Posted on

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.

    Posted on

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

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

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

    Medieval Themed Art Lessons with Chalk Pastels

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

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

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Medieval Castle Art Lesson

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

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

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Medieval Dragon Homeschool Art Lesson

    “There be DRAGONS in our chalk pastels!”

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

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

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

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

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

    Catapult Art Lesson for Homeschool

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

    FYI, there are four types of catapults:

    • trebuchet
    • mangonel
    • onager
    • ballista

    You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership for Your Homeschool

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

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

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

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

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

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

    Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

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

    Posted on

    Why Adding Art To Your Morning Basket Makes All The Difference

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

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

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

    What is a Morning Basket?

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

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

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

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

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

    Art during morning time in our homeschool

    How We Use Morning Baskets To Support Our Current Unit Study

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

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

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

    Chalk Pastel art during our morning basket time

    The Value of Adding Art To Our Morning Basket

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About Jessica Waldock

    Jessica Waldock is a writer, photographer, and homeschool mom of one living in sunny Florida. She founded The Waldock Way as a way to give back to the homeschool community that she loves so much. At The Waldock Way Jessica shares tips, tricks, inspiration, and unique resources that help ignite a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime. She inspires families to engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle where relationships come first and interest-led learning prevails. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

    Posted on

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Are you looking for fun ways to incorporate American history homeschool lessons? Maybe you already have a history curriculum, but you’re looking for ways to make it more hands-on and engaging. Chalk pastels may be just what you need to get your kids to fall in love with history!

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love: Are you looking for fun ways to incorporate American history homeschool lessons? Maybe you already have a history curriculum, but you're looking for ways to make it more hands-on and engaging. Chalk pastels may be just what you need to get your kids to fall in love with history!

    Folks, my son LOVES history.

    Well, he loves specific periods in history.

    He’s just obsessed with World War II.

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

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse American History Online Art Lessons

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

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    George Washington Homeschool Art Lessons

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

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

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Revolutionary War Online Art Lessons

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Lewis and Clark Homeschool Lessons

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

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

    Great question.

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

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    Harriet Tubman American History Homeschool Study

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    John F. Kennedy Modern U.S. History Lesson

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

    George Washington
    John Adams
    Thomas Jefferson
    James Madison
    James Monroe
    Abraham Lincoln
    Lincoln Portrait – Aaron Copland
    Ulysses S. Grant
    President Benjamin Harrison – First Christmas Tree in White House
    Theodore Roosevelt
    John F. Kennedy
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

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

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

    7 American History Homeschool Lessons Your Kids will Love

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

    Posted on

    Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

    Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about their homeschool geography? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Here is a unique way to learn about maps, continents, countries and world landmarks. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels!

    Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels: Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about their homeschool geography? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels! #homeschoolgeography #geography #chalkpastels #chalkpastelart #chalkpastelgeography #chalkpastelmaps #homeschoolart

    This year my son is focusing heavily on World Geography. We are approaching geography with loads of books, websites, documentaries, and our Pin It Maps. When I saw that chalk pastels had a maps course, as part of the I Drew it then I Knew it series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse, I was thrilled! Here is a hands-on creative way for my son to test his knowledge and learn a few things about the different countries he is studying.

    Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

    He cracked open a couple of his geography books and followed along with Nana as she led him through the drawing of Australia. We’re actually studying Australia this week, which is why it was his first choice. Plus, labeling maps is a stealthy way to sneak in handwriting practice. Shhhhh!

    Did you that the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse also offers some fun World Landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, and the Eiffel Tower?

    Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

    Fun Homeschool Geography Lessons with Chalk Pastel Art

    Next week we’ll be looking at Asia, so my son went ahead and did the China chalk pastel lesson too. He plans on adding more information to each chalk pastel map as we cover each country.

    Make a map of China with chalk pastels for homeschool geography - with Nana of You ARE an ARTiST!

    Cartography and Homeschool Geography

    Africa is looming in our homeschool geography future by the end of the year. But it may go into the new year as well. Why? Fair warning…the cartography of Africa is a little intense. Think about it. Africa is a huge continent with over 50 countries! 54 countries to be exact. Even Asia, which has a larger landmass, doesn’t have quite so many countries. So, when studying Africa, you’ll definitely want to break it up by the regions or individual countries you are studying.

    Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

    The effort was well worth it! Following along with Nana, my son was determined to complete Africa, and Madagascar… for good measure.

    Make a map of Africa with chalk pastels.

    We’ll probably go back and create individual chalk drawings of each African country along with major cities and landmasses. But just look at this colorful creation! Hopefully, by the end of the homeschool year, we will have covered all of the world’s countries thoroughly. I plan on adding all of his chalk pastel maps to a geography binder for him to keep.

    Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

    Hands-On Geography with Chalk Pastels

    Another map my son did just for fun was the map of France. Reason? He’s also a World War II history buff. He wanted to make his own map with Nana so that he could go back at his leisure and add key battles. He already added Dunkirk. Once he gets France labeled, I imagine he’ll want to do either Italy or Great Britain next.

    Hands On Homeschool Geography with Chalk Pastels

    Though chalk pastels are for everyone, these map lessons are designed with upper elementary to high school students in mind. That means they are perfect for my young teen’s homeschool geography.

    Enjoy Maps, Continents, World Landmarks and American Landmarks in Your Homeschool!

    The Map Video Art Lessons include the continents and:

    • Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • The United States and Canada, South America
    • India
    • China
    • Australia
    • Antarctica
    • Italy
    • France
    • Me on the Map unit
    • Lewis & Clark’s journey
    • The voyage to the first Thanksgiving
    • Biblical map of the journey to Bethlehem for Christmas
    • To the moon and back for modern history studies
    • Laura Ingalls Wilder family travels
    • Map your garden plan
    • Through the Wardrobe Map
    • The Hundred Acre Wood

    Be sure to Travel the World with Nana’s World Landmarks and Trek American Landmarks too!

    My son is excited for additional maps in the future!

    Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels - Map of France

    These art lessons help with understanding and recall of map facts. My son enjoyed the lessons, and, most importantly, the facts and history behind the maps and cartographers. Remember, this hands-on and fun homeschool geography resource is only available through the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse. So, tell me, do your kids enjoy adding art to their homeschool studies?

    Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels: Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about maps, continents, countries and world landmarks? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels! #homeschoolgeography #geography #chalkpastels #chalkpastelart #chalkpastelgeography #chalkpastelmaps #homeschoolart

    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.

    Posted on

    Make Homeschool Lessons More Fun When You Add Art

    Homeschool Lessons

    If you are new to homeschooling, you may think incorporating art into your homeschool lessons seems impossible. But today, I want to show you how simple it is to include art into just about any topic you are learning or teaching.

    First, you may be wondering why we should try to blend art into a homeschool lesson. Why would you want to do that? So many reasons, but here are a few.

     

    Reasons Why You Need To Blend Art Into Your Homeschool Lessons 

    Make it fun! Who says home educating has to be boring? Your kids will love learning at home even more when they realize it can be hands-on and exciting!

    Memory Retention. Do you know that your kids are more likely to remember what they learned when adding the element of doing? Yep. Kids remember more by doing rather than watching or hearing alone.

    Stress relief. So many moms burn themselves out by trying to check off all the boxes each day. Enjoy some relaxed learning time WITH your kids. It is such a fantastic way to decompress and have a good time with your children. They need to see you enjoying life too.

    Now that you have a few solid reasons why we should incorporate art into our learning activities. Next, let me show you an example of how easy it is.

    Creating a Unit Study is as Easy as Pie with You Are An Artist

    You can easily pull together a few resources to create a family-friendly unit study using the resources you will find within a membership from ChalkPastel.com.

    With your membership to ChalkPastel.com, you can utilize the Elective Tracks and Unit Studies Resource. It is a phenomenal tool for pairing up art tutorials with homeschool lessons and topics you may be learning in your homeschool.

    With the Elective Tracks and Unit Studies Resource, you will find art lessons that include everything from preschool, nature, space, presidents, maps, history, geography, garden, landmarks, the Bible, and more! Literally, hundreds of art lessons to choose from and all sorts of topics.

    Once you choose which topic you are studying and would like to expand on, you can plan an entire lesson or unit study around it.

    The example I will use for you today is Johnny Appleseed. I have a wide range of ages in my homeschool, and we could all learn about him at once. It’s a great fit with Johnny Appleseed’s birthday approaching on September 26th.

     

    Another excellent feature from the ChalkPastel.com Membership is the calendar. It’s perfect for keeping up with important holidays and fun national days to celebrate in your homeschool, like Johnny Appleseed Day!

    Most of us don’t remember or even know about days such as National Honeybee Awareness Day, Shark Week, or E.B. White’s Birthday. These are such awesome opportunities to use in your homeschool for family connection and home education. The ChalkPastel.com calendar has an art prompt for each day to assist you with creative learning ideas!

    I searched the Elective Track and Unit Study Resource in the membership portal and found Johnny Appleseed. That way, I can easily pull all of my resources together beforehand.

    There is even a nifty Homeschool Curriculum Match Up Checklist for History & Science lessons. They make it so easy for you to plan your homeschool lessons with art! 

     

    There were art lessons that fit my older student and some easier lessons for my younger two. I even found Nana’s Apple Pie Recipe! There was a book recommendation for How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World. So I decided to make an entire day of apple pie making, creating art, and learning about Johnny Appleseed.

    All of the resources were in one convenient place, so I planned this out and made my supply/grocery list in seconds. I also reserved the books I needed from the library quickly. Easy as pie!

     

    As homeschool parents, we can get wrapped up in textbooks and checking off the boxes too often. But, creativity, curiosity, and excitement are also essential to a healthy homeschool.

    I highly encourage you to add art to your homeschool toolbox. You can create special memories in your homeschool while you educate your children. Homeschooling can be creative, enjoyable, and fun with the right resources.

    Grab your membership here and start planning today! Membership includes the replay of An Appleseed Adventure event with Nana mapping John Chapman’s travels!

    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.

    Posted on

    Joyful Christmas Activities For Your Homeschool

    The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. Enjoy these Christmas activities for your homeschool.

    The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

    Christmas Homeschool Unit Study or “Christmas School”

    There are so many ways to make this time of year truly special. But, let’s face it. The holidays can be chaotic.

    I for one like to put away the “academics” and focus more on what I like to call “Christmas School!”

    It’s all about building relationships and focusing on what this time of year is all about.

    “Christmas School” may include the study of:

    • Religious Significance
    • Holiday Baking and Cooking
    • Christmas Crafts or Homemade Gifts
    • Decorating
    • Volunteering and Giving Back to the Community

    Did you know that we’ve even turned tracking Santa on Christmas Eve into a family fun geography event?

    We still incorporate loads of read alouds, and games into December as well.

    The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

    Christmas Homeschool Lessons And Activities

    But art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities.

    There is just something about art that is so delightful. It simply brings joy to our lives. We love to incorporate chalk pastels into our holiday plans because:

    1. They are quick (most lessons are only 10-15 minutes long)
    2. Chalk Pastels are easy to use for preschoolers through adults
    3. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels and construction paper

    That’s it!

    Plus, art makes a great gift.

    These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

    Even if you find your holiday schedule chaotic, there is time for Christmas art.

    Now, throw in some Christmas goodies, and twinkle lights and you’ve got memories in the making. You can make your own homemade treats or pick something up from the store.

    My kiddos are particularly fond of cakes, cookies, and pie with their hot cocoa. Keep a good supply of your child’s favorites on hand.

    Alexa, play Christmas carols.

    Turn on the Christmas Music

    I love playing Christmas carols first thing in the morning during the month of December. It seems to set the tone for a tranquil and joyful day. Did you know that you can do a Christmas Carol Study with SQUILT on many of the Christmas Carols you may already be listening too? We have truly enjoyed learning about the history and origins of many Christmas Carols. Last year we even did a Unit Study on The Nutcracker.

    I usually have Christmas music playing softly in the background as we dive into our holiday art!

    Yes, I participate too! Art is more fun when it is shared!

    We string lights all around. Even on our homeschool table and books. Twinkly lights just fill us with a cozy warmth.

    I also like to leave our chalk pastels out for easy access, because my kids will use them all month long… and have for years!

    There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want!  This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

    Easy Christmas Art Lessons for Kids

    With the Complete Clubhouse membership, we have access to a whole of holiday chalk pastel tutorials including:

    • Christmas Video Art Lessons
    • Nutcracker Video Art Lessons
    • Teatime Art Lessons including Charlie Brown Christmas and more

    There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want!

    This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

    There is even going to be a “How to draw” the Biblical map of Bethlehem! This will go beautifully with the Christmas Star of Bethlehem chalk pastel the kids did.

    Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

    Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

    Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastel joy!

    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.  

    Posted on

    How to Draw a Christmas Wreath with Chalk Pastels

    Welcome the Christmas season with a beautiful Christmas wreath! You can learn from Nana how to draw a Christmas Wreath with Chalk Pastels then you can hang it up as a decoration. Or you might decide it needs to be a gift for someone you love. Either way, you will have fun with this quick and easy lesson Nana shared with her grandchildren. And you will learn that you ARE an ARTiST!

    How to Draw a Christmas Wreath with Chalk Pastels

    No worries! If you are already on our email list, your name will not be added again. Please be sure to share this lesson with others!
    • Suggested supplies: There are just a very few suggested supplies: white construction paper. Green, light green, red and black chalk pastel colors.
    • A note on chalk pastels:Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are here: Our Favorite Chalk Pastels
    • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
    Nana's Christmas Wreath art lesson is a beautiful addition to your Christmas School. Erin says, "art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities.
    Photo by Erin Vincent – Christmas Chalk Pastel Joy!

    Christmas Wreath Art Lesson for Christmas Homeschool

    Nana’s Christmas Wreath art lesson is a beautiful addition to your Christmas School. In fact, Nana has a whole section of Christmas art lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse. With the Complete Clubhouse membership, you have access to a whole bunch of holiday chalk pastel tutorials including:

    • Christmas Video Art Lessons
    • Nutcracker Video Art Lessons
    • Teatime Art Lessons including Charlie Brown Christmas and more

    “…art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities. There is just something about art that is so delightful. It simply brings joy to our lives. We love to incorporate chalk pastels into our holiday plans.”

    Erin Vincent

    Chalk pastel lessons:

    1. Are quick (most lessons are only 10-15 minutes long)
    2. Are easy to use for preschoolers through adults
    3. Minimal requirement. All you need is an inexpensive starter set of chalk pastels and construction paper

    Share Your Christmas Homeschool Art (FEATURING YOU! YOU ARE AN ARTIST!)

    Paint your Christmas wreath art lesson and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.