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Integrated Art For Homeschooling High School

Are you looking for ways to create a more dynamic learning environment for your high schooler? Homeschooling with an integrated art approach may be exactly what you need!

What Is Integrated Art?

An integrated art curriculum is one in which the art becomes the approach to teaching and the vehicle for learning.

“Students meet dual learning objectives when they engage in the creative process to explore art and another subject to gain greater understanding in both.”

Institute for Art Education and STEAM

Put simply, integrated art allows the learner to engage in the subject matter in a way that is much more robust and cross-functional. The student accesses the learning with a non-traditional, yet highly effective approach, using art as the method of delivery.

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Why Is It So Helpful In Homeschool High School?

As more and more complex learning is expected for high schoolers, for many students, there is a need to access learning in a different way.

Not all learners respond well to the traditional textbook, worksheet, lecture style of traditional learning.  In fact, most do better with a more multisensory approach to learning.

Integrated art essentially takes subjects we traditionally teach in a more formal way, and immediately adds a layer of accessibility and hands-on learning.

The Foundations Of An Integrated Art Curriculum

The truth is, most of us are already quite familiar with this approach to learning. It is likely that you have a memory of this type of learning from your childhood, as integrated art is more readily accepted and woven into elementary education.

For me, it was a salt map I made of Italy for my country report in sixth grade. I worked hard on that map, and through it’s creation, I learned more about Italy than any textbook ever would’ve taught me. I also retained the information I learned about Italy. (In fact, to this day, I still remember most of what I learned – that’s the power of hands-on, multisensory learning!)

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You Are An Artist For High School Homeschool

You Are An Artist lessons are exactly what an integrated art curriculum is all about.

What makes it particularly effective, is that You Are An Artist includes this type of approach all the way through the high school years.

For example, when my son was learning about US History, we completed a lesson on creating our own map of North America.

The opportunities to learn with an integrated art perspective are plentiful with You Are An Artist.

Take a look at all of these high school level courses.

Integrated Literature and Language Arts For High School

  • Harry Potter
  • Stopping by the Woods – Robert Frost
  • The Hobbit
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lamp Post – Narnia C. S. Lewis
  • Hundred Acre Wood – A.A. Milne
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History and Geography For High School Homeschooling

  • American History
  • American Landmarks
  • Ancient History
  • Famous Composers
  • World Maps
  • World Landmarks

Science For High School With You ARE An Artist

  • Inventors
  • Moon Missions
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration

(You can also read all about how to use You Are An Artist specifically for High School Art credit HERE)

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Integrated Art In Your Homeschool Curriculum

Using integrated art in any homeschool curriculum is valuable. Adding it to the high school years keeps learning fun, engaging, and ultimately, more successful.

Thankfully, You ARE An Artist has everything you need to easily include integrated art in your homeschool.

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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An Art Lesson & Tea Time for Families Seeking Simplicity

I Went To The Woods Art Lesson

Life is moving at lightning speed for many American families, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that will slow us down. Most children are enrolled in multiple classes, co-ops, groups, activities, sports, and quiet time is no longer a necessity. We spend less and less time in nature, we are drowning in stuff, and quality family time isn’t sacred anymore. But, whether you are a homeschool family or not, simplicity is key! There was never a time that our families needed simplicity more than now.

Upon pondering this, Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden comes to mind. In short, American author Henry David Thoreau journals through his two-year stay in a cabin on Walden Pond. His journey is based on his desire to illustrate a simpler way of life while living amid nature. He brings attention to self-sufficiency, makes scientific observations about the nature around him, and experiences a spiritual awakening. There is so much we can learn from the book Walden and Henry David Thoreau in general. 

If you are craving simplicity in life or homeschool, this is a lesson you may want to use. You can adapt it to your own homeschool however it fits best. We love to decompress with tea and literature, so tea time is fitting for Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson. 

Occasionally, we need to decompress with tea and literature. Join us in slowing down for Thoreau's "I Went To The Woods" art lesson. #homeschool #homeschoolart #homeschoolliterature #homeschoolideas

Why Use Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson?

  • Start Combining Literature and Art: If you haven’t joined the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse yet, this is a wonderful lesson that will give you a glimpse into the simplistic and rich learning that can come from combining art and literature in your homeschool. We have an entire Literature Companion Workbook that you can use right alongside art lessons like this one with fact sheets, writing prompts, research ideas, and more!
  • Slow Down And Learn To Enjoy Your Homeschool: If you or your children find yourselves disliking or even dreading your homeschool, you may need to slow down. By using Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson, you can do precisely that. Try a new experience in your homeschool that your kids will love, art! By incorporating art into any homeschool lesson, I have found that I have happier students, a more peaceful homeschool, and it’s simple to do. 
  • Enjoy A Lesson On Simplifying Life: Whether you are a homeschooler or public schooler, Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson is perfect for taking time to reconnect to nature and ponder how important it is to live a life of simplicity. This lesson is especially good for teens; you can dive into a deep conversation about Thoreau’s views on how to live a simplistic yet meaningful life. 
I Went To The Woods Art Lesson

More “I Went To The Woods” Learning Ideas

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking and planning your own “I Went To The Woods” homeschool lesson. Remember to adapt the lesson to how it fits your homeschool best! There is no right or wrong way to study literature, but there are many ways to enjoy it. 

Read Walden Together: That’s right, this one could be an excellent read-aloud for your high school students. You could read the book together and celebrate the completion of the book with a lovely tea time. Also, since you can use chalk pastels to earn a visual art credit, this would be a fantastic lesson to accumulate art hours. 

Tea Time & Art: If you aren’t ready to read the complete book yet in your homeschool or don’t plan to, you can enjoy a tea time and just read the “I Went To The Woods” excerpt together. (The printable is inside the Literature Companion Workbook.) This would be a wonderful option for a multi-age homeschool; even elementary children will enjoy hearing the reading along with Nana’s gorgeous art lesson. 

Inspire Your Writers: Before or after diving into a tea time or Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson, do some writing. With our Literature Companion Workbook, you will get fast facts to learn about together, writing prompts, and more. You can spark your writer’s creativity with some fun writing prompts that are already done for you. 

Have Deep Discussions: Art lessons like these can spark some memorable conversations at home. Talk about the importance of simplicity, connection to nature, or brainstorm how you might simplify your homeschool. For example, simplifying your homeschool might mean fewer textbooks and more hands-on activities like art. Or it may mean less online work and more time in nature. Find what adjustments you need to make by asking your children and get their input. 

Research Projects: If you have middle school or high school students, you might want to assign a little research about the author. Make sure you use the Literature Companion Workbook to grab your “I Went To The Woods” printable, get five fast facts to enjoy, and complete the research project. Another fun idea may be looking up more Henry David Thoreau quotes.

There are so many ways for you and your students to enjoy Henry David Thoreau’s works and Nana’s coordinating art lesson. We hope this inspires you to slow down, put on some tea, and create together. To get started join the Clubhouse and grab all the resources that I mentioned!

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

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The Art of Patriotism

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

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

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

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

The Art of Patriotism – Incorporating Patriotic Events

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

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

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

Incorporating Patriotic Art

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

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

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

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

The Art of Patriotism with American History and Landmarks

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

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

Blessing Others with Patriotic Art

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

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

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

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

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

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Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

Do you love the idea of chalk pastels, but know that your child struggles with getting messy? You are not alone. These are helpful tips and solutions to homeschool art for the child who hates mess!


My son has always had a love/hate relationship with messy projects.

I remember picking him up from his little preschool one day, and the teacher explaining that finger painting did not go well. I wasn’t surprised. I saw it when we tried to do crafts at home or played outside.

When we began homeschooling, it was even more apparent.

I would excitedly create all kinds of hands-on learning activities only to have it end in total resistance and even tears. Nowhere was his avoidance more clear than in art lessons.

homeschool art for the child who hates mess

If your child hates messy projects as much as mine, you understand. This can be a real barrier to learning and to finding enjoyment in activities intended to be fun.

The good news is, there are ways to help your child engage with art activities, even when they struggle with the mess.

Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

Why Is Your Child Struggling With The Mess?

The first place to start is to try to figure out what specifically is causing the resistance. For example, my child struggles with the sensory experience of having chalk or paint on his hands. My sweet friend’s daughter avoids art because she feels pressure to keep the table and her clothes clean.

Getting to the bottom of your child’s real concern allows you to figure out what to do next.

Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

Knowing your child’s specific concern then allows you to accommodate the need, while still experiencing the learning associated with the activity. I know for my son, he desperately wants to engage in the enjoyment of art. He just needs a little extra help to overcome the sensory issues associated with it.

Many kids are the same way.

Determining modifications and accommodations that help access the learning makes all the difference for the child who struggles. It gives them the ability to enjoy creating without stress, anxiety, and frustration.

Tips And Tricks For Homeschool Art Without The Mess

Using chalk pastels with You ARE An Artist in our homeschool has made a significant difference in our learning. My son loves this medium in particular because it is much more forgiving than paint or line drawings (helpful for the child who is also a perfectionist!). He loves the outcome, but struggles with the feeling of the chalk on his hands and in his workspace.

Here are my favorite tips for helping my child engage in learning with You ARE An Artist lessons, despite his avoidance of the mess.

1. Latex Gloves

Because my child struggles with the sensory experience of getting things on his hands, we have a box latex gloves available for messy projects ( I also use them for handling raw meat. Win-Win!).

Introducing the gloves was a game-changer for my son. When he has the gloves on, he feels the freedom to focus on the art lesson, instead of how his hands are feeling.

It also makes for super easy clean-up.

Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

2. Poster Boards

In addition to wanting to keep his hands clean, my child also struggles with the chalk dust spreading off his paper and onto the table.

My solution? I have a large poster board on hand that we put down on the table first. This way, the chalk dust can blow off and still be easily cleaned.

(This is purely for my son’s benefit, as I find chalk pastels easy to wipe up, but it certainly does simplify my clean-up as well.)

Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

3. A Wet Cloth

With any art project, it helps to have a wet wash cloth or paper towel close by. I think this is doubly true for a child who is struggling with the mess.

Easily being able to wipe off the table, the laptop, hands, faces – anything that might come into contact with chalk dust – eases the stress and allows my son to relax and engage in the lesson.

Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

4. Chalk Pastel Pencils

If your child struggles with gloves or is simply not able to feel comfortable with the mess, another option is to switch to chalk pastel pencils.

These look like regular color pencils, but give you the same results as traditional chalk pastels. With these pencils, there is no need to touch the chalk itself and there is a lot less dust.

The Value Of Homeschool Art (even when your child hates the mess)

Our homeschool has benefitted greatly from adding art with You ARE An Artist.

It is an instant way to add hands-on, multisensory learning for my child who needs it most. Taking the time to figure out what he really needs in order to engage in the lessons and enjoy the activities was well worth it!

Homeschool Art For The Child Who Hates The Mess

Just look at all the lessons we’ve completed so far:

Middle School History/Geography

  • American History
  • American Landmarks
  • Ancient History
  • World Maps
  • World Landmarks

Science With You ARE An Artist

  • Inventors
  • Moon Missions
  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration

Literature And Language Arts

  • Harry Potter (one of my son’s absolute favorites!)
  • Stopping By The Woods – Robert Frost
  • The Hobbit
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

My son has learned so much with You ARE An Artist, despite the mess. It is my hope that these ideas will allow your family to do the same!

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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Plan Art For Every Day with the Art Lesson Calendar

I am a planner by nature. I enjoy arranging all the moving parts of our homeschool and family life. But there are times when I want a “done for me” solution. Enter: the Art Lesson Calendar from Chalk Pastel! The art calendar works whether you are a planner or a serendipitous type. 

A friend recently asked me whether I write all my lessons plans for homeschool. She was surprised to learn I don’t. I told her I don’t need to, because I have so many fabulous resources at my fingertips. I see no need to reinvent the wheel.

Whether for homeschool plans or weekend / summer activities, I don’t have time to create everything from scratch! Instead, I consider myself a curator and facilitator of my children’s education, from the range of rich curriculum available. Then I arrange them into our life in a way that fits our schedule.

Chalk Pastel Art has been a key part of our homeschool the last few years because the many lessons go along with our topical studies. Plus, it is fun and easy to implement.

There are times when I want a “done for me” solution. Enter: the Art Lesson Calendar from Chalk Pastel! Great for planners or a serendipitous types.

Plan Art for Every Day with the Art Lesson Calendar

Tricia and Nana at Chalk Pastel just made my life SO much easier by creating the Art Lesson Calendar! The calendar is a beautiful visual suggesting a delightful art lesson for every day of the month. 

Now, in addition to the search feature (another favorite of mine!), this calendar helps me pick just the right art lessons for our week or month. My boys were delighted to see the Hobbit themed lesson this month, since they just got done reading The Hobbit!

Here’s a few ways parents can take advantage of the Art Lesson Calendar: 

Celebrate holidays with Chalk Pastel Art! 

If there’s a holiday, there’s an art lesson! Many holidays like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, or the 4th of July have several art lessons, so you can create a themed week, or let kids pick their favorite picture to paint in celebration.

Beef up that lesson plan! 

If you find yourself short on content for a particular day or unit study, look at the art calendar and see what might fit your studies. The monthly lineup covers seasonal and holiday themes, and sprinkles in a variety of other lessons too! History (like presidents!), Geography (maps!), and Literature (the Hobbit!) art lessons can be combined with children’s daily reading and lesson activities. Here are 10 Ways to Effortlessly Add Art to Your Homeschool Any Time of Year.

Last-minute wins with the Art Lesson Calendar! 

Earth Day, Pi Day, Dr. Seuss’s birthday are all special events that can sneak up on me, so I’m thrilled when I can “pull a rabbit out of a hat” and let my kids do a fun art lesson to commemorate the special day. 

Did you forget it was Groundhog Day? Jump onto the Chalk Pastel Art art calendar! You’ll see there’s a video for kids to learn about this popular furry sign of spring and draw a groundhog. The kids don’t have to know you didn’t plan it in advance! 

My boys wrote essays about Presidents for President’s Day, and I quickly pulled up the calendar and there were several art lessons on US Presidents. So they both drew Teddy Roosevelt! It was an unexpected addition to our writing lesson, but their Zoom classmates were thrilled to see them share their drawings along with their papers.

Honor famous people and cultures. 

Throughout the year, we honor people who have contributed well to our society and recognize cultures from around the world. Sometimes these aren’t topics I have a large collection of resources for due to space and budget. So I am glad to let the kids explore and learn through Nana’s art lessons. Nana always gives nuggets of background information while she’s walking students through the art lesson, which I love, because I can follow up on these with discussion or extra reading later on. 

Stay in season. 

When you study nature as much as we do, the topics are always changing. Whether it’s the arrival of the robin, the blooming of dandelions, or the changing colors of fall leaves, your kids can follow along each month with nature drawings. Some months, the art calendar has a special focus, like birds in early spring, and sea life closer to June. The art calendar topics help me know I’m always sharing something timely and relevant with my kids. 

Never miss a LIVE event

The Art Lesson Calendar shares when Nana will be hosting LIVE events for members and with other artists and teachers. It’s helpful to see this in calendar format so parents can plan ahead and take advantage of these special learning times. 

No more downtime. 

Did the doctor’s office call back at an inopportune time? Or the baby spilled a cup, so you’re busy mopping the floor? Keep the kids’ hands busy creating art while you tend to unexpected interruptions. I often have my kids pick an art lesson for these moments; in the past, the boys might spend fifteen minutes browsing (and arguing!) which lesson to select. Now I can just click on the lesson for that day and away they go!

TIP: Create an Art Challenge for your Kids!

Use the calendar to hold a “30 Days of Art” challenge for your kids. See if they can complete every lesson for a whole month! You’ll have an amazing collection of artwork to share afterwards.

Planning activities for your kids can be your heart’s delight – or your worst nightmare! Yet, even though I am planner, there are days when I just want to take a few decisions and tasks off my plate. The Art Lesson Calendar makes it so much easier to prep and plan school or free time. 

The best part is, this calendar helps parents get the most out of their ChalkPastel.com subscription. Sometimes as parents we buy a great resource and just forget to put it into use. With the easy to follow plan each month, parents can be sure these lessons stay a fun part of daily life! 

Get access to the Art Lesson Calendar and all the delightful chalk pastel art lessons from Nana and Tricia with your annual Clubhouse subscription.

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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Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

When my son was in his elementary years, hands-on learning seemed effortless.

Everywhere I looked, there were cute and fun options for crafts and art projects, all designed to help with learning. I incorporated something multi-sensory learning into almost every aspect of our school day.

It helped him comprehend and retain what we were learning, and it was a lot more fun!

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

As he got older however, and especially as we moved into middle school level learning, our options seemed to dwindle. It was no longer easy to find ways to supplemental hands-on activities for our homeschool.

It was harder to find options for multi-sensory learning, but it was no less important. In fact, my middle schooler needed hands-on activities to thrive.

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

Study after study has shown that learners of all ages do best when the material is presented in a multisensory format. Text combined with video, hands-on creative activities, and even art as a way to demonstrate understanding have all been proven to contribute to more successful learner outcomes.

The strategies behind multisensory learning are supported by decades of research, particularly Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. This theory, which was developed by Harvard professor Dr. Howard Gardner, states that the traditional notions of learning and intelligence are too limited. Gardner proposes that people can have proficiencies in different kinds of intelligences, and that teaching students in a way that matches their intellectual strengths can help them grasp tough subjects.

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So, if the research proves it and we know to it be true in our own homes, why is it so hard to find options for middle school?

I think as we transition kids into more independent learning, the hands-on component tends to get lost. We assume that independent means a textbook, pen and, paper.

But it doesn’t have to be!

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

Middle School Hands-On Learning With You ARE An Artist

Finding You ARE An Artist changed our middle school completely, as it gave me easy resources for hands-on learning across our academic subjects.

For example, when my son was learning about Pompeii in his ancient history study, we created a volcano with Nana. When his seventh grade science book introduced astronomy, we completed You ARE An Artist’s Space Exploration Unit.

We have found lessons for language arts, art history, poetry time, American history, scientific inventions, and so many more, all with our Clubhouse Membership. It completely solved my problem: hands-on learning was back in our middle school!

Adding More Independent Learning To Your Homeschool

As I mentioned, I think one of the reasons options for multisensory learning dissipate in the middle school years is that we expect our children to learn more and more independently.

You ARE An Artist provides an opportunity to practice independent learning as well!

My son completes his lessons without any help or involvement from me. We pick the unit and gather the materials, then I go about my day while Nana takes over as his teacher. (The only thing I sometimes do is create my own version of the activity along side him – not because he needs it, but because I find it to be a wonderful way to connect and create together. )

Homeschooling Middle School With You ARE An Artist

When we were first getting started, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are so many opportunities for hands-on learning with You ARE An Artist.

Here is just a brief summary of the multisensory lessons available for homeschooling your middle schooler –

Middle School History/Geography

  • American History
  • American Landmarks
  • Ancient History
  • Famous Composers
  • World Maps
  • World Landmarks

Science For Middle School

  • Inventors
  • Moon Missions
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration

Literature And Language Arts

  • Harry Potter (one of my son’s absolute favorites!)
  • Stopping By The Woods – Robert Frost
  • The Hobbit
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lamp Post – Narnia C.S. Lewis
  • Hundred Acre Wood – A.A. Milne

Art Lessons For Middle School

  • A Simple Start In Acrylics
  • A Simple Start In Chalk Pastels
  • Art Techniques
  • Famous Artists
  • Art Master Classes

I am so grateful to have found You ARE An Artist. It’s been an integral part of our homeschool throughout my son’s middle school years. He has learned in ways that work best for his interests and needs. He has become a more independent learner. And, he had fun along the way.

What more could I ask for?

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 Art of Kindness

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

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

The Art of Kindness

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

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

Sending Homemade Cards

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

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

A Treat for Service Workers

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

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

Artwork as Gifts

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

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

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

Giving the gift of art and time.

Creating Art Together

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

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

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

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

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10 Ways To Effortlessly Add Art To Your Homeschool Anytime of Year

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Have you been skipping art in your homeschool, but you are ready to start implementing it now? Or maybe you aren’t sure how you can work art into your homeschool. No worries! You may not know this, but ChalkPastel.com has multiple ways to help you add art to your home and homeschool. 

And we can’t wait to show you just how easy it is! No matter what kind of homeschooler you are, we have a way for you to bring the joy of art into your home.

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! 

Here is How You Can Effortlessly Add Art to Your Homeschool Anytime of Year! #homeschoolplanning #homeschoolart #artcurriculum #homeschoolcurriculum

10 Ways You Can Plan Art with You ARE An Artist

Spontaneous  

If your homeschool family likes to wake up each morning and see where the day takes them, you can access over 600 art lessons anytime with your Clubhouse Membership. Just sign in to your membership and browse through all the available lessons and choose. Easy!

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Coordinate with Your Curriculum 

This option is perfect for families that like to plan their weeks and months ahead. Since You ARE An Artist has a wide range of art lessons spanning from history, science, nature, famous artists, composers, presidents, Bible, hymns, inventors, space, and more – you can find an art lesson to coordinate with just about anything you may be studying! You can find this by using the search bar inside your membership or browsing through the various courses. Make sure you take advantage of our companion workbooks to access multiple art lesson planner pages too!

Companion Workbooks 

Since we just mentioned these in #2, let’s talk about the companion workbooks a bit more in-depth. We have been creating companion workbooks to go along with our I Drew It Then I Knew It Series. Each of these workbooks comes with a recommended book list for the topic, biographies or overviews, planner pages, fast facts, writing prompts, research ideas, and more to complement whatever you are learning. Our companion workbooks make adding art to your homeschool easier than ever! Everything you need to complete a fantastic homeschool lesson with art is right at your fingertips. 

Don’t forget to utilize the search bar within your membership dashboard. The search bar is an easy way to find a last-minute art lesson or plan as far ahead as you need. Either way, pop whatever you are looking for in the search bar to search over 600 art tutorials. 

Art Lesson Calendar 

Nana and the You ARE An Artist team are always planning new and exciting lessons for Clubhouse members. You will find live events, holiday art, and seasonal relevant lessons pre-planned for you. Accessing the art lesson calendar is easy; it’s right inside your membership dashboard. Utilize the art lesson calendar, and you will never forget another fun opportunity to enjoy art in your homeschool!

Courses 

Not sure what to study? We have a solution for that too! Please browse through all of our courses to see what your children might find interesting. We have an entire series dedicated to I Drew It Then I Knew It and many other topical art courses to keep learning at home exciting. Pick a course and dive right in. Learning never has to be boring with You ARE An Artist. 

Art Credit For High School

Art for a Credit 

Do you have a teen that needs an art credit for high school? We have just the thing! Let us walk you through how simple it is to receive an art credit using chalk pastels. 

Curriculum Match-Up Lists 

You ARE An Artist also has another effortless way to add art into your homeschool lessons with a match-up list. Download a curriculum match-up list from your dashboard for Ancient, American, Medieval, or Modern History and add art to any history lesson. 

Live Events 

Here at You ARE An Artist, we are always planning exciting ways to bring art into your homeschool. One of the ways we do that is by hosting live events online with our community. You can log into your membership dashboard to keep up with all of the upcoming events and add them to your planner or calendar, so you never miss it! Then your family can tag us on social media using @chalkpastelart and hashtag #youareanartist. Your kids will have an amazing time as you search the hashtag to see all of your fellow homeschoolers out there doing the same art lesson. 

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Family Time 

Art adds joy and erases the mundane from our homes and homeschools, so remember, You ARE An Artist on rainy days, for family time, and anytime you hear “I’m Bored”! Stretch your membership as far as possible by using it recreationally; it doesn’t have to be just for homeschool. Saturdays, summer, tea times, anytime with friends and family are also perfect times for chalk pastels. 

Don’t forget we have plenty of lessons for preschool so that you can add your youngest to the fun too. You can always add a little learner to any of our chalk pastel lessons, just give them a piece of paper and a couple of chalk pastels, and they will feel like the big kids! 

We hope to help you make the most of your learning at home together and your membership! Don’t have a membership yet? No worries! Grab yours now.

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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Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Whether you have 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or more, take the time to recharge your spirit with these mini moments for mom. Even busy moms can appreciate the simplicity and ease of chalk pastels. No super long supply list is needed! Just a starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and a few moments is all that is required for a mom to reconnect with herself and her love of art.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels: Whether you 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or more, take the time to recharge your spirit with these mini moments for moms. Even busy moms can appreciate the simplicity and ease of chalk pastels. No super long supply list is needed! Just a starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and a few moments is all that required for a mom to reconnect with herself and a love of art. #momlife #momtime #motherhood #mom #relaxation #selfcare #minimomentsformoms #momselfcare #momart

When I feel overwhelmed, art has a way of helping me feel more grounded and centered. When I’m morose, art has a way of helping me see the joy and tranquility of life. It has a beautiful way of helping myself and my children process emotions we may not have even realized were there.

I can move forward in life more easily when art is made a weekly priority.

Art has always been precious to me. I remember creating stick figures as a little girl. But in my mind, they were so much more than simple lines. Those figures were knights and ladies, dragons and whales, jungles, and far-off places.

As an adult I turn to art when I’m anxious, happy, or sad.

There’s just something about mixing colors to create new colors. Taking a blank canvas and creating something from nothing is always thrilling. There’s magic in the way the chalk feels against my fingers as I blend to create different shades or the way the paints glide from my brush.

I find I get lost in worlds of color, texture, and form.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Mini Moments for Mom

As a mom, it’s not always easy to find hours upon hours to get lost in my fancies of color. But, I have found that it’s far easier to take small chunks of time or mini moments while the children are otherwise occupied.

I’m talking about 5-10 minutes, folks. 20 minutes at the most unless my husband is home. Yet those 5-10 minutes are so precious for this mom’s self-care.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Filling Your Cup as a Mom

I find that when I carve out time for my own self-care and needs I am a better mom to my kiddos. Nana helps me do that with her chalk pastel and acrylic paint video lessons! Her lessons are short and simple which is a plus in my de-stressing department.

My favorite lessons include lots of color, the tranquility of nature, or my favorite literature! They range from super short lessons to a few that I can get lost in… if my husband is home to watch the kids.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

You ARE An Artist Chalk Pastel Membership and Mom Art

With the You ARE AN Artist Chalk Pastel Membership you and your children have access to over 600+ video art lessons including this moms’ favorites:

  • Jonquil in a Jar
  • Easter Lily
  • Dandelion
  • Vivaldi’s Spring Tree
  • Bear
  • Deer in Forest
  • Garden Bunny
  • Aslan (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe)
  • Hobbit Hole (The Hobbit)
  • Rabbit in the Woods (Green Ember Gala)
  • Wren on Teacup (Bird Acrylics)
  • Titmouse (Bird Acrylics)
  • Bluebird (Bird Acrylics)
  • Fall Tree (Master Class Acrylics)
  • Winter Tree (Master Class Acrylics)
  • Bird Nest (Master Class Acrylics)
  • Lighthouse (Hymn Acrylic)
Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Mini Moments for Mom and Me

Sometimes even getting 5 minutes of alone mom time can still seem impossible. That’s why I also make regular mommy and me time during the week. This is just a lovely way to share one-on-one time with your child while also incorporating art. Or we will pick a day of the week and make that our homeschool art day, like our recent Harry Potter themed chalk pastel teatime! In this way, the children get in art as well as this mom. It’s a perfect pairing!

But, if you find that you can carve out the time, I challenge you to grab your favorite beverage, construction paper, chalk pastels, and Nana’s video art lessons for a quiet moment of color and reflection. After all, art isn’t just for kids. It’s nourishing for moms too!

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

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 for Middle and High School – You ARE An Artist

Finding homeschool art programs for middle and high school learning can be difficult.

It certainly was for me and my family.

The options seemed either too formal, or too babyish, for my older learners. But both of my boys have an interest in art and learn best with hands-on, multi-sensory activities. So I continued to search for a solution.

Thankfully, I found You ARE An Artist.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

I wanted options for learning beyond a basic art class. More than that, my youngest son clearly learns best when art is a part of other academic subjects. I was pleased (and a little relieved) to see how many opportunities for older learners are included in the Clubhouse Membership.

You ARE An Artist Courses For Middle and High School Homeschool

This is a small sample of the lessons we’ve done so far that have worked well for both my middle school and high school homeschoolers.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

History and Geography For Older Homeschoolers

  • American History
  • American Landmarks
  • Ancient History
  • Famous Composers
  • World Maps
  • World Landmarks

Science For Middle and High School Homeschoolers

  • Inventors
  • Moon Missions
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration
adding art to literature

Literature and Language Arts For Middle and High School Homeschoolers

Art Classes For Older Learners

How We Incorporate You ARE An Artist Lessons Into Our Middle and High School Learning

There are a couple of ways we have used You ARE An Artist to fuel our upper level learning.

The first is the most obvious, as we use You ARE An Artist for visual art credits in our homeschool. The second has been even more of a support in our homeschool. With these lessons, I have been able to incorporate art into our other areas of study to create a more robust and engaging learning experience.

You ARE An Artist For Homeschool High School Transcripts and Credit Hours

Because art is an elective that both of my boys would choose to take if they attended the school down the street, You ARE An Artist meets all the requirements for this type of credit.

I found this post from Courtney to be really helpful in figuring out what to “count” and how to reflect the learning on my son’s homeschool high school transcript. It outlines exactly how to accurately reflect art credit for high school using You ARE An Artist.

Incorporating Art Into Other Subjects For Middle And High School Learners

When my children were younger, it was a lot easier to find opportunities to weave art into our overall learning. As my boys have grown into middle and high school coursework, this became much more challenging, although no less important!

You ARE An Artist has made it not only possible, but easy for me to plan engaging, age appropriate activities for my older learners.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

For example, my son has an intense interest in the Harry Potter series. Although he has read them before, we decided to incorporate them in to our literature study this year, with a focus on character analysis.

At first glance, it might seem that this would have no real tie to any art, much less specific lessons with You ARE An Artist. But after searching the membership, it became clear that we had more than a few options available.

When my son and I discussed the sorting hat and its role as a lesser identified “character,” he completed a lesson with Nana, drawing the sorting hat and then practicing his handwriting (much needed!) with his favorite sorting hat quote.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

When the trip from Kings Cross to Hogwarts came up, my son created his own map of Great Britain with Nana as his guide.

  • He drew the map locations himself.
  • Next, he asked me to create the labels for his map (again, handwriting is a concern and he was so proud of his work, he didn’t want to “ruin” it.)
  • Finally, he was able to identify the locations on the map from memory, and point to them for me to label.

This is just a glimpse of why this approach to learning is so effective for children of all ages, even middle and highschoolers!

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

Time and time again, I am amazed at the benefit of adding art into our other academic subjects. You can see in this example, he not only comprehended the material, he retained it.

It’s what learning with You ARE An Artist is all about!

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.