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Bible Crafts For Kids: Meaningful and Fun Resources

A really fun way to bring the Bible to life in your homeschool is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith to your children and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

A really fun way to bring the Bible to life is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

Teaching Children About The Bible Should Be Fun

There are so many benefits to taking an art-based approach to learning about the Bible. Whether you are teaching Bible in your homeschool as a daily or weekly lesson, or perhaps you are creating a church-at-home experience for your family, you will love how effective it is to add art along with your Biblical teachings.

Art can open the door to learning and add depth to an understanding of the Bible. Listening to a Bible story while creating a Bible craft with art is a really fun way to help remember something you are learning.

Teaching children about the Bible should be fun!

Bible Crafts For Kids: Everything You Need To Get Started

Did you know you can craft Bible Art with Nana? Yes! Learning with art is simple because all you need to get started is a starter set of chalk pastels, construction paper and our video art lessons. Having baby wipes or a slightly damp paper towel is recommended for easy clean up.

In addition, our You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy an accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It companion guide for each of the set of art lessons listed below! Each guide includes an overview of each Bible topic with the Bible reference, a list of books and extension ideas like tea time, unit studies and art shows.

Old Testament Bible Stories crafts for kids
Moses and the Parting of the Red Sea art lesson – Photo by Jamie of Treasuring the Tiny Moments Homeschool


Old Testament Bible Video Art Lessons

“God left us a book filled with incredible stories to share with our children, so why not go all out? I want my children to hear the amazing things God has done, and it leave an impression on them for life, just as it did for me.” Enjoy How to Plan an Awesome Home Bible Study for Kids by Courtney.

  • Creation
  • Garden of Eden
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors
  • Parting the Red Sea
  • Ark of the Covenant
  • David and Goliath
  • Esther
  • Daniel in the Lion’s Den
  • Jonah and the Whale – with more, exclusive lessons for members

Free Bible Craft for Kids – Sample Old Testament Bible Story Art Lesson

For a fun way to incorporate Bible crafts for kids, give this sample lesson from Nana’s Bible Stories series a try!

Suggested supplies: yellow or other light colored construction paper. Starter set of chalk pastels. Baby wipes or slightly damp paper towel for easy clean up.

If you enjoy this art lesson, please share a photo and tag us on social media! @chalkpastelart on Instagram

New Testament Bible Art Lessons

“Yes, reading straight from the Bible with our family is fantastic! But it doesn’t hurt to add resources that visually stimulate our children. Visuals are excellent teaching tools for children of all learning styles. It also doesn’t hurt to tie in hands-on experiences that will help them never to forget. We can help bring the Bible to life as they hear the retellings. 

For that reason, I am beyond thrilled to share with you the ultimate Bible story companion. Art. How to Plan an Awesome Home Bible Study for Kids by Courtney. 

  • Jesus Blesses the Children
  • Zacchaeus
  • Jesus Walks on the Water
  • Jesus Feeds the 5,000
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet
  • The Last Supper
  • Paul and Silas Jail Earthquake
  • I Stand at the Door and Knock and more lessons for Clubhouse members.

A really fun way to bring the Bible to life is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

Disciples of Christ Art Lessons with Nana

Homeschooling is such a unique privilege for Christian families, and it is such a sweet blessing to pass along the Word of God to our children. We have, as parents, an incredible opportunity to mold our children into disciples for Jesus, and educating at home is a powerful tool for that. And what better way to experience personal discipleship with our children at home than to study the Disciples of Christ. 

Enjoy a full Disciples of Christ Unit Study for your homeschool with Jesus, history, character, prayer, geography, genealogy, language and math!

We have also included Biographies of the Disciples and 5 Fast Facts for them all in our I Drew It Then I Knew It New Testament Companion Guide for your family to enjoy. Inside the Companion Guide, you can plan your studies with our art planners and use our book recommendation list to get started. 

You can even tie in The Chosen TV series with these lessons!

A Simple Start in Hebrew art lessons Bible learning

A Simple Start in Hebrew Video Art Lessons with Nana and her Grandson

A Simple Start In Hebrew: Learn seven basic Hebrew words with A Simple Start in Hebrew Video Art Lessons. Why would you want to learn Hebrew? Because many Biblical words have roots in the Hebrew culture. With You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership, you will get the Companion Guide to these art lessons packed with Aleph-Bet chart, word studies, traceable letter printables, and much more. 

  • Day
  • Peace (Full Moon)
  • Faith
  • Prayer
  • Hallelujah
  • Commandment
  • Israel
Easter Art Lessons - Bible Crafts for Kids

Easter Art Lessons – Draw Your Way Through the Resurrection Story

You can use these art lessons in your homeschool to draw through the Resurrection story and to teach the Easter story in a colorful and memorable way.

These are all accompanied by a Companion Guide too! So you will get the book list, planners, overviews, fast facts, and more. 

  • Palm Branch 
  • The Lord’s Supper 
  • Crown of Thorns 
  • Calvary’s Crosses 
  • Easter Cross 
  • The Stone Rolled Away
  • Easter Eggs 
  • Easter Lily 
  • Church Stained Glass Window 
  • Jesus and the Sheep

Christmas Bible Crafts for Kids – Draw Your Way to the Birth of Jesus

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. Draw Your Way Through the Story of Christmas by Courtney.


Inspiring Art And Music Activities For Additional Learning

In addition to Nana’s Bible crafts for kids, her online hymn video art lessons are a wonderful way to celebrate these rich songs of the Christian faith.

A really fun way to bring the Bible to life is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

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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The Best Way To Add Music To Your Homeschool

It does not take a lot of musical expertise to teach your children to learn and to love music! These are simple and effective ways to add music to your homeschool.

The Benefits Of Music In Learning For All Ages

If you ask me what I ate for breakfast yesterday or what is on my grocery list for this week, I probably won’t remember. However, if a song I listened to in my childhood starts to play, I will probably remember the lyrics.  

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.
Photo by Amy Law

Music is powerful both emotionally and educationally. Studies have shown that music study in children can increase academic performance, memory, language skills, social skills, self-discipline, and emotional skills. Pair that with the fact that music education can be fun, and you have a winning combination.

For our family, music education is a time that we can come together and learn and grow as a family. It is a fun time that involves listening together, singing together, and maybe even a bit of silly dancing together. Having those shared learning experiences helps create family bonds and fond memories.

The Best Way To Add Music To Your Homeschool

I love listening to music, from silly kid’s songs to contemporary praise music and those old classic hymns. However, I do not have the gift of musical talent, and when I first started homeschooling, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to teach music to my children.

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

I quickly learned that it does not take a lot of musical expertise to teach your children to learn to love music! While we have added performance music classes to our current schedule, I taught them music appreciation through various easy-to-use resources for years.

First, simply listen to a variety of music together as a family. It seems so simple, but they learn so much just through exposure. At times we would listen to whatever struck our interest; other times, we would focus on different genres of music, and other times we would listen to the same hymn in different styles.

Second, learn about the different composers and artists composing and performing the music they hear. You can use the internet to search or read various biographies about them.

Finally, whenever possible, expose them to live music. Our state symphony does a great children’s series that is reasonably priced and full of different visual effects. However, in most places, you can find lots of local music. Check with your local community college or university to see about concerts; look for free outdoor concerts in the summer.

Outdoor concerts can be an excellent start for young children because they have more freedom to move around and not be as quiet as might be expected at an indoor concert.

*Outdoor concerts can be an excellent start for young children because they have more freedom to move around and not be as quiet as might be expected at an indoor concert*

Homeschool Music Lessons For You

As you introduce your students to new music, new artists, and new composers, it can be very beneficial to have some easy lessons to help you teach them about music. Not only does it take the time planning off your plate, but if you are anything like me, having a plan means I am more likely to get it done.

The new art and music appreciation courses are a stress-free way to incorporate music appreciation into your homeschool.

The courses are designed by grade level, and each course introduces students to a variety of art and music appreciation. For music, the younger grades listen to music from a particular composer or era, including suggested reading to learn more.

As students get older, the lessons include notebooking pages and timelines. There are also art lessons related to the music lesson included in some of the weeks.

Classical Music Appreciation Lessons for All Ages

*Clubhouse members get a 50% discount on all fine arts titles!

High School Music Lessons

There are writing assignments and more in-depth reading assignments for the high school level courses to make it rigorous enough for high school credit (while still simple for the parent). As with most high school courses, the grade levels are suggestions, and you can use them for any year of high school.

While the lessons are created by grade level, you could easily turn them into family-style classes, especially the elementary and middle grades selections. You can have the whole family read and listen together.

There are also family-style units that focus on one artist and one composer. These are a great way to start your studies!

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

Additional Resources For Music In Your Homeschool

As you learn about different composers and listen to their music, you can add even more fun to your lessons with Nana’s Composer Chalk Pastel Lessons, included in the You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

You can even turn that composer study into a complete unit study, like this one from Beethoven.

One of my favorite parts of studying music is teaching my children beautiful hymns! They are a great way to include music in your homeschool. You can use these free hymn studies, and Nana also has a hymns course in the You Are an Artist Membership.

You can see more fun ideas for hymn study with The Art of Hymn Study!

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

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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Marvelous May Homeschool Art Activities

These marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! You can include beautiful blooming flowers for your nature studies, celebrate mothers, use the force for May the 4th Be With You and paint an American flag for Memorial Day. There is SO much to enjoy and to celebrate in your homeschool!

Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

Marvelous May Homeschool Art Activities

Flower Art Lessons

With Nana’s A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels and acrylics lessons, you can paint flowers galore! It’s the joy and the beauty of art and nature study.

Harry Potter Day

Check out this fun Harry Potter homeschool teatime that even muggles will love! You’ll find magical art lessons that everyone in the family will enjoy. You don’t have to have a magic wand or spellbook. Bring the magic of art and Harry Potter into your home!

Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

May the 4th Be With You

May the 4th Be With You – Use the Force for Learning! – Nana has a NEW Star Wars themed art lesson perfect to pair with the new Obi Wan series or any of your fan favorites.

There are several free art lessons included in this fun Star Wars chalk pastel teatime with Nana – which is the perfect way to celebrate your kiddo’s love for all things Star Wars! The Star Wars-themed lessons are super easy to follow and are ideal for all ages. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons! Add in some tasty treats, and you have a teatime even a Wookie would love!

Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day – You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members have a special art lesson to paint for mothers and grandmothers and all of the very special women in your lives.

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer – “an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.” Choose from any of Nana’s many Bible and Hymns art lessons.

Cinco de Mayo

For your Cinco de Mayo studies, enjoy painting a map of Central and South America! Did you know Nana has maps 🗺 of all the continents — and SO much more? Oh the learning adventures and travels you can enjoy!

How Does Your Garden Grow – Backyard Nature

Plant a Garden and Enjoy Backyard Nature Study – Art and Nature Study for Your Homeschool. Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God’s great creation!

All Creatures Great and Small Spring Art Celebration – Perfect for commemorating spring, Nana’s spring homeschool nature study with art explores all creatures great and small and all things bright and beautiful! These nature-inspired art lessons are easy and fun for the whole family!

Backyard Creatures Art Lessons

Squirrel! Paint this rascal and change up his coloring according to the squirrels you have in your area. Included in Nana’s Backyard Nature art lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse.

Homeschool Fine Arts

The Beauty of Art, Music and Nature Study in Your Homeschool – Learning art and music history is very important, as is learning about the world right outside our door. Now you can quickly and seamlessly include the beauty of art, music, and nature in your homeschool.

World Turtle Day

Enjoy a Turtle Nature Study from our sister site, Homeschool Nature Study. Learn about pond life, pondweed and a pond habitat with this fun turtle nature study for your homeschool. Includes activities for learning about tortoises and microscopic pond life too.

Visit the Ocean with an Ocean Study with Art

Take your kids on an ocean study under the sea and up on shore with a combination of books and art to spark the imagination! Majestic Ocean Study

Hands On Homeschool Science Lessons

As much as we can observe so much of the human body’s wonder from the outside, it’s a million times more astounding to consider what goes on at the cellular level! Enjoy Small But Mighty Cell Activities and A Microscopic World Study.

Homeschool History Art Lessons

Like many children, my son is a hands-on visual learner. He enjoys his studies and retains more knowledge when there are hands-on and creative components to his lessons. That is one of the reasons Nana’s chalk pastel lessons have been a vital and thriving part of our homeschool for many years! Learning about the 13 Colonies was no different. Though we read books and watched documentaries, the hands-on art of Nana’s 13 Colonies chalk pastel lesson solidified his understanding!

Enjoy Nana’s ‘America’ (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) hymn lesson and Dawn’s accompanying hymn study in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Photo by Erin Vincent

Memorial Day

What better way to learn about the flag and remember its importance than to paint it? The Art of Patriotism – I am so grateful for our freedom and the blessings that come from living in the United States of America. While I am grateful every day, upcoming holidays make me spend more time reflecting on those blessings and the art of patriotism.

Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

Summer Art Camp Kick Off

Are you looking for a summer art camp for your kiddo this year? How about an online summer art camp chocked full of artful activities? With just a little bit of planning you can create an online summer camp right from the comfort of your own home! An Online Summer Art Camp Perfect for All Ages

Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

Homeschool Art Lessons for the Whole Family with You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse

Build beautiful memories while having fun painting today around the kitchen table. Marvelous May homeschool art activities for all ages!

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at 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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13 Colonies Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Are your students learning about the 13 Colonies? Why not add Nana’s wonderful chalk pastels as a colorful and artistic project to help solidify their knowledge? All you need is a simple starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons!

13 Colonies Lesson Plans For Creative Kids: Are your students learning about the 13 Colonies? Why not add Nana's wonderful chalk pastels as a colorful and artistic project to help solidify their knowledge? All you need is a simple starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana's video art lessons! #YouAREAnArtist #ThirteenColonies #13Colonies #AmericanHistory #chalkpastels #USHistory

Learning About The 13 Colonies In Your Homeschool

The 13 Colonies are a fascinating part of our nation’s history, and to learn about them, it’s interesting to view them from a geographical and economic standpoint.

The New England colonies included Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire and the Puritans dominated these regions. Their economic activities included shipbuilding, fishing, lumber, animal furs, and whale oil. That’s because these colonies had a cooler climate and rocky soil.

The Middle colonies included New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and the Quakers dominated these regions. Their economic activities were based on agriculture, including wheat, rye, corn, vegetables, fruits, and livestock. 

The Southern colonies included Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. They were known for their agricultural products, including tobacco, rice, indigo, corn, cotton, and livestock. The Southern colonies had rich fertile soil and a long growing season.

We also enjoyed learning about the founding of each colony.

Did you know that James Oglethorpe founded Georgia in 1732? He wanted to empty the debtor jails in England. Oglethorpe wanted to send all those in England who owed money to Georgia to pay off their debts! He also wanted a buffer between the Spanish in Florida and the English in the Carolinas.

Resources for Learning About Early American History

When studying early American history, we love using:

  • DK Smithsonian: American History Encyclopedia
  • History Year by Year: The History of the World, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age
  • DK Smithsonian: Timelines of Everything

When studying the original 13 Colonies, I also pulled these books from the library:

  • A History of US: Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Colonist!
  • A History of US: From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791

We also found these online resources fun:

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Homeschool History Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Like many children, my son is a hands-on visual learner. He enjoys his studies and retains more knowledge when there are hands-on and creative components to his lessons. That is one of the reasons Nana’s chalk pastel lessons have been a vital and thriving part of our homeschool for many years! Learning about the 13 Colonies was no different. Though we read books and watched documentaries, the hands-on art of Nana’s 13 Colonies chalk pastel lesson solidified his understanding!

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids
13 Colonies – the Gathering Storm

Chalk Pastel Resources For Learning About The 13 Colonies

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse, you have access to 700+ chalk pastel video art lessons. In addition to the 13 Colonies lesson, did you know that Nana has other Early American history art lessons?

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

7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love and Hamilton The Musical Homeschool Study have been among our favorite American History studies thus far. As you can see, my son learns best when we incorporate the hands-on beauty of chalk pastels into our history studies!

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

Additional Homeschool History Lessons For Creative Kids

There are so many excellent chalk pastel history lessons to choose from:

Simply choose the history lessons that best fit the era of history you and your child are studying, and you are on your way to a hands-on and colorful way of experiencing the past.

13 Colonies Homeschool Lesson Plans For Creative Kids

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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Homeschool Music Activities For Students With Special Needs

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

The Value Of Music For Students With Special Needs

As I tried to find the perfect words for this post, memories of my early walk into motherhood stirred my heart and mind. I thought about the struggles. I thought about all the special people brought into my life. I thought about all the evaluations, diagnoses, and therapy visits. My mind sifted through all the research and all the resources.  

I was brought to that place as a budding special needs homeschool mom, feeling overwhelmed, with a plethora of materials in my lap. I vividly remember searching for effective ways to help my little learner. During this time of reflection, I asked myself, “What really worked for my son? What did he love? What engaged him during the learning process? What helped him remember?”

The answer was simple: anything interest led combined with a multi-sensory approach. Music being highly beneficial in so many ways. Music played a key role in his academic learning and still does.  It’s an incredible tool for out of the box learners.  

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Music and Academic Learning In Your Homeschool

As a mom who homeschools an out of the box learner, I too have to think outside of the box. I realized this when I was presented with a sound based intervention that stimulates the auditory system. This intervention uses altered music monitored by a professional. Through this experience, I discovered that research based music intervention actually exists to help students with a variety of diagnoses from autism, developmental disabilities, and down syndrome.  

At our very first private therapy visit, my son’s speech language pathologist encouraged an evaluation for sensory processing disorder. After meeting with an occupational therapist, we mapped out a plan for an in home activity called Therapeutic Listening. I do have to say that after she used all those big words I didn’t quite understand, I was very skeptical. She explained to me all the different ways that music intervention would help my son. She then modeled how to implement Therapeutic Listening, five days a week, twice a day for 20 minutes. I shared with her that I needed some time to process all of this information.

I went home (still skeptical) with paperwork in hand, a list of materials, and discussed this plan with my husband. We decided it was best to try this sound based intervention. Within one week of Therapeutic Listening, we noticed a dramatic change in my son’s sensory processing. It was a miracle. To find a detailed description on Therapeutic Listening, needed materials, and how it benefits children with learning differences, click here for more information about therapeutic listening.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Below are helpful links relating to music therapy. You will find academic products, ways to integrate music, and free resources for special needs children.

How Music Helps Students with Special Needs

It’s a Snap! 4 Ways to Use Music With Special Needs Students

Involving music is a fun and enjoyable way to learn. After seeing the fruitful benefits in my son, we have included music in our home for all of our children.  It is such a natural way to learn. Not only does a charming song assist in retaining facts and language development, it also creates a time of bonding.

How fun is it to watch little toddlers squeal with delight as we sing together.  What pleasure it brings to a mother’s heart when her two busy boys march around the house, singing in unison, “I’m in the Lord’s Army, Yes, sir!”.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Music Activities For Homeschooling Students With Special Needs

“Recent scientific studies have uncovered a startling new fact about the effect of certain types of music on a child’s brain. While children listen to music of the Baroque period in particular (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel), the brain scans reveals instant and spontaneous lengthening of fibrous brain cells. These cells quickly become amazingly active and stretch out-reaching to connect with other cells. Baroque music, unlike any other styles of music, is responsible for this remarkable development.”

A Charlotte Mason Companion Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola

You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts Graded Art and Music Curriculum for all ages

Homeschool Fine Arts, Fine Art and Music Appreciation

As a mother who does not have professional training or a background in music, I began researching music appreciation in Karen Andreola’s book, A Charlotte Mason Companion.  

I took great comfort in Ms. Andreola’s reassuring statements, “appreciation of classical music had nothing to do with playing the piano or learning any other instrument” (p. 200)  and “classical music appreciation need not be taught by a professional music teacher, that it can be done by a parent who has no particular background or training in music. As with so many subjects in our home education process, I have been learning along with my children, and have always found it rewarding.” (p. 201).  

One of my favorite aspects of home education is that it provides an abundant opportunity to learn alongside my children, even in music. Research determined that listening  to classical music is beneficial for the brain, specifically listening skills and concentration. What joy for a special needs mother to find that a myriad of studies also concluded that music kindles both sides of the brain!

Homeschool Music Activities For Students With Special Needs

You ARE An Artist, Art and Music Appreciation Studies

After these wonderful discoveries, we dove into You Are An Artist, Art and Music Appreciation Unit Studies.

These Charlotte Mason inspired studies are family friendly and simple to navigate. The units arrive equipped with an overview on how to implement music into our everyday life and homeschool routine. This quickly encouraged a life style immersed in music appreciation. With direct links to biographies and music, the exposure to talented composers derived in a natural way, lending itself to multi-sensory learning for all of my children, including my son with special needs. I loved that the note booking pages offered an arranged place for my son to write and draw with minimal distractions. They also provided a nice space for note-taking, sketching, and tracking music. Perfect for a busy mother of eight.

Signing Time With Rachel Coleman

I am forever thankful for Signing Time with Rachel Coleman. I remember the day I first saw Signing Time in action. My son was completely nonverbal at the time and I was 36 weeks pregnant with my daughter. My little family at that time moved across the states for my husband’s new job position. While visiting family, I paid close attention as my niece watched the program. She was only two years old, and I was amazed at how many signs she knew, just by watching the Signing Time DVD’s. Impressed, I asked my sister-in-law all about this multi-sensory resource.

Rachel Coleman’s story immediately touched my heart. I instantly purchased the videos, hoping it would help my son communicate. Complete with tactile, auditory, and visual learning, Signing Time encouraged communication! After using Signing Time for a few weeks, I witnessed his first language awaken. The repetition of signs in a multisensory fashion, helped my son and I learn sign language in an effective and engaging way. Rachel Coleman’s strategies to reinforce American Sign Language proved effective with appealing music and catchy songs. We still know “Do You Know the Colors of the Rainbow”, “Days of the Week”, “Alphabet Song”, and the “Pizza Song”!

The music truly helped (even my children now!) ingrain the signs into our memory. My son learned the alphabet, numbers 1-20, colors, days of the week, food items, and so much more all through Signing Time. This program also helped with potty training at age two! Signing Time also builds vocabulary and encourages reading skills (as the written words are displayed). I have personally found that using Rachel Coleman’s videos actually encourage verbal communication! Check out their free dictionary, evidence based resources, and subscriptions here.

4 Weeks to Read

I purchased this program as a supplemental resource to do in addition to a reading program we are using. I also purchased this reading curriculum for one of my sons who showed signs of reading readiness.

4 Weeks to Read curriculum includes Lesson Manuals, a Teacher’s Guide, and Flashcards. The books are in full color and numbered, easing a child into the beginning reading process. That’s not all! 4 Weeks to Read implements music! The music aided in memorizing the sounds, identifying letters, vowels, and the two vowel rule. The simple and repetitive songs helped fill gaps and prepare literacy skills. My four year old listens to the songs in this program.  While coloring or playing, I hear him randomly sing the songs we are learning, “When two vowels go walking…..”! Click here to listen to the music that is included in 4 Weeks to Read. You will also find digital downloads and everything this program offers!

Additional Resources For Homeschooling Learners With Special Needs

The additional resources listed below we have used or are currently using in our homeschool. They all offer either a hands-on learning experience and/or short, effective daily lessons.

Pride Reading Program

Pride Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that incorporates reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension. Sky writing, sound tiles, games, and finger writing on your palm are a few examples of their multi-sensory approach.

Spelling U See

Designed by Dr. Karen Holinga, a talented homeschool mother of twelve years, Spelling U See gently moves a child through the spelling process in a natural way. The daily spelling lessons are short and effective with a lot of repetition. My children have always enjoyed copying nursery rhymes and songs. See how we implemented Spelling U See and Eric Carle’s famous book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Adding beautiful color combined with tactile, auditory, and visual learning brought a breath of fresh air into our homeschool for all of my children.  With Nana's lessons and affordable materials, getting started with chalk pastels was so easy.

Chalk Pastel Art

Adding beautiful color combined with tactile, auditory, and visual learning brought a breath of fresh air into our homeschool for all of my children. With Nana’s lessons and affordable materials, getting started with chalk pastels was so easy. To read how my son benefits from painting with Nana, https://treasuringthetinymoments.org/blog/6/

Handwriting Without Tears

This is an exceptional program to teach handwriting. This program uses hands on manipulatives and strategies that meet a variety of learners. All of my children start with Handwriting Without Tears to learn how to write their letters. My older children use their cross curricular workbooks to practice cursive.

Math U See

Math U See offers videos that teach math concepts, manipulatives, workbooks, songs, and repetition to meet the needs of students. Many math resources are available on their website.

Sight Words

This is a program that brings learning sight words to life. Each sight word arrives with eight multi-sensory activities. My son with learning differences loved this program and now my five year old loves it just the same. Sign language, word searches, dab and dot, play dough, and so much more are all incorporated!

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

More Learning for Special Needs Homeschoolers

You will also be encouraged with these resources for your homeschool!

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.

  

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Small But Mighty Cell Activities For Your Homeschool

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. In fact, online cellular biology lessons are an excellent addition for your homeschool science. Take a look!

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

When it comes to making learning fun, homeschool parents don’t have to look far. Kids are fascinated with what makes them…well, them! They love to see the inner workings of things. What is more intricate and endlessly fascinating than the human body? 

Cells are like mini-worlds unto themselves. They make up our very existence, yet they exist beyond our eyesight. This whole “universe” of cells is a captivating world to explore through hands-on activities like experiments, crafts, and art! Consider these small but mighty cell activities as you plan your homeschool science curriculum. 

Make Learning About Cells Fun

What’s more hands-on than the human body? We all have one, right? Kids will be engaged by what they can learn by simply observing their own body. When our family studied human anatomy, my boys loved that they used their bodies as part of the experiments and activities. 

Yet as much as we can observe so much of the human body’s wonder from the outside, it’s a million times more astounding to consider what goes on at the cellular level! 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Cell Activities For Your Homeschool

Want to give your kids insight into the microscopic world beyond our sight, but right below our skin (and on and in it too!)?

  • Enlarge the cell
  • Model the cell
  • Watch the cell in action
  • Draw the cell
These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Enlarge the cell.

You probably eat single cells for breakfast! Yes, a chicken egg starts out as a single cell. Show your child an egg, and explain to them the simple parts of a cell: the cell wall, membrane, cytoplasm, and nucleus can all be “seen” in a cracked egg!

Model the cell.

Now that kids have a sense of the major parts of a cell, dive deeper into some of the smaller pieces. In our study of cells, we created an edible cell using gelatin and candies. So fun and delicious. You’ll need a package of jello, a bowl, and a variety of small candies to represent the organelles (parts of a cells) like the mitochondria, golgi bodies, ribosomes, and more. 

You can find a detailed edible cell model to follow here

jello model for homeschool cell activities

Watch cells in action.

Show your kids the “cellular highway” of capillaries and veins that your blood cells travel on. One quick (and to my boys, humorous) way to do this is by shining a flashlight under their tongues while they look in a mirror. There, they will spot a “roadmap” of multicolored veins that give a glimpse of how special cells like blood cells travel around the body!

We even made a model of the blood using corn syrup, candy red hots, and candy sprinkles. Have you kids mix this up to see how various cells are different sizes and how they travel through plasma. 

Draw the cell.

In Nana’s newest I Drew It Then I Knew It series, kids get hands on with science by painting and labeling a diagram of some of our smallest parts! 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Online Cellular Biology Lessons Perfect For Your Homeschool Study

Whether you’re studying human body cells, plant cells, or the chemical makeup of our world, these science art lessons will fit your homeschool science. 

Nana has included a wonderful “opener” lesson in her Lab Coated Scientist class. My oldest created a painting of a scientist researching in a book, with swirling scientific symbols above his head. While this scientist is drawn as a chemistry teacher by Nana, my oldest changed the book to read “Biology” to match our current science studies. He replaced Nana’s chemical notations with a DNA strand and a bacterium! Kids can be so creative with these lessons. 

This scientist painting would be perfect to have as a cover for any note booking or portofolio of your child’s work. 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Diagram A Cell

After doing some of the hands-on activities above, have your child paint and Diagram a Cell. Nana does a wonderful job of helping students visualize the cell through their chalk pastel “microscope” as they look for the cytoplasm, nucleus, mitochondria, and cell membrane. If your students have learned other parts of the cell, why not have them include this knowledge into their drawing as well. This video art lesson is the perfect choice to add to a science journal or notebooking collection. 

Diagram Bacterium

The colorful Diagram of a Bacterium lesson helps kids learn about another kind of cell that can be lurking in your body. Whether harmful or helpful, bacteria exists everywhere, and yet is a different kind of cell than what makes up your body structure. After this lesson, kids can discuss proper hygiene (here’s a free hand washing printable you can use!), proper nutrition (talk about probiotics in their yogurt!), and discuss which kinds of bacteria are harmful or helpful.

diagram of bacterium
These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Diagram of an Eye

Diagram of an Eye helps students learn the various parts of the eye. What is special about this lessons is how students get to label the eye as we see it, and as it looks from inside the body!

Biology and Chemistry

DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man painting makes a great finish to a series on the human body. This makes a wonderful lesson in the proportions of both artwork and the human body. As you sketch out the  dive into the concept held by this Old Master that “everything is connected.” Our cells are microscopic, but work together to create a larger system. In the same way, people are smaller parts of God’s much larger universe. 

The Light Prism with Sir Isaac Newton lesson would be a fantastic intro lesson for studying chemistry and physics. Is it so beautifully colorful and symmetrical, you will want to frame this artwork after your kids create it!

For additional scientific artwork, try the Daffodil lesson where kids will paint a gorgeous yellow daffodil with their chalks and label the parts of a flower. You might revisit your cell painting and discuss how a plant cell is slightly different than an animal/human cell. 

More Homeschool Science Lessons From You Are An Artist

Science doesn’t end with the human body, of course. Our boys have enjoyed so many science lessons from Chalk Pastel. 

For a great Astronomy study, the Hubble Space Telescope Lesson can be a jumping off point for a Space unit. Follow it up with any of the Space Exploration Clubhouse lessons, but my favorites would be the Spiral Galaxy and the Nebula lessons. Students can draw all the planets in the Milky Way with the Solar System Clubhouse lessons. 

If you’re studying Physics, you should check out the Electric Light and Electric Lightning lessons!

For an Earth Science study, you’ll love the volcano, tornado, and northern lights video art lessons. 

Studying habitats? Draw a Marsh or paint the habitat Under the Sea

A study of Zoology might use any of the dozens of animal art lessons from Nana. Frogs are always a great place to start because they are a great animal for discussing life cycles. The John James Audubon lesson plus the Birds Clubhouse lessons are also wonderful for Biology and Zoology studies. 

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

Each science-themed art lesson from Nana focuses on a science concept that opens a door for further investigation, study, and discussion. Nana does such a wonderful job of dropping “breadcrumbs” of interesting and relevant facts as she gives her chalk pastel instruction. 

I am always amazed at how much a simple painting session can spark a deeper level conversation with my boys. Even if you only select a single video art lesson to complement your science studies, these lessons are small but mighty cell activities you’ll want to include in your homeschool science!

These online cell activities for your homeschool are multisensory and appropriate for all ages. Online cellular biology lessons included.

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 Microscopic World Study For Homeschool Science

Homeschool Science

Science, it’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it subjects in homeschooling. Teaching homeschool science and facilitating experiments at home might make you feel a little overwhelmed. There are so many exciting ways to teach and learn about science together at home.  This microscopic world study is a great example!

An excellent way to get your children excited about science can be through exploring the microscopic world. #homeschoolscience #microscopicstudy #sciencecurriculum #sciencestudy

Seeing Our World Through The Microscope

An excellent way to get your children excited about science can be through exploring the microscopic world. Seeing things through a microscope opens a whole new world of scientific knowledge for children. 

Since most children have a visual or kinesthetic (hands-on) learning style, studying with microscopes and diagramming is an excellent way to learn science. Not only that, it’s a lot of fun! 

So if homeschool science experiments aren’t your thing yet, you should try an exploration of the microscopic world. Your kids are sure to love it and learn so much along the way. 

Homeschool Science

The best part is that you don’t even need a microscope at home to enjoy these studies. If you have one handy, that’s awesome! But don’t fret if you don’t. Nowadays, you can effortlessly search for what you want to see through a microscopic lens, and you can likely find images and even videos of it on the internet. 

You may want to set up a microscopic world study and look closely at all of these marvelous things the human eye can not see. There are many options to explore under a microscope, insects, cells, salt, hair, onion, mold, flower parts, leaves, sea sponge, spider webs, pond water, and tons more!

Homeschool Science

Microscopic World Study And Exploration For Your Homeschool

If you are ready to embark on a scientific journey with Nana, she is waiting with some unique new lessons that are sure to please. Nana has created the perfect homeschool science art lessons to add an artistic and hands-on element to your science studies. Who says science is boring? It’s definitely not with Nana in the I Drew It Then I Knew It Clubhouse. 

We love how YOU ARE AN ARTiST keeps adding fun hands-on art lessons to pair with everything we are learning in our homeschools. (If you don’t have a membership yet, I highly recommend adding one to your homeschool. You will get so much value from it for almost every subject in your homeschool, including science.) It’s one of my favorite ways to keep our homeschool fun and exciting for all of my kids. 

Homeschool Science

So whether you have a complete science curriculum or no science curriculum at all, you can use these hands-on homeschool science lessons. You can pair these microscopic homeschool science diagramming lessons with your science curriculum. Or use a resource that allows you to explore your particular interests and pair Nana’s homeschool science lessons with them! Either way, these are easy to do, and your kids will be so glad that you did. 

Nana loves maps, and diagramming is like maps for anatomy and cells. Combining art and science by diagramming is brilliant because you can also expand on vocabulary, handwriting, and spelling for elementary. 

Homeschool Science

Diagram of a Cell 

There are many creative ways to learn about cells for all ages, and this Diagram of a Cell art lesson is perfect as a stand-alone lesson or to accompany that cell cake or cells made of jello. It’s a wonderful way to learn more about cells, and if you don’t like all the messy aspects of cell cakes and the like, you can just stick with paper and chalk pastels.

Homeschool Science

Diagram of a Bacterium

Another easy way to learn more about homeschool science is to add a Diagram of a Bacterium art lesson. Learning about science through text or your curriculum is great but adding a hands-on element like art boosts your kids’ science knowledge. 

Diagram of the Eye & Eyeball 

My kids loved this one! Diagramming the eye is such an exciting way to bring your science lesson to life! We added the DK Smithsonian Human Body Book to our science studies; it has fantastic images to explore as you learn together. It is one of those resources that are great to use in place of an entire science curriculum if you haven’t chosen one yet or to allow the kids to find their own interests to pursue. 

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Diagram of a Daffodil

The Diagram of a Daffodil was also a favorite in our homeschool this week! We love to explore nature, and combining art makes it even more delightful. It is always a treat to revisit the parts of a flower and we included Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy book for this one too!

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More Online Homeschool Science Lessons

Here are even more homeschool art lessons you can add to your homeschool science studies. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to study anything. Keep it simple and have fun learning together!

  • Vitruvian Man – Leonardo da Vinci
  • Light Prism – Sir Isaac Newton
  • Lab-Coated Scientist
  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Solar System 
  • Perseids
  • Through the Telescope
  • Moon Missions
  • Comet 
  • Spiral Galaxy
  • and many, many more!
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Nature Science Art Lessons

  • Red-Eyed Tree Frog
  • Snail 
  • Deer in the Forest
  • Rat Snake
  • Eagle’s Nest
  • Dandelion
  • Ant
  • Cicada
  • Sharks

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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Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

Check out these homeschool map skills activities using chalk pastels! They are perfect for helping kids learn about maps and how maps work. You’ll need a set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and your You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities Chart Your Way To Learning: Check out these homeschool map skills activities using chalk pastels! They are perfect for helping kids learn about maps and how maps work. You'll need a set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and your You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership! #maps #mapskills #mapsskillsforkids #homeschoolmapskills #homeschool

The Power Of Map Skills For Children


Spatial thinking is an important development for children. Map skills in young children are as vital as building blocks and puzzles for a young mind because all of these help build spatial awareness. Map drawing, or cartography, is a skill that gets better with practice. As my children get older, I like to incorporate map tracing and even freehand drawing as they learn about different geographical areas. This method has helped them retain information that otherwise would have remained in their books.

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

Did you know that Charlotte Mason encouraged geography activities, including map study? Ms. Mason believed that children would better understand their history lessons by drawing and discussing maps!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning


Homeschool Map Skills Activities and Lessons


You ARE an ARTIST has a wide array of map skills video art lessons! With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to over 700+ art lessons, including:

  • Italy
  • France
  • The United States and Canada
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Great Britain, Ireland, and Scotland
Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

But the maps don’t stop there! Your children can draw their way across Ancient Egypt and the surrounding area and explore U.S. histories like the Oregon Trail or the 13 Colonies! How about traveling through the fantasy lands of Middle EarthNarnia, or the Hundred Acre Wood? Plus so much more!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning


Additional Homeschool Geography Resources

There are so many excellent chalk pastel lessons, no matter what geography you are studying. Nana’s got you covered. You can pair these beautiful lessons with Nana’s history or landmarks lessons to create a richer learning adventure!

These American Landmarks would pair well with American History and Geography:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Liberty Bell
  • Washington Monument
  • Yellowstone Falls
  • Old Faithful
  • Civil War Cannon
  • Niagara Falls
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Grand Tetons
Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

These World Landmarks would pair well with Ancient History, Middle Ages, Modern History, and Geography:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Taj Mahal
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Roman Coliseum
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Wall of China
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Stonehenge
  • Big Ben
  • Volcano
  • Plus, more to come!
Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

For example, when studying World War II, we paired the Great Britain map with the Big Ben world landmark, the Winston Churchill lesson, and the WWII helmet!

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

Map Skills for Kids

Nana’s maps have opened up a whole new world for us regarding spatial thinking and the overall scope of drawing maps that coincide with our history and geography studies. Chalk pastels are fun to use, and they also give us a colorful and hands-on way to dig deeper into our current interests.

Homeschool Map Skills Activities: Chart Your Way To Learning

I love all of the skills we’ve acquired, and my son loves that his cartography has improved. Have you tried adding Nana’s maps to your homeschool lessons yet?

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

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The Ultimate List of Holiday Activities For Elementary School

A fun art project is a perfect way to celebrate a holiday! These holiday activities for elementary school will give you opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. 

We believe sometimes pushing everything off the kitchen table and pulling out a project is just what everyone needs.

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

The Ultimate List of Holiday Activities For Elementary School

Enjoy this list of holiday activities for homeschool by month and by holiday. We will be adding to this list throughout the year!

January Activities

January Homeschool Art Activities – These January homeschool art activities will keep you going through the coldest month of the year with fun, indoor projects for all ages.

Activities For February

February Homeschool Art Activities You Will Love! – Valentines Day, Groundhog Day, Great Backyard Bird Count, Presidents Day

The Best Presidents Day Lessons for Your Homeschool – Presidents’ Day should really be referred to as President’s month if you are a homeschooler! Am I right? We can’t cram all of that good stuff into one day. It’s impossible; there are way too many interesting facts and rabbit trails to explore. 

St. Patrick's Day unit study with holiday activities for elementary school

Activities For Holidays In March

March Homeschool Art Activities – Add a beautiful layer of education with art! With these March homeschool art activities you can celebrate spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Van Gogh’s birthday and more!

Here are a few ideas for using chalk pastel lessons to teach the Resurrection with kids. You could use these ideas in your homeschool, in a Sunday School, or for family devotional time. Perhaps spread them through the Lenten weeks, or use them for a concentrated study during the Holy Week.

April Activities

Awesome April Homeschool Art Activities – Build beautiful memories with your family with these awesome April homeschool activities. Find art lessons for Easter, famous artists, Earth Day, plus mini moments for homeschool moms and more spring homeschool ideas! Don’t miss the new I Drew It Then I Knew It Science course too!

Eric Carle and Very Hungry Caterpillar Day – Here you will find everything you need for a famous artist Eric Carle homeschool study.

May The 4th Activities

May the 4th Be With You – This fun Star Wars chalk pastel teatime with Nana is the perfect way to celebrate your kiddo’s love for all things Star Wars! The Star Wars-themed lessons are super easy to follow and are ideal for all ages. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons! Add in some tasty treats, and you have a teatime even a Wookie would love!

Marvelous May Homeschool Art Activities – These marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! You can include beautiful blooming flowers for your nature studies, celebrate mothers, use the force for May the 4th Be With You and paint an American flag for Memorial Day.

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Art Camp for All Ages – Are you looking for a summer art camp for your kiddo this year? How about an online summer art camp chocked full of artful activities? With just a little bit of planning you can create an online summer camp right from the comfort of your own home!

June Activities

June Homeschool Activities Perfect for Summer Fun – Summer! Do you feel it too? These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana’s new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to “infinity and beyond” with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let’s start the fun!

July Activities

July Homeschool Art Activities – What a celebratory month July is! With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

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

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

The Art of Patriotism – I am so grateful for our freedom and the blessings that come from living in the United States of America. While I am grateful every day, upcoming holidays make me spend more time reflecting on those blessings and the art of patriotism.

Shark Week – Do your kids love sharks? Are you getting ready for shark week? Then let Nana take you under the sea with chalk pastels shark art for kids! These easy-to-follow video homeschool lessons will teach you and your child how to draw some of the most exciting sharks using chalk pastels.

September Art Activities

Talk Like a Pirate Day – Ahoy Matey! Talk Like A Pirate Day is the perfect opportunity to add a bit of fun to your homeschool. Do you know what a pirate’s favorite subject is? Arrrrrt! Get it? Arrrr. See what I did there? But seriously, there are plenty of creative ideas to add to your homeschool day, and some of them count as educational. So, let’s plan a day or afternoon in your homeschool that the kids will never forget!

October Activities

Pumpkin Art Lessons Perfect for Fall Homeschooling – 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.

Columbus Day – paint a tall ship to celebrate American history.

Activities For November Holidays

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

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons – Draw Your Way Through the Story – Here are some ideas and resources to help you plan some time to dive all into learning about Thanksgiving and creating your own homeschool traditions. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Homeschool 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. 

December Art Activities

Pearl Harbor Day – These modern history art lessons are perfect for adding a bit of art to your homeschool history studies! These lessons are also excellent for history buffs, young and old.

Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

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!

The Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons – St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Christmas and more! Enjoy this ultimate list of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons! Christmas homeschooling allows us to focus on the real reason for the season. And you can do that in so many ways. We will give many resources to choose from and help you customize your perfect Christmas school day, week, or month.

Winter Solstice Homeschool Art – Celebrate the winter solstice with your kids with chalk pastels winter themed art! They are easy and fun for the whole family. A perfect addition to your winter homeschooling!

Winter Homeschool Snowflake Study – This winter homeschool snowflake study combines the beauty of winter with the fascinating life of Snowflake Bentley.

Boys point at computer screen with art lesson calendar shown

More Elementary School Learning Options

You will also love these fun elementary homeschool activities!

10 Ways to Effortless Add Art to Your Homeschool Any Time of Year – Whether you are a serious planner mom or a spontaneous fun family, we have some ideas to share with you. Because art can be the cherry on top of all your learning at home and kids thrive when they can use their hands and exercise their creativity! 

You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for Homeschool Art Lessons for the Whole Year!

Plan art for every day with the Art Lesson Calendar for members. Join the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for access to endless art lessons for holiday activities for elementary school and the whole family throughout the year.

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at 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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Study the Excellent Literary Works of Jane Austen for High School

Jane Austen for High School

If the title of this post excites you, you are my people! I absolutely love quality literature, and studying the great works of authoress Jane Austen can be a thrilling journey. Most importantly, we hope the voyage is just as compelling for our high school students. For that reason, we want to share with you resources and ideas that will help you and your children dive headfirst into the world of Jane Austen. 

Here are plenty of resources and ideas that will help your family dive headfirst into the world of Jane Austen for high school literature. #janeausten #homeschoolart #highschoolliterature #highschoolenglish

Why Study Jane Austen in High School 

Often, we choose literature about heroes, historical figures, and fantasy tales to study. But interestingly, Jane Austen wrote about ordinary people and everyday life, which can be a refreshing change to explore the beauty of regular people. Jane Austen conveys that there is beauty in the imperfection of people. That is definitely something worth discussing with our teens. Not everyone is destined for greatness, fame, and fortune; what we do in the everyday ordinariness of it all is what matters. This is also fundamental to helping our teens understand that good habits, being responsible, and daily life choices matter.

Jane Austen wrote the first draft of Sense and Sensibility at 19 years old and completed Pride and Prejudice in 1813 at just 21 years old. When I read that, I thought, “What am I doing with my life?” Ok, kidding! But seriously, what a remarkable feat to have written one of the most beloved romances of all time that young. But, actually, this is a wonderful tidbit of information to get your student excited about studying Jane Austen. I know it certainly piqued my daughter’s interest a bit more when she learned that fact. 

Here are plenty of resources and ideas that will help your family dive headfirst into the world of Jane Austen for high school literature. #janeausten #homeschoolart #highschoolliterature

Jane was also dedicated to her craft; our teens are at an age when they are honing in on their own talents and unique gifts. So studying a young person who was dedicated to an art can be inspiring for many high school teens. They should see examples of young people pursuing a craft and failing and continuing to pursue despite all else. That is precisely what Jane did. When you begin to learn more about her, you will see that she was not an overnight success. But more of a pursuer of her passion, and becoming a female novelist at that time was no easy task. 

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Create Your Own Jane Austen Literature-Based Study 

Studying Jane Austen has multiple facets and lessons that you and your student can explore together. And here is a sample of topics that you can cover at the high school level. In addition to all that you can learn from studying Jane Austen, as a parent, you can appreciate that Jane Austen’s novels are wholesome reads. 

  • Explore Neoclassicism and Romanticism through Fine Arts: Another fantastic way to make your Jane Austen study well-rounded is to incorporate the fine arts of her novel’s time. Jane loved balls and dancing, that was a big part of her life, and she wrote about it frequently. Learning about the music and art that influenced so many of these novels and Austen’s movie adaptations is a great way to keep your study fun! We have a full-year high school level fine arts curriculum worth one credit and would parallel perfectly with her novels. You could also tour some art museums virtually; this is perfect if you are working towards a fine arts or visual arts credit in high school. 
  • Novelist Jane Austen: When you study Jane Austen, you explore one of the greatest writers in English history. You can research her life, history, and writing style as extensively as you like. However, it’s hard not to get lost in exploring the various avenues. To learn more about her style of writing, study her novel structure. Discuss with your teen what makes Jane Austen’s Novels timeless. Compare Austen to other authors of her time; what made her unique?
  • Literature Studies: Jane Austen completed six novels, so you have some great literature to choose from. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. There is also Sanditon; it was unfinished at the time of her death. Many literature guides (and teacher guides) for high school can help you cover everything thoroughly if you are unsure about putting together your own literary study. Memoria Press, The Good and the Beautiful, and Progeny Press for Pride and Prejudice, to name a few. 
  • Extensive Vocabulary: The vocabulary in Pride and Prejudice is vast. Have your student go through and do a word study on particular words, make definition cards to practice, or create a vocab notebook. Every time your student comes across a new word, have them jot it down in their vocabulary notebook and write out the definition. 
  • Rank and Social Class: Learning more about the social ladder from previous time periods can be fascinating. Jane Austen’s novels concentrate on many characters’ social class and rank. You can dive into learning a lot about nineteenth-century English families and lifestyles in the Georgian period. The book What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool has so much information about daily life in ninetieth century England. (There may be a chapter or two that you will want to review ahead of your teen.)
  • Etiquette and Manners: This is another topic I find fascinating, and what a great topic to cover in the teen years. Our current culture has no emphasis on general manners and etiquette. It is ever so important to revisit basic things like dinner table manners, opening doors, and pulling out chairs. Many of our children are experiencing organized dances for the first time, such as prom. Learning to dance with a partner, practice dining together at a nice restaurant, or role-playing polite conversation would all be wonderful ways to help prepare them. 
  • Geography: Learn all about the United Kingdom, England, and the settings from Jane Austen’s novels. Sussex, Oxford, London, and Bath might be places to note.
  • Proper Tea: Have tea time at home and incorporate some proper tea etiquette or a few items from a traditional English tea menu. 
  • Additional Books: There is a Jane Austen Memoir you may want to include that was written by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. You may also want to read the collection of Jane Austen’s left behind letters, hand-written by Jane herself. 
  • Writing Prompts or Essay Assignments: You can suggest many creative writing prompts or research-based essay assignments to accompany Jane Austen’s Novels. The options are endless! We include a few ideas to help you inside our I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Guides, along with 5 Fast Facts about Jane Austen. Make sure you download your Companion Guide inside the Clubhouse! A membership will allow you access to all the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Guides and art lessons. (This is a fantastic investment for your homeschool!)
  • Movie Adaptations: The perfect study of anything has elements of fun! One way to keep this study fun and exciting is to pepper it with fine arts, art lessons, and movies! When my daughter and I complete a book, we enjoy watching various film adaptations and rate them together. It’s quite fun and requires more than a couple of movie nights. Another ideal option may be to host a Jane Austen book club or Jane Austen movie night for homeschool moms! We can’t let the kids have all the fun, can we? With so many Jane Austen books and movie adaptations, you can have fun with this for a while. 
  • Art: Yes, I have saved the best part for last! I highly recommend it! Adding art to your Jane Austen study for high school is another aspect that can perfectly round it out. The hands-on art projects will be enjoyable for your high school student and you, if you choose to join in. Below you can see these two Jane Austen art lessons that you won’t want to pass up!

Nana’s New Jane Austen Art Lessons Pair Perfectly 

Nana has done it again by capturing the simplicity of Jane Austen alongside the beauty! These two new lessons are perfect for tying into your studies, and we always enjoy quality literature and art together with tea time. 

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Nana has created two Jane Austen art lessons that you and your students will love! One is this stunning Elizabeth Bennet art lesson; Lizzy is on a cliff contemplating her future. This scene also makes me think of my teen daughter or any teen for that matter. Their whole life is before them, and what shall they pursue?

Jane Austen for High School

Another splendid hands-on activity to incorporate into your study of Jane Austen for high school is this Pride and Prejudice art lesson. I am obsessed with the way Nana has approached drawing faces recently. I think the blank face style is so elegant. Plus, my daughter used to obsess about getting the faces just so. It looks very classic this way, and I don’t have to hear my daughter fuss about the perfection of the face. 

Don’t Be Intimidated to Teach Literature in High School 

The most important advice that I could give is to be teachable, relax, and enjoy it! You don’t have to know all the answers or have a degree in literature to teach Jane Austen. You can learn right alongside your teen! Sure, you will need to guide them, but everything can be learned, researched, and looked up. You and your teen can have a memorable time reading great literature together and studying all the exciting topics that stand out to you—this freedom in what you are learning and how is homeschooling at its finest. 

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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.

Courtney