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The Ultimate Guide To Art Appreciation In Your Homeschool

Building a love for beautiful art is something that happens over a period of time for our children. This guide has everything you need for engaging art appreciation in your homeschool.

When we first started homeschooling, art appreciation appealed to me, but I didn’t know where to start. Sometimes you just need to dive in and give it a try and that is exactly what I did with my children.

Even though I had no real background in this subject, I did have a passionate interest in paintings and art history. I had a desire to learn more and along with my children we learned together as the years went along.

What did we do to get started? What method helped us get our feet wet with art appreciation? How did we progress slowly through the years? What things have stuck with us?

Homeschool Art Appreciation: Getting Started

  • Use a series of artwork from one artist and that will help define for your children the artist’s style. Pick four paintings you like and share those one at a time.
  • Picture Study or Narration: Closely observe and enjoy one painting at a time, increasing your child’s awareness of what it means to have a “style”. View the artwork together and have your children tell you what they see in the painting. Many people call this narration or picture study. Most paintings have some sort of story to tell. Encourage your children to try to guess the painting’s story.
  • Keep the artwork you are studying in plain sight for a period of time. Make the painting your computer’s desktop background or have a print of the painting in a prominent place where you spend time each day.
  • After you have studied two or more painters, begin to compare and contrast the artists. How are they different and how are they similar? Over time this will help your child learn more about the periods of art history. But in the beginning, just make casual observations.
  • Come up with a way to review the artists from time to time. Keep your prints in a notebook, binder or folder. Pull them out at the end of each term and spend a few minutes going over the various paintings and artists. This is a fun time for children once they start to accumulate a number of artists. Keep the mood light and do not make it like a test.

When my children were younger, I chose an artist where their style was particularly apparent and easy to see. We studied Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Renoir and a few others. These artists appealed not only in subject matter but in showing a distinct style.

These early years were focused on gaining an interest in art and not so much in learning about art movements or art history. The viewing of artwork and then perhaps learning the title of the painting and the artist’s name were about all we did for art appreciation.

If your child has an interest or you are starting your program of art appreciation with older children, of course you can add in a little more depth by reading a biography for the artist or perhaps making a drawing of the painting you are studying.

I would create a folder that was not fancy. I would print out four prints on a sheet of photo paper and then slip it into a clear sheet protector. Those would go into a three ringed binder.

I also used Dover coloring books to go along with the artist’s paintings as a quick follow up for an artist if the children were interested and had a desire. We kept everything very casual and positive.

As they got older, we would attach the art prints in a spiral sketchbook. They would print the title under the print along with the author’s name. Again, keeping it simple and enjoyable.

Art Appreciation For Young Children

Art is a thing of the spirit, and we need to teach it in ways that affect the spirit. We realize that the ability to appreciate art and interpret it is as universal to all people as intelligence, or imagination, or the ability to form words to communicate. But that ability needs to be educated. Teaching the technical skill of producing pictures isn’t the same as appreciating art. To appreciate, children need to have a reverent recognition of what’s been created. Children need to learn about pictures: they need to learn about them a line at a time, and as groups, by studying pictures for themselves rather than by reading about them.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six, page 214 (More in Charlotte Mason Homeschool Art Appreciation)
  • Study one artist at a time.
  • Study at least four prints one at a time, using careful and casual observation.
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Adding Depth To Your Study for Older Children

  • Follow up with learning the name of the painting and the artist’s name, if desired.
  • Store the prints in a three-ringed binder or in a spiral sketchbook and review at the end of each term.

Hands-On Activities For Art Appreciation In Your Homeschool

Follow up with a coloring page from a Dover coloring book or an art lesson with Nana! Or you can simply sketch a part of the painting or the whole thing.

Remember that your goal is to spark a love for great artwork. This goal is one that can be achieved using any artist that suits your family. Here are some websites that I find helpful for viewing artwork

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

Art Appreciation Online

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips – There are so many resources you can use to enrich your homeschooling, right online! Virtual Art Museum Field Trips are one of those things!

ABCGallery.com – A large, online art collection

A Fine Arts Homeschool Curriculum For All Ages

Art and music appreciation are subjects that if not given priority, fail to be done in our home. (It’s probably safe to assume that is true for many homes.) It seems like every year I plan on adding art appreciation to our long list of subjects and at the end of the year I realize that once again I haven’t done it. It’s been so helpful to find a Fine Arts Curriculum that does all the work and organizing for me!

You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts Curriculum offers art and music appreciation plans for grades K-12. Minimal prep plans for your fine arts needs! A review from The Curriculum Choice

One of the reasons I have need a fine arts curriculum to help me is because I know next to nothing about art. It should be simple enough to add in picture study to accompany history. But that would require me to actually know which artists and paintings are most significant. Sure, I could probably research, learn and figure some things out. But thankfully I’ve discovered the You ARE An ARTiST Fine Art Curriculum that was written by someone much more knowledgeable than I, and has already done the work for me.

YOU ARE AN ARTIST FINE ARTS CURRICULUM

You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts is an art and music appreciation program that works seamlessly into your homeschool studies.

The You ARE An ARTiST art and music appreciation program has 12 yearly plans based on a chronological 4-year history cycle. These are divided into the stages of learning of the classical trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). 

There are options for every grade level and each plans includes notebooking pages, coloring pages and YouTube links for art tutorials and listening to classical music.

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Find out more about our Fine Arts Curriculum HERE.

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October Science and Art Activities For Homeschool Learning and Fun

Grab your calendar, chalk pastels, and science loving homeschoolers for these October Science and Art Activities! We’re learning about radio voice messages, telegrams, incandescent lamps, automobiles, space race, and sound barriers – just to name a few cool inventions. Be sure to read about these important dates, October birthdays, and interesting facts.

But first, we couldn’t kick off October without the famous quote by Anne of Green Gables! And, we will end with classic pumpkins.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Grab your calendar, chalks, and science loving homeschoolers for these October Science and Art Activities! We are learning about radio voice messages, telegrams, incandescent lamps, automobiles, space race, and sound barriers. Plus Halloween activities.

October Fun Fact

In America we celebrate Thanksgiving the last Thursday in November as the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians celebrated their first harvest in 1621. But it was over 200 years later when it was officially recognized as a national holiday! Better late than never? October 3, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. Feel free to tuck that away now and pull out around the Thanksgiving table this year. In fact, you will want to make sure to come back to our Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons: Draw Your Way Through the Story.

Grab your calendar, chalks, and science loving homeschoolers for these October Science and Art Activities! We are learning about radio voice messages, telegrams, incandescent lamps, automobiles, space race, and sound barriers. Plus Halloween activities.

October Science and Art Activities

October Inventions and Art

Can you hear me know?
Trying to pair your science and art lessons? Look at our Science and Art Curriculum Match Up!

Oct 6th Engineer and inventor George Westinghouse (1846-1914) was born in Central Bridge, New York.
October 11, 1939 – Albert Einstein warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt that his theories could lead to Nazi Germany’s development of an atomic bomb. Einstein suggested the U.S. develop its own bomb. This resulted in the top secret “Manhattan Project.”
October 21, 1879Thomas Edison successfully tested an electric incandescent lamp with a carbonized filament at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, keeping it lit for over 13 hours.
October 21, 1915 – The first transatlantic radio voice message was made by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company from Virginia to Paris.
October 24, 1861 – The first transcontinental telegram in America was sent from San Francisco to Washington, addressed to President Abraham Lincoln from the Chief Justice of California.

Not sure how to combine art & science? You will find tips and help in our post Why Art is Essential in Science.

Grab your calendar, chalks, and science loving homeschoolers for these October Science and Art Activities! We are learning about radio voice messages, telegrams, incandescent lamps, automobiles, space race, and sound barriers. Plus Halloween activities.

October Transportation and Art

Everyone is always ready, until it’s time to get in the car. Hopefully folks back in the day were eager to get moving learning about these exciting transportation historic dates.

October 1, 1908 – Henry Ford’s Model T went on sale for the first time.
Inventors STEAM Video Art Lessons
October 4, 1957 – The Space Age began. Russians launched the first satellite Sputnik I into orbit.
This Homeschool Moon Unit Study Is Out Of This World
Oct 8th American fighter pilot Ace Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973) was born in Columbus, Ohio. He commanded the first U.S. aero unit to take part in World War I and was credited with 26 victories, becoming America’s leading Ace.
Modern History Video Art Lessons
October 9th Nordic communities worldwide will celebrate Leif Erikson Day – remembering the explorer credited with bringing the first Nordic people to America around the year 1000.
The Ultimate Guide to Medieval History Lessons For Your Homeschool and Medieval Times Homeschool Art


October 13, 1775 – The United States Navy was born after the Second Continental Congress authorized the acquisition of a fleet of ships.
October 14, 1947 – U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier, flying in a rocket-powered research aircraft. Take Flight With These Famous Aviators
October 26, 1825The Erie Canal opened as the first major man-made waterway in America, linking Lake Erie with the Hudson River, bypassing the British-controlled lower St. Lawrence. The canal cost over $7 million and took eight years to complete.
October 27, 1904The New York City subway began operating, running from City Hall to West 145th Street, the first underground and underwater rail system in the world.
October 27th British navigator James Cook (1728-1779) was born in Yorkshire, England.
October 30, 1990 – For the first time since the Ice Age, Great Britain was connected with the European continent, via a new rail tunnel under the English Channel. Great Britain Themed Chalk Pastel Art (including a map of the British Isles)

Why STEAM Learning Matters in Your Homeschool

October Science and Art Activities: STEAM In Your Homeschool

I thought part of being a “fun homeschool mom” included cleaning up after a Rube Goldberg machine. I wish I would have stuck to chalk art instead. I’m still missing a deck of cards, half the dominoes, and a 5 gallon bucket. Science and Art make a beautiful partnership, read: Why STEAM Learning Matters In Your Homeschool

October in New York

October 24, 1945 – The United Nations was founded.
Oct 27th Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) the 26th U.S. President was born in New York City.
The Best Presidents Day Art Projects For Your Homeschool
October 28, 1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.
A Homeschool Lesson on Artist Steve Penley’s Statue of Liberty.
Oct 28th Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995) was born in New York City. In 1952, he developed a vaccine for the dreaded childhood disease Polio.
A Microscopic World Study For Homeschool Science and the Modern Medical Advancements lesson in Nana’s Modern History series.
October 29, 1929 – The stock market crashed as over 16 million shares were dumped amid tumbling prices. The Great Depression followed in America, lasting until the outbreak of World War II.
Homeschool Art Lessons for Your Modern History Buff

October Strong Women and Art

We always loved adding faces to historical dates. The Who Was Series was incredibly helpful bringing history to life in our homeschool. Read as many biographies together or with unit studies and then paint famous historical people with your chalk pastels.

Happy October Birthday to a handful of First Ladies and an American Hero!

Oct 4th Eliza Johnson (1810 – 1876). She was the wife of President Andrew Johnson.
Oct 11th Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was born in New York City. She was the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President.
Oct 13th Molly Pitcher (1754-1832) was born near Trenton, New Jersey (as Mary Ludwig). She was a water carrier at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778 during the American Revolution. After her husband, artilleryman John Hays, collapsed, she took his place at his cannon.
Oct 15th Edith Wilson (1872 – 1961). She was the wife of President Woodrow Wilson.
Oct 26th Hillary Rodham Clinton was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, October 26, 1947.

Add these 7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids Will Love to this year’s curriculum!

7 American History Homeschool Lessons your child will love

October Artists Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the artists, poets, writers, musicians, and creative types who have added color to our world!

Do you have a favorite artist born in October? We enjoy sharing these monthly art projects. Find your favorite artist in this Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels post or celebrate the October birthdays below.

Oct 9 John Lennon of the rock band The Beatles was born (1940-1980) in Liverpool, England.
Oct 10 Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) was born in Le Roncole, Italy. His 26 operas include; Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata and Aida, and are among the most popular of all classical music performed today.
Oct 16th American teacher and journalist Noah Webster (1758-1843) was born in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Oct 16th Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born in Dublin, Ireland.
Oct 16th American playwright Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953) was born in New York City. He wrote more than 35 plays including: Beyond the Horizon, The Iceman Cometh, The Emperor Jones and Long Day’s Journey into Night.
Oct 21st Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) was born in Cheraw, South Carolina


Oct 22nd Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was born in Raiding, Hungary.
Oct 25 Artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was born in Malaga, Spain.

Learn more about Picasso with our Famous Artist Pablo Picasso Homeschool Study.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso quote, art lesson and podcast.

October Sports and Art

baseball art lesson for the World Series

Take me out to the ball game or just buy me Cracker Jacks, please. Cracker Jacks! The World Series starts October 28th-Nov 5th. Nana added this fun baseball chalk art to go with her Atlanta Braves foam finger. But more importantly for The Games Clubhouse Membership.

Pumpkin Art and Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin for Homeschool

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

Happy Chalk Art Halloween

Halloween and Anatomy really do compliment each other very well. Skeletons and bones. Vampires and circulatory system. So I might take the spook out of it all by getting “educational”, but I couldn’t resist adding an Ancient Egypt lesson to the mummy dogs lunch. Call me a scaredy cat, or just chalk Nana’s NEW black cat and bat masterpieces from the Animals Clubhouse.

More October Homeschool Learning

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Stef Layton

Stef started homeschooling her boys in 2008. She quickly adopted a hands-on learning homeschool style and graduated her oldest tactile learner in 2021. Stef started the Hands-On Learning column in Homeschooling Today magazine. The Laytons currently reside in the foothills of Colorado where Stef also teaches yoga. The family loves to hike trails, stand-up paddle board, and chase sunsets. Stef shares travel and homeschool tips on IG at @LaytonAdventures.

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Fantastic Fall Art Lessons For Kids

Grab a slice of apple pie, some warm socks, bury your homeschooler in a pile of leaves or enjoy these fantastic fall art lessons together! Have we got a fall bucket list for you!

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fantastic Fall Art Lessons For Kids

Fall speaks to each of us in different ways. When we lived in Florida we were only aware it was “fall” because Pumpkin Spice arrived at Starbucks. However in Colorado, the air just feels and smells crisp, the trees change colors, and we start baking an indecent amount of banana bread. If you live in an area that experiences the four seasons or none at all incorporate these Fall Art Lessons.

Homeschool pro tip: laminate special creations and give as Christmas gifts to grandparents.

Seasonal Tree Study For Fall

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” – Emily Brontë

What better way to enjoy a fall tree than A Year Round Seasonal Tree Study For Your Homeschool or the Fall Hygge Homeschool Art Lessons. Turn these beautiful chalk art trees into a nature study – with all the ideas in The Ultimate Guide to Fall Nature Study in Your Own Backyard.

Fall Art: One-On-One Time With Kids

Looking for something on the smaller side? Try a pinecone or acorn art tutorial. Let your student decide with help from our Fall Art One on One Time with Kids or Mommy and Me Time with Art.

Photo by Erin Vincent

S’Mores Me ! Art Lesson

Are you ready for Roasting Marshmallows and all the dessert joy? I was a Girl Scout for ten years. So I’m definitely the resident S’Mores maker in our home. Every marshmallow turns out perfectly golden brown. But my boys still loved letting them catch on fire.

Campfire roasting marshmallows smores fall art

I’ve only made S’Mores with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. Until we moved to Colorado and one camping angel offered the mind blowing suggestion of switching out chocolate bars for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Oh. My. S’More. Campfire Game Changer!! Switch up your chocolate bar of choice, I’ve heard Kit Kats are the perfect shape, but we’ve yet to try them.
October is National Fire Safety Month. It’s a great time to go over fire safety in your home.

Incorporate these Fantastic Fall Art Lessons and your entire family will enjoy the change of seasons in your homeschool day.

Apple Art With Chalk Pastels

Johnny Appleseed Day is September 26th. We honor the man who made apple (and pear) trees grow all across most of this country. Or you just have another reason to bake and eat apple pie. I’ll take it!! Check out Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons and serve up a plate of Nana’s Apple Pie with it! (Includes How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World art lesson and ideas!)

Incorporate these Fantastic Fall Art Lessons and your entire family will enjoy the change of seasons in your homeschool day.
Apples to Oregon makes a fun A Hands-On Oregon Trail Unit Study perfect for fall geography and history studies!

Animals in Fall Study For Your Homeschool

We always loved cutting out construction paper fall leaves, taping them to windows, and adding little gratitude comments all season. I wish I would have added some adorable fall animals among the leaves. If you’re observing the birds, rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks busy in your yard maybe decorate a Fall Wall in your homeschool room with chalk animals!

We loved Nana’s Deer in the Fall Clubhouse. We decided to make our own cartoonish deer with big sweet “puppy dog” eyes.

Homeschool Pro Tip: during these more enjoyable fall days try your chalk tutorials outside on your sidewalks and driveways. DO NOT use chalk pastels on concrete. Stick to cheap sidewalk chalk!

More Fall Homeschool Art Fun

You will also have fun with these fall art lessons:

Incorporate these Fantastic Fall Art Lessons and your entire family will enjoy the change of seasons in your homeschool day.

Members Fall Bucket List

Don’t forget! Members can create a Fall Fun Bucket List! Personally, I’m hoping to drink as much apple cider and enjoy those S’Mores. Check and check. Happy Fall Y’all !

Incorporate these Fantastic Fall Art Lessons and your entire family will enjoy the change of seasons in your homeschool day.
Stef Layton

Stef started homeschooling her boys in 2008. She quickly adopted a hands-on learning homeschool style and graduated her oldest tactile learner in 2021. Stef started the Hands-On Learning column in Homeschooling Today magazine. The Laytons currently reside in the foothills of Colorado where Stef also teaches yoga. The family loves to hike trails, stand-up paddle board, and chase sunsets. Stef shares travel and homeschool tips on IG at @LaytonAdventures.

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Fabulously Funny Folk Tales with Art Perfect for Your Homeschool History

We all love a fun story, don’t we? Enjoy fabulously funny folk tales with art and watch your homeschool history come to life!

We all love a fun story, don't we? Enjoy fabulously funny folk tales with art and watch your homeschool history come to life!

Fabulously Funny Folk Tales with Art – An Event for All Ages!

The replay of this event is available in Nana’s Fairy Tales series with You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership! Clubhouse members receive access to the replay for as long as you are a member.

Enjoy fabulously funny folk tales with art and watch your homeschool history come to life! Includes everything you need for a fun lesson.
Replay now available in the Fairy Tales series of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership!

What is included in Fabulous Funny Folk Tales with Art for Your Homeschool History Event?

Here’s How to Be Ready for the Event

Join the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse for access to the replay plus, at the Complete level, over 800 video art lessons and growing!

For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

  • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here).
  • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
  • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

Share On Social Media!

Be sure to share photos of your Fabulously Funny Folk Tales with Art time on social media and tag @humilityanddoxology and @chalkpastelart – We can’t wait to see you participating and to see your paintings!

And please invite your friends! Share this post with them!

What a FUN way to incorporate storytelling and art into your homeschool history routine!

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 the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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September Adventure Homeschool Art Activities

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

The start of a homeschool year has always been an exciting time in our home and the perfect chance to add new art Activities. Kick off the new shool year with our FREE EVENT September 8th!

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Traditionally, we started the new school year with “First Day of School Cinnamon Rolls” because nothing is sweeter than sleeping in long after the buses leave the neighborhood. Then wrapping up our homeschool week with Fine Arts Friday. Below are a few historical dates and famous birthdays to study while adding new art activities.

These September Homeschool Art Activities add adventure to your learning. Ideas for history, science, and literature lessons.

September Homeschool Art Activities

September’s name comes from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven.” This month had originally been the seventh month of the early Roman calendar.

September Royal Birthdays

September 7, 1533, Queen Elizabeth I and September 8, 1157, Richard the Lionheart.

Grab your swords, tiaras, and tea for these two royal birthdays. Learn about Great Britain, Richard the Lion Heart, and Queen Elizabeth I by heading over “the ditch” for Great Britain Themed Art as well as The I Drew It and I Knew It Knights and Crusades lessons in the Clubhouse Membership.

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Activities

Ahoy Landlubber! Get Ye Art Supplies Ready.

September 19th: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pirate Art Activities

My scalawags loved skipping math to dress up, throw around a few fun phrases, and play goofy golf. You don’t have to dust off your putters to make this day fun. Join Captain Nana with these Talk Like a Pirate Homeschool Art Lessons.

Homeschool Explorers Study

Navigate the waters of Exploration!

Mark these seafaring dates on your homeschool calendar:

  1. September 4, 1609 – Explorer-navigator Henry Hudson is the first European to discover the island of Manhattan.
  2. September 16, 1620 – The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, England.
  3. September 24, 1493 – With a fleet of 17 ships, Christopher Columbus sets sail on his second expedition to the New World.
  4. September 25, 1513 – Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean.

This month offers many chances to chalk boats, map locations, and feel like an explorer. It’s one reason why we love to Add New Art Activities to Homeschool History Lessons.

American History in September

American History Art Activities
  1. September 4, 1886 – Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending the last U.S. – Indian war.
  2. September 11, 2001 – “Patriots Day”, Islamic Al-Qaeda militants flew planes into NYC’s twin World Trade Towers and the Pentagon
  3. September 17, 1787 – Constitution Day. This day celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
  4. September 18, 1947 – U.S. Air Force is established.
  5. September 22, 1862 – President Abraham Lincoln declares the Emancipation Proclamation. Chalk the beautiful Lincoln Memorial from American Landmarks!
  1. September 25, 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Supreme Court Justice.
  2. September 26, 1960 – The first televised Presidential debate occurs between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
  3. September 27, 1789 – The U.S. Postal Service was founded.

American History isn’t just for July 4th. Check out all these great lessons and more in the Clubhouse Membership!

Celebrate The Hobbit And Lord Of The Rings In Your Homeschool

“I’m Going On An Adventure!”

On September 21, 1933 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was published in London.

Grab second breakfast with your homeschoolers and head out on an adventure with the Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson. Art your way through the entire Trilogy with the help from: The Lord of the Rings, A Homeschool Study to Rule Them All.

Looking to bring a little more fun to all of your literature lessons? It’s possible! We know The Power of Adding Art to Literature Lessons.

September Astronomy Study

Fall in love with September Skies

September 22nd Autumn Equinox in Northern Hemisphere. At this time, there are approximately equal hours of daylight and darkness.
September 23, 1846 – The planet Neptune was first discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Golle.

Happy Fall Y’all! One of my favorite autumn activates, besides eating as many maple donuts as possible, is sketching the Year Round Seasonal Tree Study. Living in Florida with little to absolutely no fall foliage kept us inside chalking all the beautiful colors instead!

September weather is still nice enough to enjoy evening star gazing. This month’s full moon is called the Harvest Moon and appears bigger and brighter than any other full moon. Add a Homeschool Moon Unit Study to your science lessons.

To infinity and beyond with these Buzz Lightyear Activities!

Or blast off to infinity and beyond! Add these free Buzz Lightyear Activities to your next astronomy lesson.

Classical Music All Month Long

In 1994, President Bill Clinton designated September as Classical Music Month. The perfect time to introduce your children to great composers and classical music. How to Get Started with Classical Music in Your Homeschool shares great ideas! “Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen.

These September Homeschool Art Activities add adventure and fun to your learning. Happy Back To School!

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Stef Layton

Stef started homeschooling her boys in 2008. She quickly adopted a hands-on learning homeschool style and graduated her oldest tactile learner in 2021. Stef started the Hands-On Learning column in Homeschooling Today magazine. The Laytons currently reside in the foothills of Colorado where Stef also teaches yoga. The family loves to hike trails, stand-up paddle board, and chase sunsets. Stef shares travel and homeschool tips on IG at @LaytonAdventures.

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Creative Sight Word Activities For Your Homeschool

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It’s a fun activity for the whole family!

Learning To Read With Art

What if you could combine all the four major learning styles into one lesson? What if a multi-sensory approach helped your out of the box learner retain information and build confidence in a no fuss, enjoyable way? Even more so, what if you found a hands-on activity that encouraged relationships and fostered bonding in your very own homeschool? You have come to the right place!

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

Sight Word Activities For Your Homeschool

Do you have a cozy reading corner? Or maybe you just decorated your dining room table with a floral table cloth, and a few fresh picked wild flowers. You just baked warm chocolate chip cookies to fit perfectly in tiny hands. All you need is a good little book to read with those yummy cookies. Now little miss is eyeing you and the cookies, eagerly waiting to see the book you chose for this bonding moment…

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

This multi-sensory Learn to Read book, combines all four of the major learning styles into creative sight word activities:

  • auditory
  • kinesthetic
  • tactile
  • and visual
Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

It also includes multiple subjects:

  • art
  • reading
  • writing
  • sight words
  • and nature!

That’s not all! Nana surely brings inspiration to a realm of learners, perfect for any family!

Let’s begin with those adorable early learners who show an interest in reading. Or maybe, you’re early learner is already picking up on a few letters, sounds, and sight words. When exposed to high frequency words that make up a high percentage of reading material, children can memorize them for reading fluency!

This Learn to Read book immerses a learner in sight words such as: I, and, see, a. This brings exposure and encourages early reading. The Learn to Read book is also filled with bright art that will engage your preschooler and hold their attention.

The Learn to Read book also provides an opportunity for seasoned learners to create something tangible and useful for their younger siblings; a wonderful serving opportunity. My middle schooler and upcoming junior higher took delight in becoming an aspiring author and illustrator as they gleaned encouragement from Nana through this thoughtful lesson.  

After painting, the outdoors combined with the cool summer breezes  called our names. We took our favorite quilt,  spread it across the green grass, and my older ones read to their younger brothers. This encouraged sibling bonding, fostered  relationships, and an exposure to those high frequency words.

Do you have a child with learning differences? This art lesson embraces auditory, tactile, and visual learning styles. An out of the box learner writes the words (tactile) and paints the illustrations (tactile again). Afterwards, reading takes place. The book may be read by the child, sibling, or parent. Either way, the reading provides the auditory learning style.

The finished product then delivers an appealing visual. To make this Learn To Read book kinesthetic, we joined movement while reading. For example, we acted out “I”, “see”, “bird”, “bugs”, “eating breakfast”. This multi-sensory learning teaches the same concepts in multiple ways, giving extra support for retaining information.

Learn to Read Beach book with Nana

Interested in creating another Learn to Read book? Check out Tricia’s delightful post about creating your own learn to read book. Tricia uses their exciting beach days as an example. She shares how to make a book by tailoring it to your child’s interests. Fun for reading, fun for bonding, fun creatives sight word activities for everyone!

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

Creative Sight Word Activities: Resources For Homeschool Preschool

I love the early years. This tender age brings so much curiosity and so much laughter in the little things. They love simplicity and it’s such a beautiful time of bonding, building relationships, and connecting with our children. Learning naturally takes hold of their tiny hearts, especially when play or exploring is involved. Children love hands-on activities, outdoor fun, and stories at this age. Preschool learners love connection.

Did you know Nana has a collection of preschool fun? Chalk Pastel Art offers gentle art from painting circles, simple lines, to backyard animals, tractors, and so much  more! Nana really understands this tender age and you can tell through her wise words through her lessons. She has taught all of her grandchildren when they were preschool age. Nana uses her expertise in this area to softly teach and encourage the littles and us parents!

Picture books are an outstanding resource for preschool age children. Eric Carle is one of our favorites! Chalk Pastel Art offers several  art lessons for all ages that combine perfectly with Eric Carle’s stories! Check out Dawn’s wonderful post about Eric Carle and all the art lessons that pair so well with his picture books.

Picture books are an outstanding resource for preschool age children. Eric Carle is one of our favorites! Chalk Pastel Art offers several  art lessons for all ages that combine perfectly with Eric Carle’s stories!

My three and five year old adore The Very Busy Spider so much! Paint this cute little spider along with this popular picture book! You can even read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White to your older students, (my three and five year olds call every spider they see “Chaw-lette”) and create a Barnyard themed study, while your older artists paint Wilbur! Enjoy a Charlotte’s Web Study!

create a Barnyard themed study, while your older artists paint Wilbur! Enjoy a Charlotte's Web Study!

Do you love painting through the seasons? We surely enjoyed a fall apple study, while painting these cute little red apples! I love the joy on my son’s face when he paints with Nana!

To see how we incorporated Chalk Pastel Art and the books we included in our Apple Study, check out my blog. I have included a detailed explanation of how we put it all together!

We love snowmen around here! They bring such cheer in the winter!

We love snowmen around here! They bring such cheer in the winter!

Having trouble fitting art time into your schedule? Don’t miss Courtney’s seven tips on how to make time for preschool art in your homeschool day!

Chalk Pastel Art even offers a homeschool fine arts curriculum from grades 1-12! Dawn’s helpful post, Preschool Art and Music Curriculum shares the benefits of adding art and music into your homeschool. “Preschool art and music curriculum for your homeschool has everything you need to foster an early love and appreciation of art and music.”

You can also combine all of Nana’s art with Outdoor Hour Challenge’s Homeschool Nature Study! This is a wonderful resource for all ages and stages! Barb wrote a wonderful post relating to nature study and preschoolers!

Additional Preschool Resources with Creative Sight Word Activities

The preschool resources listed below are resources I truly love. I would say that they can serve  preschool aged children and kindergarten! I have included a wide range of materials from picture books to curricula. Tricia also encourages preschool moms with simple habits to teach your little ones as you homeschool!

First School Preschool Activities and Crafts for Homeschool

This is a FREE preschool resource! This website is packed full of preschool themed material for ages 2-6! You will find worksheets for the alphabet, animals, coloring pages, crafts, and so much more!

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Homeschool Preschool with Play Dough Activity Binder

Preschool Mom contains a plethora of preschool resources from letters, shapes, numbers, and more! My children love the Play Dough Activity Binder. We printed all the “mats”, placed them in sheet protectors, then stuck it all in a white binder. All you need is play dough to create your letters!

Sight Word of the Week Program for Homeschool

Sight Word of the Week Program for Preschool

Kindergarten Mom has multiple kindergarten resources found on her site! We use the Sight Word of the Week Program. It is multi-sensory with a lot of repetition involved. Each day contains activities for one sight word a week. For example: Day 1 -Sign Language, Day 2-Fishing for Sight Words, Day 3 Sight Word Dab with paint, and so on.

Preschoolers love picture books. Especially ones with eye-catching illustrations and an appealing rhyming pattern! Two of my absolute favorite authors for this age is the famous Eric Carle and beloved Karma Wilson.

Picture Books for Homeschool Preschool

Preschoolers love picture books. Especially ones with eye-catching illustrations and an appealing rhyming pattern! Two of my absolute favorite authors for this age is the famous Eric Carle and beloved Karma Wilson. Children learn so much from books that catch their interests. Both authors have written stories that are multi-disciplinary. For example, many of their book contain high frequency words, days of the week, numbers, colors, and the alphabet. I especially loved to incorporate sign language with their stories. The characters in their picture books are usually animals or insects found in nature. Snuggle up with your preschooler, make those memories and strengthen those bonds while reading a wonderful picture book.

Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by Ella K. Lindvall

Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by Ella K. Lindvall

Can I say this bible series is my favorite for preschoolers? I have read this series to all of my children! This Bible series contains large print and wonderful, colorful illustrations. It is simple. Here is a list of Bible stories found in the entire series: (Vol 1.)The Man Who Was Too Little, The Man Who Couldn’t See, The Boys and Girls and Jesus, The Wind That Obeyed, The Man Who Said, “Thank You”, (Vol. 2) Simon and His Boat, The Boy Who Went Away, The Boy Who Shared His Lunch, The Man Who Helped, A Sad Day and a Happy Day, (Vol. 3) How God Made the World, Noah’s Big Boat, God Gives His People Bread to Eat, Daniel and the Lions, Baby Jesus and the Good News

God Gave Us the Bible 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones

God Gave Us the Bible 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones

The illustrations by David Hohn are amazing! The way the author writes the Bible stories makes it easy to understand for children. What I absolutely love is that after the short stories, Little Cub and her friends have questions. Mama does such a wonderful job explaining and answering them in such a wonderful age appropriate way! This one is a keeper and will be used for all the littles!

Signing Time Treeschoolers

Signing Time Treeschoolers for Creative Sight Word Activities

This is an incredible preschool resource! Including all four of the major learning styles, this is a science series that involves sign language, dancing, and preschool skills! Nine DVDs are included in this set with over sixty songs! They also have a brand new series titled Phonetica!

ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Uppercase Letters, ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Lowercase Letters

ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Uppercase Letters, ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Lowercase Letters

My three and five yr. olds adore Stefanie Hol’s books. They are geared towards ages 2-5 and 3-6. Both books work wonderfully for special needs children as well. This book takes a child through strictly the sounds of each letter makes. Coupled with movement, a visual, and letter, my children love going through this book with me. We make it silly. I was shocked at how much my boys learned!

Simply K A Developmental Approach to Kindergarten by Carrie Bailey from Masterbooks

Simply K A Developmental Approach to Kindergarten by Carrie Bailey from Masterbooks

Simply K brings a gentle introduction to the letters of the alphabet, Bible time, and life skills. This open and go workbook arrives with a Scope & Sequence, and supply list. The pages are laid out nicely for easy navigation. I love the Bible memory verses , Bible stories, and mini booklets for each letter of the alphabet.

Math Lessons for a Living Education K Masterbooks

If your early learner is ready for counting to 10, learning basic shapes, and patterns, Math Lessons for a Living Education K is a wonderful option. This workbook by Masterbooks is equipped with daily lessons, open and go, and fully colored pages. My 5yr old son absolutely loved this workbook!

Math U See Primer for Homeschool

Primer Introduction to Math by Math U See Demme Learning

I have started all of my children with this book by Demme Learning. This rich curriculum is very basic with simple black and white photos. Along with the Primer comes with multi-colored hands-on math blocks. All of my children were fruitful in this multi-sensory math experience. It begins with basic counting and identifying numbers, writing numbers, understanding place value, basic addition problems, and skip counting.

Pride Reading Program

Pride Reading Program Beginning Consonants P.R.I.D.E. is an acronym for Phonemic Recognition Instruction Delivering Empowerment. This is an Orton-Gillingham reading instruction program geared towards students with learning differences. I have used PRIDE Reading with my son with special needs and my boys without learning differences. If you want a beginning consonant program that is hands-on and multi-sensory, this is a wonderful resource. It arrives with a workbook, online teacher’s guide, white board, and sound cards.

There are so many precious preschool resources available for your little learners. A few art supplies can bring wonders to your homeschool in so many ways! It’s simple, easy clean up, and preschoolers love it! Multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary, and fruitful for all ages and stages-Learning to Read with art and creative sight word activities are just a few of the MANY hands on lessons Chalk Pastel Art offers. Nana’s gentle art always carry contagious giggles, and sweet smiles….. the colorful memories will last a lifetime!

Jamie Gault

Jamie is the author of A Brown Bear’s Language Arts Study, a literature-inspired homeschool mom of eight, and a former educator. She enjoys a bookshelf bursting with colorful picture books  and children’s stories of all genres. Indulging in a read aloud with all of her children around her is one of Jamie’s favorite moments of her days. Be sure to find Jamie on Instagram and visit her blog, Treasuring the Tiny Moments Homeschool, to be encouraged by all her learning adventures with her wonderful family.

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's a fun activity for the whole family!
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Fine Arts Credit For Your High School Transcript: A Homeschooler’s Quick Guide

Fine arts credits are required in most states for high school graduation. Are you looking for compelling ways to satisfy this requirement in your homeschool? This quick guide has everything you need to add fine arts credit for your high school transcript.

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High School Fine Arts Credit

When I first began planning for high school in our homeschool, I was surprised to see that fine arts credits were required for a diploma in our state. I knew I would need to figure out science labs and literature. Adding fine arts at home was something I wasn’t sure how to teach with an older child.

To be honest, I wasn’t even totally sure what counted as a fine arts course.

Fine arts is typically defined as “a visual art created primarily for aesthetic purposes and valued for its beauty or expressiveness”.

The Free Dictionary
Fine Arts Credit For Your Homeschool High School Transcript: A Quick Guide

Fine Arts Classes For Teens

In addition to needing to define what fine arts really means at the high school level, I also struggled with finding courses or learning opportunities that made sense for an older learner.

It seemed like everything I stumbled across would’ve worked perfectly when my teens were in elementary school. But now that it really mattered and needed to be recorded on a transcript? It was not easy to find the right curriculum for my oldest.

You Are An Artist For High School Fine Arts

It was You Are An Artist and Van Gogh that finally gave us a plan for high school fine arts. Because my son showed an interest in the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, I began looking for resources to help him learn more about him.

We began with You Are An Artist’s Vincent Van Gogh study. After completing a lesson with Nana, we planned a trip to the immersive Van Gogh exhibit when it came to town. I ordered a few books for picture study. Eventually, I learned that You Are An Artist has an entire fine arts curriculum for high school and we were set.

I love the approach.

Visual art is not only the process of creating art. The education goes far beyond that. Visual art with chalk pastels also encompasses learning about art history, culture, nature, and more

You Are An Artist

It was clear that with You Are An Artist’s lesson plans, we had more than enough to create a learning experience that worked well for my son, and also met the requirements for credit on his transcript.

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Fine Art Credit For Your Homeschool High School Transcript

If you are creating a high school transcript for your homeschool, it’s helpful to begin with an understanding of what your state requires. As I mentioned, most states, as part of their public school standards, include fine arts as a necessity for graduation.

While homeschoolers may or may not have to follow state standards (again, depends on your state), adding fine arts to your high school can, without a doubt, help create a well-rounded educational experience.

When it comes to transcripts credits, this is the general rule of thumb:

  • .5 credit = one semester of study
  • 1.0 credit = one school year of study

One credit is equal to about between 120-180 ‘Carnegie units’ (A Carnegie unit = 1 hour of instruction or 2 of practice). Use these guidelines to determine how to best award credit for your high school fine arts learning.

For more support, you may be interested in our  Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker. The planner and tracker are also perfect additions to your portfolio if record keeping is required in your state. 

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More Resources For Homeschooling High School

Nana also offers 47 additional 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!

These resources will help you get started, as you pull together your fine arts plan.

A Complete Visual Art Curriculum For Your High School Homeschool

In addition, You Are An Artist has an entire fine arts curriculum for the high school years. It has flexible, easy to follow plans, and is worth a full transcript credit for your learner.

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Shawna Wingert, Different By Design LearningShawna 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 and helps parents of children with learning differences, behavioral challenges and special needs every day at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.

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5 Tips to Start Fine Arts Friday

Who doesn’t love themed days? Certainly not Taco Tuesday!! I’m sharing 5 Tips to Start Fine Arts Friday without overwhelming your homeschool schedule.

Fine Arts Friday is an easy way to incorporate the You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts Curriculum. I know, you’ve already booked August and you’re doing ALL. THE. THINGS. I was right there with you signing up for every activity, co-ops, and sports. Trying to be a homeschool superhero. You don’t have to exhaust yourself (and your children) with one more monster size obligation.

Fine Arts Friday Homeschool Art Lesson

Nana shares a Fine Arts Friday Art Lesson, below.

Suggested supplies: White construction paper and all the chalk pastel colors! Baby wipes or a slightly damp paper towel for easy clean up.

You ARE An ARTiST now offers family style and grade level Fine Arts Curriculum. High school students can earn one full Fine Arts Credit. Which is super exciting! This curricula is much different than the traditional Chalk Art Lessons with Nana we have all come to love. While Nana is filming more art tutorials for Clubhouse Members, this curricula is an instant PDF download, so you can go at your own pace! Pick whichever grade you like, and if you’re anything like me with 1 child dipping toes in 3 different grades … friend, you’ve got yourself some options. Pick the topic / time period that matches up well with other core curriculum.
Clubhouse Members can purchase Fine Arts at 1/2 price – must be logged in for discount.

5 Tips to Start Fine Arts Friday

My boys thrived with schedules and a little routine. Wait, they’re shaking their heads no. Okay, maybe I just did better managing ALL. THE. THINGS. with somewhat of a plan to fall back on when superhero costumes, guinea pigs, and junk food overwhelmed the table. I don’t know what the boys were doing but I was having a blast! Knowing every Friday we were going to spend a bit of time on art helped my youngest, with delayed fine motor skills, mentally prepare while also keeping my oldest, who has a library of sketch books, happy.

Plan Art Field Trips

What better way to study art than at a museum? Each fine arts curriculum lists the artist/composer and works covered so you can plan ahead – especially with traveling exhibits, ballet, opera, or family vacations. Be sure to check tickets for homeschool discounts! Read, listen, and art at home one Friday then get out to visit art the following Friday. Or take one big trip to Florence Italy while earning high school credit! Many museums now offer virtual tours. In fact, you can enjoy The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips right here.

Follow Chalk Pastel on Spotify

Turn off your 90’s dance music and play that funky Classical music! Chalk Pastel is currently adding the Fine Arts music to their Spotify playlists. Using an app makes everything “cool”, right?! If you have a family account everyone can listen to the playlists on their own devices. Listen while finishing math or driving to the next co-op. Follow up with discussions, Which of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons do you like best? The answer is Winter. No Summer. All of them? We can’t decide.

Fine Arts Scavenger Hunts

Download info from the Fine Arts curriculum course content to your phone and head out on a Fine Arts Scavenger Hunt. Can I just say again how much I love that this curriculum is a PDF download?! Compare famous works of art in your surrounding area. Sunflowers, hack stacks, lighthouses, cypress trees, sailboats … see the influences of famous masterpieces in your own neighborhood! Listen to the restaurant music and whoever notices a familiar piece first gets to pick dessert. You’ll start noticing more and more classical music in movies now too. Or, play those songs and let family members guess the composer. I can only play the first 15 seconds of Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 in G Major – so guess quick kids!

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Choose Different Supplies

Many of the Fine Arts Curricula offers black and white copies of the famous works of art. Use your favorite medium to color in the pages. My youngest son, who never really enjoyed chalk pastels (gasp) or paints, was thrilled to use colored pencils and markers. Go BIG or go home, my oldest son loved using sidewalk chalk and chalking ginormous pieces of art on our driveway. This turned into a side job, that’s What Raising An Artist Looks Like.

Helpful Hints: When a coloring page was not provided we found them online and downloaded them, changed to black & white (change scale to lightest color), and printed from my phone. Also, black pastel chalk doesn’t like to come off the driveway, so if you don’t want to scrub concrete with a vegetable brush – use cheap sidewalk chalk!

Incorporate Fine Arts into other Subjects

Art doesn’t have to be a wall flower. It actually mixes amazingly well with other subjects like history, literature, and nature studies! Learning about astronomy? Add a Starry Night coloring page. Learning about the Elizabethan Era? William Byrd is your guy. With just a little planning your core curriculum will come alive with sprinkles of art.

Extra Tip!

Join your students. I noticed when I joined my boys we all enjoyed the lessons just a little bit more. Maybe because my boys are talented artistically and my masterpieces always looked like chicken scratch? Maybe because I offered a comedic narrative? Why couldn’t Johann Sebastian Bach buy a house? Because he was Baroque.
Art provides a wonderful opportunity for moms to express their own creativity and lower stress. A few things we should be proactive about adding to our schedules this homeschool year.

Extra Tip #2!

Meet #FineArtsFriday Friends!

Hi my name is Stef and I love fine arts. It’s funny how an Instagram challenge can help us stick to something. Now that you’re ready to start Fine Arts, join the community of #FineArtsFriday friends on IG. Tag @ChalkPastelArt and #YouAreAnArtist so we can all de-stress and become more cultured together.

Stef Layton

Stef started homeschooling her boys in 2008. She quickly adopted a hands-on learning homeschool style and graduated her oldest tactile learner in 2021. Stef started the Hands-On Learning column in Homeschooling Today magazine. The Laytons currently reside in the foothills of Colorado where Stef also teaches yoga. The family loves to hike trails, stand-up paddle board, and chase sunsets. Stef shares travel and homeschool tips on IG at @LaytonAdventures.

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A Tooth Diagram Activity For Homeschool Science That Will Make You Smile

Here is a tooth diagram activity for homeschool science that will make you smile! There probably aren’t two people who love smiles more than a dentist… and a teacher! As homeschool parents, we envision ourselves leading our children into learning with bright smiles on all our faces. 

Enjoying learning is as important as reaching your learning objective or picking the perfect read-aloud. We want kids to come to learning with a happy curiosity. We want them to leave with a smile of satisfaction. 

Some learning practices are tailor-made to create enjoyable moments of learning. Using chalk pastels has always worked to perk up my children from the doldrums of copywork or chores. 

Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!

Hands-On Homeschool Anatomy

Perhaps you’ve heard learning sticks better when multiple senses are involved.

If kids listen to a lecture, they activate their hearing sense only.

If they read a PowerPoint or watch a video while listening, now they’ve involved their sight as well.

If they listen, read, and recite, that’s three senses! And three more chances for the learning to get in!

But don’t forget the most tactile sense of all – using our hands to move, shape, and create as we learn! Adding this fourth layer of sensory exploration to the learning time engages nearly the whole body, as kids get to select colors, sketch lines, and really engage fully with the concepts in front of them. 

Hands-on learning moves children from passively accepting information to active inquiry as they explore with their fingers, eyes, and ears!

When it comes to learning about anatomy, using your hands to create is a fantastic way to show kids how their body is at work for them! Isn’t it great that we actual have a living specimen to study anatomy with: our own bodies! 

Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!

Online Tooth Diagram Activity For Your Homeschool

Studying the teeth is an important topic to include in an anatomy lesson. For one, they are a prominent body feature. Also, kids have all kinds of experiences with teeth: smiling, eating, talking, brushing, and… visiting the dentist! Or even getting a visit from the Tooth Fairy!

But, have your kids ever explored the inner world of the tooth? Most kids view of teeth is a simple white molar shape. Below the surface, teeth have so much more going on. You will find that out with Nana’s tooth diagram activity!

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Nana’s chalk pastel video art lesson of the Diagram of a Tooth highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. 

Kids will love tracing the outline of the tooth first, because it activates prior knowledge. Everyone knows what a tooth looks like on the outside. 

Then Nana goes deeper to show students all the layers: pellicle, enamel, dentin, pulp, cementum. As students draw each layer in different colors, it is interesting to see how Nana adds texture to help them visualize each part. Plus they can start to see the relative thickness and size of each layer as well. 

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homeschool art lessons for all ages
Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!

Soon, kids will have drawn a rainbow diagram of the tooth. Then, like the budding scientists they are becoming, they will label each part. This is a wonderful opportunity to add some vocabulary to their word banks, spelling lists, or handwriting worksheets!

Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!
Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!

When we completed this lesson, our young exchange student from Spain was staying with us. He enjoyed learning all kinds of new English vocabulary as well as understanding more about tooth anatomy. It just goes to show you how accessible Nana’s chalk pastel lessons are, when even an English language learner can easily enjoy them!

Finally, like any good artist, they can name, sign, and date their work of art: the human tooth! This is sure to be a stunning addition to any bulletin board or art journal. They will barely realize they have tucked away a lot of science and anatomy knowledge, because the journey of painting with chalk pastels is so enjoyable. 

Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!

Additional Resources For Homeschool Science

Don’t stop with the tooth! Nana has a host of homeschool science resources to keep the learning going. When you have a You ARE an Artist Clubhouse Membership, all of these lessons and the I Drew It Then I Knew It series are at your fingertips all year!

Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!

Homeschool Anatomy & Biology

Homeschool Chemistry & Physics

Homeschool Astronomy

Homeschool Botany

Nana’s video art lesson is a tooth diagram activity that highlights the many-colored wonder of these curious cuspids. Great homeschool science!

Whatever your budding scientist wants to discover, there’s sure to be an exciting and colorful chalk pastel lesson to make your homeschool hands-on when it comes to science! Make the learning fun and the learning will stick – and everyone walks away smiling!

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The Beauty of Literature, Art and Nature in Your Homeschool

Make your homeschool a little more beautiful with literature, art and nature study! Explore the beloved picture book, Miss Rumphius, with Sarah, Nana and Tricia. What a FUN way to kick off your homeschool year!

Make your homeschool a little more beautiful with literature, art and nature study! Explore the beloved picture book, Miss Rumphius, with Sarah, Nana and Tricia. What a FUN way to kick off your homeschool year!

Make Your Homeschool a Little More Beautiful – A Free Event!

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  • Access to the replay of the event through August 3, 2022
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  • A Homeschool Nature Study lupine Outdoor Hour Challenge

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Make Your Homeschool Year a Little More Beautiful

    What is included in Make Your Homeschool a Little More Beautiful Event?

    • A fun Miss Rumphius literary ‘hunt’ with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival
    • A peek at Sarah’s NEW picture book, A Little More Beautiful
    Find out ALL about Sarah’s NEW A Little More Beautiful book HERE!
    • A wildflower nature study with Tricia of Homeschool Nature Study
    • Nana’s art lesson in the style of Miss Rumphius and A Little More Beautiful
    Miss Rumphius picture book.

    Here’s How to Be Ready for the Event

    For your literature time with Sarah, reserve or pick up your copy of Miss Rumphius at your local library or order online today!

    For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

    • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here).
    • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
    • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

    For your nature study time with Tricia, have your lupine download on hand.

    Remember to sign up, above!

    Share On Social Media!

    Be sure to share your Make Your Homeschool A Little More Beautiful time on social media and tag @readaloudrevival @outdoorhourchallenge and @chalkpastelart – We can’t wait to see you participating and to see your paintings!

    And please invite your friends! Share this post with them!

    Sarah Mackenzie quote about Nana and chalk pastels.

    What a FUN way to incorporate literature, art and nature into your homeschool routine!