a Space unit. Follow it up with any of the Space Exploration Clubhouse lessons, but my favorites would be the Spiral Galaxy and the Nebula lessons. Students can draw all the planets in the Milky Way with the Solar System Clubhouse lessons. 

If you’re studying Physics, you should check out the Electric Light and Electric Lightning lessons!

For an Earth Science study, you’ll love the volcano, tornado, and northern lights video art lessons. 

Studying habitats? Draw a Marsh or paint the habitat Under the Sea

A study of Zoology might use any of the dozens of animal art lessons from Nana. Frogs are always a great place to start because they are a great animal for discussing life cycles. The John James Audubon lesson plus the Birds Clubhouse lessons are also wonderful for Biology and Zoology studies. 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Each science-themed art lesson from Nana focuses on a science concept that opens a door for further investigation, study, and discussion. Nana does such a wonderful job of dropping “breadcrumbs” of interesting and relevant facts as she gives her chalk pastel instruction. 

I am always amazed at how much a simple painting session can spark a deeper level conversation with my boys. Even if you only select a single video art lesson to complement your science studies, these lessons are small but mighty cell activities you’ll want to include in your homeschool science!

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Julie is a teacher, writer and homeschool mom. Her blog Happy Strong Home shares encouragement for cherishing children, enjoying motherhood, and growing strong families. Discover homeschool resources, natural living tips, and family activity ideas. Julie has been featured on Million Praying Moms, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and the Melissa and Doug blog. She offers writing workshops and a “homeschool neighborhood” community to support parents in their homeschool adventures. Find Julie on Instagram to be the first to know when new workshops and community events are available. 

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The Ultimate List of Holiday Activities For Elementary School

A fun art project is a perfect way to celebrate a holiday! These holiday activities for elementary school will give you opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. 

We believe sometimes pushing everything off the kitchen table and pulling out a project is just what everyone needs.

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

The Ultimate List of Holiday Activities For Elementary School

Enjoy this list of holiday activities for homeschool by month and by holiday. We will be adding to this list throughout the year!

January Activities

January Homeschool Art Activities – These January homeschool art activities will keep you going through the coldest month of the year with fun, indoor projects for all ages.

Activities For February

February Homeschool Art Activities You Will Love! – Valentines Day, Groundhog Day, Great Backyard Bird Count, Presidents Day

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

St. Patrick's Day unit study with holiday activities for elementary school

Activities For Holidays In March

March Homeschool Art Activities – Add a beautiful layer of education with art! With these March homeschool art activities you can celebrate spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Van Gogh’s birthday and more!

Here are a few ideas for using chalk pastel lessons to teach the Resurrection with kids. You could use these ideas in your homeschool, in a Sunday School, or for family devotional time. Perhaps spread them through the Lenten weeks, or use them for a concentrated study during the Holy Week.

April Activities

Awesome April Homeschool Art Activities – Build beautiful memories with your family with these awesome April homeschool activities. Find art lessons for Easter, famous artists, Earth Day, plus mini moments for homeschool moms and more spring homeschool ideas! Don’t miss the new I Drew It Then I Knew It Science course too!

Eric Carle and Very Hungry Caterpillar Day – Here you will find everything you need for a famous artist Eric Carle homeschool study.

May The 4th Activities

May the 4th Be With You – This fun Star Wars chalk pastel teatime with Nana is the perfect way to celebrate your kiddo’s love for all things Star Wars! The Star Wars-themed lessons are super easy to follow and are ideal for all ages. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons! Add in some tasty treats, and you have a teatime even a Wookie would love!

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Art Camp for All Ages – Are you looking for a summer art camp for your kiddo this year? How about an online summer art camp chocked full of artful activities? With just a little bit of planning you can create an online summer camp right from the comfort of your own home!

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

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

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

Shark Week – Do your kids love sharks? Are you getting ready for shark week? Then let Nana take you under the sea with chalk pastels shark art for kids! These easy-to-follow video homeschool lessons will teach you and your child how to draw some of the most exciting sharks using chalk pastels.

September Art Activities

Talk Like a Pirate Day – Ahoy Matey! Talk Like A Pirate Day is the perfect opportunity to add a bit of fun to your homeschool. Do you know what a pirate’s favorite subject is? Arrrrrt! Get it? Arrrr. See what I did there? But seriously, there are plenty of creative ideas to add to your homeschool day, and some of them count as educational. So, let’s plan a day or afternoon in your homeschool that the kids will never forget!

October Activities

Pumpkin Art Lessons Perfect for Fall Homeschooling – Just in time for fall,  these fun and engaging art projects are perfect for your homeschool! Take a look at all the different options available as you create your own homeschool pumpkin themed study.

Columbus Day – paint a tall ship to celebrate American history.

Activities For November Holidays

Veterans Day Homeschool Activities and Resources – Whether you know a military member personally or not, there are several activities and ideas you can use to help children recognize and honor our veterans. 

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons – Draw Your Way Through the Story – Here are some ideas and resources to help you plan some time to dive all into learning about Thanksgiving and creating your own homeschool traditions. 

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

December Art Activities

Pearl Harbor Day – 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.

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

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!

The Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons – St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Christmas and more! Enjoy this ultimate list of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons! Christmas homeschooling allows us to focus on the real reason for the season. And you can do that in so many ways. We will give many resources to choose from and help you customize your perfect Christmas school day, week, or month.

Winter Solstice Homeschool Art – Celebrate the winter solstice with your kids with chalk pastels winter themed art! They are easy and fun for the whole family. A perfect addition to your winter homeschooling!

Winter Homeschool Snowflake Study – This winter homeschool snowflake study combines the beauty of winter with the fascinating life of Snowflake Bentley.

Boys point at computer screen with art lesson calendar shown

More Elementary School Learning Options

You will also love these fun elementary homeschool activities!

10 Ways to Effortless Add Art to Your Homeschool Any Time of Year – Whether you are a serious planner mom or a spontaneous fun family, we have some ideas to share with you. Because art can be the cherry on top of all your learning at home and kids thrive when they can use their hands and exercise their creativity! 

You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for Homeschool Art Lessons for the Whole Year!

Plan art for every day with the Art Lesson Calendar for members. Join the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for access to endless art lessons for holiday activities for elementary school and the whole family throughout the year.

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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The Beauty Of Art And Nature Study In Your Homeschool

Snail Unit Study

Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God’s great creation!

The Wonder Of Creation in Nature


“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

Though I have a degree in elementary education, I did not know what nature study was until we started homeschooling. If you are unfamiliar with the term, you probably wonder what it means and why it is important. 

Nature study is quite simply observing and studying various aspects of nature. At times in our home, it is done in addition to a more formal science program. Other times (especially for young children), it is our only science program. 

Bible art lessons! Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

We know from Genesis that God created the whole world and gave us stewardship over the earth. Nature study allows my children to learn more about the plants and animals God created and helps point them back to the creator.  

Children are naturally curious, and nature study is an excellent tool for learning more about the world around them.

Nature study looks different from home to home, child to child, and often year to year. It might be as simple as taking a walk through the woods and talking about what you saw. As children get older, you may add in resources to research what you find or choose specific topics of focus.

Some of you might be worried that you won’t know the answers to your children’s questions, but one of the great things about nature study is that you can learn together. You don’t have to know the names of all the birds; you get to learn alongside your children with field guides and other resources.

Charlotte Mason quote. Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

Using Art To Explore Nature In Your Homeschool

“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.”

– Charlotte Mason

We love adding art to our nature study and find it is a great way to tie things together. Nature journaling is an integral part of helping students remember and share what they have learned. Sometimes, it can feel a bit overwhelming at first.

When I first started encouraging my children to draw what they saw on our hikes, they were resistant. They found it challenging to draw the plants and animals. However, I found that using art lessons to help us draw the different animals gave them confidence and added a bit of extra fun to our study.

Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

At first, we would hike and observe and then go back home and choose an art lesson that represented something we had seen. However, over time, my children became more confident in drawing what they saw because of their skills.

For example, after drawing and painting several bird pictures, they had the confidence to begin drawing birds in their nature journals.

Another option we enjoy is to pick a new topic from our nature study curriculum and then find one of Nana’s art lessons to coordinate. Then we can start our study with a drawing. It is an excellent introduction to a new topic. Also, the art lessons are a fun way to add something to our journals that we cannot find locally.

Learning About Nature And Creation Through Art

Nana has many different nature courses that pair beautifully with nature study. My teenage daughter is enjoying the backyard birds acrylic lessons as we work our way through a nature study focused on birds.

There are even more ideas (and a couple of free art lessons) included in this Chalk Pastels Bird Study.

Some families love to study nature based on the seasons. They allow you to watch how things change over the year and helps you focus on what is available in your area during that time.

Nana has courses for each season that are a fantastic nature study supplement. You can draw frost and frozen lakes in the winter and then rainbows and bird nests in the spring. The fall pumpkin lesson is a family favorite!

Spring is fast approaching, and there is an excellent post with ideas on incorporating art in your spring-themed nature study!

Many other lessons tie in wonderfully, including a shark-themed course, a garden course, and my personal favorite, a seashore course. We live near the coast, so we love to study nature at the beach. However, if you live far from the coast, these art lessons will help you explore the seashore in your home.

Check out all of Nana’s nature-themed courses to see which ones will work best for your studies (or get access to them all with the Clubhouse Membership).

Charlotte Mason quote: Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.

Additional Resources For Art And Nature Study In Your Homeschool

“Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.”

– Charlotte Mason

Though nature study is helpful for all ages, I find it especially important with young children. They thrive with the time outside to move and explore. Sometimes, I let them explore and let their natural curiosity lead our studies.

Other times, I appreciate having a plan and a guide to help us learn and grow together. These resources will help you find something that works well for your family and whatever style of nature study you choose.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Nature Study Resources is a great resource for finding materials that can help you get started on your nature study journey. There are many resources that will help you create a plan that works for your family and give you the tools to lead no matter your prior knowledge level.
  • This Seasonal Tree Study is a fun and simple way to combine art and nature study, and it is simple and easy to do right from your own home.
  • Chalk pastel nature journaling is a great way to get started recording what you learn. You ARE an ARTIST Clubhouse members also get a free nature observation printable that you can use with the nature journaling.
  • Finally, this is an excellent list of a variety of the best homeschool nature study resources. There are exciting options for every family.
Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

Enjoy your time outside with your children, and let these resources help supplement and guide you in your study.

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

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5 Ways To Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

A homeschool art museum field trip has been on our list for years. This year, we have already been to one and have another planned for next semester. Here are 5 things I’ve learned about how to maximize the educational experience and family fun on your field trip to the museum.

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

A Homeschool Field Trip To The Art Museum

Prior to this school year, we had only made one visit to an art museum in our entire decade of homeschooling.  It was with our homeschool co-op and I did absolutely nothing to plan for it. We showed up and it was a fabulous experience for my son. He was in awe the entire day and declared it one of our best field trips ever.

I want to begin here because I think the most important part of any homeschool field trip, including one to the art museum, is simply committing to doing it. Whether or not you decide to include any of the extras I share in this post, just getting it on the calendar and going with your family to the museum is enough for a fabulous day.

Because my child enjoyed it so much the last time combined with his increasing interest and passion for art, I made a more comprehensive homeschool field trip to the art museum a must in our plans for this school year.

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

5 Ways To Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

Here are five things that have worked well in making the most of our art museum field trips.

1. Art Study

The week prior to our planned trip to the museum, my son and I studied various works of art we knew we would see in person. We looked at books, replicas, and even studied some works on art online.

This made the learning that much more robust throughout the week, and when we finally saw the art person, my son already had some ideas about he wanted to investigate further.

The best part for me was hearing him exclaim, “Oh! I’ve been waiting to see this one. It’s my favorite!”

Giving him this foundation allowed him to explore the museum with so much more awareness and understanding.

art museum field trip

2. Videos

When we visited the Van Gogh Immersive Experience earlier this year, we watched a few videos ahead of time on YouTube about the life of Van Gogh.

Knowing more about the artist allowed for deeper conversations between my son and I about the mood and tone of his art. Plus, my son appreciated the fact that this creative genius also overcame some significant struggles in his lifetime.

This discussion made the art that much more real and accessible for both of us.

(Learn More About The Van Gogh Experience For Homeschoolers.)

3. Create Your Own Masterpiece

One of the easiest and most fun ways to extend learning beyond the day of the field trip is allow your child to create their own version of the art.

Learning about the artist and the art itself in You ARE An Artist lessons, combined with the process of creating our own masterpieces, made the art feel that much more personal and relevant. This immersive, multisensory approach to learning helped my son feel more connected to the information – and we had so much fun!

art and special needs homeschooling

While we created Van Gogh masterpieces earlier this year, there were so many options for this type of hands-on learning.

homeschool art

4. Take Your Time (don’t rush and don’t require)

This is a mom tip that makes our field trips everywhere, including art museums, more engaging and fun. I try not to rush or require. This means allowing my son to spend as much time as he likes with any one exhibit or work of art. It also means leaving early if he is just not enjoying it as much as we’d planned, or skipping certain sections to get to what he is most interested in.

This may seem simple, but in my early years as a homeschool mom, I frequently felt pressure to “maximize” the field trip. It never worked well and took all the pleasure out of what could’ve been a relaxed, enjoyable day of learning. Now, I know. My best field trip advice really is this – Don’t rush, don’t require. Just let the day unfold and appreciate the time together.

5. Consider Virtual Art Museum Options

If you are not easily able to take a field trip to an art museum, don’t let that stop you! Some of the best field trips we’ve taken have been virtual ones. There is a plethora of opportunities to visit art museum virtually.

In The Ultimate Guide To Virtual Art Museums, you will find an complete list of virtual art museum options for you and your family!

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

Additional Resources For Homeschool Art Lessons

In addition to the field trips themselves, I am passionate about art being an essential part of our children’s education. In my own home, art has helped my son learn across subjects. It has also deepened his connection to and love of beauty.

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

One of my favorite resources for incorporating art lessons into your homeschool is Exploring Famous Artists with chalk pastels. With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership you have access to over 700+ chalk pastel lessons including Famous Artists video lessons with the following master artists:

  • Monet
  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Rembrandt
  • Audubon
  • Van Gogh
  • Degas
  • da Vinci
  • Lichtenstein
  • Warhol
  • O’Keefe
  • Picasso
  • Eric Carle and more…

Plus, a new artist is added most every month! You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members also get an I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook with famous artists biographies and more!

Shawna Wingert

Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned writer, speaker and consultant. She is also a homeschooling mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs.  Shawna has written four books for parents – Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos and her latest, Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. She helps parents of children with learning differences, behavioral challenges and special needs every day at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.

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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips is your extensive guide to why, how, and where to find virtual art museum resources.

If there is one thing the pandemic taught us, it’s that you don’t necessarily need to leave your home to have access to things. There are so many resources you can use to enrich your homeschooling, right online! Virtual Art Museum Field Trips are one of those things!


Why Virtual Field Trips Are So Valuable

Besides the fact we already mentioned, you don’t have to leave your home. There are some other great reasons why virtual field trips are so valuable to homeschoolers.

  • Easier on mom – As a homeschooling mom it can be taxing to organize outings for and with all your children. And stressful to navigate public places with, especially ones where they may need to be quiet and orderly!
  • Cost effective – No gas used, no museum tickets to purchase, no lunches to buy while you are out.
  • Vastly increased field trip options – With virtual field trip you have access to museums around the globe, not just in your local area or where you can travel to easily.
  • You are not limited by ages – I used to have a hard time taking my older children to things because I always had to have the little in tow.


Virtual Art Museum Field Trips To Take In Your Homeschool


I have to say, as I did research for this topic I was truly astounded at the amount of virtual art museum field trip resources there are!

Art Credit For High School - The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips is your extensive guide to why, how, and where to find virtual art museum resources.
Photo by Courtney Messick – This is how your teen can earn an art credit for high school.

Two HUGE “Catch All’ Sites For Virtual Field Trips

I feel as though these two sites I am going to mention need a special place here in this list. Why? Because each one houses SO MANY museums and art works right in one place. So if you are looking for a place to start, I suggest one of these sites.

Google Arts & Culture Art Expeditions– I can’t believe all that is housed in the Art Expeditions (virtual field trips that explore the creative world, from painting to literature and performing arts)! Explore masterpieces and artists through the ages, get to know the movements, learn more about iconic writers and their stories in the Page turners section, tour museums around the world and so much more!

The Art Institute of Chicago – They put 44,000+ works of art online for you to view in high resolution! The museum also includes a bibliography, exhibition history, notes on provenance, audio and video histories and descriptions, and educational resources like teacher manuals, lesson plans, and exams. 

Enjoy a virtual tour of Horace Pippin’s paintings via The High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Then enjoy Nana’s Horace Pippin lesson and podcast!

23 Art Museums with Virtual Resources For Your Homeschool

The British Museum and Google Cultural Institute teamed up to create one of our favorite interactive projects: The Museum of the World. The British Museum’s digital art collection lets users travel through time while seeing how each historical piece in their collection connects with others. 

The Frick Collection – Located in the Henry Clay Frick House (New York City, New York), the Frick Collection houses the art collection of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The collection features some of the best-known paintings by major European artists like Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, as well as numerous works of sculpture and porcelain. The entire museum can be viewed virtually.

Frida Kahlo Museum – Also known as La Casa Azúl (the Blue House) and located in Mexico City. In Google Street view style you can take a virtual tour of the museum both inside and out.

Find Nana’s famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe lesson in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse. Photo by Erin Vincent.

The Georgie O’Keeffe Museum – Located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and her work on American Modernism. The museum website offers creative activities, stories, and education about Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, along with six virtual exhibits available through Google Arts and Culture: Georgia O’Keeffe, Modernism, Oil Paint, Canvas, American Modernism, United States.

The J. Paul Getty Museum – Located in Los Angeles, California. The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum comprises Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity; European art—including illuminated manuscripts, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts—from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century; and international photography from its inception to the present day.

Guggenheim – Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks. There are also Virtual Group Tours with an actual guide, as well as printable activities for kids. (Google Arts & Culture also has an awesome section on the Guggenheim!)

The Hermitage Museum  Located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second-largest and eighth-most visited art museum in the world. The Hermitage has over 60,000 pieces of artwork on display, including works like the Peacock Clock by James Cox, Madonna Litta by Leonardo Da Vinci, and works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Antonio Canova. The online tour is extremely comprehensive and allows you to virtually walk through all 6 buildings in the main complex, treasure galley, and 9 different exhibition projects.

High Museum of Art – Located in Atlanta, Georgia. It offers over 15,000 works of art in its collection and is the leading art museum in the southeastern U.S. The museum focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American art, historic and contemporary decorative arts and design, European paintings, modern and contemporary art, photography, folk and self-taught art, and African art. The museum’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture offers 4 online exhibits for viewing: Bill Traylor’s Drawings of People, Animals, and Events; How Iris van Herpen Transformed Fashion; Incredible, Innovative, and Unexpected Contemporary Furniture Designs; Photos From the Civil Rights Movement

Mornings with Monet and Monet art lessons with You ARE an ARTiST. The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips
Spend a day with Monet and listen to Nana’s Famous Artist Claude Monet podcast.

La Galleria Nazionale – Located in Rome, Italy, displays about 1,100 paintings and sculptures of the 19th and 20th centuries — the largest collection in Italy. It features work from famous Italian artists like Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, and foreign artists like Cézanne, Monet, Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh. It has teamed up with Google to offer 16 different virtual exhibits for online viewing.

The Louvre – The world’s largest museum. Explore the The Body in Movement, Founding Myths: From Hercules to Darth Vader, and much more through their 360-degree viewing feature. They also have a Louvre for Kids with easier wording and engaging cartoon like navigation, kids can view and learn about the art at the gallery.

The Met – Located in NYC, The Met has many of it’s exhibitions online. You can view photos of the pieces, read background information, and some even have video tours! The Met also developed #MetKids for, with, and by kids—but parents and teachers can have just as much fun using it. It has features like a fun and highly interactive map, a “time machine” search function, informational and how-to videos, and so much more.

The Museo Nacional del Prado located in Madrid Spain, is considered to have one of the greatest collections of European art in the world and offers guests the single largest collection of Spanish art. The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures. Well known works include Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, The Third of May 1808 by Francisco De Goya, and The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. The museum’s online gallery allows you to get a close look at over 10,000 different pieces of art.

The National Gallery – Located in London. Click and scroll your way around with their three interactive virtual tour options. 1 showcasing 18 different rooms in the museum, 1 showcasing the Sainsbury Wing, and a Google Virtual tour. The National Gallery has hundreds of paintings in its collection ready to be viewed online, many of which are from the Renaissance period.

The National Gallery of Art – Located in Washington, D.C., offers online 3D virtual tours of exhibitions such as Raphael and his Circle, and Degas at the Opera.

Museum of Modern Art – Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Through Google Arta & Culture you can view 129 artworks from MoMA’s collection.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Located in Seoul, Korea, this virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Musée d’Orsay – Instantly transport to the middle of Paris with the Musée d’Orsay and their online tours and art collection. Here you can explore art history with the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces from renowned artists such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and many more.

Rijksmuseum – located in Amsterdam the Rijkmuseum showcases  the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a 3D virtual museum tour through Street View, where you can zoom in on every tiny detail of each work of art, and listen to stories about 18 masterpieces

San Diego Museum of Art – 360-degree scans of your favorite galleries, zoom in to see art details, and read full label text in both English and Spanish. they also offer FREE docent tours through Zoom.

The Tate Modern – Check out this video tour of their famous Andy Warhol exhibit. Museum curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran talk in-depth about Andy Warhol and his work through the lens of the immigrant story, his LGBTQ identity, and more.

Learn about Vincent Van Gogh in The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips
A Hands-On Homeschool Study of Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh with photos by Erin Vincent.

The Van Gogh Museum – home to the largest collection of van Gogh pieces in the world. The museum, virtual tours, ebook “stories,” and online collection dive into the life of van Gogh and the inspiration behind his art. Moreover, we think teachers everywhere will appreciate how big a fan he was of reading books!

The Vatican Museums – You can finally say you’ve seen the Sistine Chapel thanks to this online program! And, you can also virtually visit the Raphael Rooms, the Chiaramonti Museum, and more historic sites through these virtual tours.

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips is your extensive guide to why, how, and where to find virtual art museum resources.


Tips For Making The Most Of Your Virtual Art Museum Field Trip


Additional Art Museum Resources For Your Homeschool

So many famous artists to learn about in The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips

The Famous Artists Series

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, artists, and art history! The Famous Artist series is the perfect way to introduce these master artists and their works to your kids!

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Veterans Day Homeschool Activities And Resources

Veterans Day in the United States is a great opportunity to celebrate and thank the members of the U.S. Military for their sacrifice and service. Veterans Day is a holiday that tends to flash by in mid-fall, but with these intentional Veterans Day homeschool activities, lessons and ideas, it can be a day rich with remembrance and thanksgiving.

But where to begin? After all, Veterans Day is often confused with another patriotic holiday, Memorial Day. It’s true they both honor our military forces. The main difference is that Veterans Day is about honoring all veterans, living or dead. 

Whether a veteran served during war or peace, Veterans Day is a time to thank them! Most people probably know someone in their family or friend circles who is a veteran. This makes the Veterans Day holiday incredibly personal, doesn’t it? We don’t have to look far to see we all benefit from the service and sacrifice of our veterans. 

With these intentional Veterans Day homeschool activities, lessons and ideas, a homeschool study can be a day rich with remembrance and thanksgiving.

In our family, both my boys’ grandfathers served in the military. The boys love asking their Papa and Pop Pop about their time in the service. They keep a special treasure box filled with pins and badges—mementos of their grandfather’s time in the Korean War. 

Whether you know a military member personally or not, there are several activities and ideas you can use to help children recognize and honor our veterans. 

The History Of Veterans Day

Introduce your kids to Veterans Day homeschool activities with a few trivia Q & A’s to get them interested.

Why is Veterans Day observed on November 11?

Set an alarm for 11:00 a.m. to help your kids remember that the number eleven plays an important role in this holiday. Veterans Day is always observed on November 11th, to honor the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” when World War I ended. 

Which veterans do we honor on Veterans Day?

Veterans Day used to be only for remembering the end of World War I, but our President Eisenhower expanded the day to include all wars. He even renamed it from Armistice Day to Veterans Day!

Is Veterans Day only observed in the U.S.?

Veterans Day isn’t an American holiday. Five other countries: Britain, France, Australia, and Canada, also celebrate Veterans Day, although on different days.

Look at the calendar to see when the other countries hold their Veterans Day. 

Learn more about veterans and Veterans Day over at The History Channel! 

Veterans Day Activities For Your Homeschool

Paint a military helmet to honor a veteran! With these intentional Veterans Day homeschool activities, lessons and ideas, a homeschool study can be a day rich with remembrance and thanksgiving.

My boys always enjoy learning about military history. So they loved our study of veterans through their painting with Nana. 

Military gear is fascinating, especially the way it has changed over the years with new technology. Nana does such a wonderful job teaching about the various helmet designs from World War I, II, and the Vietnam War.

Painting military helmet with an art lesson from You ARE an ARTiST in honor of Veterans Day

Do you know anyone who might share some of their military uniforms with your kids? Ask them to tell your children about how they have to care for their uniform. Or have them tell your children about any badges, medals, or awards they have earned. 

Maybe your child would like to see what wearing an army helmet is like? If you don’t have any dress-up helmets, wrap a plastic mixing bowl with a dark fabric or large tea towel, and let them wear it on their heads. Have kids think about what it would be like to wear such a helmet (only much heavier!) all day, even when it’s hot out! 

If you are studying the history of a certain war, your children could paint a map of the country where the war was fought. Geography often helps history come alive like in this Great Britain Themed Art.

Learning about the symbols of a holiday helps kids remember details. After discussing helmets and military gear, we read about the significance of poppies on Veterans Day, and why poppies are used to honor Veterans. In her Veterans Day Poppies lesson, Nana shares intriguing details about the history of poppies at Flanders Field.

In Flanders Field - the story of the poem by John McCrae - is an excellent resource for learning about Veterans Day in your homeschool and pairs well with Nana's Veterans Day poppies art lesson.

Watching the boys draw their own hands holding a poppy in this lesson was fascinating. I think it really personalized the artwork for the boys. 

Maybe your child can paint this poppy artwork and give it to their favorite veteran this year. 

Nana of You ARE an ARTiST has a poppies art lesson to celebrate Veterans Day in your homeschool.
The Poppy Lady picture book is a wonderful resource to add to your Veterans Day Homeschool Activities and to pair with You ARE an ARTiST's poppies art lesson.
Poppies art lesson for Veterans Day and an explanation of Flander's Field with Nana in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse

Of course, we celebrate veterans in gratitude for protecting and securing our freedoms in America. The sacrifice of our veterans makes it possible for us to enjoy the many ideas America stands for: Liberty, Justice, and Freedom for All! Drawing the United States flag is a great art lesson to connect to Veterans Day. 

Nana’s American Flag lesson shares two variations of the American Flag – during the day, or at night during a fireworks show! Have kids pick their favorite American Flag version and paint it with Nana! For this painting, the boys used a textured linen-like blue paper and I think it made the chalk pastel stand out fantastically! You can use plain paper or construction, but if you happen to have a different texture of paper, try it out with chalk pastel – you won’t be disappointed.

Additional Veterans Day Learning Resources

The kids love to read as much as they love to paint chalk pastel pictures. Talking about war and the military can be a serious discussion at times. Picture books help me share the details of a sensitive subject or holiday with my kids. Children’s authors have a way of describing even serious topics at a child’s level.

Start with simple nonfiction titles that help kids learn the basics of Veterans Day. Help them understand what it might be like to have a mom or dad in the military (or for kids who do have military parents, help them celebrate the amazing hero qualities their parents have!). Factual books about veterans and military life pair well with the art lesson on the Flag.

Read picture book biographies about Moina, The Poppy Lady, and John McCrae and his poem “In Flanders Fields” to go along with the Poppy Art Lesson. Select books that share an aspect of war or veterans in a narrative style, so children can relate to the emotions of veterans. 

For more book titles and detailed recommendations, check out this Veterans Day Homeschool Activities post from The Curriculum Choice. In addition to the detailed summaries of the book picks, you’ll find more ideas for observing Veterans Day with your family. 

You will also enjoy the ideas in the Art of Patriotism for incorporating Nana’s patriotic lessons and hymns into your homeschool studies.

More Homeschool Activities And Resources

Veterans Day is a great opportunity to write a letter to a Veteran. Use a letter template to help your kids send a greeting to a veteran they know, or even one they don’t. Several options for sending letters to veterans are available. Check some of these out: 

  • A Million Thanks
  • Support Our Troops
  • Operation We Are Here
  • Veterans United

To help your kids write their letter, download a free Veterans Day Letter Writing Template on my blog (you’ll even find handy writing prompts in the blog post!). 

Look for opportunities to say thank you. You might run into a veteran at the store, library, church, or even just crossing the street. Sometimes your kids may spot a veteran right away by their uniform. Other times, veterans can be recognized by embroidered hats or lapel pins that tell what branch of the military they served in. I try to teach the boys to notice these details, and that when we meet a veteran we don’t know, we can still simply say, “Thank you for your service.” A simple thank you means so much.

You can also make Veterans Day a time to serve and bless these hard-working Americans with your thoughts, prayers, understanding, and appreciation! 

Teaching your kids with Veterans Day homeschool activities can make this annual holiday a time of understanding and growth for your kids. Each year, they’ll learn more about the sacrifice and bravery of our men and women in the military. 

With these intentional Veterans Day homeschool activities, lessons and ideas, a homeschool study can be a day rich with remembrance and thanksgiving.

Julie is a teacher, writer and homeschool mom. Her blog Happy Strong Home shares encouragement for cherishing children, enjoying motherhood, and growing strong families. Discover homeschool resources, natural living tips, and family activity ideas. Julie has been featured on Million Praying Moms, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and the Melissa and Doug blog. She offers writing workshops and a “homeschool neighborhood” community to support parents in their homeschool adventures. Find Julie on Instagram to be the first to know when new workshops and community events are available. 

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Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities You’ll Be Grateful For!

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to create learning experiences that blend family and fun. These are thanksgiving homeschool activities you’ll be grateful for!

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Years ago, I used to be so busy checking off homeschool lesson boxes that I missed the true meaning of homeschooling. Holidays would pass me by because we were so caught up with staying on track with our curriculum. 

I am beyond grateful that these days are quite the opposite! I take pleasure in slowing down and savoring the sweet moments without sacrificing education. 

It did take me a few years to figure out how to blend learning, family, and fun creatively. But once you learn how to make it all come together, you can have the most magical time learning together. 

Thanksgiving and Fall are some of the best opportunities to create these types of learning experiences too! 

Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities

For the record, we don’t do this on the daily. I would never want you to look at some of our best times and think this is what our homeschool looks like every day. But, I do try to make something special happen at least once every two weeks or so. I find it helps to keep our homeschool fun, and my kids enjoy looking forward to our next special homeschool occasion. 

For this particular experience, we chose to get some mileage out of our You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership at ChalkPastel.com. Our homeschool has been so blessed by our membership that I can’t stress enough how much you need one too!

The membership does more than just add art to your homeschool. A membership with You ARE An Artist enhances the learning that is already going on in your homeschool. Think of it as upsizing your homeschool! 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Homeschool Resources For Every Day Of The Year

•Plan art into practically any homeschool lesson.

•Enjoy tea times with art. 

•Use a daily clickable calendar with art prompts.

•Utilize resources like the Curriculum Match-Up Checklist and add art to all of your homeschool history and science lessons. 

•Never miss celebrating a holiday or season in your homeschool with art. 

•Say goodbye to dull homeschool days. 

•Create custom unit studies – here is a wonderful example of our day filled with Johnny Appleseed activities.

 •Incorporate the entire family. (I love family-style homeschooling opportunities!) 

You really can look like the fun mom with a Clubhouse Membership, especially if you struggle with adding excitement to your homeschool days! I speak from personal experience. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Our Thanksgiving Homeschool Lesson Plans

I plan to share with you all of the resources we used and hope you are inspired to plan a day unique to your homeschool. It’s an example of an easy way to make a simple unit study. We are incorporating an excellent array of fall nature, Thanksgiving, and history. 

Usually, I will block out the entire day to have fun around these themed type homeschool lessons. It gives us plenty of time to bake because you have to have treats, right? And the baking allows for some hands-on fun too! So it’s fitting that the featured treat for this day should be pumpkin pie. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

We are currently exploring the season with a nature journal that’s perfect for autumn. The journal is packed full of information, including seeds, migration, autumn, and nature tracking. It also has hands-on ideas, writing prompts, and so much more. These fall art lessons pair so well with what we are learning through our informative nature journal.  

I love including all of my children on days like these. So I try to mix a balances blend of things they can all do together, along with a few more advanced things for my oldest and more age-appropriate activities for the younger ones. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

With that said, we are using the Fall Leaves art tutorial for early learners and the Acorn and Wind in the Tree art lessons that are a bit more challenging. These all blend nicely with our nature journal activities and what we have been learning. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

You could also add The Voyage of the First Thanksgiving art lesson because it’s a perfect match for early American History. Long gone are the days of boring mapping lessons in your homeschool. You ARE An Artist takes mapping to a whole other level! Your kids are guaranteed to love this one. It’s a must-add to your Thanksgiving homeschool lessons. 

And with saving the best for last, we are forever grateful because of HIM. Our homeschool keeps God at the center, and I love old hymns. I had to include the We Gather Together art tutorial; it helped tie everything together with thankfulness and gratitude. 

We did our art lesson as we listened to various versions of the hymn We Gather Together. The hymn is a fantastic reminder about bringing family and friends together to give thanks to God. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

I encourage you to introduce this hymn to your children. You ARE An Artist also included a link to a hymn study on the song if your kids want to research the history behind the hymn too. If you are anything like me, I find such value in these little additions to our learning. 

Don’t forget to pull out some of your favorite read alouds to enjoy too!

Resources For Your Own Thanksgiving Homeschool Experience

Here is a quick recap of everything we used and a few others you may want to incorporate too! 

The Voyage of the First Thanksgiving Art Tutorial from the Maps Clubhouse Complete Exclusive

Preschool Fall Leaves Art Tutorial from the Preschool Fall Video Art Lessons Clubhouse Edition

Wind in the Tree and Acorn Art Tutorials from the Fall Video Chalk Art Lessons Clubhouse Edition

We Gather Together Art Tutorial from the Hymns Clubhouse Edition

Thanksgiving Homeschool

A few other art tutorials that you might want to include in your Thanksgiving unit study:

Pumpkin

Thankful for Art Resources

Norman Rockwell 

Acrylics Fall Tree Reflection

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Quick Tips: Don’t feel like you have to squeeze it all in one day. Spread these lessons out over a week or a month, but don’t rush them! Enjoy this time with your family, learning and creating together, savor these sweet moments. 

And if you don’t fit it all in, there is always next year! Homeschooling isn’t a race; it’s a journey. 

I hope that this gives you some ideas to expand on and plan around. Our plans were simple yet packed full of goodness and education. 

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a Thanksgiving companion workbook with Fast Facts, Overviews, Gratitude Prompts, a Thanksgiving Planner and MORE!

Grab Your Homeschool Lessons Here and Start Planning Today! 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

You’ll love these ideas for a hands-on Oregon Trail unit study for your kids. Homeschool history is much more enjoyable with books, art, maps, and more!

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Oregon Trail Lessons For Your Homeschool

I remember reading about the Oregon Trail’s Great Migration of 1843 in elementary school. The thought of having all of my family’s possessions in a covered wagon for months while we traveled a dangerous path was astounding to me. Imagining myself as a little pioneer girl with none of our modern luxuries was hard to fathom.

Later on, the computer game Oregon Trail came out at school. I can’t even count the times I died of dysentery and cholera, let alone starved to death! It was simply fascinating to me that people intentionally put themselves into these predicaments. Why?

A mighty tempting offer was three hundred sixty acres per family and 160 acres for unmarried settlers in Oregon. The idea and promise of something better drove most people across the western part of the United States. Yet, there is so much more to the Oregon Trail than the pioneers. There are the effects this migration had on the Native Americans, religion, government, and more! 

That’s why it’s an essential part of our nation’s history in westward expansion.

You'll love these ideas for a hands-on Oregon Trail unit study for your kids. Homeschool history is much more enjoyable with books, art, maps, and more!

Apples To Oregon: An Oregon Trail Read Aloud

Our favorite way to learn history is through hands-on activities and rich literature in the forms of picture books, read alouds, and chapter books. To start our study on the Oregon Trail, we chose Apples to Oregon Being The (SLIGHTLY) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (AND CHILDREN) Across the Plains!

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

This was a lovely and silly book that both my children enjoyed.

Yes, even my 14-year-old.

*Don’t be afraid to incorporate read alouds and picture books into your older kids’ studies.*

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

It helped capture the essence of how a daring little girl named Delicious managed to overcome obstacles that placed her father’s plants in danger during their trip to Oregon.

One such obstacle is the crossing of the Platte River, just as real families did when trekking the Oregon Trail in their covered wagons.

You'll love these ideas for a hands-on Oregon Trail unit study for your kids. Homeschool history is much more enjoyable with books, art, maps, and more!


Hands-On Oregon Trail Art and Geography

We followed Delicious and her family as they traversed the Oregon Trail past Chimney Rock, Courthouse Rock, climbed the Rocky Mountains, and traversed many rivers. Nana’s chalk Pastel Oregon Trail Map helped us to see just how far the family traveled. Plus, chalk pastel maps are so much fun!

My son is a huge fan of Nana’s maps!

Nana provides art and geography lessons with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons, and you are well on your way to making your homeschool history fun and hands-on!

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

The You ARE An Artist Chalk Pastel Clubhouse is a favorite in our homeschool because we get access to 700+ video art lessons!

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

While studying the Oregon Trail, we not only explored Nana’s Oregon Trail Map, but also her Covered Wagon lesson, and the American landmark Multnomah Falls (in Oregon). 

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool


Additional Homeschool History Resources


There are loads of additional homeschool history resources you can add to your Oregon Trail lessons. We included my son’s The Oregon Trail handheld video game! It’s almost exactly like the one I played as a little girl and such fun!

Other books we’ve included in our study are: 

  • If You Were a Kid on the Oregon Trail 
  • Wagons Ho! 
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be an American Pioneer!
  • Choose Your Own Adventure The Oregon Trail
  • plus a couple of our history encyclopedias to start
A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

Here are a few other history art lessons we’ve enjoyed with Nana:

There are so many excellent chalk pastel lessons, no matter what part of history you are studying. Nana’s got you covered.

Dive as deeply as you like and follow as many rabbit trails of learning as your kids want by combing great books and chalk pastels art with your next history lesson!

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study 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 Art of Strewing in Your Homeschool

Strewing is definitely an art! The art of strewing in your homeschool is all about carefully choosing special items and activities for your kids to explore. I love setting out items for my daughter to discover when she wakes up. It’s a fun way to start the day with learning, without adding another task to my to-do list first thing in the morning.

Items that match up with your child’s interests are always going to be a big hit with strewing. For example, if your homeschooler loves art like mine, you might want to try strewing art supplies. 

Prepare to be amazed as you see what they can come up with from strewing something simple like aluminum foil or video art classes. Keep reading to learn more about strewing and how you can introduce this awesome new concept to your homeschool days this year.

Strewing is definitely an art! It’s all about carefully choosing special items and activities for your kids to explore. Strewing in your homeschool is a wonderful way to spark your children's creativity! Art lessons can be a fabulous resource to strew.

What Is Strewing?

Strewing is about placing items out that will encourage your kids to interact with them. Carefully chosen items placed in the path of your homeschoolers encourages them to get creative and explore. Strewing can begin as a small activity or a single item placed in your child’s path once a week, or you can use strewing to set the tone for homeschool lessons every day.

I would encourage you to choose items that match up with your kids’ interests and passions. Strewing things they’re curious about, or topics you’re currently studying in your homeschool lessons is a great place to start. Place the chosen items in a designated area or use fabric bins to help keep items tidy when they’re not being used. 

Ultimately, strewing can become a homeschool tool you use to encourage independent learning and bring lessons to life in a whole new way! You can leave a bin of blocks on the coffee table, a new book open on the kitchen counter, or set up a new game in their room. Then, watch the magic happen as you get started with strewing in your homeschool.

If your kids don’t show interest in what you’ve chosen at first, don’t lose hope. Try not to take it personally and resist the urge to get involved or give instructions. Remember, the goal is to encourage independent learning by letting your kids discover and interact with the items on their own.

Strewing is definitely an art! It’s all about carefully choosing special items and activities for your kids to explore.

The Benefits of Strewing In Your Homeschool

Practicing strewing in your homeschool can have some amazing benefits! There are tons of skills our kids can develop by interacting with new materials in this way, but it’s also a great opportunity for homeschool moms too. I have come to love strewing in the mornings for the beginning it provides.

Strewing gives me a chance to wake up, have quiet time for myself, and drink my coffee while it’s still hot. Placing items out the night before means my daughter doesn’t need to come to me first thing in the morning for instructions. Instead, she can spend time discovering strewing items while I wake up and prepare for the day.

In addition to providing a soft start for those of us who aren’t “early risers,” strewing sets a great tone for the day. When we practice strewing, we begin the day with an activity that inspires our homeschoolers to get curious, explore, and think creatively. It’s a great way to get ready for a day filled with lessons and learning together.

Plus, you’ll be encouraging your homeschoolers to become independent learners as they explore and interact with items without instructions from adults. That’s a valuable skill for lifelong learners!

Strewing is definitely an art! It’s all about carefully choosing special items and activities for your kids to explore.

The Art Of Strewing in Your Homeschool: Resources To Inspire You

Strewing is an art! As you practice strewing, you’ll learn what works really well for your kids and what items don’t spark their curiosity too. 

Unused craft supplies and art activities work really well for strewing in our homeschool space because they are open-ended and line up well with our daughter’s interests. Check out some of our favorite art-related items for strewing:

  • Playdough
  • Beads and string
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pencils and paper
  • Old magazines and scissors
  • Origami book and papers
  • Rocks and paint
  • Clay flower pot and paint
  • Sand art kit
  • Spirograph
  • Chalk pastels
Strewing is definitely an art! It’s all about carefully choosing special items and activities for your kids to explore.

Strewing With You ARE An Artist Clubhouse

Strewing doesn’t always have to be loose parts and craft supplies, you can strew books, card games, and even videos. We love strewing online lessons like the ones at You ARE An Artist. They have lessons on all kinds of awesome topics!

It’s easy to find lessons that match up with your child’s interests or tie them in with what you’re studying in your homeschool this year. You can learn to draw world landmarks, the solar system, or holidays and celebrations using chalk pastels and their engaging step-by-step video courses.

Want to learn more about how to practice strewing in your homeschool with practical tips and a list of ideas for items we love to strew? Check out my free ebook all about strewing to help you get started. 

About Jessica Waldock

Jessica Waldock is a writer, photographer, and homeschool mom of one living in sunny Florida. She founded The Waldock Way as a way to give back to the homeschool community that she loves so much. At The Waldock Way Jessica shares tips, tricks, inspiration, and unique resources that help ignite a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime. She inspires families to engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle where relationships come first and interest-led learning prevails. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

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Anne of Green Gables Art Lessons, Tea Time, and Homeschool Ideas

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Oh Anne, how we love her! Her personality, wit, and genuine ways have hooked us all. As a young girl, I daydreamed of Anne’s adventures and country lifestyle. I have desperately wanted to share Anne with my daughter, and I am thrilled to get started. So, I am calling all of my fellow Anne of Green Gables fans to celebrate Anne with a literature-based art & tea time today! Anne of Green Gables is undoubtedly one of my top choices of books to get lost in for either upper elementary or high school. 

Around my daughter’s fourth grade homeschool year, I was so excited to dive into Anne of Green Gables, yet my daughter wasn’t thrilled at all. I hate to admit it, but I was so disappointed. I wanted her to love it as much as I did at that age, but here we are in high school, revisiting it with fresh enthusiasm. If you have a high school teen, see how you can use art lessons like these to earn an art credit! I also want to encourage you to wait and try again if you have been attempting to introduce your children to Anne of Green Gables and they haven’t taken to it.

So if you are ready to celebrate our beloved Anne or maybe revisit her, let’s plan some exciting homeschool lessons around art and literature. 

Calling all fellow Anne fans to celebrate Anne of Green Gables art lessons with tea time! Join us for homeschool art ideas and resources. #anneofgreengables #homeschoolart #onlineartlessons #artcurriculum #teatime

Why Blend Art With a Homeschool Anne of Green Gables Study?

So I mentioned above that I am revisiting Anne of Green Gables with my oldest this year. She was less than enthusiastic when we attempted to read the book around her fourth-grade year. I probably had overdone it with Heidi, Little House, and other literature that I was overly excited to dive into. In addition to me pushing too many of my favorite books on her that year, I hadn’t figured out how to get my children excited about reading back then. So I will share my little secret with you now, art. Yep. It’s that simple. We incorporate hands-on art lessons with Nana into just about everything that we are learning in our homeschool. 

Once I learned how to add an element of excitement and fun to our homeschool, home educating shifted for us. We add art to all of our homeschool lessons, books, tea times, and more! Plus, I have a couple of hands-on and auditory kiddos that crave art, so it fills their cups in so many ways. 

Last week we celebrated the end of Charlotte’s Web with an art celebration, but we are kicking off the start of Anne of Green Gables with an art celebration and tea time this week. I thought this would be a great way to get my oldest super excited about diving headfirst into Anne of Green Gables. 

Anne of Green Gables online art lessons

Anne of Green Gables Art Lessons for Tea Time 

We decided to kick things off with a Stack of Modern Literature art lesson. Anne loved books too, so it seems fitting. You can use this art tutorial for so many different subjects and lessons. 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Another lesson that we couldn’t pass up for Anne of Green Gables art is Nana’s Quilts art tutorial. The quilts lesson feels nostalgic to the time period and lifestyle of Anne of Green Gables, right? 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons
Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Forest Walk in the Woods is another great lesson that we incorporated, and you might want to do the same. Nature was a huge part of Anne’s life, and this lovely nature walk just seems to fit.

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Nana created a special art lesson dedicated to Anne of Green Gables. It’s a real treat! Which reminds me, if you haven’t joined the YOU ARE AN ARTiST Clubhouse, now is the perfect time to join. 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Additional Anne of Green Gables Homeschool Resources for Your Book Study 

If you are about to dive into Anne of Green Gables, like us, here are a few resources that might give you some inspiration. 

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

If you didn’t know, when you become a complete member here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST, you will get access to Companion Workbooks like this Literature one. The Literature Companion Workbook has five fast facts for Anne of Green Gables, two writing prompts, and a research project idea. We always cover our fast fact sheet aloud during art and tea time. The writing prompts and project ideas we use as we work through the book. The best part, the Companion Workbooks are incredibly versatile, so you can use them for all ages and even combine your children for family-style schooling. They also come complete with extension ideas, planners, and more!

You can add plenty of life skills to your homeschool lessons with these precious books. Of course, you don’t need these exact books to enjoy Anne of Green Gables. But, they may give you some ideas and inspiration to amplify tea time, learn new life skills, and read some interesting commentary about the time period. There is even etiquette, sewing, and craft ideas. 

The Anne of Green Gables Treasury and The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook are both wonderful resources worth checking out if you want to dive full in. 

An Anne of Green Gables study guide might also be of value to you if you want to follow a spine of study and comprehension questions. We plan to use ours for discussion questions, vocabulary, and essay projects. But it also has some great extension activities in the back that are helpful for ideas too. 

Literature Companion Workbook

Tea Time Ideas to Blend with Your Art Lessons

We chose traditional tea recipes for our Anne of Green Gable’s art lessons and tea time. Tea, cucumber sandwiches, blackberries, and biscuits with orange marmalade are just a few of the items we chose. I think hosting tea, making these traditional recipes, and learning tea etiquette are important life skills for young girls and women. Homemaking is an act of service to others, so character training is another aspect you could combine in all of this rich learning. 

Anne of Green Gables Quote

Of course, you don’t need to make everything from scratch, but I think cooking and baking add to the fun of it all. Other ideas might include shortbread, chicken salad sandwiches, or a pie – and you can do all store-bought. No pressure. Remember that above all things, have a good time together! The food, art, and atmosphere do not need to be perfect to be enjoyable and memorable. 

I hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas to make the most of your art lessons with Nana. Don’t forget to grab a membership so you can access all that YOU ARE AN ARTiST has to offer.

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.