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Draw Your Way Through The Story Of Christmas Homeschool Study

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Add these Advent art activities to your Christmas Homeschool plans! You can draw your way through the story of Christmas from the angels announcing Messiah’s birth to the manger scene.

Homeschooling through the holidays can be one of the best parts of your homeschool year or, unfortunately for some, the worst. I have learned from experience that we should shift our focus for a bit rather than struggle through the holidays trying to keep up with homeschooling for fear of getting behind

Because, as you already know or are learning, there is no behind in homeschooling. Even while homeschooling through the Christmas season. Language arts and math will always be there, waiting for you. But, Christmas will come and go ever so quickly, so set aside time to enjoy this time leading to Christmas Day. 

You can still learn through the holidays, but use the time to pivot and educate from a place of peace, enjoy your family, and experience life together through the season. 

Homeschooling In The Christmas Season

One of the simplest ways to shift your homeschool in the Christmas season is to continue learning but change the focus of the educational material. Dive into Advent for the month, plan a birthday party for Jesus, enjoy holiday baking together, decorate the house, and focus on the true reason for the season, Jesus. 

The holidays are so much more meaningful when we come together as a family. We can focus on gratitude, giving, serving, and The Birth of Christ. This can also be a much-needed time of rest and togetherness, a time to slow down. 

You can still maintain a few core subjects each day if you feel the need to, but it might be a nice reprise for you and your children to do all of the things you feel like you never have the time to do. Things like Christmas homeschool art, hands-on activities, read alouds, experiments, you know, the fun stuff! All of those things we don’t seem to prioritize during the homeschool year, we now have a chance to experience. So many of these things still count as home education too!

Beyond all of those academic lessons, I want my children to know and follow Jesus. And I know many of you agree. 

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Teaching The Story of Christmas

Every Advent season, we choose to dive into learning all about The Story of Christmas. It’s a wonderful way to revisit the Birth of Christ each year, and especially if you have children, it’s important that they not only hear the story but eventually come to know it by heart. 

There are so many resources that can help you teach your children all about The Story of Christmas. (And we have some fantastic Christmas resources to share with you below!) So if you are still learning the story yourself, perfect, you can learn right alongside your children. Learning alongside your children models lifelong learning, and it’s a great way to cultivate a love of learning at home. 

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

If you don’t yet have any Christmas homeschool traditions, you can use December to create some! Include Christmas activities and holiday resources that you shift to and learn about each December. For example, we will cook together, bake holiday treats, enjoy some Christmas-related unit studies (on topics like snowflakes, Christmas trees, or St. Nicholas – we mix it up each year), and sprinkle in some Nutcracker fun, of course! Some of our most memorable homeschool traditions are an Advent study every year, reading The Story of Christmas in the Bible, and reading all of our favorite Christmas read alouds and picture books. You will likely find us having a Christmas poetry tea time or studying an old hymn. We also enjoy a special candlelit Christmas Eve church service that reinforces the season’s meaning each year. 

But my absolute favorite Christmas activity to do is Draw Your Way Through The Christmas Story together. I want to share it with you because I know so many families will love doing this too!

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Draw Your Way Through The Story Of Christmas Art Lessons

With YOU ARE AN ARTiST, you can draw your way through the entire Christmas Story. From the Angels announcing Christ’s Birth all the way to the Nativity. With so many incredible Christmas homeschool art lessons in between. 

The best resource to help walk you through the Christmas art lessons and help you plan with little prep time involved is the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook! You will find all the resources that you need to Draw Your Way Through The Birth of Christ. Resources like:

  • December Art Planners
  • Recommended Companion Book List (You can find many of the books we are using on the book list!)
  • 5 Fast Facts for Each Art Lesson 
  • Hymns
  • Scripture
  • History
  • Detective Questions (These can be used as December writing prompts too!)
  • Tips for How To Use The Workbook
  • and More!

Last year we enjoyed Biblical Christmas School, and this year we expanded on that by Drawing Our Way Through The Birth of Christ. We enjoyed drawing with Nana, drinking hot cocoa, and learning more about Jesus. Every year that we dive into The Christmas Story, I learn something new too! The fast fact sheets are perfect for sharing with your kids as you enjoy your Christmas Art Lessons together. 

Angels Announce Messiah’s Birth Art Lesson

Christmas School
We did this one last year, but it was great! The Messiah lesson is perfect for the whole family.

NEW – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night (Hymn) Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas
Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Biblical Map to Bethlehem Art Lesson – You can add geography to round out your study!

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

For Unto Us a Child is Born Art Lesson

Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

Nativity – Away in a Manger Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas
We did this one last year too. My kids loved this lesson!

Wise Men’s Start Chart to Jesus Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Christmas Star Art Lesson

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

We Three Kings Art Lesson

Rembrandt Dream of Joseph Art Lesson

Additional Resources For Meaningful Homeschooling Throughout The Christmas Season

Besides all of the Christmas art lessons I mentioned and the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook, here are some other excellent Christmas-related resources that you may want to include in your December homeschooling plans. 

Jotham’s Journey advent stories are perfect for your December read-aloud time. They align so well with an Advent focus for Christmas schooling, and there is an entire series to check out! I can’t believe that we hadn’t read these until this homeschool year, but I am sure glad that we did. I was impressed by the daily devotionals that follow each day’s reading. Consider adding these books to your Christmas studies too. 

More Christmas Art Lessons to Enjoy with Nana 

We hope that these ideas inspire you to Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas as a family. Remember, you can plan a day, a week, or a whole month of Christmas art and activities – there is no right or wrong way to do it. But most of all, we hope that you keep your focus on Jesus! 

Merry Christmas from all of us here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST! 

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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Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love: Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies, and now your kids can re-create them with chalk pastels! #Christmas #Christmasart #Christmaschalkpastels #Christmasbooktomovie #Christmashomeschool #chalkpastels #Christmashomeschoolactivities

Are you looking for Joyful Christmas Activities For Your Homeschool? We love slowing down during the holidays and taking part in all that the Christmas season has to offer. That doesn’t mean being busy with activities.

Although, that may work for you and your family. I like to slow down, read lots of holiday books, watch loads of Christmas movies, and drink lots of hot cocoa!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love


Christmas Homeschooling


I want to build warm Christmas memories of coziness, love, and maybe twinkle lights for my children. This doesn’t mean that we are not still learning! On the contrary, we are learning all the time! But during Christmas homeschooling, that learning shifts to incorporate the holidays. Christmastime is when we pause some of our more traditional schoolings to favor more relaxed and festive pursuits.

More baking and handicrafts are happening around the holidays. We learn about the holidays around the world as well as learning about Christmas music and the composers!

Then there are the Festive Christmas Chalk Pastel Art Lessons like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol! But we especially love art lessons that incorporate our favorite Christmas book to movie creations!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love


Christmas Book to Movie: Activities For The Grinch

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!

I have read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every year on Christmas Eve, and we love watching the original cartoon too. It’s a tradition that started when my son was just a little fella. Now my son and daughter enjoy this read aloud along with the cartoon, AND Nana’s How to Draw The Grinch in Chalk Pastels!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities for The Grinch


A Polar Express Lesson For Your Homeschool

Last year we enjoyed a new Christmas book to movie with the Polar Express! Afterward, we created an Artist Express chalk pastel teatime that even my husband enjoyed! This is a beautiful book and film that is now loved by the whole family!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love


Charlie Brown Christmas For A Little Christmas Learning

Did you know you can incorporate Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art and Music Activities into your Christmas homeschool? Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and Snoopy!

Did you know my son had a blanket just like Linus until he was around nine years old? That’s when it finally fell apart in the wash.

Christmas Homeschooling ideas


Christmas Book to Movie: Home Alone Lesson for Your Homeschool

Nana has a NEW Home Alone movie art lesson! My kids love Kevin McCallister in the first two Home Alone movies, so you can imagine their excitement when we learned Nana has a Lost in New York lesson!

Home Alone Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

With our Home Alone art lesson, we also incorporated Nana’s art lesson on the composer John Williams. Did you know that John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history?

  • Jaws
  • Star Wars
  • E.T.
  • Home Alone
  • Jurrasic Park
  • Harry Potter
  • Superman
  • and many more!

Nana has Composers video art lessons exclusive to You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Members!

John Williams Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons as well as a full index of all of Nana’s Chalk Pastels at the Movies lessons? And let’s not forget ALL of the Christmas-themed art lessons too!

Literature Video Art Lessons

Chalk Pastels at the Movies Lessons

Christmas Video Art Lessons

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Lights

Plus, so much more! Find an over of all of Nana’s Christmas lessons in the Ultimate List of Christmas Art Lessons. And enjoy them all now by joining the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities

With Nana’s chalk pastel video art lessons, we can enjoy the simplicity and beauty of Christmas art with just a starter set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper. Make the table festive with lights, tinsel, and your children’s favorite beverage. Invite your children to partake in a feast for the eyes, ears, and hearts with these lovely chalk pastel art lessons for book and movie lovers alike.

Christmas Homeschool Activities 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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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Hands-On Homeschool Activities

When the nights turn chilly and darker, there are fewer places to go outdoors as a family. We usually see the return of “Family Movie Night” on Fridays in the fall and winter as a result. Our family loves watching movies based on books. Add a few hands-on homeschool activities, and everyone is ready for both learning and fun.

But whether you actually watch a movie or not after reading If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, the book itself is a delightful read for the little ones. 

The boys were excited to revisit this old favorite and bring their mouse stuffed animals along for a chalk pastel lesson. 

Add these hands-on homeschool activities with a fun look at If You Take A Mouse To The Movies. Pictures books and homeschooling together.

All About If You Take A Mouse To The Movies

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies is a sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. And if you haven’t read that book, stop right now and go get a copy! It makes this second book even more enjoyable because you and your child will recognize the familiar pattern of the story. 

We love this sweet tale of a little mouse who is easily distracted from one thing to the next. If this isn’t a picture of all parents everywhere with their toddlers and preschoolers, then I don’t know what is. 

So many fun activities! Add these hands-on homeschool activities with a fun look at If You Take A Mouse To The Movies. Pictures books and homeschooling together.

Even older readers enjoy the hilarious “cause and effect” sequence as the pages turn. From the movies to popcorn, from popcorn to decorating the tree, from the tree to a snowman, the story unfolds just how quickly one thing leads to another. 

All along the way, Mouse brings so much joy and energy to each endeavor that you, along with his friend, can’t help but indulge him “just this once” in his next idea!

Truly, as a parent this book always speaks to me about the serendipitous moments of life with kids, enjoying each experience, and greeting the day with more of an “open-hand” so you can just soak up the joy of being together. 

The illustrations are a delight as well! You can feel the coziness of the huge blanket, sense the flurry of snow, and understand the glitterful creativity of making ornaments. 

The best part of the story is at the end. Of course! I don’t want to give it away, but, let’s just say, the author does a great job of bringing things to a satisfying final page. 

Definitely the If You Give… series is a wonderful reading choices for kids and makes a great gift to give any small child or new parent. 

String popcorn with If You Take A Mouse to the Movies!

If You Take A Mouse To The Movies Homeschool Lesson

In our homeschool, a book is never just a book. It’s nearly always a jumping off point for more! This book is no different. You can have SO much fun with the themes of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies!

Start with a collection of Nana’s chalk pastel lessons to explore the fun activities the Mouse enjoyed in the book.

hands-on homeschool activities If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
hands-on homeschool activities
hands-on homeschool activities

Plan a movie night with your kids and set up a popcorn bar. You’ll need a great illustration to feature at your popcorn station so have your kids draw Movie Theater Popcorn from You ARE an ARTiST’s Chalk Pastels at the Movies series. 

hands-on homeschool activities
hands-on homeschool activities

In the book, Mouse decorates a tree. Kids can decorate their own tree with Nana when they paint Christmas Tree in the Snow. Or paint some Christmas Ornaments. I love how Nana encourages kids to decorate the tree and their ornaments to their liking. She always demonstrates how to create the painting but leaves so much creative room for young artists to make it their own. 

My oldest added the snowman to his Christmas Tree painting. We also completed the Winter Fun Snowman lesson and the boys enjoyed adding a few of their own sledding details to the scene. 

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night hymn art lesson at You ARE an ARTiST
hands-on homeschool activities with Christmas hymn art lessons

Need a warm up? Grab a blanket and listen to some Christmas carols. Then pick one of the Christmas carol chalk pastel lessons from the Hymns course to paint. While Shepherds Watched Their Flock by Night or We Three Kings are good choices. For older students, try I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, which has delightful details. 

The Christmas Angel or Gingerbread Man and Holly would also be great choices to go along with this book (and the original If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book!). 

Don’t forget to enjoy all that popcorn you popped! Just try not to get too distracted, like Mouse! 

Wonderful art display of hands on homeschool activities
hands-on homeschool activities to go with a book study on If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

More Picture Book Hands-On Homeschool Activities

I can’t ever get enough of pairing books with our other lessons. If you’re like me, you’ll want to follow this Mouse mini-lesson up with some of these hands-on homeschool activities: 

Little House on the Prairie Christmas – Several of the Little House books include Christmas scenes give a delightful peek into the world of pioneers and homesteaders from decades ago. Choose one of the books, or simply read a few of the Christmas chapters before painting this chalk pastel lesson. 

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – While this is actually a poem, not a story, several picture book versions have been made that help kids enjoy the visuals behind Robert Frost’s quintessential winter poem. 

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons – There are so many Chalk Pastels at the Movies options including this one with How to Train Your Dragon.

The Chronicles of Narnia – The first book people usually read from this series is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, which is set during an eternal winter. Kids will enjoy painting the Lamp Post lesson from Nana to ago along with this classic novel. 

Heidi – Set in the Alps, Heidi feels like a cozy winter or Christmas read, don’t you agree? Paint those majestically rising mountains as you tend the goats with little Heidi in the pages of her story. 

hands-on homeschool activities

Nana has created a whole course to celebrate art and literature with hands-on homeschool activities! If you’re a Clubhouse Member at You ARE an ARTiST, check out the I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature series includes nearly twenty literature-themed art lessons. Plus, you can download the companion workbook which includes a planner, writing or discussion prompts, and fast facts for each book or poem! What a gem to add to your literature lesson planning!

If you have a favorite literature book, maybe you could share it with Nana. You never know when you’ll see your favorite title pop up as a new chalk pastel lesson!

So… if I give my kids some chalk, they’ll draw some pictures… and if they draw some pictures…there’s no telling where their imagination will lead them. Truly, one thing does lead to another when it comes to exploring with art and picture books! 

Add these hands-on homeschool activities with a fun look at If You Take A Mouse To The Movies. Pictures books and homeschooling together.

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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A Holiday Unit Study: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

I am a huge holiday tradition enthusiast, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever makes it into our read-aloud stack almost every November or December. I have read it so many times that I have gotten pretty good at all of the voices if I don’t say so myself. It’s much more fun that way! Because, as you know, you have to personalize the characters for the kids. 

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever before, I should warn you; you are likely to experience belly laughs! Along with learning some things you wouldn’t likely expect. 

But, in short, the Herdmans are a local family that is deemed no good. They are “terrible kids” and known for getting into all kinds of trouble in town. The Herdmans get involved in the church’s annual Christmas pageant, and they have never heard the story of the birth of Christ before. Their perspective is comical and evokes compassion from the reader, making it a wonderful story to revisit each holiday season. 

The story is a sweet reminder that not everyone knows about Jesus, and it is also a tender reminder that God loves everyone. I enjoy reading it to my kids and discussing it with them after each chapter. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a great book to share with your children because even though it has us all laughing, it touches on some fundamental ideas worth thinking about each holiday season. And it’s a classic! There is also a hilarious movie adaptation that you can watch with your children too. 

Enjoy these fantastic ideas for creating a unit study around The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and an art lesson to pair with it! #thebestchristmaspageantever #homeschoolart #christmasartforkids

Studying The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Chart the Herdmans. Yes, you heard that right. If you have elementary students, you could draw what you think each character looks like. Or make a visual chart of them from oldest to youngest. 

Discuss character traits. This book is a fantastic catalyst for talking about positive and negative character traits, etiquette, and manners.

Plan a service project. Planning a service project with your family or a group of friends is perfect for the season. Talk about donating with your children and find a local charity or church that helps meet your local community’s needs during the holidays.

Host a show and tell. Some funny antics occur during show and tell with the Herdmans, and your kids would enjoy a show and tell too! Have an art-based show and tell with friends or your homeschool group where your children can each share their chalk pastel creations. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Compare the book vs. the movie. One of our favorite family activities is watching the movie after we finish the book, and of course, comparing them. This is a wonderful way to allow your children to compare and contrast written text versus movie adaptations. You can discuss the differences orally or have them write down the main differences they see. Ask them to write a persuasive paragraph about which one was better and why. 

Writing prompts. Some writing prompt ideas may include the persuasive paragraph above, and so many other ideas come to mind, but here are a few ideas to help you plan. 

  • Choose your favorite character from the book and explain why. 
  • How do you think you can share the story of Christ’s birth with others?
  • Do you believe the Herdman’s were changed in any way by the end of the pageant?
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Homeschool Art Lessons For The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Around the holidays, I also love creating memorable hands-on experiences to pair with our favorite books, movies, and other holiday traditions. My kids love it, and holiday homeschooling is a fun way to break up the routine together. Usually, by November and December, most homeschool families are ready for a break. I know we are, and holiday homeschooling with art is the perfect way to mix things up in your homeschool. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Luckily, Nana has a Christmas Play homeschool art lesson that pairs perfectly with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! I was so excited to do this one with my kids because we love to celebrate the end of a book with art, treats, and Nana. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

It is an adorable chalk pastel drawing of the Christmas play star! So cute that it’s sure to make you and your children smile. My kids love to showcase their holiday artwork around this time of year, and they make fantastic holiday decorations.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Art

Additional Holiday Resources For Your Homeschool

If your family is ready to dive into all things Christmas, we have some wonderful choices to add to your holiday fun!

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  • Little House on the Prairie art lesson is super sweet and pairs well with holiday fun for all ages. If you are reading any Little House books currently or in the future, you will definitely want to add this art lesson to your list. 
  • Charlie Brown Christmas is a must-do! Charlie Brown is another one that is so much fun to read or watch first and then draw along with Nana. 
  • The Grinch is a classic, and what child doesn’t love drawing him? Add some green sugar cookies, The Grinch Movie, and have a great time creating together!
  • Jotham’s Journey Series is a wonderful choice for Advent and Christmas reading with the entire family! If you haven’t read these before, you are in for a real treat.

We hope that this gives you some fresh ideas for celebrating the season with art! Take some time away from your usual homeschool routine to enjoy these hands-on activities with Nana. Your kids will love it, I promise! 

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

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The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

Would your kids like to learn how to draw their own Nutcracker? Let Nana take you step-by-step through The Nutcracker homeschool art lessons with chalk pastels. All you need is a pack of construction paper and a starter set of chalk pastels. 

Throw in a little hot chocolate, some music appreciation, and twinkle lights, and you’ve got the making of a Nutcracker holiday homeschool unit study teatime!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study - Enjoy the holiday season with The Nutcracker, chalk pastels, and SQUILT! Throw in a little hot chocolate and twinkle lights and you've got a Nutcracker chalk pastel teatime! #Nutcracker #Nutcrackerartlessons #Nutcrackerballet #Christmas #chalkpastels #Nutcrackerart #homeschoolart #Nutcrackerstudy #holidayhomeschooling

The Story Of The Nutcracker Ballet


We love starting the holiday season with a Nutcracker chalk pastel teatime! We’ve enjoyed this tradition for many years. It reminds me to slow down and enjoy our little moments of togetherness.

Plus, my kids look forward to it every year!

Did you know The Nutcracker ballet was adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and is enormously popular, especially around the Christmas season because the ballet takes place on Christmas Eve?

There is no better way to enjoy this incredible masterpiece than by watching the ballet itself, learning about the music, and painting some key figures!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study


The Music Of The Nutcracker

“Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven’s gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls.”

Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer best known for Swan Lake and The Nutcracker ballet scores. Christmas time is the perfect time to study this famous composer and his music!

I know what you’re thinking.

“I don’t even know where to begin teaching my kids about Tchaikovsky!”

Or, “I don’t know anything about music.”

Don’t worry! Mary from SQUILT has got you covered when it comes to music appreciation.

SQUILT stands for Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time and is an easy-to-use music education program!

With The SQUILT Nutcracker Unit Studyyour children will learn the story of the ballet, E.T.A. Hoffman, and Tchaikovsky, as well as music and ballet vocabulary, instruments used, and musical concepts.

We’ve used SQUILT for years, and now You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse members are invited to a special live event with Mary of SQUILT Live and Nana for an overture of all things Nutcracker! Members will enjoy both a time of music appreciation and a new art lesson!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

You can also enjoy a SQUILT Christmas Carol study with many of the Christmas carols you may already be listening to on the radio!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study


Beautiful Homeschool Art For The Nutcracker Study


You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members have access to over 700+ video art lessons, including Nana’s Nutcracker lessons!

  • Nutcracker
  • Clara and the Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Chinese Tea Dance
  • Mouse King
  • Nutcracker Ballet (new!)
  • New Nutcracker lesson with live event!

Plus, Clubhouse members also enjoy the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It The Nutcracker companion curriculum. (There’s even a recipe for sugar plums included!)

You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members also enjoy the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It The Nutcracker companion curriculum.

Let your children have fun with their paintings. Encourage artistic expression and individuality. Be sure to follow your children’s lead and let them create the paintings that they like. As Nana likes to remind them, THEY ARE the ARTISTS.

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study


Additional Resources For Holiday Homeschooling


If you have the opportunity to see a live performance of The Nutcracker ballet in person, then I highly suggest doing so.

If not, there are several versions of The Nutcracker ballet you can watch on Amazon Prime and other streaming services. We watch a different one every year, but our favorite thus far is Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker.

We also enjoy pulling out one of our many copies of The Nutcracker books as part of our holiday homeschool unit study!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

Did you know that the Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership has loads more Winter and Holiday themed art lessons?

  • Artist Express
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mittens and a Mug
  • Frost
  • Icicles
  • Frozen Lake
  • Winter Forest Scene with Deer
  • Bird in Snow
The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

You will also have access to all the Christmas and Holiday Lessons including:

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Lights

Plus, so much more! View ALL that Nana has for Christmas School in the Ultimate List of Christmas Art Lessons!

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

The Nutcracker ballet is synonymous with Christmas time. It is a beautiful performance with music as iconic as the Nutcracker himself. My children and I look forward to this special teatime each year, along with watching a rendition of the famous ballet. The Nutcracker video art lessons are perfect for all ages, and by adding in The Nutcracker SQUILT study, you’ll create a memorable holiday teatime the whole family will love.

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study

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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Holiday Homeschooling: A Saint Nicholas Day Study

Enjoy a Saint Nicholas Day Study for your holiday homeschool with an art lesson, a Twas the Night Before Christmas printable poem and more!

Who Was Saint Nicholas?

Most of us are quite familiar with Santa Claus, and many have sung songs about “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” but the story behind the real St. Nicholas is not as well known. The real St. Nicholas was a man who was born in Asia Minor in the third century. He was the son of devout Christian parents who were quite wealthy. Sadly, he became an orphan at a young age.

As a devout Christian, he took the command to give to the poor very seriously and began doing many good works with his money. This is where fact and legend get a little hard to separate. We do not know for sure, but legend says that he threw bags of gold down the chimney of some young sisters who wanted to marry but did not have money for the bride’s dowry.

Nicholas went on to become the bishop of Myra. He, along with many Christians, was persecuted and imprisoned by Diocletian. He was later released and went on to do more work with the church. His life left a lasting impact on the world, and many still remember him as a kind and generous man.

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Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day This December

While Santa Claus, who originated from St. Nicholas, typically visits children on Christmas Eve, St. Nicholas is officially celebrated on December 6th. In our home, we had talked about the legend of St. Nicholas but never celebrated St. Nicholas Day. I enjoyed talking to friends and researching to find out how different families celebrate St. Nicholas Day.

“The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic
His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”

― St. Nicholas of Myra

My friend Heather likes to leave a trail of chocolate coins that lead to a small gift near their Christmas tree.  Some families put out their shoes or stockings for St. Nicholas to fill. It could be toys, sweet treats, Christmas goodies, or whatever the family decides.

Other families use St. Nicholas Day as a time to give in honor of the generosity of St. Nicholas. They might bake cookies for neighbors or donate toys to a toy drive. I love the idea of having family traditions that involve giving to others and sharing the love of Jesus.

St. Nicholas art lesson for your homeschool. Holiday homeschooling ideas.

Extra Resources For Learning about St. Nicholas

We found a great book, The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving, to read with the children and help them learn more about St. Nicholas and encourage giving.

A friend introduced us to Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa. It is a short movie that tells more about the life of St. Nicholas and goes much more in-depth. It even explains the persecution that Nicholas faced under Diocletian. 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas' A Saint Nicholas Day Study for your holiday homeschool. Most know Santa Claus but do you know the story behind the real St. Nicholas?


A Saint Nicholas Day Lesson For Your Homeschool


Art is always a great way to add a little fun to your learning, and I think this is especially true during the Christmas season. Nana has created a beautiful new St. Nicholas lesson that features a cute pair of little red shoes with candy, a gift, and gold coins.

We had so much fun with this lesson. You can read a book about St. Nicholas, paint the adorable picture of the boots and treats, and then enjoy a Christmas cookie or other goodie. This is such a simple but fun way to learn about St. Nicholas.

This picture also makes a great Christmas decoration. You can put it on your fridge or even frame it to hang on the wall. You could even turn it into the front of a Christmas card to mail to a friend or family member.

Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.


More Resources For Holiday Homeschooling

In addition to this St. Nicholas Day painting, there are many other ideas for celebrating during this Christmas season. We love focusing on our advent studies during this time. You can enjoy a Christmas hymn study (or studies) complete with an art lesson or enjoy a fun and tasty Christmas Tea Time with a beautiful winter painting.

We are looking forward to reading Jotham’s Journey as a part of our advent study this year.  Then we will add in a variety of Christmas art lessons! We usually do one art lesson a week, but we could choose a new lesson each day with so many incredible Christmas lessons from Nana. There are so many different lessons, from beautiful manger scenes to fun Charlie Brown Christmas lessons.

By replacing our regular studies with the advent reading, art, and hymns, we get to enjoy all the fun of the advent season without feeling overwhelmed with adding too much into our day.

A Saint Nicholas Day Study for your holiday homeschool. Most know Santa Claus but do you know the story behind the real St. Nicholas?

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

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Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Are you looking for ways to bring the revolutionary war to life? Do your older kids love music? Did you know you could combine the two with books and chalk pastel art to provide a hands-on learning experience? Use these ideas to create your own Hamilton the musical homeschool study! And don’t miss the free Hamilton the Musical art lesson included, below.

Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study:Are you looking for ways to bring the revolutionary war to life? Do your older kids love music? Did you know you could combine the two with books and chalk pastel art to provide a hands-on learning experience? Use these ideas to create your own Hamilton the musical homeschool study! #Hamiltonthemusical #Hamilton #AlexanderHamilton #revolutionarywar #chalkpastelart #homeschool #unitstudy

What Is Hamilton the Musical?

I was excited to watch Hamilton: An American Musical when it first came to Disney+. I had heard so many great things about this Grammy and Tony Award winner. 

What is Hamilton?

It is a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda which follows the life of one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

The musical is filled with rap and hip-hop that takes you back in time to show how Alexander Hamilton arrived in this country as an immigrant and became one of the most influential men in American history.

I thought I was the only one interested in watching the Hamilton musical. Still, within a few moments, the whole family was sitting beside me watching the story of Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton is now a family favorite!

*Hamilton, the musical, does contain swear words and other content that may be viewed as inappropriate for children. I felt that my children’s enthusiasm for history, reading, and music far outweighed my concerns. Please preview the content and use your best judgment on whether it is appropriate for your kids and family.*

Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Adding Music And Art To Homeschool History

Folks, my son LOVES history. He’s been obsessed with WWII for years, but with the introduction of the Hamilton musical, he has also become interested in the revolutionary war!

Why?

The musical brought the story of Alexander Hamilton to life! My son didn’t realize that Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton didn’t like each other. But after watching the show, my son wanted to learn more.

The American revolution was suddenly fascinating! Why did George Washington trust Hamilton? Was Aaron Burr truly a villain? Why did James Madison criticize Alexander’s financial plans for the new country when he supported them at first? What about King George III? Was he really mad?

“THE TEN-DOLLAR FOUNDING FATHER WITHOUT A FATHER, GOT A LOT FARTHER BY WORKING A LOT HARDER, BY BEING A LOT SMARTER, BY BEING A SELF-STARTER.”

Aaron Burr, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Imagine our delight when I discovered Nana had a Hamilton musical chalk pastel lesson AND oodles of lessons on American history that coincided with the revolutionary war and American presidents!

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse you have access to 700+ chalk pastel video art lessons, including:

  • George Washington silouette
  • Revolutionary War Uniforms – Continental soldier and British soldier
  • Boston Tea Party
  • 13 Colonies – the gathering storm
  • The Constitution
  • Paul Revere
  • Three Branches of Government
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • King George, III
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • George Washington
  • plus so much more!
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Hamilton The Musical Lessons

We listen to the Hamilton soundtrack in the car and when we’re doing chores around the house. It’s not uncommon for one of us to break out into song at random moments throughout the day.

“Da Da Da Dat Da Dat Da Da Da Da Ya Da!”

King George III is one of our favorite characters, and we have the t-shirt to prove it.

“AND WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, I WILL SEND A FULLY-ARMED BATTALION TO YOU REMIND YOU OF MY LOVE.”

King George III, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

The Hamilton musical brought all of these historical figures to life in a fun way while also giving us an education in music and pop culture. We looked up the lives of the main characters as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda. There was so much to learn!

“I AM NOT THROWIN’ AWAY MY SHOT.”

Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Hamilton The Musical Art Lesson for Your Homeschool

Enjoy Nana’s Hamilton lesson with your American history homeschool studies! Suggested supplies:

Yellow construction paper, set of chalk pastels (our favorites are here), baby wipes or damp chalk pastels for easy clean up.

If you enjoy Nana’s Hamilton video art lesson, please share a photo of your painting and tag @chalkpastelart on social media! Nana would love to see and to comment.

Related Resources For Your Homeschool History Study

History isn’t black and white. It is shades of grey and usually told from the point of view of the winners.  So, I like to pull information from multiple sources.

For my 9-year-old daughter we learned more about Hamilton with these books:

  • Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
  • Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel In American History

For my son we used the books:

  • King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution
  • The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

With both kids I used:

  • Who Was Alexander Hamilton?
  • DK Smithsonians Timelines of Everything
  • History Year by Year: The History of the World, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

We didn’t just learn about Alexander Hamilton but many of the founding fathers, including their triumphs and faults. Combining music with art and books was a perfect way to make history hands-on and fun! It provided us with lots of topics and rabbit trails of interest. Nana provided excellent lessons with some of our favorite historical and musical characters of the revolutionary war that won’t soon be forgotten.

“AMERICA, YOU GREAT UNFINISHED SYMPHONY, YOU SENT FOR ME. YOU LET ME MAKE A DIFFERENCE. A PLACE WHERE EVEN ORPHAN IMMIGRANTS CAN LEAVE THEIR FINGERPRINTS AND RISE UP.”

Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Musical
Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study

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

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A Merry Christmas Hymns Study For Your Homeschool

Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

Whether you homeschool as normal through December, add in Christmas activities, or trade all your homeschool curriculum for ‘Christmas School,’ a Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your school day. It is a beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

The Joy Of Christmas Hymns

Our family enjoys hymn studies year-round, but Christmas is my favorite. I love the joy and peace that flow from Christmas hymns and find they are a great way to bring the season’s joy into our homeschool.

Some of my favorite Christmas memories involve singing Christmas carols at church on Christmas Eve, at home with hot cocoa, even while decorating the tree. The music of Christmas seems to be present in almost all of our Christmas traditions.

Christmas Hymns Lessons For Your Homeschool

Typically, our family studies one hymn per month, spending time a few mornings a week listening and learning about the hymn. However, I can never pick just one Christmas hymns study, so we often cover a different Christmas carol each week the month of December.

Christmas School

We listen, sing, create art projects, do copy work, and even learn to play the hymns on instruments (that is, my children learn to play because I do not have musical gifting). Sometimes combining it all into a unit study and enjoying learning about the birth of Christ through these activities.

*If you are new to hymn study or homeschool art lessons, I want to take a minute to remind you that you do not need to be a music teacher (or an art teacher) to enjoy these lessons as a family. Do not worry about your musical skills or artistic abilities. Just enjoy learning together as a family.*

Angels announce Messiah's birth!  Christmas hymn study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

The Messiah (For Unto Us A Child Is Born)

“For unto us a Child is born,
unto us, a Son is given,”

For Unto Us A Child is Born is a beautiful song from Handel’s The Messiah.  Nana has created two lessons in the Christmas Clubhouse Course that relate to Handel’s Messiah. There is a lovely picture of the nativity and a fun trumpet painting to represent the angels. As the “cherry on top” of this hymn study, Clubhouse members also have a special music appreciation lesson on the Messiah with Mrs. Mary at SQUILT music. You can find it in the master classes or the Christmas Clubhouse lessons.

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night Hymn Study for Your Homeschool

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night was written by Nahum Tate in 1700. This song was a metrical paraphrase of Luke’s account of the angels visiting the shepherds. Metrical paraphrase was paraphrasing scripture to not add or delete from the content of the scripture but allow it to be poetic for singing. During that time period, most songs sung in church were from Psalms, and people considered this song unusual because it came from Luke.

“1But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11 NIV

The lyrics were based on Luke chapter 2, the Biblical account of the angels visiting the shepherds to tell of the Savior’s birth. The paraphrasing gives the song a poetic form and allows it to flow while staying true to the scripture.

As we study this hymn, there are many beautiful versions that you can listen to and are available for free online. We particularly enjoyed the performance by Andrew Peterson.

While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks is an excellent opportunity to spend time studying Luke Chapter 2, possibly even using it as copy work or your scripture memory for the week.

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks at Night hymn study for homeschool. Perfect for Christmas school!

While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks Homeschool Art Lesson

Next, it is time to add art to your hymn study! Nana has created this beautiful chalk pastel painting of the shepherds, the perfect accompaniment to the hymn. We love how the bright colors of the star stand out on the darker background.

This lesson is available to Clubhouse Members in the Christmas Clubhouse art course. Once you have completed the picture, you can hang it up in your home or give it away as a gift to someone that needs a little joy this Christmas.

While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night Hymn Study Resources

Christmas Tea Time with I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day hymn study.

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day Art Lesson for Homeschool


Nana has created a stunning snowy village scene to go along with I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day! You can pair that lesson from the hymns course in the clubhouse membership with this free hymn study: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

Also, this post about Christmas tea times has excellent ideas on turning this lesson into a memorable family tea time. You might even start a new family tradition! This is definitely one of my favorite chalk pastel lessons.

Christmas School


We Three Kings Of Orient Are for Christmas School

The hymns course also includes a beautiful painting of the three wise men on their camels for We Three Kings. The sunset colors in this painting are gorgeous, and the camels are so much fun for the children. This hymn is great for Christmas time or even after Christmas for Three Kings Day. We find that often the week or two after Christmas is a great time for additional lessons because fewer events and obligations are vying for our time.

Homeschooling Through The Christmas Season

I couldn’t share about Christmas hymns study without mentioning my favorite Christmas carol, Away in a Manger.   There is a great art lesson included in the Christmas Art Lesson course, and the lyrics are simple enough for even young children to learn.

Another favorite lesson is the beautiful Christmas Star Lesson, which our family paired with the hymn Silent Night.

In addition to all of these beautiful hymn studies, there are some other incredible Christmas art lessons available.

There is a Christmas Ornament lesson, which makes a beautiful Christmas card for friends and family.  There are also Christmas Trees, Gingerbread Men, and more. The classes are such a fun way to celebrate Christmas and enjoy your art time together.

Holiday Hymns art lessons for Thanksgiving, Christmas and more!

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

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5 Ways To Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

A homeschool art museum field trip has been on our list for years. This year, we have already been to one and have another planned for next semester. Here are 5 things I’ve learned about how to maximize the educational experience and family fun on your field trip to the museum.

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

A Homeschool Field Trip To The Art Museum

Prior to this school year, we had only made one visit to an art museum in our entire decade of homeschooling.  It was with our homeschool co-op and I did absolutely nothing to plan for it. We showed up and it was a fabulous experience for my son. He was in awe the entire day and declared it one of our best field trips ever.

I want to begin here because I think the most important part of any homeschool field trip, including one to the art museum, is simply committing to doing it. Whether or not you decide to include any of the extras I share in this post, just getting it on the calendar and going with your family to the museum is enough for a fabulous day.

Because my child enjoyed it so much the last time combined with his increasing interest and passion for art, I made a more comprehensive homeschool field trip to the art museum a must in our plans for this school year.

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

5 Ways To Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

Here are five things that have worked well in making the most of our art museum field trips.

1. Art Study

The week prior to our planned trip to the museum, my son and I studied various works of art we knew we would see in person. We looked at books, replicas, and even studied some works on art online.

This made the learning that much more robust throughout the week, and when we finally saw the art person, my son already had some ideas about he wanted to investigate further.

The best part for me was hearing him exclaim, “Oh! I’ve been waiting to see this one. It’s my favorite!”

Giving him this foundation allowed him to explore the museum with so much more awareness and understanding.

art museum field trip

2. Videos

When we visited the Van Gogh Immersive Experience earlier this year, we watched a few videos ahead of time on YouTube about the life of Van Gogh.

Knowing more about the artist allowed for deeper conversations between my son and I about the mood and tone of his art. Plus, my son appreciated the fact that this creative genius also overcame some significant struggles in his lifetime.

This discussion made the art that much more real and accessible for both of us.

(Learn More About The Van Gogh Experience For Homeschoolers.)

3. Create Your Own Masterpiece

One of the easiest and most fun ways to extend learning beyond the day of the field trip is allow your child to create their own version of the art.

Learning about the artist and the art itself in You ARE An Artist lessons, combined with the process of creating our own masterpieces, made the art feel that much more personal and relevant. This immersive, multisensory approach to learning helped my son feel more connected to the information – and we had so much fun!

art and special needs homeschooling

While we created Van Gogh masterpieces earlier this year, there were so many options for this type of hands-on learning.

homeschool art

4. Take Your Time (don’t rush and don’t require)

This is a mom tip that makes our field trips everywhere, including art museums, more engaging and fun. I try not to rush or require. This means allowing my son to spend as much time as he likes with any one exhibit or work of art. It also means leaving early if he is just not enjoying it as much as we’d planned, or skipping certain sections to get to what he is most interested in.

This may seem simple, but in my early years as a homeschool mom, I frequently felt pressure to “maximize” the field trip. It never worked well and took all the pleasure out of what could’ve been a relaxed, enjoyable day of learning. Now, I know. My best field trip advice really is this – Don’t rush, don’t require. Just let the day unfold and appreciate the time together.

5. Consider Virtual Art Museum Options

If you are not easily able to take a field trip to an art museum, don’t let that stop you! Some of the best field trips we’ve taken have been virtual ones. There is a plethora of opportunities to visit art museum virtually.

In The Ultimate Guide To Virtual Art Museums, you will find an complete list of virtual art museum options for you and your family!

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

Additional Resources For Homeschool Art Lessons

In addition to the field trips themselves, I am passionate about art being an essential part of our children’s education. In my own home, art has helped my son learn across subjects. It has also deepened his connection to and love of beauty.

Make Your Homeschool Art Museum Field Trip Extraordinary

One of my favorite resources for incorporating art lessons into your homeschool is Exploring Famous Artists with chalk pastels. With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership you have access to over 700+ chalk pastel lessons including Famous Artists video lessons with the following master artists:

  • Monet
  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Rembrandt
  • Audubon
  • Van Gogh
  • Degas
  • da Vinci
  • Lichtenstein
  • Warhol
  • O’Keefe
  • Picasso
  • Eric Carle and more…

Plus, a new artist is added most every month! You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members also get an I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook with famous artists biographies and more!

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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Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Homeschool Art Activities

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

I am a big fan of tradition, and there are some that I want to pass down to my children. I recall watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as a child so many times. It became a tradition to watch the beloved special each holiday season. 

As with many favorite family movies and t.v. shows, I still think I spot something new each time I watch. And I treasure the excitement that it brings my children to know we are carrying on the same traditions that made me smile as a child. 

But this year, I got an opportunity to kick it up a notch! Thanks to Nana, you can create an entire experience around A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! This is one your kids will remember too. 

If you love A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, you will love adding these art activities as a new tradition in your homeschool too. #charliebrown #thanksgiving #homeschoolart #homeschoolartactivities

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: A Holiday Classic

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a holiday classic, like so many other wonderful movies. It is almost a childhood rite of passage to view the Thanksgiving special at least once. But, let’s face it, nobody watches it just once. Over the years, I have purchased all of the Charlie Brown classics on DVD. That way, we can watch them at our convenience, and we don’t have to wait for the cable viewings. 

If you have never watched before, the Charlie Brown special reels us in with its comical storyline, Linus’s Thanksgiving history overview, and that infamous Thanksgiving menu. Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving. Of course, in regular Charlie Brown fashion, he stresses over the event! 

The menu that they put together for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is probably the most memorable part. So, we had to recreate it for the full effect. And oh my goodness, my kids loved it! I know yours will too. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to put together. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Items needed to create your own Thanksgiving menu to accompany Nana’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lesson:

  • Buttered Toast
  • Pink Pudding
  • Jelly Beans
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkin Pie (optional)

I know, so simple to do. Now, onto the best part…art!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Thanksgiving Art Activities With Charlie Brown

We decided to do both of Nana’s Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lessons. Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Dinner is one that you have to do with this fun menu! I prefer to watch the movie and do the Thanksgiving art activities afterward, but plan it however it works best for your family. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Another Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lesson you will want to include is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This one is of Snoopy and Charlie, and both art lessons are easy enough for your younger children. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

If you are a Charlie Brown fan, you will want to check out the Charlie Brown Christmas art lessons from YOU ARE AN ARTiST too!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

More Thanksgiving Themed Learning Resources

In addition to the classic Charlie Brown special, there is also a book. So, if you prefer to read the story instead of watching the movie, you can, or, do both! We read it and watched it. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Another great resource that you will want to add to these exciting art activities is the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook. We had so much fun reading the 5 Fast Facts for both Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lessons. You will be surprised by some of the fun information you will learn about A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Dinner. 

You can also enjoy the entire Thanksgiving Course packed with art lessons like:

Besides the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art activities, if you grab the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook, you can utilize the fast fact sheets for each lesson, overviews, Thanksgiving planners, gratitude journal prompts, and a recommended Thanksgiving book list. You could even draw your way through the Thanksgiving story!

Year-Round Holiday Lessons For Your Homeschool

We love using our YOU ARE AN ARTiST Complete Clubhouse membership to celebrate our homeschool holidays all year long. If you don’t have a membership yet, I encourage you to look into one. A membership would make a wonderful gift for your children and your homeschool. 

We use our membership to incorporate learning about various holidays in our homeschool. It’s educational, and it breaks up the mundane. I have learned that adding fun, hands-on experiences in my homeschool keeps my kids happier and more eager to homeschool. Not all learning has to come from a textbook or should feel boring all the time. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

With a membership, you can include holidays (and special days) in your homeschool like:

YOU ARE AN ARTiST has helped my children understand that learning can be fun. I can’t imagine celebrating holidays without them. Consider a membership if you would like to tap into the rich educational resources here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST too! 

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.