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Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

Experience how a delight-directed family uses the power of art to enhance their child-led learning adventure! You don’t have to be artistic or worry about a vast supply list. A simple starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and the You ARE An Artist chalk pastel video art lessons are all you need to get started.

Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family: Experience how a delight-directed family uses the power of art to enhance their child-led learning adventure! You don't have to be artistic or worry about a vast supply list. A simple starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and the You ARE An Artist chalk pastel video art lessons are all you need to get started. #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #homeschoolart #delightdirected #delightdirectedhomeschoolart #delightdirectedfamily #childlededucation #unschooling #strewing #delight-directedhomeschooling

We have been homeschooling for over a decade, and what an adventure it has been. While we do use some curriculum, it usually isn’t in the traditional linear sense. It just doesn’t work for our family. We tend to skip around finding joy in the things that interest us as a delight-directed family. Rabbit trails of discovery have zig-zagged across our educational journey. We dive deep into passions, be they dinosaurs, backyard birds, forest animals, moon cycles, the universe, ancient Egypt, World War II, or more recently, everything magical and mythical.

Thus, this week we found ourselves at the table, chalk pastels strewn about, with iced cakes, hot tea, and Nana’s video art lesson of the mythical Phoenix!

Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family
Find Nana’s Mythical Phoenix lesson in the Fairy Tales and Mythical Creatures section of the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse. Find the You ARE an ARTiST mugs and t-shirts in our shop!

Delight-Directed Homeschool Art

We follow our interests. And I learn right alongside my kids. My goal is to provide loads of great literature, intriguing documentaries, plenty of fun games, and tons of learning and creative opportunities that coincide with my children’s interests. As part of our child-led education, I’ve been strewing to keep my kids exploring, engaged, and full of ideas. That means our tables are covered in books, games, modeling clay, maps, and hands-on activities. I want to foster a love of learning in my children, and following my kiddo’s interests makes learning more relevant and meaningful.

Delight-directed homeschool art has been super easy with our You ARE An Artist Complete Membership. We like to pair the video art lessons with current read alouds, picture books, or current interests. When my son was obsessed with WWII for two years, Nana consistently added history art lessons to thrill my son. 

Both children have been obsessed with Harry Potter, and lucky for us, creating an enchanting Hogwarts chalk pastel teatime was easy to pull together with Nana’s clubhouse.

When the children were enamored with sharks, chalk pastels came to the rescue again! There were easy-to-follow tutorials on some of the weirdest and most beautiful sharks of the deep!

Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

Chalk Pastel Teatime For Art In Your Homeschool

Every week, I set the table with treats, tea or hot chocolate, and all of our chalk pastels. Sometimes we light our beeswax candles and pull out our musical wind-up teapot. Our delight-directed family enjoys this weekly ritual of art and treats.

Sometimes the treats are based on current interests. Like the week my daughter finally watched all of the Star Wars movies and then wanted to do Nana’s Star Wars chalk pastel art! We enjoyed plates of Wookie brownies and a Sarlacc bunt cake!

You can make homemade treats or open a box of Little Debbie’s. Serve your children’s favorite beverage. It doesn’t have to be tea. The point is to make it inviting and tap into your child’s natural joy of learning.

Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

You can easily add art to your interest-led learning adventure! The You ARE AN Artist Chalk Pastel Membership has +700 lessons on everything from:

  • Holidays and Seasonal: Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Lessons
  • Science
  • Nature
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Favorite Movies
  • and everything in between!
  • Be sure to check out the entire You ARE An Artist Course Listing to see all that’s offered within the membership.

    There’s even a FREE Homeschool Curriculum Match-Up Checklist you can download to help you pair up history and science interests such as: Ancient History, Middle Ages, early American History, and Modern History art lessons, as well as inventors, space, and more science lessons!

    Then there are the Companion Workbooks for the I Drew It Then I Knew It Series that is perfect if your kiddos want to dive deeper into one of Nana’s chalk pastel lessons. These workbooks offer:

    • Fast Fact Sheets
    • Writing Prompts
    • Biographies and Overviews
    • Research Ideas
    • Nature Observation
    • Planners
    • and more!
    Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

    Homeschool Art for the Delight Directed Family

    As a delight-directed family homeschooling is all about following interests!

    There are oodles of opportunities for strewing these lovely art resources for my children to discover. And it works!

    Here are just a few of our favorite interest-led art lessons through the years with Nana’s chalk pastel lessons:

    Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

    Art Together As A Family In Your Homeschool

    Interest-led homeschooling, also known as child-led learning or unschooling, is a great way to nurture your unique child’s interests and passions. You can make it look however you want and in whatever way works best for your family.

    Delight-directed family art doesn’t have to be intimidating, but it can be a powerful learning tool. That’s because art can help solidify subjects your children are already learning about! By following your kiddo’s interests you are making learning more meaningful and intriguing. Plus, you don’t have to be creative or artistic to cultivate creativity in your children. Just present them with the delights of chalk pastel video art lessons. Let them choose what interests them, and let Nana do the rest.

    You ARE an ARTiST t-shirts and mugs

    An Amazing Delight Directed Family Homeschool Bundle

    This collection of resources will help you and your kids on your delight-directed homeschool journey! This bundle includes:

    • 48 Count Prismacolor Chalk Pastels
    • The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life
    • Call of the Wild + Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education
    • Story Cubes Fantasia
    • DK: An Anthology of Intriguing Animals
    • DK: The Mysteries of the Universe
    • DK: The Wonders of Nature
    • Pack of Construction Paper
    Homeschool Books and Supplies for the Delight-Directed Family

    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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    Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for Homeschool

    It’s time to paint some apples, don’t you agree? Nana has several homeschool lessons featuring apples for you to enjoy. We are pointing to Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for homeschool so you can easily add them to your fun, fall studies and read aloud times!

    It's time to paint some apples, don't you agree? Nana has several homeschool lessons you can enjoy. We are pointing to Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for homeschool so you can easily add them to your studies and read aloud times!

    Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for Homeschool

    With the crispness of the fall air and the rustle of fallen leaves, it is a great time to explore fall art in your homeschool. Using chalk pastels you can create both beautiful artwork and lasting memories. Here are some fun ideas from Erin for fall art and one on one time with your kids. You can find even more homeschool ideas for creating fall unit studies in Courtney’s Make Homeschool Lessons More Fun When You Add Art and Art Lessons for The Eclectic Homeschool Family.

    Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with Nana! Come and paint ALL the Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for Homeschool in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!
    You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse Members enjoy Nana’s Map of Johnny Appleseed’s travels AND a Johnny Appleseed Day lesson too!

    Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse Members

    All of these apple chalk pastel art lessons are featured in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse along with a month’s worth of fall art!

    How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Homeschool Art Lesson

    Do you love to read the favorite book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World in your homeschool? We read it every year! One year we asked Nana to teach us an art lesson to match How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. You can enjoy it too!

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    Perfect to go with How to Make Nana’s Apple Pie and See the World step-by-step lesson with Nana’s apple pie recipe.

    Free download! Enjoy Nana's Apple Pie Recipe with your Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for Homeschool

    Nana’s Apple Pie Recipe for Your Apple Homeschool Studies

    You can make Nana’s apple pie recipe! It is perfect for an afternoon tea time or any time. Download a printable version (with Nana’s beautiful illustrations) for free! Click Nana’s Apple Pie Recipe.

    More Fall Homeschool Art Lessons

    It's time to paint some apples! Nana has several you can enjoy. So we are pointing to Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons for your homeschool!

    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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    Art Lessons For The Eclectic Homeschool Family

    Eclectic Homeschool

    We were homeschoolers for years before we became an eclectic homeschool family. And honestly, before we became eclectic homeschoolers, we missed out on so much in our homeschool. Now that I look back on it, it felt like we played Simon Says with our curriculum most days. We didn’t do anything unless Simon, ahem, I mean our curriculum teacher’s guide, said we could. Thank goodness that didn’t last! Shifting to an eclectic homeschool has been one of the best choices we ever made.

    An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons

    What Is Eclectic Homeschooling?

    Eclectic homeschooling is one of the best possible methods for homeschooling. I firmly believe that. I have been coaching other homeschool families for almost a decade now, and eclectic homeschooling works for almost everyone. Because home education isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, eclectic homeschooling is adaptable and can be customized. 

    There are no rules when it comes to eclectic homeschooling. You have the absolute freedom to mix and match homeschool methods, curriculum, resources, and routines. There is no right or wrong way to homeschool when you are an eclectic homeschooler. 

    An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons
    • Of all the homeschool styles and methods, eclectic is the one method that you can customize and tailor to your unique family. With eclectic homeschooling, you make it work for you. Not the other way around. With some popular homeschooling methods, you are expected to fit inside the box and follow the parameters of that educational style. But, eclectic homeschoolers can use whatever they love about any homeschool method without fully committing to them. As an eclectic homeschooler, you don’t have to choose one type of learning, teaching, or method. You can carefully curate all the things you like and leave out everything that you don’t! 
    • Eclectic homeschooling works for all learning styles. Since you can pick and choose various curriculum and resources, you can tailor an education to each individual child. For example, a couple of my children are visual and kinesthetic, so we often incorporate You ARE An Artist art lessons to work creatively with our hands and eyes. Chalk pastel art is also a great way to stimulate multiple learning styles at once. 
    • Eclectic homeschoolers are freedom seekers and rule-breakers. Like many of you, we aren’t followers and like to march to the beat of our own drum. Eclectic homeschooling allows for complete freedom to home educate your way! If you don’t like the idea of being held to a style, curriculum, or routine – you will love eclectic homeschooling. 

    Why An Eclectic Approach To Homeschooling Works For Our Family

    When we first began homeschooling, we were stuck on the hamster wheel of checking off all of the boxes. We had no time for the fun stuff, like art. My daughter and I were both miserable. We weren’t enjoying home education. Honestly, in the beginning, I didn’t even realize that home educating could be fun, enjoyable, and relaxed without sacrificing a quality education. At the time, I had no vision beyond what I remembered from public school. I was lucky enough to learn more about home educating and was eager to cultivate a positive environment at home where my children could flourish. 

    Eclectic homeschooling works for my children because we can carefully choose how we approach each subject, curate the curriculum best suited for them, and customize when, where, and how. My children are individuals, each with unique interests, gifts, and learning styles. And I want to foster that to help my children grow into the individuals that God intended. 

    With two out of my three kids being naturally artistic and craving hands-on activities, art helps to keep my kids consistently enjoying our homeschool. They associate creating and having a good time with Nana, and she’s a big deal around here. I remember our homeschool before You ARE An Artist, and it wasn’t nearly as happy and healthy as we are now.

    Eclectic homeschooling encompasses flexibility and the ability to customize the homeschool that we need. That is something I genuinely appreciate now! 

    Eclectic Homeschool

    Art And Eclectic Homeschooling

    Art is the perfect addition to eclectic homeschooling. Since eclectic homeschooling has no boundaries, you can add art to anything. And with so many lessons to choose from, You ARE An Artist has an art lesson on just about everything. Seriously! You are sure to find an art lesson to coincide with almost anything you might be studying at home.

    I say this all the time, but adding fun, creativity, and excitement to your homeschool can make a world of difference in your home and for your children. Art helps them express their creative ability, incorporates hands-on learning, and helps them retain what they have learned. Not to mention, we don’t have to sit stiffly or still when we create. We can sit however we want (or wiggle) and enjoy art!

    In addition to those wonderful benefits, by adding art, you can create an environment that shows your children learning can be a lifestyle! Isn’t that the goal, cultivating lifelong learners?

    Eclectic Homeschool

    Art Lessons For Our Eclectic Homeschool Family

    You can easily add art to any homeschool lesson! Yes, really. I add art to Bible lessons, Holidays like Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Poetry, Tea Time, Science, History, Literature, Music, and plenty of other learning opportunities. My children look forward to our time spent together doing art. Some of our best homeschool moments will be remembered around our kitchen table, creating art with Nana.  

    You ARE An Artist offers art tutorials on unique topics like Hymns, Maps, Inventors, Famous Artists, Presidents, Solar System, The Games, 4 History Cycles, Sharks, Literature, Nature, and so much more. I know as eclectic homeschoolers, you will appreciate that!

    We are enjoying Nana’s Simple Start to Chalk Pastels in the pictures you see here today. I decided on an apple for our back-to-homeschool art teatime. This one was no-fuss with muffins and tea. Usually, I enjoy planning out our tea times with all sorts of books and coordinating art lessons from Nana. We find our tea times with art relaxing and a great way to decompress when our homeschool feels like it could use a boost.

    An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons

    Here is a shortlist of some of our favorite art lessons through the years with chalk pastels. Each post below has multiple art lessons, all tied to one central theme. I love learning this way because we can blend so many overlapping subjects. I hope this gives you some ideas for how you can use these art lessons in your own homeschool.

    An eclectic homeschool is perfect for incorporating art! You can easily add art into practically any lesson, and your kids will thank you. #homeschoolart #eclectichomeschooling #homeschoolartlessons

    I also want to share some of my favorite resources from You ARE An Artist that helps me blend subjects and age levels altogether at home:

    I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks: The I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks are designed by an eclectic homeschool mom! Yes, me! It is with much gratitude and appreciation for You ARE An Artist that I can even say that. I was honored when presented with the opportunity to create companion resources for You ARE An Artist and become part of the team. Designing educational resources that are versatile and help families learn together for Nana is kind of my dream job, you know? I carefully create each workbook with cultivating a love of learning in mind. Our goal is that they are flexible for you to use; however they work best in your homeschool.

    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.

    Clubhouse Complete Membership: When I first found Nana, we were using individual art lessons. But, I soon realized that the way to go is the Clubhouse Complete Membership. With access to over 800 art tutorials and counting, you never run out of fun to add to your homeschool days, weeks, or year. 

    Visual Art Credit: My oldest is in high school, and we also use You ARE An Artist for her Visual Arts Credit. Since we have to accumulate hours for her credit, I allow her to choose what lessons she wants. She can access the You ARE An Artist Calendar within our membership and select a lesson on her own; it’s excellent for promoting independent learning. 

    Eclectic Homeschool

    I hope that this gives you some ideas of how you can utilize a Complete Clubhouse Membership in your eclectic homeschool too! Your kids will thank you for it!

    An Awesome Eclectic Homeschooling Bundle of Resources!

    We’ve put together this beautiful bundle of eclectic education-inspired books and materials that would be perfect for an eclectic homeschool family! The bundle includes:

    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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    Art Lessons For The Classical Homeschool Family

    If you’ve ever wondered what the term “classical education” means, you aren’t alone! Maybe the term conjures thoughts of classic literature like Shakespeare. Or studying classical philosophers from Greek and Roman times. 

    Each would likely show up inside a classical education, but they aren’t what makes an education “classical.” 

    Kids sitting on floor drawing with chalk pastels

    What Is Classical Homeschooling?

    Simply defined: A classical education uses materials and methods that fit a child’s developmental stage.

    Classical education calls this “the trivium,” referencing the three basic stages of learning.These stages can coincide with ages, or can be cycled through any time we learn something new!

    • Concrete / Grammar – From preschool through about 5th grade, learners think mostly in concrete terms. They love to repeat information like songs, rhymes, or facts. 
    • Logic / Dialectic – Around age 10 through middle school, children begin to analyze, question and debate. This expansion of thought leads to understanding. 
    • Abstract / Rhetoric – During high school years, students deepen understanding and share their own reasonings and opinions on what they have learned.

    At the core of a classical homeschool is the desire for students to delight in their observations, wonder and ask good questions, and share their knowledge. Classical homeschooling focuses on teaching children HOW to learn, not WHAT to learn.

    Child drawing on the floor with chalk pastels

    Why A Classical Approach To Homeschooling Works For Our Family

    It took me awhile to understand the concepts behind a classical education. For a long time, I thought it was just about mastering facts. As my children grew, I saw there was more to this method than fact acquisition. 

    What I love now about classical homeschooling is how my children grow in their learning in ways that feel quite natural. Eventually, they’ll be able to teach themselves anything they want to learn.

    Until then, I love providing hands-on learning experiences that help us wonder and delight in the process of learning. We really do learn together in our home, which makes our homeschool adventure exciting for everyone. 

    Chalk Pastels and drawings of pyramids and King Tut

    Art And Classical Homeschooling

    I was dubious about my ability to teach art to my children because I never considered myself an artist. The classical method (and Nana!) helped me overcome these doubts. 

    If you know HOW to learn, you can learn anything! Even if you’re new to art, you can learn right alongside your children. 

    Here’s what learning art in classical education might look like: 

    • In the Grammar stage, children learn the basic elements of art like color, line, and shape. They’ll appreciate famous artists and their artwork.
    • In the Logic stage, children experiment with and practice their skills, and discuss famous artwork. 
    • In the Rhetoric stage, students create expressive art pieces and share developed opinions about art topics. 

    These stages aren’t always age-dependent. A young student may have an opinion about art and older students may playfully dabble with paints. We all learn throughout life and move back and forth between stages as needed. 

    “Adjustments are not failures.”

    I saw this quote in an art studio recently. We are always adjusting our children’s art education to fit their age and/or stage.

    Finger blending chalk pastel drawing of King Tut

    Art Lessons For Our Classical Homeschool Family

    Because art was one subject area I felt nervous about, I knew I had to find a good resource to support my own learning alongside my boys. 

    Chalk pastel lessons with Nana has become a favorite resource! The easy to follow lessons and simple materials are perfect for my young artists. Lesson by lesson, my kids were learning to name art techniques like scumbling, dimension, perspective, and more.

    I often try out a lesson myself either before or with the boys, and pay attention to details Nana shares to talk about with the boys later on. 

    Once I discovered Nana’s You ARE an Artist lessons, I was drawn in by how well her lessons integrated with … well, everything!

    When we bring history into art lessons, or make connections between famous people and art, we do more than save time in our homeschool. We teach our children how interconnected our world really is! In classical education, subject integration deepens our understanding all around. 

    I especially love chalk pastel lessons that focus on history, science, and literature, because Nana always includes tidbits of information about the topic, invites kids to wonder about what happened, or asks questions to stir their imagination. 

    When we first started using ChalkPastel.com lessons, my youngest son sat for an afternoon doing lesson after lesson from the Old Testament Bible series. By the time he finished the series he knew so much—and he had created visual memory clues in his chalk pastel paintings to help him recall the stories for weeks! 

    I guess that’s why Nana has so many series of lessons called “I Drew It, Then I Knew It.” It’s aptly named because that is exactly what happens. 

    Having a classical homeschool does not mean we sit around droning facts. Instead, we take a sensory approach to learning facts gently in our morning time. I use picture books (yes, even in upper grades!), poetry, songs, and art to introduce, review, and expand on what we are learning.

    Books and chalk pastel drawings of Ancient Egypt

    Ancient History Art Lessons

    This year, we’ll learn about Ancient History. Chalk pastel art will play a big role! Here’s how we include chalk pastel lessons in our days: 

    I’ve created an Ancient History Classical Morning Menu with a collection of ancient history- related poems, scripture, and picture study to share with the kids each morning. I also curated an ancient history booklist (which you can download free on my blog!). 

    After our Morning Time read-aloud and Menu study, we’ll use the Chalk Pastel I Drew It Then I Knew It Ancient History lessons as a transition into daily work. Lessons on emperors and kings, philosophers and wars, and historic monuments will fit perfectly with our Ancient History studies.

    Check out this timeline scroll we started for this year’s studies! 

    My boys loved hearing about King Tut’s mask of “royal purple” and jewels and hearing about the scarab beetles of Egypt. We’ll be sure to look these facts up for more study later on. We’ll explore Ancient Egypt in chalk pastels and other resources to learn about the pyramids, pharaohs, and ancient lands.

    Chalk Pastels on floor with kid hands drawing

    We’ll study Ancient Greece lessons on the Ancient Games, philosophers, and more. Rome, China, and biblical events each have matching art lessons, too. 

    Kids with Chalk Pastel Drawings of Summer Games

    Because we integrate reading, history, art, and Bible lessons, I cover the same facts multiple times without the kids getting bored. It looks something like this:

    • Read: a book about Chinese philosophers (from my Ancient History book list)
    • Copywork: Chinese poetry (from my Morning Menu)
    • Recite: History sentence about Chinese philosophers (from our Classical Conversations memory work)
    • Observe and discuss: Chinese artwork (from my Morning Menu)
    • Create / Draw: a Chinese philosopher (with Nana from Chalk Pastel)

    That’s five times they hear and engage with the same topic, using different modes of learning: reading, reciting, writing, observing, discussing, and drawing! 

    In the end, the kids learn about Chinese philosophers, and they learn five ways to go about learning anything they want to know! That is the beauty of classical education with art in our homeschool!

    Chalk Pastel Ancient History Drawing

    Chalk Pastel’s Ancient History lessons also come with a handy companion workbook with the Clubhouse membership. This download contains lesson tracking worksheets, fast facts about art lesson topics, “Detective” questions for discussion, and suggested reading lists. These companion books help with transitions in and out of our art time. 

    In each lesson, Nana makes room for different stages of learning. She shares fun facts, demonstrates basic art skills, guides artists to ask questions, and integrates art with other content areas.

    Nana’s methods of teaching art appeal to a wide range of ages and stages. We are so excited to discover Ancient History with ChalkPastel.com art lessons this year!

    A Wonderful Classical Education Bundle!

    Homeschool Books and Materials

    We’ve put together this beautiful bundle of classical education-inspired books and materials we think would be wonderful in a classical homeschool or any homeschool! The bundle includes: 

    • A set of beautiful Chalk Pastels for your kids to enjoy!
    • The Ancient History Classical Morning Menu – 9 months of printables for your morning time! (PDF file)
    • Augustus Caesar’s World – delightful stories from the ancient world
    • Classical Me, Classical Thee – will help you explain classical education to your own students
    • David Macauley’s Pyramid book – richly detailed illustrations share the stories of the pyramids
    • Teaching From Rest – helps you end the stress and worry in your homeschool
    • Classical Historian’s Ancient History Go Fish card game – learn facts about ancient times with a fresh-take on a well-known game

    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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    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Learn about Medieval times with Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It chalk pastel video art lessons! Medieval Times homeschool art is the perfect hands-on way to bring a bit of color and excitement to history.

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels: Learn about Medieval times with chalk pastel video art lessons! It's the perfect hands-on way to bring a bit of color and excitement to history. #medievalhistory #medievaltimes #medievaltimeshomeschool #medievaltimeshomeschoolart #medievalunitstudy #homeschoolart #chalkpastels #YouAREAnArtist

    Medieval Themed Art Lessons with Chalk Pastels

    Do your kiddos love dragons, and knights, and princesses? Or maybe you are studying the Medieval world this year with your history curriculum. The Middle ages were an interesting time. The Roman Empire had fallen, and smaller kingdoms were vying for control. There were Barbarian raiders, wars on faith, and the Black Death to contend with, but there were some pretty exciting inventions too! The printing press, flying buttresses in gothic architecture, eyeglasses, and knights in shining armor, to name a few!

    Nana at Chalk Pastels has got you covered with oodles of Medieval times homeschool art lessons! We’ve done a few Medieval chalk pastels in the past, but she keeps adding more! All you need is a pack of construction paper, a starter set of chalk pastels, and the You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership to enjoy all that Nana has to offer!

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Medieval Castle Art Lesson

    We started our Medieval unit study by gathering all of our visual encyclopedias to the table. My kiddos wanted to learn about castles. Did you know the Normans built the first castles in England? We learned quite a bit about castles, mainly how they evolved from earth and wood to thick stone walls, tall towers, and even moats!

    Did you know that the largest castle in the world today by surface area is built of brick? It’s the Malbork castle in Poland and was created by the Teutonic Knights. I love learning interesting tidbits like this along with my kids!

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Medieval Dragon Homeschool Art Lesson

    “There be DRAGONS in our chalk pastels!”

    That’s what I declared loudly for the children. They LOVE dragons. We have ever so many books about dragons. So, it was a delightful surprise to see a dragon in our homeschool art lessons. Of course, in the Middle Ages, dragons were something to be feared, not celebrated.

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    FYI: Nana has another art course for Mythical Creatures where she has a baby dragon hatching from its egg! Just in case you have dragon enthusiasts too.

    We enjoyed the Court Dress, Catapult, Stained Glass, and Robin Hood art lessons. I may have given a sword to the fair lady of the court after my daughter complained that she had no weapon. Afterward, the kids said maybe she was Maid Marian of Robin Hood’s story, and she was robbing one of the wealthy nobles of the court, ha! Maybe it was Robin Hood himself in one of his many disguises!

    My daughter created her stained glass window to look like a rose which I thought was pretty creative. Then we talked about the rose window in the Chartres Cathedral in France and their techniques to create the stained glass windows of the Middle ages. If you haven’t heard of the rose window before, be sure to look it up. It is beautiful!

    Catapult Art Lesson for Homeschool

    We would randomly yell, “CAT-A-PULT!” as if we were commanding an army of soldiers about to attack a castle keep while drawing our catapults. Then, we’d laugh at our silliness. Seriously folks, who yells, “CAT-A-PULT!” at the kitchen table while doing art? My kiddos and I do!

    FYI, there are four types of catapults:

    • trebuchet
    • mangonel
    • onager
    • ballista

    You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership for Your Homeschool

    There are so many fun history art lessons to explore. With the You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to 700+ video art lessons, including these Medieval Times Homeschool lessons plus Knights and Crusaders lessons:

    • Dragon
    • Stained glass
    • Cathedral
    • Viking ship
    • Viking helmet
    • Castle
    • Catapult
    • Lute
    • Jester
    • Crown
    • Court dress
    • Illuminated letter
    • Medieval garden
    • Crusade banner
    • Robin Hood
    • Knight
    • Banquet table
    • Shield
    • Falconer-Hawk
    • Excalibur in the stone
    • Festival tent
    • War of roses
    • Joan of Arc

    With the Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll also get the Companion I Drew It Then I Knew It Workbooks. These workbooks are perfect for adding layers of extra learning to your homeschool art studies.

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Expand your history studies and make them come alive with Nana’s chalk pastel homeschool art lessons! Art is the perfect way to encourage hands-on learning and exploration through time. Engage your children with color, lines, and form as they recreate these periods of the past. Medieval history is just one of the four eras you can study with chalk pastels! Nana also has courses for:

    We had lots of fun with these Middle Ages history art lessons. Letting the kids be silly or adding their unique twist to a drawing is where the magic happens. Remember, they are learning even when yelling “CAT-A-PULT” at the kitchen table.

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

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

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    Why Adding Art To Your Morning Basket Makes All The Difference

    A morning basket is a great opportunity for kids to learn about a variety of subjects together that you might not always get to during your regular homeschool lessons. Adding art to our morning baskets has been an awesome benefit for our homeschool lessons throughout the day. 

    Starting our homeschool day with art has been a beautiful way to encourage creative thinking throughout the day. In fact, incorporating art into your homeschool lessons has tons of amazing benefits! Keep reading to discover how we are using art in our morning baskets to support our current homeschool lessons and unit studies. 

    Why Adding Art To Your Morning Basket Makes All The Difference - Adding art to our morning baskets has been an awesome benefit for our homeschool lessons throughout the day.

    What is a Morning Basket?

    When I first heard about morning baskets, I was uncertain if I could make the method work for our family. You see, I’m not a morning person. Thankfully, morning baskets work any time of day and I’ve learned how to use a morning basket without actually being a morning person.

    Since I’m not a morning person, I like to choose activities for our morning basket that don’t require me to be functioning at 100%. These are usually things my daughter enjoys and can do with relative independence. Adding video art lessons from ChalkPastel to our morning basket plans makes it easy to incorporate art activities while I’m still waking up.

    Sometimes morning basket activities are called “circle time” or “morning time.” The activities that go into your morning basket are made to bring everyone together, to set the tone for your day, and (sometimes) to incorporate activities and subjects you find yourself falling behind in. 

    Morning baskets are ideal for incorporating art lessons into your homeschool days because they give you a chance to start the day on a creative note. Beginning your homeschool lessons with creativity gest kids excited about the day’s lessons and encourages creative thinking all day long. 

    Morning baskets are great for adding other subjects like poetry, books read aloud, and foreign language to your homeschool days too. We often use our morning baskets to supplement our current unit study or lesson with art projects and other fun activities.

    Art during morning time in our homeschool

    How We Use Morning Baskets To Support Our Current Unit Study

    Currently, we are learning about all things Space. My daughter, Emily, is fascinated by Outerspace so we are learning everything we can about planets, constellations, astronauts, and astronomers. 

    I’ve put together a Space Unit Study with lunar lore, constellations, information on all the planets, and lessons on astronauts and the Apollo Missions. We also put together a really cool themed morning basket to use with this Space unit study.  

    Our Space morning basket will give Emily opportunities to learn more about all the things we’ll be studying through art, games, and experiments. Some of our favorite art activities from the Space morning basket include a themed playdough kit from Playful Days Dough and Usborne’s Astronauts Sticker Book

    Chalk Pastel art during our morning basket time

    The Value of Adding Art To Our Morning Basket

    We might not get to every activity in our morning basket each day, but throughout the month we tend to cover everything. Incorporating art in our morning basket activities has all kinds of great benefits! For starters, art encourages creativity so it’s a great way to begin the day’s lessons.

    Adding art to our morning basket also helps us to start the day on a high note. Emily loves art! She’s always excited to begin the day with an art project or art activity, so art is an easy choice for our morning basket routine. Beginning the day with something she really enjoys helps start the whole day off right. 

    I have found that one of the best ways to add art to our morning baskets is with You ARE An Artist. Lessons are available for all subjects and interests. I can easily pull up one that matches our current unit study when needed. I also use them to help plan our morning baskets each season.

    You ARE an ARTiST has lots of fun video art lessons that match up well with all kinds of interesting topics and unit studies. Here is an example of all fun options we are using for our Space unit study:

    You can access all of these fun and easy video art lessons for your morning basket or homeschool unit studies with a clubhouse membership

    I’m particularly excited about exploring the Solar Exploration Video Art Lessons with Emily because they include a Hubble Lesson that is going to be super fun to do together with our mini unit study on Edwin Hubble. If you’re thinking about beginning morning baskets with your kids this year, this is a great way to get started. Pair a book with an art activity and watch the learning fun begin! 

    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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    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    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!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love: 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!

    Folks, my son LOVES history.

    Well, he loves specific periods in history.

    He’s just obsessed with World War II.

    What’s a mom to do when her kid is only interested in one particular point in history OR, like many moms, have kids not interested in history at all?

    I decided to let my kiddo dive as deeply as he wanted into the periods that interested him. While I occasionally strew other periods about for his delight. And guess what? It’s working! Strewing books, games, and even art, works! Sometimes it can be something as random as listening to the Hamilton musical or watching a documentary on current events that sparks a question that leads to a rabbit trail of discovery. The more questions asked, the more answers we lookup. Before you know it, we’re diving into George Washington, Paul Revere, Lewis and Clark, the Louisiana Purchase, Slavery, the Underground Railroad, and even John F. Kennedy!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse American History Online Art Lessons

    I’ve found that our You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership to be a wealth of resources! They have online chalk pastel lessons from early American history through modern American history and everything in between, with new lessons added each month! There are 700+ lessons of all sorts to choose from. Then, there is the Companion I Drew It Then I Knew It History workbooks! These are perfect jumping-off points for a quick history study!

    All you need are a cheap set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and the You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    George Washington Homeschool Art Lessons

    I gathered up all of our encyclopedias and history books and laid them out on the table. My son casually mentioned George Washington. Sure enough, Nana has several George Washington lessons to choose from and 19 other American history lessons!

    • Revolutionary War uniforms – Continental soldier and British soldier
    • Boston Tea Party
    • Early colonists
    • 13 colonies – the gathering storm
    • White House
    • The Constitution
    • Women in War
    • Paul Revere
    • Lewis and Clark
    • Native Americans – Midwestern Tribes Headdresses
    • Napoleon
    • French Flag
    • War of 1812
    • Columbus
    • Harriet Tubman
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Three Branches of Government
    • Alexander Hamilton
    • King George, III

    This American history homeschool lesson silhouette of George Washington was super fun. We enjoy silhouettes because they’re easy enough for anyone to do. There is no detail to put in. Just draw the outline and then shade it in black! As we draw, we talk about who this historical figure was. What were his accomplishments? What were his faults? 

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Revolutionay War Online Art Lessons

    Tea Party, anyone? How about the Boston Tea Party? My son asked how much the tea was worth that was thrown into the bay that fateful night. It turns out those 342 chests of tea were worth around $15,000!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Paul Revere’s Ride is another famous event! But we like to dig a little deeper when we find an interest. Did you know that on April 26, 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington set off on a 40-mile ride to muster the militia in response to a British attack? She rode twice as far as Paul Revere. Did you also know that General George Washington personally thanked this brave girl after the battle? I didn’t realize until my son, and I discovered this gem of history. This is the kind of tidbit that gets my kiddo excited! We can pretend this hat, and lantern lesson is Paul Reveres or Sybil Ludington!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Lewis and Clark Homeschool Lessons

    We explored the Lewis and Clark homeschool lessons after talking about the Louisiana Purchase. The journey and adventure they had were truly astounding. So many new discoveries were made on that trip! Thomas Jefferson was indeed pleased with his purchase after that!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    And then my son asks an all-important question, ” How can the Europeans just arrive somewhere and say that it belongs to them now? How can they buy and sell land like that? The Native Americans were there first.”

    Great question.

    But, that is just another reason why it’s so important to learn about different periods of history and not just stay in the one period of history that interests you. All periods of history offer learning opportunities.

    Also, you’ll notice that he wrote “Swamp” instead of Spain on Florida… I laughed so hard when I saw what he wrote!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Harriet Tubman American History Homeschool Study

    My son’s favorite American history homeschool lesson was that of Harriet Tubman. He’s read several books about her and watched several documentaries about her. He loved the I Drew It Then I Knew It History workbook about her too. It offered some fast facts and a short biography that he thoroughly enjoyed. Harriet Tubman was indeed a remarkable woman! Now my son is excited to learn more about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    John F. Kennedy Modern U.S. History Lesson

    The You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership also has a plethora of American Presidents art lessons to choose from, including:

    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

     I asked my son if he was interested in learning more about any of them, and without skipping a beat, he said, John F. Kennedy. Lucky for us, there is a chalk pastel lesson of him hunched over a writing desk. You can see the weight of the nation on his shoulders. 

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    While American history isn’t always pretty, it does need to be explored by young and old alike. It’s important to understand where we came from, what decisions got us to where we are now, and how we move forward. It’s essential to learn about key historical figures and even some that, while not as famous was just as instrumental in weaving the tapestry of our nation.

    Encourage your kiddos to ask questions. Help them to find answers. Continue to dig a little deeper for as long as they are interested. Let Nana’s chalk pastel lessons make learning about American history fun and engaging even if history isn’t your child’s favorite subject!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

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

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    Online Art Lessons Perfect For Grades K-3

    Art is an essential part of our elementary learners’ development. Online art lessons are a great option for grades K-3 and are easily incorporated into any homeschool lesson plan.

    Think back to your early elementary school years. What do you remember?

    For me, what stands out are all the hands-on art projects we completed. The spring hat parade drawing I created in Kindergarten. The invention I thought up and drew a schematic of in third grade. My friend Adrian’s artwork depicting a cat with a large bow around it’s neck. (Incidentally, I vividly remember all of these, but don’t remember a single worksheet although we certainly completed them everyday.)

    You probably have some memories of your own – particularly from the art assignments in your early education. But why? Why does art stand the test of time in learning?

    online art lessons K-3
    Photo by Jamie Gault

    The Importance Of Art In Your Homeschool (especially in grades K-3)

    There has been a ton of research in recent years surrounding STEM and STEAM in education. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

    While initial approaches to this type of education only included the STEM areas of learning, recent research has stressed the importance of adding art to the educational equation.

    A creative mindset is critical for STEM subjects. That is why the arts was added to STEM to become STEAM. Scientists, technology developers, engineers, and mathematicians need to innovate and solve problems creatively. Active and self-guided discovery is core to the arts and to STEAM learning. Children engage in painting, pretend play, music, and drawing. Art is sensory exploration. Children can feel the paint on their fingers and see colors change the way the paper looks. As they grow, children include symbols in art their art that represent real objects, events, and feelings. Drawing and play acting allow them to express what they know and feel, before they can even read or write. Research shows that early experience with creative arts supports cognitive development and increases self esteem.

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    Children are doing so much more than simply having fun when they are engaged in artistic pursuits. Research has shown again and again that art develops a variety of skills, including:

    • Self-regulation
    • Sharing
    • Listening
    • Cooperation
    • Focus and attention
    • Following directions
    • Creativity
    • Cognitive skills such as counting, color/shape/pattern recognition, strategy, problem solving, etc.

    In addition to all of these developmental benefits, adding art to learning makes it much more engaging and interactive for children. This increases overall learning outcomes, as our children are more likely to comprehend and retain what they learn when they are having fun with it!

    online art lessons K-3
    Photo by Jamie Gault

    How To Add Art To Your Early Elementary Homeschool Years

    While it is clear that there are significant benefits to adding art to our children’s learning, it is often difficult to know how to incorporate it into an average homeschool day. The demands of teaching a child to read, write, and perform essential math functions can feel overwhelming to a new homeschooling family, and it’s easy to view art as an “extra” instead of a critical part of learning and development.

    I have found that the very best way to incorporate art in a more focused and intentional way in our homeschool is to find outside resources that take the guesswork and planning off my plate.

    You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership does just that!

    online art lessons K-3

    Online Art Lessons Perfect For Grades K-3

    Nana’s warm and encouraging lessons are a great way to easily add art to our learning.

    The You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership has everything you need to get started and progress through your child’s early elementary years!

    Take a look at this snapshot of courses offered for early elementary education.

    The A Simple Start Collection includes:

    Science and Nature Lessons including:

    online art
    Photo by Jamie Gault

    Bible Study Lessons

    Seasonal and Holiday Themed Lessons including:

    And so many more! There are even Do It Together lessons for mom and me time to create art together.

    This is a fabulous way to not only add more STEAM learning to your early education homeschool, it is also helps both child and teacher have fun as you learn!

    online art lessons K-3

    Art In Early Elementary Education Creates A Lifetime of Learning

    The research and push towards STEAM learning is something we want to consider as we begin our homeschool journeys. The benefits are all in line with the outcomes we desire when we make the decision to homeschool our children.

    Adding art to elementary education sets your child up for success in learning throughout their homeschool years. This solid foundation goes far beyond the early years, far beyond third grade. In fact, it pays off all the way through high school and beyond.

    The good news is, You ARE An Artist is wonderful resource to help you all along the way.

    Shawna Wingert

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

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    How To Create An Amazing Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    If you have ever wondered how homeschool moms blend multiple subjects with one common topic, you will want to follow me along on this exciting rabbit trail! Oh and, forgive me now because I tend to get overly giddy about this type of learning. 

    So we have all seen those super cool homeschool moms who can plan their own lessons around interesting topics and mesh together science, literature, history, art, and more! If I am honest, two things would come to mind when I would see or hear about a mom doing this when I was in my first few years of homeschooling:

    1. Wow, that looks incredibly awesome but too hard for me to do.
    2. We don’t have time for stuff like that because we have to check off our daily curriculum boxes. We will get behind if we veer from our schedule. 

    More than likely, you, too, have scrolled through social media or heard another mom at co-op talking about how she plans to present a homeschool lesson in this same manner. And, you might have had some of the same things come to mind. Maybe you felt inadequate, or you may question why teach this way at all? Well, I am so glad you asked!

    After more than a decade of homeschooling, I have learned so much about education. My perspective has certainly changed about those seemingly elaborate homeschool lessons, and I believe even if sporadic, they are beneficial for your homeschool and your students. And the best part, putting together a unit study or homeschool lesson, can be super easy! 

    A Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson is perfect for summer! So many ideas here to help you make a memorable learning experience at home! #perseids #meteorshower #homeschool #homeschoollessonplans

    Why Blend Subjects Together When Planning Homeschool Lessons?

    • You may need a new approach to home educating. One way to really get your children excited about learning is to show them how these subjects can overlap. By approaching education in a way that helps ignite a passion or curiosity about a topic, idea, or lesson – we teach our children how to learn rather than what to learn. Our job is to present lessons to our children that jumpstart their imaginations, inspire them to research more, and enjoy learning. So with all that said, if you have a student that is dreading homeschool every day – try something different! Likely, it might not be the student but the teacher who needs a new home education outlook. 
    • You can show your children just how much fun learning can be. By blending subjects together, we show our children that learning is fluid. It runs from subject to subject and topic to topic; it never stops. That is also the end goal for many homeschool families; we want to cultivate lifelong learners! What better way to demonstrate how exciting education can be than to make the lessons fun and engaging at home? By meshing art, literature, history, science, and more – we aren’t putting any boundaries on our education. We are learning in ways that aren’t conventional and are definitely more fun. We are homeschoolers, and we can do that! 
    • You can save time home educating multiple ages.  Often we think it will be too time-consuming to pull together a homeschool lesson that ties in multiple resources and subjects. But the truth is, it’s not that hard, and it can actually end up saving you time. Think of it like a recipe, all you need is a little of this and a little of that, and before you know it, you can have a nourishing meal. Not only are you capable of pulling together a study that your kids will love, but you can also present it to all of your children at once. Rather than homeschooling every subject level every day, you can teach in more of a one-room-classroom type of way. Yes, you may have to tailor things for differing ages, but the overall lesson is the same in the end – thus saving you more time each day or week.
    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Now On To The Good Stuff… Let’s Create An Amazing Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Study Together

    Ok, now that we have covered a few benefits of overlapping subjects, let’s see an example of a stargazing unit study or Perseids meteor shower lesson. (Call it whatever you prefer, the label isn’t nearly as important as the content and experience you are creating.)

    Remember, I said you might need to follow me on my rabbit trail. Let’s blend it all together and make a fun day, week, or month of it! Here is a wonderful example of how one interesting bit of information is linked to another and so on.

    If you plan to use our ideas, remember to tailor them to your family, children, and unique homeschool. There is no right or wrong way to do a unit study or homeschool, for that matter. 

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    What Is The Annual Perseids Meteor Shower?

    The basis of our study is the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. I love the idea of creating a build-up to an event that we can celebrate. It keeps my kids engaged through the study because they know that there will be a celebration of sorts or a reward, if you will, at the end. 

    If you aren’t familiar with the Perseid Meteor Shower, it is one of the brightest and longest-lasting meteor showers. And, it happens in August, so it’s usually easy to view because the weather is warm, and the sky is likely to be reasonably clear. 

    I know! So many fun ways to enjoy a summer meteor shower with the family, right? S’mores, art, and sky-gazing all sound dreamy to me! The best time to catch the peak of all the meteor action is around August 9-14th, but even as early as late July, the start of the showers begins. (If you like ideas like this, you would also love our art summer camp!)

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Learning Ideas To Blend Together For An Epic Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Science: Your students can research what a meteor is, write a list of facts they find, and look up as much as they can about meteors specifically. 

    Or, if you prefer to give them tasks to complete, you could create a list of questions that they need to find the answers to. Questions like how fast do meteors travel and how many meteors per hour could they potentially see during the upcoming Perseids Shower? 

    Hubble Telescope Homeschool Art Lesson

    Another fun science-based idea that you can tweak so many different ways is to learn about telescopes, space exploration, and star gazing tactics. Nana has some incredible lessons that can tie these things in, and I mention them all below under art. The Hubble Space Telescope and Galileo are perfect for this one!

    Don’t forget to watch documentaries or videos about the Perseid Shower too. 

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    History: Ooooh, this is getting good! The 1860 Great Meteor occurred on July 20, 1860. It was talked about and reported from locations all over the United States. American landscape artist Frederic Church painted the rare but fascinating string of meteors in a now-famous oil painting, The Meteor of 1860. You can tie this all together by doing Nana’s accompanying art lesson 1860 Great Meteor. You can also listen to Nana’s podcast on the Hudson River School artists which includes another homeschool art lesson.

    Don’t forget to grab the I Drew It Then I Knew It Famous Artists Companion Workbook for a biography and fun facts about Frederic Church. There is so much more to learn about this famous artist! 

    Galileo Homeschool Art Lesson

    As mentioned in the science portion above, another learning trail you could take on your Perseids meteor shower homeschool lesson might be digging into the history of the telescope. Start with the Galileo lesson from our I Drew It Then I Knew It Inventors Course and research more information about his telescope design. Galileo’s telescope was a prototype of the modern-day refractor telescope.

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Literature: Ok, here is another interesting link in our chain of stargazing information. Walt Whitman was also inspired by the same 1860 meteor event that Frederic Church painted and wrote the Year Of Meteors poem (1859-60.) 

    This also could fit under history, and it’s even more fantastic when these things overlap in various subjects. You can find the entire poem inside the I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature Companion Workbook. You can read it aloud with all of your children or allow your older students to read it on their own. We enjoyed reading it as we did some art around the dining room table. 

    Art: Nana’s How to Draw Perseids Meteor Shower in Chalk Pastels is the perfect lesson to either start this study with or finish it! Either way, this is a lesson the whole family will enjoy doing together. 

    Don’t miss all of the other art lessons I have mentioned in our Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson & learning ideas here in the post! Look Up Summer Night Sky, Night Sky Lesson, Hubble Telescope, Galileo, and the 1860 Great Meteor, to name a few! You can pick and choose which ones you feel are the best fit for your unit study and your family. 

    If you want to blend in some art appreciation, make sure to view Frederic Church’s oil painting, The Meteor of 1860.

    Writing: Have your students write a short report about the Perseid Shower and all they have learned. If your student is a reluctant writer, frame the assignment differently, ask them to write a letter to a friend who has never heard of the meteor shower before, and explain it to them. 

    If you have older students, you may have them research and write about Frederic Church, The Hudson River School, Walt Whitman, Galileo, or the Hubble Telescope and pair these writing activities with the coordinating art lesson. Since your teens can earn an art credit with chalk pastels, this is the perfect way to pair the two. Not to mention it adds a little fun and creativity to their curriculum too. 

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Nature: With Nana’s Look Up Summer Night Sky and Night Sky Lesson, you can certainly have some nature-filled fun. Star mapping and sky watching have been done since the beginning of time; not only is it fun to do, it’s educational. After you create one of the night sky lessons with Nana, plan a night sky watching party with the family. BBQ for dinner and bring out cozy blankets for dessert while you all watch the night’s sky together. This is just another example of how home education also supports family time and bonding. 

    Book Selections: Another fun part of pulling a unit study together is the books! Am I right? Our stargazing unit study is the perfect opportunity to pull in different books that overlap many of our incorporating topics. 

    One of the things that takes the most time when planning your own homeschool lessons is the book selection. Some of us are intimidated about selecting the right books, and I get it. But I have a hack for choosing high-quality books; use our Companion Workbooks. It’s the easiest way to buy or reserve books in advance on any topic you are studying. In every, I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook, you will find a book list. We carefully curate highly-rated books to use along with your studies, and it will save you a ton of time. We make it incredibly easy to plan ahead and reserve your books from the library. Our book list even tells you what age levels the books are recommended for; we want to make it easy for you!

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    Extras: This is certainly not required, but I like to include treats when we do art. It makes it exciting, and kids love to enjoy a snack or a special something when we are enjoying a relaxed day of learning and creating together. I didn’t have time to make homemade cupcakes on this particular day, so we settled for store bought. And for some added oomph, I added sparkler candles to the cupcakes. My photos don’t do them justice, but they were the perfect little something we needed for talking about meteors! 

    Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

    So there you have it, friends! We hope this gives you many ideas and plenty of inspiration to create your own Perseids Meteor Shower homeschool lesson. We would love to hear how you pull yours together too, come back and comment here to let us know or tag us on social media @chalkpastelart. We would love to cheer your artists on!

    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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    Everything You Need For A Homeschool Moon Missions Unit Study

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

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


    “I see the moon,

     And the moon sees me;

     God bless the moon,

     And God bless me!” 

    From a young age, children learn nursery rhymes about the moon like the one above or,

    Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon.”  

    “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.” (Genesis 1:16) The lesser light dominates the night; moon rhythms and cycles keep time, track seasons, and control the sea tides. Its influence on us is inescapable. 

    We can see the moon outside almost every night. It can seem so strange and mysterious as it moves through the sky and changes shape. 

    It makes sense that children would be interested in learning more about such a beautiful and mysterious object. Adults have been equally interested in studying the moon and its impact on us. Of course, we have even gone so far as to send astronauts to walk on and explore the moon.

    “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”

    Neil Armstrong

    Moon Missions Anniversaries For Your Homeschool Study

    Each July, there are Apollo Moon Missions anniversaries to learn about. This makes July a great month to spend a little time focused on the moon missions. For example:

    July 20, marks the anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.

    “This is one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

    Neil Armstrong

    The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 Lunar Rover mission is 7/31/21.

    There are so many fun resources for learning more about the moon and space exploration. You can read books, do art projects, enjoy fun snacks, explore with a telescope or good binoculars, and there are many virtual learning opportunities. 

    Homeschool Moon Missions Study: There are so many fun resources for learning more about the moon and space exploration. You can read books, do art projects, enjoy fun snacks, explore with a telescope or good binoculars, and there are many virtual learning opportunities.

    Books About Moon Missions For Your Unit Study

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    We visited Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during a family trip to Florida several years ago. We love listening to audiobooks on long car rides, and ever the homeschool mom, I decided that we should listen to Alan Shepard: Higher and Faster to go along with our visit.

    All of my children loved the book, but it sparked a big interest in my then five-year-old son. He has been learning all he could about astronauts and the moon ever since.  

    One of the books he enjoyed after we got home was To the Moon – The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship. He listened to the audio repetitively and learned so much, even though it is a chapter book recommended for middle and high school students.

    More Moon Missions Unit Study Books

    • Who was Neil Armstrong is another great biography, that is good for a family read-aloud or independent reading for children reading chapter books.
    • Magic Tree House Midnight on the Moon is one that elementary students can read independently.
    • Younger children may really enjoy The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons or On The Moon by Anna Milbourne

    No matter what you decide, books are a great place to start your homeschool moon missions study.

    Art Lessons Perfect For Learning All About Moon Missions

    Art is such a wonderful way to engage in creative learning. It can help the brain connect to the information that you are learning and help students engage in ways they otherwise might not. NASA spared no expense in video and photography equipment during their nine manned moon missions they took thousands of photographs. You can view many in NASA archives and use them as inspiration for artists. 

    When we think about the moon missions, this Man on the Moon painting which celebrates the moon landing and placement of a United States flag is one of my favorites! It is so easy to do but looks great finished.

    “This is a rock and rolling ride!” – Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin

    Nana’s new Apollo 15 Lunar Rover lesson in the Moon Mission course is a great one for students that want something a little more detailed. As always, Nana does it step by step so that even beginners can use it but the details in this painting are perfect for those students that want something a little more challenging. 

    Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s birthday on August 5th (or any of the other astronauts your child is interested in) with The Astronaut Helmet lesson.

    Everything You Need For A Homeschool Moon Missions Unit Study: My son’s favorite lesson was this exciting painting of the Saturn V Lift Off, which is also in the Moon Mission course. Having stood under one of the three remaining Saturn V’s in Florida really helped put this painting into perspective. The rockets used to reach the moon were huge! The launch must have been amazing.

    My son’s favorite lesson was this exciting painting of the Saturn V Lift Off, which is also in the Moon Mission course. Having stood under one of the three remaining Saturn V’s in Florida really helped put this painting into perspective. The rockets used to reach the moon were huge! The launch must have been amazing. 

    There are so many great options for your homeschool in both the Moon Missions Course and the Space Exploration course. You can let your student pick their favorites or do a different one each day of your study.  If you wanted to go a step further than the moon, you could even try out the Mars Rover lesson!

    You can even spend time with Nana’s lessons creating a Space Camp at Home with Art. With so many space courses, you can enjoy several weeks worth of lessons as your explore the solar system and beyond!

    Add Fun Astronaut Snacks To Your Homeschool Day

    After all that hard work reading and painting, you might just be ready for a little snack. I know that my children always seem to remember the fun foods we ate when we did a unit study. 

    There are many different ideas for moon snacks:

    • The rocket made from fruit and this moon surface snack made from rice cakes and bananas are my favorites. Both are super easy to put together and healthy!
    • Another fun option (though maybe not quite as healthy) is this snack which makes the moon phases out of cookies! 
    • There’s also the classic astronaut ice cream. Ice cream is far better than the Tang and dehydrated beef and vegetables mix the Apollo 11 crew ate out of packets. 

     Online Lessons For More Moon Learning

    If you want to learn even more about the moon missions in your homeschool, then be sure to check out these resources:

    • Enjoy this fun NASA STEM activity page. There are lots of virtual science experiments and ideas that you can do at home to learn more.
    • You can get a closer look at the surface of the moon with Google Moon (like Google Earth but for the moon).
    • Finally, you can experience the Apollo 11 mission in real-time with this virtual learning experience. It uses all real historical information and “original historical missions’ material”.
    This comprehensive list has everything you need for your homeschool moon missions study. Includes art, books, and even snacks for learning.

    Moon Mission Study For Your Homeschool

    Moon missions are fun to explore with any age from preschool up to adults. NASA, and mankind, have learned so much over the years and there is still more to be explored. NASA is well on the way with its Artemis Program, which aims to land “the first woman and next man” on the Moon by 2024.

    Long the venue of science fiction, our children, or perhaps grandchildren, will likely grow up as part of an interplanetary species with plans well underway for both lunar and Martian manned stations.

    “Opportunities will be available to you that you cannot imagine.”

    Neil Armstrong

    You could spend a day, a week, or even a school year learning about the moon missions and studying space in your homeschool. Your young artist today could be a future rocket scientist, or terraforming engineer helping to settle a new world.  

    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.