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The Best Presidents Day Art Projects To Celebrate With

Presidents Day Art Projects

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. 

Here at ChalkPastel.com, we know precisely how fascinating it can be to dive into the U.S. Presidents. We think all of our presidents deserve a celebration anytime! For that reason, we created the ultimate companion resource to our I Drew It And I Knew It Presidents Series. 

Presidents Day Art Projects

When you join our I Drew It Then I Knew It Clubhouse Series, you will also get the added benefit of our new companion workbooks! (Plus access to over 700 art lessons!)

We just started adding them, and we are thrilled with the first, the Presidents Companion Workbook. It is the perfect educational companion to drawing the Presidents with chalk pastels. 

Presidents Day Art Projects Worth Celebrating

Talk about a way to celebrate President’s Day or any Presidential holiday for that matter! Add art to history, and your kids will instantly be hooked! 

As we have mentioned before, adding art to any subject makes it more exciting for our children and keeps them engaged. My kids look forward to art no matter what subject I blend it with. 

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be boring, and we are here to help you have memorable experiences while you educate at home. There is no need to skip art; let it become the best part of your homeschool week!

Hands-on creativity with art is a good fit for all learning styles. That’s a win-win for homeschools with multiple students; everyone can join in! By adding art to your homeschool lessons, your children are also more likely to retain the information.

Presidents Day Art Projects

We recently had a fantastic time using the new companion workbook as we learned about some U.S. Presidents. 

I introduced my youngest two to Lincoln, and my oldest enjoyed learning a few fun facts about him we didn’t know! If you are going to study the U.S. Presidents, this is definitely the way to do it. 

Presidents Day Art Projects

We also celebrated the presidents by covering George Washington too. Use the companion workbook to blend books, facts, bios, and art for an educational experience your kids won’t soon forget. Every time we study a president, we learn something new. I bet your family does too. 

You can also complete Presidents Day Art Projects for Presidents:


George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln Portrait – Aaron Copland
Ulysses S. Grant
President Benjamin Harrison – First Christmas Tree in White House
Theodore Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Franklin D. Roosevelt
and we keep adding more!

Presidents Day Art Projects

Here are some tips to help you navigate the companion workbooks and plan ahead with your curriculum in mind. 

These workbooks would be perfect for planning a full unit study around the U.S. Presidents too! They are totally flexible so that you can incorporate them; however it works best for your family. 

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.

The Companion Workbook Includes the Following Resources To Help You Make The Most of Educating At Home

Planners: Our planners are designed for homeschool parents with flexibility in mind. If you want to map out what you plan to study for the entire year, you can use our annual curriculum planner. By mapping out what you will do for the year, you can match your art themes along with your family’s history, reading, and other subjects as you go. Track hours and art lessons with our monthly art tracker; you can easily use this for your portfolio if you are keeping one. The monthly art tracker also works well if you are tracking hours for an art credit. Lastly, we have included a weekly planner to stay on top of weekly art lessons and other assignments.

Fact Sheet: Use the fact sheet before your art lesson to cover some interesting facts about the subject to get your children engaged. These facts may also create some fun talking points while you create them together.

Detective Worksheet: If you want to include a little writing and research on the subject we drew, use our open-ended detective worksheet to keep the learning alive afterward. The detective worksheet could also be used as a questionnaire later or writing and research prompts for the following day. This will also make a great addition to your educational portfolio if you are required to keep one. The questions for each workbook are the same and can be reused for each individual art lesson.

Presidents Day Art Projects

Biography or Overview: Before each lesson, you may want to read aloud our quick biography or overview of the subject to your children. Whether we will draw a person, place, or thing – we will give you a brief summary, bio, or background, so you don’t have to search it out beforehand. This is a fantastic resource to help you combine learning with all ages or family-style learning. It can also help you save time by combining multiple children in one subject.

Book List: Books and read alouds are another way to make the most of learning together. We have a list of recommended books to add to your studies about whatever we will be drawing together. The book list includes books for various ages to choose from. Our book list will help you plan what books to buy or reserve from the library in advance.

Extension Ideas: Lastly, we add fun extension ideas to each series to help you plan more educational fun into your learning at home. 

We hope you enjoy our new resources and have a blast celebrating the U.S. Presidents with art anytime.

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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Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

A chalk pastels bird study with Nana is a wonderful way to introduce bird art lessons to your kids. Chalk pastels are perfect for preschoolers to adults. They are super easy to use with no long art supply list needed. You’ll love adding these vibrant birds to your next nature study or in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana: A chalk pastels bird study with Nana is a wonderful way to introduce bird art lessons to your kids. Chalk pastels are perfect for preschoolers to adults. They are super easy to use with no long art supply list needed. You'll love adding these vibrant birds to your next nature study or in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count! #chalkpastels #YouAREAnArtist #birdartlessons #birdartlessonsforkids #birdnaturestudy #backyardbirds #birdlessons #ChalkPastelsBirdStudywithNana

Each year we do a study of birds in anticipation of the Great Backyard Bird Count! We incorporate all sorts of Backyard Biology resources including books, games, bird feeders, binoculars, and even owl pellets! This year we’ve also added a chalk pastels bird study with Nana to the mix!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Chalk Pastel Birds

We always set the table for our chalk pastel “teatime” with Nana. It’s our tradition to serve a hot beverage and a sweet treat anytime Nana enters our home. Which is often. Actually, we have to differentiate between “chalk pastels” Nana and my mom who is also called Nana! It’s a delightful problem to have. But it goes to show just how important and how often chalk pastels “Nana” visits us…which is every week!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

*keep paper towels and wet wipes handy in case of spills*

Trust me, they do happen, as do chalk hands and chalk dust!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Also, it’s OK if your kiddos don’t make their birds look exactly like Nana’s. She’s always very encouraging about making our paintings our own. And boy, do we! Especially my daughter. She loves pink and purple…AND she decided that some of our backyard birds are actually flying mounts for her fairy garden friends.

Yep. Check out that flowing purple hair!

Embrace the creativity and silliness, folks!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

Because we have the clubhouse membership, I’ve decided we’ll do several bird lessons per week leading up to the Great Backyard Bird Count! We are doing a little mini-study on each bird as we go. With the chalk pastel You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to 600+ art lessons including these:

  • owl
  • cardinal
  • goldfinch
  • hummingbird
  • hummingbirds at the feeder
  • chickadee
  • robin
  • sandpiper
  • bluebird
  • cardinals in snow (try for FREE)
  • fall blue jay (try for FREE)
  • goose
  • eagle’s nest with eagle family
  • John James Audubon 
  • bird nest
Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Nana’s Acrylic Bird Lessons

You’ll also have access to Nana’s acrylic bird lessons if you’re interested in acrylics!

  • wren on teacup
  • bluebird
  • titmouse
  • nuthatch
  • bird’s nest
  • baby bluebird in a birdhouse
  • blue jay
  • cardinal
Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Remember to add in Nana’s lesson on Audubon to the mix! John James Audubon was the famous ornithologist, naturalist, and painter that documented all sorts of American birds in their natural habitats. He also identified 25 new species!

Famous Artist Audubon

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Identifying and counting the birds in your backyard is a great way to get to know the wildlife that you share your neighborhood with. Drawing those birds adds a multi-sensory approach to learning which is proven to help children not only learn more effectively but retain what they’ve learned long term. Chalk pastels are perfect for adding to your next nature study or bird study. The clubhouse membership made it super easy to search for the art lessons we wanted, and Nana is always fantastic at reminding us that, “We ARE Artists!”… birds, fairies, and all!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana: A chalk pastels bird study with Nana is a wonderful way to introduce bird art lessons to your kids. Chalk pastels are perfect for preschoolers to adults. They are super easy to use with no long art supply list needed. You'll love adding these vibrant birds to your next nature study or in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count! #chalkpastels #YouAREAnArtist #birdartlessons #birdartlessonsforkids #birdnaturestudy #backyardbirds #birdlessons #ChalkPastelsBirdStudywithNana

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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Why Adding Art To Homeschool History Makes All The Difference

My children have naturally enjoyed our homeschool history studies since they were very young.

They love the stories, the adventure, and the thought of foreign lands.

Yes, history has always been a subject with less resistance and more interest for my children. But the truth is, as they got a bit older, it became clear that in order to truly understand and retain the lesson, my boys needed something more.

adding art to homeschool history

At first, I thought we needed more structure to our learning. I added quizzes and worksheets. I bought an expensive textbook. I tried all the things that a more formal school setting does to teach history.

None of it worked. In fact, not only did my boys retain less than before, they began to dislike history and avoid it.

It was only when I decided to go with what I knew they would enjoy, that our homeschool history study came alive.

I added art.

It may seem simple, and I guess it is, but adding I Drew It And Then I Knew It to our history lessons was the solution I was looking for.

As the years have passed, I’ve had time to think about why adding art to our homeschool history was so effective. This is what I’ve learned.

adding art to homeschool history

Why Adding Art To History Works So Well

1. Adding Art Increases Attention Span

One of the most immediate benefits I discovered when adding art to our homeschool history was my boys’ increased ability to focus and sustain attention for longer periods of time.

For my youngest, who really struggles with attention issues, the multi-sensory experience of creating his own art work as we discussed (or listened to Nana discuss) a particular topic in history, made a significant difference. For the first time, he was able to work through an entire subject without needing a break or leaving the table.

For my oldest, not having the distraction of his younger brother helped him focus as well.

2. Art Supports Comprehension

Studies have repeatedly shown that adding a multi-sensory component to any learning increases overall comprehension.

It seems we have proved this to be true in my own home as well.

When we added art to history, my children seemed to pick up on the main topic of the lesson, and comprehend the more nuanced details, much faster than when we just read about it.

I have since learned that this is true for most children and even adults – adding something hands-on to any new learning increases overall engagement and comprehension.

adding art to homeschool history

3. Adding Art Increases Retention

One of the greatest benefits I’ve found to adding art to our learning is how much it increases my sons’ overall retention of the information.

This makes sense to me, even as I consider my own school experience. When I look back on my learning, the assignments and lessons I remember most are the ones that involved some sort of multisensory experience.

The same is true for my children. Not only do they retain the information more fully, they are more easily able to recall what they’ve learned when we add art to the lesson.

4. Adding Art Makes Learning More Fun!

This is an easy win and one that I think needs to be highlighted.

Adding art to our history study also added in an element of fun. It brought back that love of history that my boys had from the very beginning.

Art decreases any resistance they have towards the lesson, and allows all of us to connect in a way that is not only education, but enjoyable.

It’s a win-win.

Adding Art To Homeschool History Makes All The Difference

Because adding art to our homeschool history has been such a success, I’m grateful for all that You Are An Artist offers. It makes my prep work super easy and allows me to learn right alongside my kiddos as Nana teaches us all.

(You can also read all about how we also incorporate art into our homeschool science HERE.)

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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This Is How Your Teen Can Earn An Art Credit For High School

Art Credit For High School

Are you homeschooling high school? Then as you know, it is a beautiful time to cherish memories made with your teen. You may also be at the point in your homeschool journey where necessary credits are getting completed. High school is the time to make sure that your student’s transcript is coming together nicely for whatever may be in store for them in the future. 

So, if you are in the process of completing high school credits for homeschool, you may need an art credit. Many states require one visual art credit for the completion of high school. If that’s the case for you, we will show you how simple it is to use You Are An Artist to obtain your student’s visual art credit. 

As fellow homeschoolers, we know that homeschool families like to plan their own way! That’s why You Are An Artist is an excellent fit for your visual art credit needs. Our flexible path to a visual art credit with chalk pastels allows you the freedom to plan; however it best suits your student. 

Art Credit For High School

Visual art is not only the process of creating art. The education goes far beyond that. Visual art with chalk pastels also encompasses learning about art history, culture, nature, and more. Luckily, here at ChalkPastel.com, we have over 700 chalk pastel lessons to choose from, including all of those very things!

No searching for the right projects or spending hours trying to map out your visual art curriculum! We have simplified earning an art credit for high school for you. We offer a Visual Art 1 pathway to either a full or half-credit. 

And if you are a homeschool parent, you can appreciate the combination of subjects. It’s a win-win when you can combine art and history, art and geography, and better yet – when you can include multiple students. Yes, you can do that with a Clubhouse Membership

Art Credit For High School

How Your Family Can Use You Are An Artist For a Visual Arts Credit?

First, check your local requirements to find out how many hours you need for a full or half credit. You will likely find your state requires somewhere between 120-150 hours of study for a full credit and 60-75 hours or a half credit. 

Once you have your requirements handy, you may want to map out your semester or year. An easy way to do that would be with our Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker. The planner and tracker are also perfect additions to your portfolio if record keeping is required in your state. 

You can plan art lessons to coincide with what you may be learning or books you may be reading this year – with over 600 available lessons to choose from in the Clubhouse Membership, planning out your art credit for high school with chalk pastels is super simple. 

Plus, choosing to pursue a visual art credit is affordable. Unlike many other electives, the supplies for chalk pastel art are minimal. So if your family is watching the budget like many of us are, it’s an economical option that requires few supplies. 

Art Credit For High School

What Can I Count As Visual Art Hours?

What can you count as hours towards your visual art credit? That’s a great question, and accumulating hours is easier than you think! Here are plenty of ideas and ways you can make all of your educational moments count. 

Chalk Pastel Projects: The projects themselves will take time, and the time per project will vary. Each project’s time will be different from student to student, depending on your child’s skill level. However, all of the time spent creating counts! Your teens will likely love this course; chalk pastel art is easy to enjoy.

Art Vocabulary List: Create an art vocabulary list to help your students learn all of the art terms you can find. You could use this list for learning definitions and even test or quiz your student. Another idea may be to have them research particular art terms and the history behind them. Where did the art term originate and when? The possibilities are endless.  

Chalk Techniques Definition List: We have a Chalk Techniques Definition List inside the Clubhouse to help your students get familiar with all chalk techniques. We recommend your student become familiar with this list. Like the vocabulary list above, you could quiz your teen on the list of definitions or do more extensive research on the terms if you choose. 

Field Trips: Yes, of course, field trips count too! And they happen to be a highlight for the whole family to enjoy. Plan a weekly or monthly outing to a nearby art museum, art fair, or art exhibit. Field trips are a fantastic way to experience art in real life. Take a camera to snap photos of your favorites or to try and recreate them later at home with pastels. Have your student bring a journal on the trip and make notes about what they saw. Or bring some chalk pastels along to draw while you are at the museum. You can get extremely creative in using this time for exciting learning opportunities. 

Art History: Watch documentaries about a particular artist or piece of art. Visit the library and check out books that cover art history, culture, and showcase works of art. Your students might veer off onto a rabbit trail as they begin to research the history of pastels themselves. Chalk and oil pastels can be traced back to the renaissance. Yep! The history is fascinating, and some of our most famous artists used chalk pastels. 

Critique Famous Chalk Works: Along with your art history studies, you will find that many famous works of art were created using pastels. Another exciting activity to assign your teen is to critique the pieces. You can dive as deeply into critiquing as you like, but there are some basic questions you can cover. What is the history behind the work? What sort of artwork is it? Ex. Portrait, nature, still life, landscape, abstract, etc. What kind of lines, shapes, and forms do you see? What colors do you see? Discuss space, light vs. dark, and focal points. You can also talk about interpretation; what is the artist trying to convey? Lastly, evaluate. How does the artwork make you feel? Do you like it? Why or why not? 

Submissions: Submissions are another fantastic way to challenge your budding artist and still calculate hours towards your visual art credit. Encourage your student to submit their own works of chalk pastel art into local contests. You can often find competitions to enter posted in your local library or college campuses. A simple Google search will produce all sorts of opportunities where your high school student can enter their art. You might even find fun entry opportunities at your state fair!

Final Project: Assign a final project for each semester or year-end. To determine a final art project, you may want to combine techniques or styles covered over the year. A final art project is a fantastic way to assess everything your teen has learned throughout the curriculum. It is also a fun way for your student to showcase all that he or she has absorbed. 

We hope this helps you easily plan your child’s Visual Art 1 curriculum for the year or semester. Make sure to get a Clubhouse Membership to access your Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker, along with the Chalk Techniques Definition List. 

We also invite you to join our private group. Inside of the, You ARE An Artist Community, you will find art submission opportunities for your teen along with plenty of art activities that the whole family can enjoy. See you inside!

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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Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

Are your kids ready for an epic art journey? Then, take a trip with chalk pastels Narnia with Nana art adventure!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure: Are your kid's ready for an epic art journey? Then, take a trip with chalk pastels Narnia with Nana art adventure! #NarniawithNana #Narnia #Narniaart #Narniachalppastels

The Chronicles of Narnia series is one of our favorite read alouds and audiobooks. We’ve read the series each year for several years. Last year to celebrate the end of the series we had a Narnia teatime complete with sardines on toast, butter on toast, and jam on toast. Just like the tea, Lucy had with Mr. Tumnus. This year, we decided to do something a little different. This year we celebrated this wonderful series with candles, tea, iced cake, and chalk pastels!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Fun for Kids

Chalk pastels are so easy to use. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s chalk pastel videos! Nana is the best at guiding your kiddos on artistic adventures. Seriously, we’ve been using her videos for years. Did you know that when we say “Nana” in our house we have to clarify if we mean my mom or chalk pastels Nana? It’s a lovely bit of confusion we all enjoy!

Nana always reminds the children, “You ARE An Artist!” and inspires them to make their paintings their own. She encourages the kids to use the colors they like; my daughter is particularly fond of pink, motivating them to use their imaginations and learn new art techniques!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Adventure

Begin your Narnia adventure with the magical wardrobe! If you or your children have read The Magician’s Nephew then you’ll know how this wardrobe came into being and why it is magical! Can you see a glimpse of Narnia inside?

Did I mention my daughter likes pink? She would LOVE to have a huge pink wardrobe in her room, lol!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Through the Wardrobe

Next the children created the famous lamp post while sipping their hot tea and enjoying their cake.

Keep paper towels handy as spills DO happen, but having these sweet treats have become part of our chalk pastel experience. It makes them just a little bit more magical and memorable.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

A Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus

How about a cup of tea with Mr. Tumnus?

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Carriage of the White Witch

Beware the White Witch in this winter wonderland! Or is that Father Christmas coming into view?

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Map Your Way Across Narnia with Nana

My son has been enjoying Nana’s chalk pastel geography maps this year and was delighted to discover she has a video lesson mapping Narnia!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Take Up Swords and Prepare to Battle for Narnia

An adventure wouldn’t be complete without a battle! Check out these awesome swords the children and I did!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Aslan Will Be There Too

Of course Aslan will be there too! The great lion is always there when you need him. And oh, how great he is!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

The adventure can continue with a trip on the Dawn Treader if you so desire!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

All Hail the Kings and Queens of Narnia

Sorry Susan, we didn’t forget you. But there are only three of us and there are four Pevensie children.

Can you tell which crown my daughter created? Pink anyone? I’m sure Queen Lucy would love it.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to 600+ chalk pastel lessons including a plethora of Narnia adventure lessons:

  • Through the Wardrobe
  • Lamp Post
  • Aslan
  • Narnia map
  • Carriage and horse for either Father Christmas OR the White Witch of Narnia
  • Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus
  • Beaver
  • Crown for kings and queens of Narnia
  • Sword
  • Winter forest scene with deer
  • Preschool winter scene
  • Snow
  • Icicle
  • Spring tree and spring tree reflection (when Aslan returns!)

Plus others to round out your Chronicles of Narnia unit study:

  • War helmets
  • British Isles map
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

The children loved adding art to one of their favorite book series of all time. I loved how we discussed different literary aspects of the books as they related to each pastel picture. But above all, we enjoyed our magical adventure together making memories that we’ll all look back on with great fondness.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

Winter is a wonderful time for tea in your homeschool. Most of us have seen lovely homeschool tea time spread photos on social media and feel intimidated to try our own. Or perhaps, you aren’t quite sure where to begin. 

Well, I want to share a poetry tea time with you today that is easy to set up, and every bit counts as educational. And, if your children are anything like mine, they will be asking when the next poetry tea time is. 

One of the best poems to enjoy during winter is the renowned Robert Frost’s, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening. It is one of those poems that instantly comes to life with all of the delights of winter. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

You ARE An Artist’s art tutorial of Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening will help you round out an entire hands-on lesson for your family to enjoy. 

We do think this poem is worthy of a special tea time. This time of year can be busy and leave us feeling stressed about the holidays. But Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening helps us remember it is ok to stop and linger a bit at God’s wonderful creation. Like the traveler, we all have obligations to get to. But we also can stop and take in the beauty around us, if even for a moment. Often, that is precisely the refreshment we need. 

That’s is why we think this tea time with chalk pastels will leave you and your children feeling refreshed and renewed for the winter season. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

What Do You Need For A Snowy Art Homeschool Tea Time

The supplies you need for the art lesson are minimal; chalk pastels and construction paper.  And a Clubhouse Membership from You Are An Artist, not only to enjoy this chalk pastel project, but you will also get over 700 other art lessons that your entire family can do and a beautiful poem to print out.

We love the picture book Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening that is illustrated by Susan Jeffers too. The beautiful illustrations that accompany Robert Frost’s words are a perfect combination to share with your family. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

The fun part is what else you can add! We like to enjoy tea or hot cocoa to drink and make an entire experience of it. The kids sip as I read. 

We also add some treats like tree-shaped sugar cookies or something white to signify snow. But you can add anything that your kids might find exciting. I think ice cream would also be fun for this tea time. Remember, there are no rules!

You may be wondering if you have to add any snacks or drinks. I will share with you why I almost always do. My children linger longer with something to sip or snack. It’s true. If I want to read to my kids and keep their attention, I add a little something that counts as a treat. It also makes poetry tea time with art a special time to look forward to. We like to celebrate the end of each week with art. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

Once you decide on all of the fun stuff, now let’s prepare our educational resources. 

If you are afraid that you can’t count art or poetry tea time as educational, you might need a fresh new perspective. Let me assure you, art and poetry tea time is 100% educational. Let’s discuss all of the educational aspects of this single project. 

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

What Can We Learn From Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

  • New Art Techniques. Your child will learn chalk pastel techniques to create a lovely piece of art. Hands-on art with chalk pastels is an excellent fit for all types of learners, and it’s a great way to foster their creative expression. 
  • History. You can dive into the biography of Robert Frost; he was a well-known American poet with four Pulitzer Prizes. You may very well have heard some of his most famous works already! Older children can help research his life and other poems if you want to travel down a few new rabbit trails together! 
  • Poetry. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening is not just a beautiful poem; there is much you can learn from it alone. If you have a high school student, you may want to discuss the poem’s rhyme scheme and other poetic devices. It is full of imagery and literary devices, all worth pointing out as well. 
  • Nature. Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening fits perfectly into winter nature study. If you are working through a winter nature study curriculum, this tea time and art project will coincide nicely. 
  • Togetherness. Winter is the best time to cozy up with warm drinks, create art, and discuss poetry. Even your earliest learners can sit in a draw with chalk on a piece of construction paper while listening along. 
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

We hope you enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of winter with this special poetry tea time! Celebrate winter nature and bond over the arts together as a family with books, art, and tea.

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Tea Time

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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Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

Do you and your kids read “A Christmas Carol” each year? What about watching one of the many movie adaptations? Exploring A Christmas Carol with chalk pastels is an easy and fun way to combine the rich literature of Charles Dickens, the excitement of cinema, and the glory of art this Christmas season!

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“Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens

“A Christmas Carol,” written by Charles Dickens in 1843 has become synonymous with the holiday season. It is filled with charity, goodwill, inspiration, redemption, and repentance during the Christmas season.

That’s one of the main reasons we read it aloud each year! It’s one of the many ways we pursue a slow December.

A Christmas Carol Book, Movie, & Chalk Pastels

There are so many lessons to be gleaned from this famous story. After reading it aloud we usually pick one of the many movie adaptions to watch as a family. Comparing the book to the movies always leads to lively discussions about what was different in the movie versus the book. The audiobook also makes a great alternative if you can’t manage a read aloud.

This year, we also added a chalk pastel Christmas Carol teatime to the mix! Adding an art element like chalk pastels can help your kids get even more out of this famous book.

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

A Christmas Carol Chalk Pastel Teatime

First, I set the table with all of the needed items for a successful chalk pastel teatime:

  • chalk pastels
  • construction paper
  • computer or tablet for watching the video lesson
  • teapot and cups filled with our favorite tea
  • a scrumptious treat ( this time we chose chocolate eclairs)
  • vase of flowers
Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

Then, I pull up our You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership. It provides over 600+ chalk pastel lessons for all ages plus new art lessons from Nana and themed art events throughout the year! In addition to the Christmas Carol lesson you’ll also have access to these other Christmas and holiday lessons:

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Lights
  • Nutcracker
  • Clara and the Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Chinese Tea Dance
  • Mouse King
  • Arctic Express
  • Plus so much more!

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

With the Christmas Carol chalk pastel lesson Nana takes you and your kids step-by-step in creating:

  • Scrooge’s Top Hat
  • Scrooge’s Night Cap
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past’s Candle
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Tiny Tim’s Crutch
  • The Ghost of Christmas Future
Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

I must add that when Nana mentioned that the Ghost of Christmas Future reminded her of Harry Potter’s Dementors, she earned major cool points with my Harry Potter loving kiddos! My daughter’s eyes got as round as saucers and she squealed, “Nana’s read Harry Potter!”

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

The Christmas Carol lesson also sparked interest in Charles Dickens’s life. So, my son and I looked up his biography! It’s so interesting to learn more about the time and place that Dickens lived as well as the hardships he faced. It seems we also covered a bit of history, and geography with this lesson too!

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

After all the tea was drunk, all the eclairs eaten, and all the pastels used we settled in to watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol together.

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”

Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol

The Christmas Carol chalk pastel lesson and teatime was a wonderful addition to our yearly tradition of “A Christmas Carol” book and a movie! I really LOVE this tradition and so do my kids. I highly recommend adding a bit of your own Christmas magic with chalk pastels to your Christmas tradition.

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels
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The Art of Hymn Study

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

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”

Jules Combarieu

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

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

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

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

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Hans Christian Andersen

Making Hymn Study Fun

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

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

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

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

Hymn Study and Art Pairings

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

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Christmas Tea Time With Art Is The Perfect Way To Enjoy The Holidays

Christmas Tea Time

We have all spent a holiday season, or two, caught up in the hustle and bustle. It happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? But this year, don’t forget to slow down and savor the season! One of the absolute best ways to do that is with a Christmas tea time.

But wait, there’s more! As much of a delight as Christmas tea time sounds, you can add art, poetry, some holiday hymns and make an afternoon of it. It’s like adding a cherry on top with sprinkles to your Christmas tea time!

The holidays are a great time to slow down for so many reasons. Especially if you homeschool, you may be ready for a break. But as most of you mommas know, we still have to keep the kids entertained. I also like to join my children in these entertaining activities! The holidays are so much better when you just take time to lean into your family.

Christmas Tea Time

So if you are like me, you may want easy activities that don’t require much preparation. We love chalk pastel art for this reason. I simply set out a few affordable supplies and turn on Nana. Our entire family can sit back and create together.

Add some holiday hymns playing in the background, a nice hot spiced tea, and a lovely Christmas art project – perfection!

Christmas Tea Time

If this sounds appealing to you, all you need is to grab your family a Clubhouse Membership from You Are An Artist. You can enjoy tea time and art anytime with over 600 art tutorials to choose from. It also makes a fantastic gift for the family that keeps on giving all year long.

We love this art tutorial of I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. As a homeschool mom, I also love that there are so many learning opportunities woven into this project. History, poetry, and music are all tied to this one piece of art.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day art lesson is found in the I Drew It Then I Knew It: Hymns Course within the You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership. This art lesson about the Christmas carol is originally from a Longfellow poem, making for a great homeschool lesson.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem Christmas Bells in 1863. The sound of the bells signifies peace and hope during the civil war. It is a beautiful piece of American history worth learning during your holiday studies. The poem was set to music in 1872 and has been covered by many musical artists since.

You can read or even memorize the infamous Longfellow poem and listen to various renditions of the Christmas carol too. We like to listen to different performances of the song and compare. It’s fun to discuss which ones we liked better and why.

You could even look up the biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet. There is an interesting personal back story about how he came to write the poem Christmas Bells. Depending on how in-depth you would like to go, don’t forget there are opportunities to discover new vocabulary words within the poem, poetic elements, and civil war geography.

We think this one is a lovely art lesson rich with history and education that your family will truly benefit from. With peace at the core of this lesson, you will enjoy looking upon this beautiful scene all season long.

Christmas Tea Time

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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Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrate the winter solstice with your kids with chalk pastels winter themed art! They are easy and fun for the whole family.

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For years we have made a tradition of celebrating the shortest day and longest night of the year. These Winter Solstice Activities & Books have been perfect as we learned the science behind the winter solstice while making orange pomanders, orange garland, and delicious sun bread. With the winter solstice marking the first day of winter I thought, “why not add a little winter themed art this year?”

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

How about making some scones and tea to go along with our winter solstice art time? My son and daughter helped me prepare the scones and steep the tea. We set the table and logged into our clubhouse membership. I simply searched for “winter” and a whole slew of options popped up! The kiddos decided to start with the frost-covered leaf.

My daughter made her frosted leaf magical. She said it was touched by the autumn and winter fairies! Can you see the magic swirling around it?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Next, we chose a moonlit bridge and frozen lake while continuing to sip tea and slather extra butter on our scones. It was a big hit! And nothing says winter like winter landscape scenes!

We just adore how “Nana” walks us through step-by-step in creating these snowy works of art! She always reminds us that we are the artist and that we don’t have to choose the same colors she does or add the same trees where she does. She encourages us to make it our own.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

My daughter added holiday lights to her bridge and a lovely reflection of the moon to her frozen lake. Can you tell which one is hers?

I just love her creativity!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

How about a deer standing in the snowy woods for a first day of winter creative project? Although initially, my son said his looked more like a silver-back gorilla, ha! I thought they turned out lovely.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful northern lights! After creating these magnificent works of art, we watched a video all about them. It was a great way to mix in a bit of extra science and beauty!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Chalk Pastels Clubhouse Winter Art

Did you know that with the Chalk Pastels Clubhouse you have access to ALL of their winter-themed art along with 600+ other art lessons? It’s true! Here are just some of the winter art course lessons you can do with the clubhouse membership:

  • Fireplace (A Simple Start)
  • Frost (Winter)
  • Icicles (Winter)
  • Frozen lake (Winter)
  • Winter forest scene with deer (Winter)
  • Stonehenge winter solstice (World Landmarks)
  • Bird in snow (Winter)
  • Northern Lights (Essential Oils)
  • Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening (Master Classes)
  • Winter Tree Reflection Acrylic (Master Classes)
  • Snowman (Preschool)
  • Skate (Winter Games)
  • You might also like Winter Art Fun with Artist Express (and enjoy the Polar Express with it!)
Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Art for Kids

We thoroughly enjoyed our buttered scones, tea, and winter art time. My son declared that homeschool art days are his favorite days! I think that’s saying something, folks. Though winter can be cold and dreary, art, it seems, warms our hearts and souls. Why not give the shortest day and longest night of the year the warmth of art this year?

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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.