Have you ever considered a homeschool science and art curriculum match up to create a wonderful learning environment? Art adds a hands on layer of engagement that can help solidify and enhance science homeschool learning in both a fun and beautiful way. There are so many benefits to incorporating an I Drew It Then I Knew It approach when you combine science and art!
This summer, we are enjoying Apologia’s Exploring Creation with High School Astronomy course. The warm months are a perfect time for stargazing and learning more about God’s amazing universe.
Adding STEAM Learning To Your Homeschool With Science And Art
We are following up our Apologia Astronomy studies with art.
This is because of all we have been learning about the value of taking a STEAM approach to education.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and is an interdisciplinary learning model that helps inspire critical thinking, creativity and increasing confidence. Matching up science and math is an obvious choice!
It is so much fun to paint what you learn with brilliant colors on black construction paper! We discovered this several years ago when we enjoyed Exploring Creation with Astronomy at the elementary level. We are thrilled Apologia now has this high school level elective Astronomy course.
How Science and Art Curriculum Match Up in Your Homeschool
Charlotte Mason believed art should be a staple in every child’s education, and she explains a simple way to make it easy and effective. She felt it was the educator’s job to awaken, hone and even increase a child’s creativity: Art the Charlotte Mason WayJeannie Fulbright
Here are more examples of how science and art create a lovely learning environment together:
- Why Art is an Essential Part of Science in Our Homeschool – For example, we completed the Shark Art lessons as a part of our Marine Life and Oceanography Study. We also did the I Drew It Then I Knew It Inventor course as we completed a unit on electricity. This year, we are starting off with an astronomy study and including the many chalk pastel courses as part of our learning. Again, this helps to solidify any reading or more formal learning we complete, by allowing my son the opportunity to engage with the topic in much more creative and hands-on way. (We have also used art as a way to “test” what my son has really learned and will again with this unit.)
- Why Adding Art to Academics Helps Children Learn – The audio of Nana’s instruction, the visual input from the computer screen and from the colors as my child paints, as well as the obvious tactile experience of holding the chalk and blurring the lines on the page – all work together to create a seamless, multi-sensory experience for my son. This type of multisensory learning leads to greater comprehension and retention for all children, and especially those who have learning differences.
- Matching Nana’s You ARE an Artist video art lessons to your homeschool science curriculum just got even easier! We have a handy, dandy Homeschool Science Curriculum Match Up Checklist. All of Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It science and her nature video art lessons are listed – including inventors, space and more! This homeschool science and art curriculum match up checklist has plenty of planning space for you to add your corresponding science lesson or to jot down a date, note or page number.
Astronomy Art Lesson – Through the Telescope
Enjoy Nana’s Through the Telescope art lesson, in celebration of Apologia’s High School Astronomy course! This astronomy art lesson is pictured above and is a sample from Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System course in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse.
Suggested supplies: Black construction paper and all the chalk pastel colors! Baby wipes or slightly damp paper towels for easy clean up.
After you enjoy this lesson, be sure to tag us on Instagram @chalkpastelart or send us a photo. We can’t wait to see!
Additional Homeschool Resources For Science And Art
You ARE An Artist has a wide variety of options for continuing with a STEAM approach in your homeschool. Take a look at all of these possibility for combining science and art!
- Moon Missions
- Solar Eclipse
- Solar System
- Space Exploration
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.