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Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

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

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

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

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

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

Delight-Directed Homeschool Art

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

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

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

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

Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

Chalk Pastel Teatime For Art In Your Homeschool

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

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

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

Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

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

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

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

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

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

    Homeschool Art for the Delight Directed Family

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

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

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

    Homeschool Art for the Delight-Directed Family

    Art Together As A Family In Your Homeschool

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

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

    You ARE an ARTiST t-shirts and mugs

    An Amazing Delight Directed Family Homeschool Bundle

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

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

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

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    An American Landmarks Homeschool Unit Study

    Do you dream of trekking America’s landmarks with your kids? Let Nana take you and your children on a trip around our great United States without leaving the comforts of your home. Trekking American landmarks with chalk pastels are as easy as walking to your kitchen table and setting out your chalk pastels with a pack of construction paper. Nana will do the rest.

    No hiking shoes or sore feet required!

    
Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels: Do you dream of trekking America's landmarks with your kids? Let Nana take you and your children on a trip around our great United States without leaving the comforts of your home. Trekking American landmarks with chalk pastels are as easy as walking to your kitchen table, setting out your chalk pastels, and a pack of construction paper. Nana will do the rest. #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #Americanlandmarks #Americanlandmarksartlessons #TrekkingAmericanlandmarks #TrekkingAmericanlandmarkswithchalkpastels #Americanlandmarksvideoartlessons #famousAmericanlandmarks #USlandmarkactivity

    Geography has been a considerable part of our homeschool this year, folks! We’ve read loads of books, watched fantastic documentaries and television shows, tried delicious snacks, explored maps and globes. We’ve traveled the world with Nana’s chalk pastel Maps and World Landmarks lessons. Then, I discovered she had an American Landmark series as well!

    SQUEEL!!!!

    
Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels

    Folks, I would love to take a family vacation traveling route 66, visiting the monuments in Washington D.C., and exploring all of our nation’s national parks and landmarks. I dream of seeing Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon, and the Delicate Arch with my own eyes.

    Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. But, these American Landmark chalk pastel lessons make it easy to incorporate all the awesomeness of these extraordinary places into our homeschool.

    An American Landmark Homeschool Unit Study

    As Nana always says, we ARE the artists, and with our strokes of pastels, we can recreate these majestic images ourselves.

    Plus, these video art lessons are a perfect addition to our geography lessons!

    Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels
    Delicate Arch

    Travel Across America In Your Homeschool

    Traveling across America with art can be an easy addition to your homeschool geography. Nana’s videos are fun and straightforward. They are designed with upper elementary in mind, but the whole family can enjoy them and learn a few things along the way.

    As always, we make our chalk pastel lessons unique by making them into an art teatime with snacks and a lovely vase of flowers. Of course, an art series such as this takes longer than a single afternoon. We took an entire week! But you could space your lessons out farther than that. Do a lesson a day or a lesson per week. It’s totally up to you!

    
Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels

    Travel the World With These Homeschool Lessons

    Pair these art lessons with a study of the individual states where they are found. Or look up the history of each landmark. You never know where those rabbit trails of learning will lead you.

    With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership you’ll have access to all of these gorgeous American Landmark lessons and the companion I Drew It Then I Knew It Workbook:

    • 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

    You’ll have access to everything else the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership has to offer, including 700+ chalk pastel lessons and all of Nana’s Maps lessons AND these World Landmarks:

    • 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!
    Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels
    Grand Tetons

    Trekking American Landmarks As Your Homeschool Geography Study

    There is so much to learn and explore about our great country. The American landmarks lessons are a lovely resource to add to your next U.S. geography unit study. It adds an amazing hands-on element to kids learning endeavors that help to solidify their newfound knowledge.

    Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels

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

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    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Homeschool Art with Nana

    You can now travel to Great Britain with chalk pastels! Explore Big Ben, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, and much more in this unique and colorful way. Nana will be your guide on this historic trip filled with key icons and landmarks with chalk pastels Great Britain themed art.

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    My son has a fascination and intense interest in Great Britain. It started last year after his deep dive into World War II. Did you know he even requested a wall mural of the British flag on his bedroom wall for his 13th birthday?

    It’s true!

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Homeschool Art Lessons with Nana

    So, when I saw that the Chalk Pastel You ARE AN Artist Membership had Great Britain themed art, I just knew my son would be excited.

    And he was!

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    We started with some special British treats, tea, and the chalk pastels map of the British Isles.

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    We became even more excited to learn some of the interesting facts about the places and things we were painting.

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    Queen Elizabeth Homeschool Lesson

    When we painted Queen Elizabeth II on her throne we learned about the symbolism and history behind her clothing, her throne, and what used to be beneath it!

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    Big Ben Homeschool Art Lesson

    Did you know that Big Ben IS NOT the clock tower, but the bell inside the tower? Did you know the tower itself is called Elizabeth Tower?

    I just love learning right alongside my kid’s!

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    Winston Churchill the Famous Artist

    I never knew that Winston Churchill was a famous artist! I only ever studied him as the great statesman that helped Great Britain through World War II. But there is a chalk pastels Great Britain lesson on this famous artist! Nana even has a podcast about this extraordinary man and artist!

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    Did you know that he was nervous about painting in the beginning? This amazing man was apprehensive about adding the color to the canvas at first! How incredible is that? Yet, after he got over his fear the colors became therapeutic for him.

    I think we can all learn something from that little tidbit!

    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    You ARE An Artist Clubhouse for Your Homeschool

    With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to a wide range of chalk pastel Great Britain themed art lessons including:

    • Big Ben (World Landmarks)
    • Queen Elizabeth II (Modern History)
    • Winston Churchill
    • British Isles (Map)
    • WWII helmet (Modern History)
    • Beatrix Potter (a British artist)

    And don’t forget about all of the Chalk Pastel Narnia lessons you can add into an England themed study!

    • Through the Wardrobe
    • Lamp Post
    • Aslan
    • Narnia map
    • Carriage and horse for either Father Christmas OR the White Witch of Narnia
    • Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus
    • Beaver
    • Crown for kings and queens of Narnia
    • Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    • Sword
    • Winter forest scene with deer
    • Preschool winter scene
    • Snow
    • Icicle
    • Spring tree and spring tree reflection (when Aslan returns!)
    Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

    Exploring Chalk Pastels Great Britain Art Lessons in Your Homeschool

    If your kids are studying Great Britain in their homeschool or they just have an intense interest, then be sure to check out the wonderful art lessons available with chalk pastels!

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

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    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

    Are your kids ready for an epic homeschool art journey? Then, take a trip with chalk pastels Narnia with Nana art adventure!

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    The Chronicles of Narnia series is one of our favorite read alouds and audiobooks. We’ve read the series each year for several years. Last year to celebrate the end of the series we had a Narnia teatime complete with sardines on toast, butter on toast, and jam on toast. Just like the tea, Lucy had with Mr. Tumnus. This year, we decided to do something a little different. This year we celebrated this wonderful series with candles, tea, iced cake, and chalk pastels!

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Fun for Kids

    Chalk pastels are so easy to use. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s chalk pastel videos! Nana is the best at guiding your kiddos on artistic adventures. Seriously, we’ve been using her videos for years. Did you know that when we say “Nana” in our house we have to clarify if we mean my mom or chalk pastels Nana? It’s a lovely bit of confusion we all enjoy!

    Nana always reminds the children, “You ARE An Artist!” and inspires them to make their paintings their own. She encourages the kids to use the colors they like; my daughter is particularly fond of pink, motivating them to use their imaginations and learn new art techniques!

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Adventure for Your Homeschool

    Begin your Narnia adventure with the magical wardrobe! If you or your children have read The Magician’s Nephew then you’ll know how this wardrobe came into being and why it is magical! Can you see a glimpse of Narnia inside?

    Did I mention my daughter likes pink? She would LOVE to have a huge pink wardrobe in her room, lol!

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Through the Wardrobe

    Next the children created the famous lamp post while sipping their hot tea and enjoying their cake.

    Keep paper towels handy as spills DO happen, but having these sweet treats have become part of our chalk pastel experience. It makes them just a little bit more magical and memorable.

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    A Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus Art Lesson

    How about a cup of tea with Mr. Tumnus?

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Carriage of the White Witch Art Lesson

    Beware the White Witch in this winter wonderland! Or is that Father Christmas coming into view?

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Map Your Way Across Narnia with Nana

    My son has been enjoying Nana’s chalk pastel geography maps this year and was delighted to discover she has a video lesson mapping Narnia!

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Take Up Swords and Prepare to Battle for Narnia

    An adventure wouldn’t be complete without a battle! Check out these awesome swords the children and I did!

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Aslan Will Be There Too

    Of course Aslan will be there too! The great lion is always there when you need him. And oh, how great he is!

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Homeschool Art Adventure

    The adventure can continue with a trip on the Dawn Treader if you so desire!

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    All Hail the Kings and Queens of Narnia

    Sorry Susan, we didn’t forget you. But there are only three of us and there are four Pevensie children.

    Can you tell which crown my daughter created? Pink anyone? I’m sure Queen Lucy would love it.

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Narnia Homeschool Unit Study with You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

    With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to 600+ chalk pastel lessons including a plethora of Narnia adventure lessons:

    • Through the Wardrobe
    • Lamp Post
    • Aslan
    • Narnia map
    • Carriage and horse for either Father Christmas OR the White Witch of Narnia
    • Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus
    • Beaver
    • Crown for kings and queens of Narnia
    • Sword
    • Winter forest scene with deer
    • Preschool winter scene
    • Snow
    • Icicle
    • Spring tree and spring tree reflection (when Aslan returns!)

    Plus others to round out your Chronicles of Narnia homeschool unit study:

    • War helmets
    • British Isles map
    • Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

    The children loved adding art to one of their favorite book series of all time. I loved how we discussed different literary aspects of the books as they related to each pastel picture. But above all, we enjoyed our magical adventure together making memories that we’ll all look back on with great fondness.

    Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

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    A Christmas Carol Homeschool Activities with Chalk Pastels

    Do you and your kids read “A Christmas Carol” each year? What about watching one of the many movie adaptations? Exploring A Christmas Carol in your homeschool is an easy and fun way to combine the rich literature of Charles Dickens, the excitement of cinema, and the glory of art this Christmas season!

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    “Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

    Charles Dickens

    An Overview Of A Christmas Carol

    “A Christmas Carol,” written by Charles Dickens in 1843 has become synonymous with the holiday season. It is filled with charity, goodwill, inspiration, redemption, and repentance during the Christmas season.

    That’s one of the main reasons we read it aloud each year! It’s one of the many ways we pursue a slow December.

    A Christmas Carol Book, Movie, & Art Activities

    There are so many lessons to be gleaned from this famous story. After reading it aloud we usually pick one of the many movie adaptions to watch as a family. Comparing the book to the movies always leads to lively discussions about what was different in the movie versus the book. The audiobook also makes a great alternative if you can’t manage a read aloud.

    This year, we also added a chalk pastel Christmas Carol teatime to the mix! Adding an art element like chalk pastels can help your kids get even more out of this famous book.

    Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

    A Christmas Carol Homeschool Teatime

    First, I set the table with all of the needed items for a successful chalk pastel teatime:

    • chalk pastels
    • construction paper
    • computer or tablet for watching the video lesson
    • teapot and cups filled with our favorite tea
    • a scrumptious treat ( this time we chose chocolate eclairs)
    • vase of flowers
    Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

    More Christmas Learning Resources

    Then, I pull up our You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership. It provides over 600+ chalk pastel lessons for all ages plus new art lessons from Nana and themed art events throughout the year! In addition to the Christmas Carol lesson you’ll also have access to these other Christmas and holiday lessons:

    • 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
    • Nutcracker
    • Clara and the Christmas Tree
    • Sugar Plum Fairy
    • Chinese Tea Dance
    • Mouse King
    • Arctic Express
    • Plus so much more!

    A Christmas Carol Homeschool Study

    With the Christmas Carol chalk pastel lesson Nana takes you and your kids step-by-step in creating:

    • Scrooge’s Top Hat
    • Scrooge’s Night Cap
    • The Ghost of Christmas Past’s Candle
    • The Ghost of Christmas Present
    • Tiny Tim’s Crutch
    • The Ghost of Christmas Future
    Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

    I must add that when Nana mentioned that the Ghost of Christmas Future reminded her of Harry Potter’s Dementors, she earned major cool points with my Harry Potter loving kiddos! My daughter’s eyes got as round as saucers and she squealed, “Nana’s read Harry Potter!”

    Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

    The Christmas Carol lesson also sparked interest in Charles Dickens’s life. So, my son and I looked up his biography! It’s so interesting to learn more about the time and place that Dickens lived as well as the hardships he faced. It seems we also covered a bit of history, and geography with this lesson too!

    After all the tea was drunk, all the eclairs eaten, and all the pastels used we settled in to watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol together.

    Exploring A Christmas Carol In Your Homeschool

    “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”

    Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol

    The Christmas Carol chalk pastel lesson and teatime was a wonderful addition to our yearly tradition of “A Christmas Carol” book and a movie! I really LOVE this tradition and so do my kids. I highly recommend adding a bit of your own Christmas magic with chalk pastels to your Christmas tradition.

    Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels