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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 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.

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 with Chalk Pastels

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 Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership

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 with Chalk Pastels

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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Celebrate the Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art Ideas

The Games are back! The Games are a great opportunity to celebrate culture, history, sports, and healthy competition with your kids. Every family has their favorite sport to watch during these events, whether summer or winter. Gather the kids and celebrate the Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art. Enjoy Ancient Greece lessons for the history of the Games. Then illustrate important aspects and moments of the modern Games! It’s a fun I Drew It Then I Knew It experience.

Ideas to Celebrate Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art:

The boys and I went through a “mock Games” celebration to create activity and art ideas to go along with this summer’s games. We had so much fun learning, painting, and acting out various Games’ moments! Here’s how we enjoyed our home-grown sporting event.

How to Paint The Games Torch with chalk pastels.

Pass the Torch Relay!

Historically, the torch relay connects the initial Games of Ancient Greece with today’s version of the Games. The torch is lit and the flame passed from Olympia, Greece, to the current host location.

Symbolically, the passing of the Flame represents handing down knowledge and life through generations.

Pass the torch relay idea! The boys ran around the house, passing the torch, symbolizing the Torch Relay that begins the Games.

With Nana’s Ancient Greece lessons, my son drew the Torch on larger 12×18″ construction paper on a diagonal. He positioned the bottom of the handle about two-thirds across the bottom of the paper, then drew the torch across the paper so the flame would end up in the upper left corner. Then, we rolled the paper into a conical shape, so the bottom narrowed, and the torch was visible on one side of the cone. A little tape will keep this torch nicely rolled!

The boys ran around the house, passing the torch, symbolizing the Torch Relay that begins the Games. (During the actual Torch Relay, you can watch LIVE and recorded clips on the official Games site!).

The Games Torch Video Art Lesson

You can enjoy this sample lesson, The Torch. This is one of the many lessons for both summer and winter games included in The Games Clubhouse Edition in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse.

Opening Ceremonies

This might be my favorite part of the Games. I love the parades and choreography, the anthems, and colorful flags and uniforms! The purpose of the Ceremonies is to learn about the culture of the host country.

We drew a map of Japan and looked at various geography books about Japan. You might even want to trace the path of the torch using Nana’s map of Japan!

Ancient Greece Lessons

After painting the Opening Ceremonies lesson (use Nana’s Coliseum lesson to hark back to Ancient Greece as another option!), we hung the boys artwork up and marched around to classic fanfare music from past games.  Leo Arnaud’s Bugler’s Dream and John Williams’s “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” combined is a classic and well-recognized opening song. Nana also has a John Williams composer art lesson!

Let the Games Begin!

Now the real fun starts! There are so many sports represented at the Games, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Archery, swimming, volleyball, diving, sailing, gymnastics, running, surfing. Nana has any number of sports-themed lessons for kids to enjoy. Pick a favorite, or draw them all!

I had the boys pick a few to draw, then set up mini Games competitions.

Archery – We made a bow and arrow out of a plastic hangar and chopstick, then tried to hit a paper plate target.

Sailing – The boys launched paper boats (which they made beforehand) in a kiddie pool and raced to blow them to the other side.

Tennis – The boys competed to see who could bounce a tennis ball off their rackets the most times.

Get together with the kids and invent more “Games” ideas based on their favorite sports, Nana’s art lessons, or just whatever you have around the house. Make silly versions of popular games to keep it short and light.

Medals Ceremony

The top three winners at the Games receive gold, silver, or bronze medals. In ancient times, winners received a Laurel Wreath to symbolize victory. Kids will enjoy hearing about the history of these awards during Nana’s lessons. If you have any old medals or trophies, let your kids receive them like the athletes do; we dug around and found old running medals to wear!

The Games Medals Ceremony - Kids will enjoy hearing about the history of these awards during Nana's lessons. If you have any old medals or trophies, let your kids receive them like the athletes do; we dug around and found old running medals to wear!

When my boys do chalk pastel lessons, I feel we’re all winners! Nana includes so many little details and facts as she demonstrates, that kids walk away with knowledge as well as a beautiful piece of artwork.

Every piece of art is a victory for our little artists, isn’t it? Nana champions every artist as they paint along with her. And the best prize is kids are learning while they’re painting with chalk pastels!

After the boys completed their victory pictures, we hung all our Games drawings up to enjoy. They are excited for the real Games to start this summer!

Drawing with Nana embodies the same ideals as the Games themselves: excellence, friendship and respect. With Nana as your art teacher, your children will be encouraged in all three of these areas to create with excellence, enjoy the friendship of a delightful art teacher, and to respect their work, because they ARE artists!

Drawing with Nana embodies the same ideals as the Games themselves: excellence, friendship, and respect. With Nana as your art teacher, your children will be encouraged in all three of these areas to create with excellence, enjoy the friendship of a delightful art teacher, and to respect their work, because they ARE artists!

Enjoy the upcoming Games by using these art lessons to connect kids to the historic and symbolic nature of the world’s greatest competition!

Nana is adding many new lessons to The Games Clubhouse Edition for your celebration!

Gather the kids and celebrate the Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art to illustrate important aspects and moments of the Games!

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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Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

Did you know that you can travel the world with chalk pastels? That’s right! Let Nana take you on a trip around the world with her World Landmarks series! This is the perfect addition to your homeschool geography lessons, world history lessons, or just because!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels: Did you know that you can travel the world with chalk pastels? That's right! Let Nana take you on a trip around the world with her World Landmarks series! This is the prefect addition to your homeschool geography lessons, world history lessons, or just because! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolgeography #handsongeography #worldlandmarks #traveltheworldwithchalkpastels

This year there has been a big focus on geography for my older homeschool student. We’ve explored different countries using books, maps, cooking, documentaries, chalk pastel maps, and now chalk pastel world landmarks! There’s something wonderful about adding hands-on creative resources to an otherwise boring subject. Art can help brings those other subjects to life!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

We have created a delicious culture around our chalk pastels.

Teatime.

That means that we incorporate lovely snacks, beverages, flowers, and sometimes candles around our chalk pastels. We’ve been doing it this way for years and it’s been an exquisite addition to our homeschool.

Sometimes we make our own treats, and other times we open a pack of snack cakes. No pressure here.

I picked the peonies fresh from our flower garden and added them to the table. Their beauty almost rivaled that of our art and they smelled heavenly!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

Travel the World and See the Sights

Once the table was set we were ready to dive into our trip around the world!

You may know that Nana already has Maps video art lessons that are available with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership. The maps paired really well with our geography lessons throughout the year. The World Landmarks also paired well with our map lessons.

How so you may wonder.

Try pairing the Great Wall of China with the Map of China.

You could pair the Big Ben, the Cliffs of Moher, the Scottish Highlands, or Stonehenge with the Great Britain Map! Or you could make them a part of your Great Britain unit study. Aren’t those Scottish Highlands dreamy?

What about adding the Sydney Opera House to your next Australian study?

There are so many possibilities and the hands-on activity of chalk pastels helps solidify the geography knowledge we have acquired throughout the year. It was really awesome to hear my son tell me facts related to these different landmarks and the countries where they are found.

Thank you Nana!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership you’ll have access to 700+ chalk pastel lessons including 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!

You’ll also have access to all of the American Landmark lessons including:

  • 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

Plus More to come as well – including I Drew It Then I Knew It companion workbooks for Maps, World Landmarks and American Landmarks.

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels
Stonehenge depicted by an 7 year old, 40 year old, and 13 year old!

Hands-On Geography with World Landmarks

 The World Landmarks Video Art Lessons are designed with upper elementary to high school students in mind, but as you can see from the Stonehenge image above, they can be accomplished by anyone regardless of age. No prior skill level is necessary.

There are oodles of reasons to love chalk pastels. Making geography and landmarks more fun is just the icing on an already delicious cake!

Now tell me, what World Landmarks would your children enjoy creating?

Travel the World 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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Make 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!

Make 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

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

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 Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Cartography and Geography for Homeschool

Africa is looming in our 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 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 Geography Fun 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 school 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.

Make Geography Fun 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.

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

My son is excited for additional maps in the future!

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

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 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 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