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

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

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

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

Why is Lady Liberty green anyway?

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

Statue of Liberty Homeschool Study

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

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

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

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

Did you know the Statue of Liberty is mostly hollow?

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

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

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

Statue of Liberty Art Lessons for Your Homeschool

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the Steve Penley Podcast Transcript HERE

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

Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

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

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

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

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

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

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Veterans Day Homeschool Activities And Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

The History Of Veterans Day

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

Why is Veterans Day observed on November 11?

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

Which veterans do we honor on Veterans Day?

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Day Activities For Your Homeschool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Veterans Day Learning Resources

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

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

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

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

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

More Homeschool Activities And Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities You’ll Be Grateful For!

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Homeschool Resources For Every Day Of The Year

•Plan art into practically any homeschool lesson.

•Enjoy tea times with art. 

•Use a daily clickable calendar with art prompts.

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

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

•Say goodbye to dull homeschool days. 

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Our Thanksgiving Homeschool Lesson Plans

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

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

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

Resources For Your Own Thanksgiving Homeschool Experience

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

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

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

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

We Gather Together Art Tutorial from the Hymns Clubhouse Edition

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

Pumpkin

Thankful for Art Resources

Norman Rockwell 

Acrylics Fall Tree Reflection

Thanksgiving Homeschool

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

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

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

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

Grab Your Homeschool Lessons Here and Start Planning Today! 

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

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Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

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

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Pablo Picasso

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

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

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

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

Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

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

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

Pablo Picasso Modern Art Lessons for Your Homeschool

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

Pablo Picasso

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


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

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

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

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

Read the Pablo Picasso Transcript HERE.

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study

Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

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

Pablo Picasso

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

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

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

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

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

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A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

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

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Oregon Trail Lessons For Your Homeschool

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

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

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

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

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

Apples To Oregon: An Oregon Trail Read Aloud

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

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

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

Yes, even my 14-year-old.

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

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

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

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

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


Hands-On Oregon Trail Art and Geography

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

My son is a huge fan of Nana’s maps!

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

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

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

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

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

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool


Additional Homeschool History Resources


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

Other books we’ve included in our study are: 

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

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

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

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

A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study For Your Homeschool

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

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The Art of Strewing in Your Homeschool

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

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

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

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

What Is Strewing?

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

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

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

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

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

The Benefits of Strewing In Your Homeschool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strewing With You ARE An Artist Clubhouse

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

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

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

About Jessica Waldock

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

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Colorful Famous Artist Horace Pippin Homeschool Lesson for All Ages

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson

We are so excited here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST this month because we are focusing on famous artists! There are so many incredible artists to learn about in your homeschool it’s hard to pick which one to start with. We decided to kick off our studies with a new Horace Pippin homeschool lesson, and we can’t wait to share all the details with you!

One of the best things about including art in your homeschool is that you can combine all ages! Art appreciation with YOU ARE AN ARTiST’s online art lessons can be done family-style, and I love that. There aren’t too many subjects that we can combine with the age gap between my children. That’s why I am super thrilled to dive into some fun art appreciation this month; all of my people around one table creating and learning together make my momma heart happy. 

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Horace Pippin, he was a self-taught artist who was incredibly talented despite having lost use of his right hand. He has been referenced as one of the most important black painters of American History. So if you are studying famous artists or art history, his story is worthy of your time.

Enjoy homeschool art appreciation with famous artists! Our Horace Pippin homeschool art lesson is great for any age. #horacepippin #famousartists #homeschoolart #onlineartlessons

Horace Pippin Art Appreciation Resources for Homeschool 

My favorite resource for studying famous artists and art appreciation is the Famous Artist Companion Workbook from YOU ARE AN ARTiST. The workbook is the perfect addition to your art appreciation curriculum. With each artist in the workbook, you will find a fast fact sheet, a biography about the artist, book recommendations, art planners, detective questions, and so much more. You don’t have to search down books or biographies, and as you know, that is a huge time saver for parents. 

Horace Pippin Homeschool Lesson

Another resource that will help bring your Horace Pippin homeschool lesson to life is this beloved book! A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. It is a colorful telling of Horace’s life, and it pairs perfectly with Nana’s Horace Pippin art lesson. It is also an all-around genuine story of life and perseverance; although it is picture book style, older students and adults love it too. (I certainly did!)

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson

Lastly, as many of you know, Nana has a podcast, and it is a great resource to add to your famous artist studies. She has many podcast episodes dedicated to famous artists, so definitely go check out the podcast. You can hear all about Horace Pippin from Nana’s Back Porch! You could listen to Nana chat about Horace Pippin before or after your online art lesson. Nana’s podcast episodes would also be an excellent addition to morning-time fine arts resources for elementary and high school students. 

Learn About Self-Taught Artist Horace Pippin – Listen to Nana’s Podcast

Enjoy Nana’s From My Back Porch Podcast on Horace Pippin! Learn about how Horace Pippin was a self-taught artist and how his paintings became a part of exhibits in famous art museums.

“In this podcast on Horace Pippin, I share a quote from the favorite book that Courtney shared about, above. That book is A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. I highly recommend you get this beautiful book by Jen Bryant or borrow it from your local library.” ❤️ Nana

“Paint us a picture, Horace!”

A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant

Read Nana’s Horace Pippin Podcast Transcript HERE.

Nana’s daughter, Tricia, and her children were able to see several Horace Pippin paintings in person at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta! You can read more about self-taught artists and view Horace Pippin paintings online in a virtual art gallery: Gate Crashers: The Rise of The Self-Taught Artist in America.

Horace Pippin Art Lesson

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson 

Nana’s Horace Pippin art lesson works for all ages! We enjoyed learning about Horace and creating with Nana so much. These colorful pictures are too stinking cute, right? This is just one of many homeschool famous artist lessons for you to enjoy!

Enjoy homeschool art appreciation with famous artists! Our Horace Pippin homeschool lesson is great for any age. #homeschoolart #horacepippin #onlineartlessons

I have one child who loves to express her artistic creativity, so when Nana mentions that you can draw whatever you want inside the circle, of course, she went with it! I know your artists will love adding their own special touch too.

Horace Pippin Homeschool Art Lesson

There are so many artists waiting to be discovered by you inside the clubhouse. If you don’t have a membership already, you can learn more about one here. We use our membership every week because there is an art lesson for just about anything you are learning about in your homeschool. My kid’s attitudes toward home education are always better when adding visual and hands-on activities like art. 

Horace Pippin Homeschool Lesson

Extension Ideas for Horace Pippin Homeschool & Art Lesson

Color Wheel Activities. There are so many excellent color wheel activities out there to try in your homeschool. Learning and experimenting with colors is so much fun! You can start with a simple color wheel art lesson for preschool and elementary or dive into color theory for older students. Don’t forget if you have high school students that need an art credit, you can utilize YOU ARE AN ARTiST for earning a visual art credit

Research Horace’s Art and Processes. Horace Pippin created over 140 artworks throughout his lifetime; they included paintings of slavery, racial segregation, daily life, religion, World War I, and more. He has oil paintings, drawings, and self-portraits to see. Interestingly, Horace first began burning designs into wood and painting them with only a couple of colors to highlight parts of the image. He was depicted as a genre artist; find out what genres he painted and why. View some of his many pieces of famous art—research which of his works have gotten the most recognition.

Horace Pippin Quote

Learn About Other African-American Artists. Another area to explore might be to dive into learning about other great African-American artists like Horace Pippin. You don’t necessarily have to stick with his genre of art. Still, you could learn about African-American artists that broke barriers in art, like Henry Ossawa Tanner and others. 

Art Appreciation. One of the best ways to appreciate art is to view it. Take a field trip to a local art museum or exhibit if you can, or the next best thing is to look it up online. There are all sorts of museums with online art exhibits, original works of art, and even commentary to explore when appreciating any genre of art or a particular artist. Discuss pieces of famous art that you like or dislike and talk about why as a family. (And yes, that all counts as education.)

Horace Pippin Art Lesson for Kids

Other Famous Artists Homeschool Art Lessons

Make sure you add some of these other famous artists to your art appreciation studies this year!

  • Monet
  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo 
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Van Gogh
  • Rembrandt
  • John James Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter 
  • Degas
  • da Vinci
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • Betsy Ross
  • Andy Warhol
  • and so many more! (YOU ARE AN ARTiST has over 800 homeschool art lessons for you to try!)

As always, we hope that these ideas inspire you to create your own homeschool lessons with art and rich resources that your children will love and remember. 

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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Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons

Here are some super simple ideas on ways to create a fall hygge homeschool art lesson with items you may already have on hand or within easy reach.

Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons:Here are some super simple ideas on ways to create a fall hygge homeschool art lesson with items you may already have on hand or within easy reach. #fall #fallhygge #chalkpastels #homeschool #homeschoolartlessons

Hygge has been a hot word in recent years. You can find it all across the internet as a defining characteristic of Danish culture. It essentially means coziness and comfortable with a feeling of contentment or well-being. I love the idea of hygge. Everyone, especially me, craves calm and cozy.

I find my mental health and overall well-being improve when I introduce a bit of hygge into my life. That makes me a better mom because I’m calmer and more patient.

I typically think of hygge as a space of cozy blankets, pillows, and my favorite candle. But last week I realized that our art lessons are also a place for hygge.

Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons

Autumn was upon us, and I planned our weekly chalk pastel art lesson with a fall theme. It had been a highly stressful week of work, taekwondo lessons for the kids, and unexpected health complications. Mentally, I was fried. I don’t think I realized just how exhausted I was until I sat down at the table with my hot cup of tea.

It felt so cozy and perfect in my hand. I held it up to my lips and breathed in the aroma of honey, spearmint, lemongrass, orange blossoms, and rosebuds. I felt such comfort. Then I looked around at our table. It was covered in chalk pastels, acrylic paints, second-hand teacups, apple crumble, and construction paper. It wasn’t the perfect hygge photo on a cottage magazine, but THIS was hygge because it was that feeling of comfort, contentment, and well-being.

The kids dove right into their lesson with excitement, but I lingered on this feeling for a bit longer. Savoring the sweetness and joy it brought. Once I’d finished my cup of tea, I pushed up my sleeves and got to work on my chalk pastel drawing feeling renewed and energized.

Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons

Cozy Fall Homeschool Resources

You can create your own fall hygge homeschool lessons with a few easy steps.

  • Gather your chalk pastels and Nana’s video art lessons. You don’t need an expensive chalk pastel set; just a starter set is okay.
  • You’ll want a pack of construction paper in assorted colors.
  • Serve your children’s favorite beverage. It could be tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, or even juice. Whatever they love. Be sure to have your favorite beverage nearby too.
  • Serve treats. You don’t have to bake anything by hand if that’s not your thing. Pick a delicious treat at the bakery or even a pack of Little Debbie Snack Cakes.
  • Light a candle or two if you like; just keep them out of the way of little ones.
  • Keep some damp paper towels handy to clean up chalk hands and any spills.

Art is also a great way to strengthen the parent-child relationship and have a little one-on-one time with your kiddo.

Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons

Additional Homeschool Resources For Fall With The You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership

Did you know that with the You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership, you get a bank of 700+ art lessons to choose from for ALL ages! Here is a sampling of the fall-themed art that we had access to:

  • Blue Jay
  • Look Up! Fall Aspen Trees
  • Pumpkin Acrylic
  • Hayride
  • Fall Acrylic Tree Reflection
  • Candy Corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Caramel Apple
  • Turkey
  • Acorn
  • Wind in the Tree
  • Fall Trees
  • Roasting Marshmallows around the Campfire
  • Apple Pie and Ice Cream
  • Warm Mittens, Scarf and Hot Chocolate
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Plus many more!

But the Fall Art Lessons are lovely too if you’re not interested in the Clubhouse membership, but you are interested in trying some fall art.

Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons

My kids always enjoy the treat of an acrylic lesson from Nana. Her new acrylic pumpkin was perfect for our fall-themed teatime!

Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons

Fall Hygge Chalk Pastel Teatime

Hygge is easy to create with just a few simple steps. Let comfort and the feeling of well-being be your guide as you create a lovely chalk pastel teatime. My kids certainly enjoyed having a patient mom sitting at the table alongside them as they created whimsical works of fall art, and I enjoyed that fall hygge sense of contentment and coziness.

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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Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons And Workbook

There are many important lessons and truths to be learned from the Civil War. With Nana’s Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons and the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It American History workbook, you can reinforce all that you are learning in your homeschool. Don’t miss Nana’s podcast on Sojourner Truth, included below!

Nana's Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons and the I Drew It Then I Knew It American History notebook complement your Civil War homeschool studies.

While there are Civil War field trips to take to study battlefields, finding Civil War hands-on homeschool lessons for your American history studies may be a challenge. That is simply because there are not very many of these type of resources available. Fortunately, Nana has many Civil War homeschool art lessons to match your studies – from famous people of the Civil War to maps to war equipment and tools. All you need is a starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and your You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons And Workbook

“While there were many tragedies, there were also mercies. Many soldiers in both Union and Confederate armies were won to Christ as the Great Revival swept through both camps, mainly during the last, horrific year of 1864. As we read about the close of the war this week, be looking for the hand of God, whose ways are always altogether good and righteous, and who in in the course of this war revealed both His judgment and His mercy.”  ~ Tapestry of Grace introduction to week 24, Year 3

Let me share with you the many lessons you can enjoy to make your Civil War homeschool studies more meaningful and memorable! But first, enjoy Nana’s Sojourner Truth homeschool study podcast.

Photo by Jessica of flutterbyelearning

Sojourner Truth Homeschool Study

Paint Sojourner Truth as part of your Civil War hands-on homeschool lessons and learn more about this important woman in American history. In the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It American History workbook, learn five fast facts and a biography overview of Sojourner Truth. In addition, you can listen to Nana’s Sojourner Truth podcast or read her the podcast transcript.

Sojourner Truth art lesson: Nana's Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons and the I Drew It Then I Knew It American History notebook complement your Civil War homeschool studies.

Learn More About Sojourner Truth with Nana’s Podcast

“We’re going to be speaking about one of America’s most iconic women. Now, I know that sometimes you might think that I use the word iconic a lot. And in fact, I think I do, because we are so fortunate in this country to have important and iconic men and women. And today I want to recognize Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner was born with a different name. Her name was Isabella Bomfree. She later changed her name because she believed that God had told her to travel and speak the truth about slavery.” – Nana

Overview of Sojourner Truth Study

Read Nana’s Sojourner Truth Podcast Transcript HERE.

1:19 Sojourner’s Name Change
3:30 Sojourner’s Fight to End Slavery
4:11 Sojourner Mars Rover (enjoy this lesson in Nana’s Space Exploration course!)

Civil War Cannon Art Lesson

This American history lesson is art in action and can represent all the battles of the American Civil War. You are the artist, so you can add Union or Confederate soldiers.

Underground railroad art lesson: Nana's Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons and the I Drew It Then I Knew It American History notebook complement your Civil War homeschool studies.

Underground Railroad Homeschool Lesson

There were many routes that enslaved African Americans would take to escape on the Underground Railroad. You can map out the intricate ‘railroad’ routes with Nana’s maps lesson. Then, to complement your underground railroad lesson, paint Harriet Tubman.

“Twant me, ’twas the Lord. I always told him, “I trust you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me,” and he always did.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Lesson for Homeschool

Erin and her artists recently enjoyed Nana’s Harriet Tubman art lesson in their homeschool. Erin says, “Are you looking for fun ways to incorporate American history homeschool lessons? Maybe you already have a history curriculum, but you’re looking for ways to make it more hands-on and engaging. Chalk pastels may be just what you need to get your kids to fall in love with history!”

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

-Harriet Tubman

President Abraham Lincoln Homeschool Lesson

No Civil War hands-on homeschool lessons would be complete without an in-depth look at President Abraham Lincoln. Courtney and her students shared an excellent art time for Presidents Day. It is full of fun learning ideas for President Lincoln! Nana has a President Abraham Lincoln lesson, Abraham Lincoln’s hat and a Thanksgiving Day Proclamation lesson with Abraham Lincoln. So many ways to learn about American Civil War president.

A sample of Nana’s Inventors lessons by Shawna – Why Art is an Essential Part of Science in Our Homeschool

Telegraph Inventors Homeschool Lesson

The telegraph was an instrumental tool for communication during the Civil War. Learn more with this lesson and more in Nana’s Inventors homeschool art lessons.

Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse

Take a look at this sampling of Nana’s art lessons available in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse that you can pair with your American history studies to create Civil War hands-on homeschool studies.

  • Harriet Tubman
  • Underground Railroad (Map)
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Civil War Cannon
  • President Abraham Lincoln
  • President Ulysses S. Grant (a general during the Civil War)
  • United States (North America) map
  • Telegraph (Inventors)

I Drew It Then I Knew It American History Homeschool Workbook

This resource, available to our Complete Clubhouse members, can be such a valuable tool for your Civil War hands-on homeschool lessons for your American history studies. Workbook series author, Courtney Messick, shares, “In each workbook, you will find a Book List with varying reading levels, 5 Fast Facts, an Overview, Biography, or Writing Prompts, Planners, and Ideas for How To Use our Curriculum. Everything you need for a quick lesson can be found inside. Or use all of the planners included to map out a more extensive study. I also love that the Companion Workbooks help me combine my oldest to youngest learners all in one place over a central topic. There is something special about family-style learning and all of us creating together.

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

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

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anne of Green Gables online art lessons

Anne of Green Gables Art Lessons for Tea Time 

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

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

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

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

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

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

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

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

Additional Anne of Green Gables Homeschool Resources for Your Book Study 

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

Anne of Green Gables art lessons

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

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

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

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

Literature Companion Workbook

Tea Time Ideas to Blend with Your Art Lessons

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

Anne of Green Gables Quote

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

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

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