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December Art Activities Perfect For Holiday Homeschooling

The holidays are a beautiful time of year, and the perfect time to change up the homeschool schedule or enjoy a lighter seasonal study. Make memories with these December art activities for homeschooling!

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

Homeschooling Through The Holidays

In this season, we might turn cookie exchanges into science and math lessons. We spend more time with grandma and grandpa listening for a history lesson one will never find in a textbook. Or maybe we laminate maps for the car ride to Aunt Alice’s house and knock out geography on the way. That’s the beauty of homeschooling! We can enjoy a slower pace, more cookies, and feel reassured our children are always learning. And reminding Jake to say “thank you” after he opens the crochet socks he was certain was an Xbox … well, that falls into a new subject we like to call Etiquette.

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December Art Activities Perfect For Holiday Homeschooling

Kick off December loudly with all the carols and Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol Homeschool Activities followed by The Nutcracker A Holidays Homeschool Study. Don’t forget to add the Laytons’ absolute favorite Christmas story, The Grinch! Nana and I agree, these lessons are not stink, stank, stunk!

Draw Your Way Through The Story of Christmas

Draw Your Way Through the Story of Christmas – Add these Advent art activities to your Christmas Homeschool plans! You can draw your way through the story of Christmas from the angels announcing Messiah’s birth to the manger scene.

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: Hands on Homeschooling – When the nights turn chilly and darker, there are fewer places to go outdoors as a family. We usually see the return of “Family Movie Night” on Fridays in the fall and winter as a result. Our family loves watching movies based on books. Add a few hands-on homeschool activities, and everyone is ready for both learning and fun.

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

Free Christmas Lessons! Christmas Tree for the Animals

Speaking of December art activities for homeschooling… Sign up to enjoy these Christmas lessons any time during the holiday season. Includes nature study with our sister site Homeschool Nature Study, an art lesson with Nana, a craft plus a hymn and composer study too! SIGN UP HERE!

Celebrate December Word Weavers with Literature Art Lessons

Grab your pens and journals along with chalk supplies as we celebrate these writers, poets, and creative story tellers. We believe in the Power of Adding Art to Literature Studies!

  • December 6, 1886 American poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer was born in New Jersey. He is best known for his poem Trees, published in 1913. Be sure to chalk Seasonal Trees and enjoy Winter Tree Silhouettes from Homeschool Nature Study.
  • December 9, 1608 British poet John Milton was born in London. He is best known for Paradise Lost.
  • December 10, 1830 Poet Emily Dickinson was born in Massachusetts. Over 2,000 poems were discovered after her death in 1886 and gradually published starting in 1890. My favorite is Hope.
  • December 10,1851 American librarian Melvil Dewey was born in Adams Center, New York. He created the Dewey Decimal System.
  • December 12 1821 French author Gustave Flaubert was born in France. He is best known for the novel Madame Bovary.
  • December 16, 1775 British novelist Jane Austen was born in Hampshire, England. High schoolers are loving our Jane Austen Art Lessons.
  • December 19, 1732 – Benjamin Franklin first published Poor Richard’s Almanac  containing weather predictions, humor, proverbs and epigrams.
  • December 30 1865 British writer Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India. He wrote The Jungle Book.
These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December Artists and Animators

December 2, 1859 French painter Georges Seurat was born in Paris. He was a leader in the neo-impressionist movement of the late 19th Century.

  • December 3, 1755 American portrait painter Charles Stuart was born in Rhode Island. He is best known for his portraits of George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, and Thomas Jefferson.
  • December 5, 1901 Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. 
  • December 23, 1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear during a fit of depression.

December Musicians, Composers, and Singers

  • December 5, 1791 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died a pauper at age 35 in Vienna, Austria. He had created over 600 works.
  • December 8 1980 Former Beatlemusician John Lennon was assassinated in New York City.
  • December 13 1835 American clergyman and composer Phillips Brooks was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is best known for the Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem.
  • December 16, 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. 
  • December 22, 1858 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Tuscany. 
  • December 29 1876 Cellist Pablo Casals was born in Venrdell, Spain. 

December Inventors & Engineers

  • December 8 1765 Cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts.
  • December 15, 1832 French engineer Alexandre Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. Along with the Eiffel Tower he also helped design the Statue of Liberty.

(If you’re traveling this winter holiday be sure to paint famous landmarks you see along the way!)

December Historical Events & Leaders

  • December 1 1955, the modern American civil rights movement occurred as Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back section of a municipal bus.
  • December 2, 1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France by Pope Pius VII in Paris. One year later, 1805 – Napoleon defeated Russia and Austria in the Battle of Austerlitz.
  • December 6, 1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified abolishing slavery.

December 7 1941 The U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft. One day later the United States and Britain declared war on Japan. We have combined many history and art lessons for the Your Modern History Buff.

December 16, 1773 – The Boston Tea Party occurred as colonial activists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded British ships anchored in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 containers of expensive tea into the water.

  • December 20, 1860 – South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union in a prelude to the American Civil War. 
  • December 21, 1879 Soviet Russia leader Josef Stalin was born in the village of Gori in Georgia, Russia.
  • December 25, 1066 – William the Conqueror was crowned King of England after he had invaded England from France.
  • December 25, 1776 – During the American Revolution, George Washington took 2,400 of his men across the Delaware River. 

December Space Study: It’s Out Of This World!

These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December 14, 1502 French physician Nostradamus was born in St. Remy, Provence, France. He made astrological predictions believed by many to tell the future.

Nana predicts you will love learning about astronomy alongside painting the cosmos with chalk pastels!

  • December 14, 1962 – The Mariner II space probe sent back information from the planet Venus, the first information ever received from another planet.
  • December 27, 1571 German astronomer Johannes Kepler was born in Wurttemberg, Germany. He is considered the father of astronomy.

December Science: The Human Body

  • December 21, 1846 – Anesthesia was used for the first time in Britain during an operation at University College Hospital in London performed by Robert Liston who amputated a leg.
  • December 25, 1821 American nurse and philanthropist Clara Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts. 
  • December 27, 1822 French chemist-bacteriologist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France. He developed the pasteurization process to kill harmful bacteria.

Learn more about the Human Body with Nana’ new Science Art Diagrams and chalk tutorials: Small But Mighty Cell Activities, Microscopic World Study, Human Anatomy Study: Diagram the Ear and Human Heart Activity for Kids: Hands-On Science.

Winter Equinox Art Lessons

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? ~ Dr. Seuss

Have fun painting all things winter on December 21st, the Winter Equinox in North American.

December Holidays

  • December 18th-26th, Hanukkah. Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
  • December 25th, Christmas. The day Christians celebrate the Birth of Christ.
These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.
  • December 26th Boxing Day. In Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand servants, tradespeople, and the poor were presented with gifts. Today it is known as a shopping and sporting events day.
  • December 26th- Jan 1st, Kwanza. African American families celebrate a harvest festival. Kwanzaa means “first fruit” in Swahili.
These December art activities have everything you need for holiday homeschooling. Includes online lessons and extension activities.

December Ultimate Holiday Lists For Homeschoolers

Art Activities for Every Month of the Year

Look ahead to ALL the art activities for homeschooling you can enjoy every month of the year:

Homeschool mama, I encourage you to enjoy this season. It’s your holiday too! Find a family to serve, a cause to donate to, but most importantly a sweet child to cuddle up with before a fireplace. Take it from one who has graduated a homeschooler – the time does fly and boy do I miss reading The Grinch aloud. Enjoy the movie marathon, the Gingerbread House construction, Elmer Fudd’s Blue Christmas on repeat. I promise you’ll get back to filling in the homeschool blanks all too soon because sweet friend – you’re not “falling behind”.

Stef Layton

Stef started homeschooling her boys in 2008. She quickly adopted a hands-on learning homeschool style and graduated her oldest tactile learner in 2021. Stef started the Hands-On Learning column in Homeschooling Today magazine. The Laytons currently reside in the foothills of Colorado where Stef also teaches yoga. The family loves to hike trails, stand-up paddle board, and chase sunsets. Stef shares travel and homeschool tips on IG at @LaytonAdventures.

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Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels!

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Are you looking for Joyful Christmas Activities For Your Homeschool? We love slowing down during the holidays and taking part in all that the Christmas season has to offer. That doesn’t mean being busy with activities.

Although, that may work for you and your family. I like to slow down, read lots of holiday books, watch loads of Christmas movies, and drink lots of hot cocoa!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Christmas Homeschooling

I want to build warm Christmas memories of coziness, love, and maybe twinkle lights for my children. This doesn’t mean that we are not still learning! On the contrary, we are learning all the time! But during Christmas homeschooling, that learning shifts to incorporate the holidays. Christmastime is when we pause some of our more traditional schoolings to favor more relaxed and festive pursuits.

More baking and handicrafts are happening around the holidays. We learn about the holidays around the world as well as learning about Christmas music and the composers!

Then there are the Festive Christmas Chalk Pastel Art Lessons like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol! But we especially love art lessons that incorporate our favorite Christmas book to movie creations!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Christmas Book to Movie: Activities For The Grinch

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!

I have read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every year on Christmas Eve, and we love watching the original cartoon too. It’s a tradition that started when my son was just a little fella. Now my son and daughter enjoy this read aloud along with the cartoon, AND Nana’s How to Draw The Grinch in Chalk Pastels!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities for The Grinch

A Polar Express Lesson For Your Homeschool

Last year we enjoyed a new Christmas book to movie with the Polar Express! Afterward, we created an Artist Express chalk pastel teatime that even my husband enjoyed! This is a beautiful book and film that is now loved by the whole family!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Charlie Brown Christmas For A Little Christmas Learning

Did you know you can incorporate Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art and Music Activities into your Christmas homeschool? Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and Snoopy!

Did you know my son had a blanket just like Linus until he was around nine years old? That’s when it finally fell apart in the wash.

Christmas Homeschooling ideas

Christmas Book to Movie: Home Alone Lesson for Your Homeschool

Nana has a NEW Home Alone movie art lesson! My kids love Kevin McCallister in the first two Home Alone movies, so you can imagine their excitement when we learned Nana has a Lost in New York lesson!

Home Alone Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

With our Home Alone art lesson, we also incorporated Nana’s art lesson on the composer John Williams. Did you know that John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history?

  • Jaws
  • Star Wars
  • E.T.
  • Home Alone
  • Jurrasic Park
  • Harry Potter
  • Superman
  • and many more!

Nana has Composers video art lessons exclusive to You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Members!

John Williams Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons as well as a full index of all of Nana’s Chalk Pastels at the Movies lessons? And let’s not forget ALL of the Christmas-themed art lessons too!

Literature Video Art Lessons

Chalk Pastels at the Movies Lessons

Christmas Video Art Lessons

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Lights

Plus, so much more! Find an over of all of Nana’s Christmas lessons in the Ultimate List of Christmas Art Lessons. And enjoy them all now by joining the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse!

Christmas Book To Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities

With Nana’s chalk pastel video art lessons, we can enjoy the simplicity and beauty of Christmas art with just a starter set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper. Make the table festive with lights, tinsel, and your children’s favorite beverage. Invite your children to partake in a feast for the eyes, ears, and hearts with these lovely chalk pastel art lessons for book and movie lovers alike.

Christmas Homeschool Activities 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.

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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Hands-On Homeschool Activities

When the nights turn chilly and darker, there are fewer places to go outdoors as a family. We usually see the return of “Family Movie Night” on Fridays in the fall and winter as a result. Our family loves watching movies based on books. Add a few hands-on homeschool activities, and everyone is ready for both learning and fun.

But whether you actually watch a movie or not after reading If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, the book itself is a delightful read for the little ones. 

The boys were excited to revisit this old favorite and bring their mouse stuffed animals along for a chalk pastel lesson. 

Add these hands-on homeschool activities with a fun look at If You Take A Mouse To The Movies. Pictures books and homeschooling together.

All About If You Take A Mouse To The Movies

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies is a sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. And if you haven’t read that book, stop right now and go get a copy! It makes this second book even more enjoyable because you and your child will recognize the familiar pattern of the story. 

We love this sweet tale of a little mouse who is easily distracted from one thing to the next. If this isn’t a picture of all parents everywhere with their toddlers and preschoolers, then I don’t know what is. 

So many fun activities! Add these hands-on homeschool activities with a fun look at If You Take A Mouse To The Movies. Pictures books and homeschooling together.

Even older readers enjoy the hilarious “cause and effect” sequence as the pages turn. From the movies to popcorn, from popcorn to decorating the tree, from the tree to a snowman, the story unfolds just how quickly one thing leads to another. 

All along the way, Mouse brings so much joy and energy to each endeavor that you, along with his friend, can’t help but indulge him “just this once” in his next idea!

Truly, as a parent this book always speaks to me about the serendipitous moments of life with kids, enjoying each experience, and greeting the day with more of an “open-hand” so you can just soak up the joy of being together. 

The illustrations are a delight as well! You can feel the coziness of the huge blanket, sense the flurry of snow, and understand the glitterful creativity of making ornaments. 

The best part of the story is at the end. Of course! I don’t want to give it away, but, let’s just say, the author does a great job of bringing things to a satisfying final page. 

Definitely the If You Give… series is a wonderful reading choices for kids and makes a great gift to give any small child or new parent. 

String popcorn with If You Take A Mouse to the Movies!

If You Take A Mouse To The Movies Homeschool Lesson

In our homeschool, a book is never just a book. It’s nearly always a jumping off point for more! This book is no different. You can have SO much fun with the themes of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies!

Start with a collection of Nana’s chalk pastel lessons to explore the fun activities the Mouse enjoyed in the book.

hands-on homeschool activities If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
hands-on homeschool activities
hands-on homeschool activities

Plan a movie night with your kids and set up a popcorn bar. You’ll need a great illustration to feature at your popcorn station so have your kids draw Movie Theater Popcorn from You ARE an ARTiST’s Chalk Pastels at the Movies series. 

hands-on homeschool activities
hands-on homeschool activities

In the book, Mouse decorates a tree. Kids can decorate their own tree with Nana when they paint Christmas Tree in the Snow. Or paint some Christmas Ornaments. I love how Nana encourages kids to decorate the tree and their ornaments to their liking. She always demonstrates how to create the painting but leaves so much creative room for young artists to make it their own. 

My oldest added the snowman to his Christmas Tree painting. We also completed the Winter Fun Snowman lesson and the boys enjoyed adding a few of their own sledding details to the scene. 

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night hymn art lesson at You ARE an ARTiST
hands-on homeschool activities with Christmas hymn art lessons

Need a warm up? Grab a blanket and listen to some Christmas carols. Then pick one of the Christmas carol chalk pastel lessons from the Hymns course to paint. While Shepherds Watched Their Flock by Night or We Three Kings are good choices. For older students, try I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, which has delightful details. 

The Christmas Angel or Gingerbread Man and Holly would also be great choices to go along with this book (and the original If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book!). 

Don’t forget to enjoy all that popcorn you popped! Just try not to get too distracted, like Mouse! 

Wonderful art display of hands on homeschool activities
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More Picture Book Hands-On Homeschool Activities

I can’t ever get enough of pairing books with our other lessons. If you’re like me, you’ll want to follow this Mouse mini-lesson up with some of these hands-on homeschool activities: 

Little House on the Prairie Christmas – Several of the Little House books include Christmas scenes give a delightful peek into the world of pioneers and homesteaders from decades ago. Choose one of the books, or simply read a few of the Christmas chapters before painting this chalk pastel lesson. 

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – While this is actually a poem, not a story, several picture book versions have been made that help kids enjoy the visuals behind Robert Frost’s quintessential winter poem. 

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons – There are so many Chalk Pastels at the Movies options including this one with How to Train Your Dragon.

The Chronicles of Narnia – The first book people usually read from this series is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, which is set during an eternal winter. Kids will enjoy painting the Lamp Post lesson from Nana to ago along with this classic novel. 

Heidi – Set in the Alps, Heidi feels like a cozy winter or Christmas read, don’t you agree? Paint those majestically rising mountains as you tend the goats with little Heidi in the pages of her story. 

hands-on homeschool activities

Nana has created a whole course to celebrate art and literature with hands-on homeschool activities! If you’re a Clubhouse Member at You ARE an ARTiST, check out the I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature series includes nearly twenty literature-themed art lessons. Plus, you can download the companion workbook which includes a planner, writing or discussion prompts, and fast facts for each book or poem! What a gem to add to your literature lesson planning!

If you have a favorite literature book, maybe you could share it with Nana. You never know when you’ll see your favorite title pop up as a new chalk pastel lesson!

So… if I give my kids some chalk, they’ll draw some pictures… and if they draw some pictures…there’s no telling where their imagination will lead them. Truly, one thing does lead to another when it comes to exploring with art and picture books! 

Add these hands-on homeschool activities with a fun look at If You Take A Mouse To The Movies. Pictures books and homeschooling together.

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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Holiday Homeschooling: A Saint Nicholas Day Study

Enjoy a Saint Nicholas Day Study for your holiday homeschool with an art lesson, a Twas the Night Before Christmas printable poem and more!

Who Was Saint Nicholas?

Most of us are quite familiar with Santa Claus, and many have sung songs about “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” but the story behind the real St. Nicholas is not as well known. The real St. Nicholas was a man who was born in Asia Minor in the third century. He was the son of devout Christian parents who were quite wealthy. Sadly, he became an orphan at a young age.

As a devout Christian, he took the command to give to the poor very seriously and began doing many good works with his money. This is where fact and legend get a little hard to separate. We do not know for sure, but legend says that he threw bags of gold down the chimney of some young sisters who wanted to marry but did not have money for the bride’s dowry.

Nicholas went on to become the bishop of Myra. He, along with many Christians, was persecuted and imprisoned by Diocletian. He was later released and went on to do more work with the church. His life left a lasting impact on the world, and many still remember him as a kind and generous man.

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a new Twas The Night Before Christmas printable poem! Join the Clubhouse today!

Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day This December

While Santa Claus, who originated from St. Nicholas, typically visits children on Christmas Eve, St. Nicholas is officially celebrated on December 6th. In our home, we had talked about the legend of St. Nicholas but never celebrated St. Nicholas Day. I enjoyed talking to friends and researching to find out how different families celebrate St. Nicholas Day.

“The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic
His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”

― St. Nicholas of Myra

My friend Heather likes to leave a trail of chocolate coins that lead to a small gift near their Christmas tree.  Some families put out their shoes or stockings for St. Nicholas to fill. It could be toys, sweet treats, Christmas goodies, or whatever the family decides.

Other families use St. Nicholas Day as a time to give in honor of the generosity of St. Nicholas. They might bake cookies for neighbors or donate toys to a toy drive. I love the idea of having family traditions that involve giving to others and sharing the love of Jesus.

St. Nicholas art lesson for your homeschool. Holiday homeschooling ideas.

Extra Resources For Learning about St. Nicholas

We found a great book, The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving, to read with the children and help them learn more about St. Nicholas and encourage giving.

A friend introduced us to Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa. It is a short movie that tells more about the life of St. Nicholas and goes much more in-depth. It even explains the persecution that Nicholas faced under Diocletian. 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas' A Saint Nicholas Day Study for your holiday homeschool. Most know Santa Claus but do you know the story behind the real St. Nicholas?
You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy this printable,’Twas the Night Before Christmas poem.

A Saint Nicholas Day Lesson For Your Homeschool

Art is always a great way to add a little fun to your learning, and I think this is especially true during the Christmas season. Nana has created a beautiful new St. Nicholas lesson that features a cute pair of little red shoes with candy, a gift, and gold coins.

We had so much fun with this lesson. You can read a book about St. Nicholas, paint the adorable picture of the boots and treats, and then enjoy a Christmas cookie or other goodie. This is such a simple but fun way to learn about St. Nicholas.

This picture also makes a great Christmas decoration. You can put it on your fridge or even frame it to hang on the wall. You could even turn it into the front of a Christmas card to mail to a friend or family member.

Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

More Resources For Holiday Homeschooling

In addition to this St. Nicholas Day painting, there are many other ideas for celebrating during this Christmas season. We love focusing on our advent studies during this time. You can enjoy a Christmas hymn study (or studies) complete with an art lesson or enjoy a fun and tasty Christmas Tea Time with a beautiful winter painting.

We are looking forward to reading Jotham’s Journey as a part of our advent study this year.  Then we will add in a variety of Christmas art lessons! We usually do one art lesson a week, but we could choose a new lesson each day with so many incredible Christmas lessons from Nana. There are so many different lessons, from beautiful manger scenes to fun Charlie Brown Christmas lessons.

You might also like Nana’s St. Lucia Day art lesson and the accompanying unit study I shared! And you can enjoy The Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons.

By replacing our regular studies with the advent reading, art, and hymns, we get to enjoy all the fun of the advent season without feeling overwhelmed with adding too much into our day.

A Saint Nicholas Day Study for your holiday homeschool. Most know Santa Claus but do you know the story behind the real St. Nicholas?

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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A Merry Christmas Hymns Study For Your Homeschool

Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

Whether you homeschool as normal through December, add in Christmas activities, or trade all your homeschool curriculum for ‘Christmas School,’ a Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your school day. It is a beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

The Joy Of Christmas Hymns

Our family enjoys hymn studies year-round, but Christmas is my favorite. I love the joy and peace that flow from Christmas hymns and find they are a great way to bring the season’s joy into our homeschool.

Some of my favorite Christmas memories involve singing Christmas carols at church on Christmas Eve, at home with hot cocoa, even while decorating the tree. The music of Christmas seems to be present in almost all of our Christmas traditions.

Christmas Hymns Lessons For Your Homeschool

Typically, our family studies one hymn per month, spending time a few mornings a week listening and learning about the hymn. However, I can never pick just one Christmas hymns study, so we often cover a different Christmas carol each week the month of December.

Christmas School

We listen, sing, create art projects, do copy work, and even learn to play the hymns on instruments (that is, my children learn to play because I do not have musical gifting). Sometimes combining it all into a unit study and enjoying learning about the birth of Christ through these activities.

*If you are new to hymn study or homeschool art lessons, I want to take a minute to remind you that you do not need to be a music teacher (or an art teacher) to enjoy these lessons as a family. Do not worry about your musical skills or artistic abilities. Just enjoy learning together as a family.*

Angels announce Messiah's birth!  Christmas hymn study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

The Messiah (For Unto Us A Child Is Born)

“For unto us a Child is born,
unto us, a Son is given,”

For Unto Us A Child is Born is a beautiful song from Handel’s The Messiah.  Nana has created two lessons in the Christmas Clubhouse Course that relate to Handel’s Messiah. There is a lovely picture of the nativity and a fun trumpet painting to represent the angels. As the “cherry on top” of this hymn study, Clubhouse members also have a special music appreciation lesson on the Messiah with Mrs. Mary at SQUILT music. You can find it in the master classes or the Christmas Clubhouse lessons.

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night Hymn Study for Your Homeschool

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night was written by Nahum Tate in 1700. This song was a metrical paraphrase of Luke’s account of the angels visiting the shepherds. Metrical paraphrase was paraphrasing scripture to not add or delete from the content of the scripture but allow it to be poetic for singing. During that time period, most songs sung in church were from Psalms, and people considered this song unusual because it came from Luke.

“1But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11 NIV

The lyrics were based on Luke chapter 2, the Biblical account of the angels visiting the shepherds to tell of the Savior’s birth. The paraphrasing gives the song a poetic form and allows it to flow while staying true to the scripture.

As we study this hymn, there are many beautiful versions that you can listen to and are available for free online. We particularly enjoyed the performance by Andrew Peterson.

While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks is an excellent opportunity to spend time studying Luke Chapter 2, possibly even using it as copy work or your scripture memory for the week.

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks at Night hymn study for homeschool. Perfect for Christmas school!

While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks Homeschool Art Lesson

Next, it is time to add art to your hymn study! Nana has created this beautiful chalk pastel painting of the shepherds, the perfect accompaniment to the hymn. We love how the bright colors of the star stand out on the darker background.

This lesson is available to Clubhouse Members in the Christmas Clubhouse art course. Once you have completed the picture, you can hang it up in your home or give it away as a gift to someone that needs a little joy this Christmas.

While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night Hymn Study Resources

Christmas Tea Time with I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day hymn study.

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day Art Lesson for Homeschool

Nana has created a stunning snowy village scene to go along with I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day! You can pair that lesson from the hymns course in the clubhouse membership with this free hymn study: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

Also, this post about Christmas tea times has excellent ideas on turning this lesson into a memorable family tea time. You might even start a new family tradition! This is definitely one of my favorite chalk pastel lessons.

Christmas School

We Three Kings Of Orient Are for Christmas School

The hymns course also includes a beautiful painting of the three wise men on their camels for We Three Kings. The sunset colors in this painting are gorgeous, and the camels are so much fun for the children. This hymn is great for Christmas time or even after Christmas for Three Kings Day. We find that often the week or two after Christmas is a great time for additional lessons because fewer events and obligations are vying for our time.

Homeschooling Through The Christmas Season

I couldn’t share about Christmas hymns study without mentioning my favorite Christmas carol, Away in a Manger.   There is a great art lesson included in the Christmas Art Lesson course, and the lyrics are simple enough for even young children to learn.

Another favorite lesson is the beautiful Christmas Star Lesson, which our family paired with the hymn Silent Night.

In addition to all of these beautiful hymn studies, there are some other incredible Christmas art lessons available.

There is a Christmas Ornament lesson, which makes a beautiful Christmas card for friends and family.  There are also Christmas Trees, Gingerbread Men, and more. The classes are such a fun way to celebrate Christmas and enjoy your art time together.

Holiday Hymns art lessons for Thanksgiving, Christmas and more!

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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Christmas Tea Time Is The Perfect Way To Enjoy Your Homeschool Holidays

Christmas Tea Time

We have all spent a holiday season, or two, caught up in the hustle and bustle. It happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? But this year, don’t forget to slow down and savor the season! One of the absolute best ways to do that is with a Christmas tea time.

But wait, there’s more! As much of a delight as Christmas tea time sounds, you can add art, poetry, some holiday hymns and make an afternoon of it. It’s like adding a cherry on top with sprinkles to your Christmas tea time!

The holidays are a great time to slow down for so many reasons. Especially if you homeschool, you may be ready for a break. But as most of you mommas know, we still have to keep the kids entertained. I also like to join my children in these entertaining activities! The holidays are so much better when you just take time to lean into your family.

Christmas Tea Time

So if you are like me, you may want easy activities that don’t require much preparation. We love chalk pastel art for this reason. I simply set out a few affordable supplies and turn on Nana. Our entire family can sit back and create together.

Add some holiday hymns playing in the background, a nice hot spiced tea, and a lovely Christmas art project – perfection!

Christmas Tea Time

Christmas Tea Time With Art

If this sounds appealing to you, all you need is to grab your family a Clubhouse Membership from You Are An Artist. You can enjoy tea time and art anytime with over 600 art tutorials to choose from. It also makes a fantastic gift for the family that keeps on giving all year long.

We love this art tutorial of I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. As a homeschool mom, I also love that there are so many learning opportunities woven into this project. History, poetry, and music are all tied to this one piece of art.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day art lesson is found in the I Drew It Then I Knew It: Hymns Course within the You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership. This art lesson about the Christmas carol is originally from a Longfellow poem, making for a great homeschool lesson.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem Christmas Bells in 1863. The sound of the bells signifies peace and hope during the civil war. It is a beautiful piece of American history worth learning during your holiday studies. The poem was set to music in 1872 and has been covered by many musical artists since.

Additional Resources For Christmas Tea Time In Your Homeschool

You can read or even memorize the infamous Longfellow poem and listen to various renditions of the Christmas carol too. We like to listen to different performances of the song and compare. It’s fun to discuss which ones we liked better and why.

You could even look up the biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet. There is an interesting personal back story about how he came to write the poem Christmas Bells. Depending on how in-depth you would like to go, don’t forget there are opportunities to discover new vocabulary words within the poem, poetic elements, and civil war geography.

You might also like these lovely Christmas activities:

We think this one is a lovely art lesson rich with history and education that your family will truly benefit from. With peace at the core of this lesson, you will enjoy looking upon this beautiful scene all season long.

Christmas Tea Time

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art and Music Activities

Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art and Music! Enjoy the music of Vince Guaraldi and art in the style of Peanuts. Enjoy a very special replay of an event with Ms. Mary of SQUILT Live! and Nana of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Music and art are a beautiful combination.

Nana says, “I can still hear the strains of Vince Guaraldi’s music from Linus and Lucy and the spectacular Charlie Brown Christmas event we were a part of! The word “FUN” doesn’t even touch what this time meant! We were entertained and educated about jazz music, we counted beats, listened to bass instruments…all thanks to the wonderful Ms. Mary of SQUILT Music.”

Charlie Brown and his gang of carolers were a glorious way to start off the Christmas season! Each one of the familiar carolers were in the style of Charles Shultz, and we drew and painted bright colored coats, the venerable dog, Snoopy, a glowing Christmas tree and a star-sparkling sky…what fun!! It was a joy to teach today! Tricia and I hope that you all felt the same way, and we so appreciate you sharing this special holiday time with all of us!”

Charlie Brown Christmas: A Holiday Classic

Charlie Brown Christmas - "…for unto you…is born a Savior…And that's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."
“…for unto you…is born a Savior…And that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”

Is it a tradition to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas in your home each holiday season? The wonderful music by Vince Guaraldi and the fun story line. Our favorite part is Linus’ that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown speech.

Charlie Brown Christmas Art Activities

Did you know that Nana and Ms. Mary both live in Georgia and are practically neighbors? What fun that Nana, Mary and Tricia could plan such a special Charlie Brown Christmas event for you!​ Christmas Time is Here!

The following supplies are suggested for this art lesson:

Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art Activities with fun ideas for your Christmas school. A holiday tradition and everyone's favorite classic movie!

1. Download this lesson packet from SQUILT for the event. 2. Dark colored construction paper (black or dark blue preferred).
3. Chalk Pastels (Our favorites here) Suggested: – baby wipes or a couple dampened paper towels for easy clean up.

Nana’s Special Challenge for Charlie Brown Christmas

Hello, hello artist friends from Nana! As you can see I am wrapped up in woolen scarves and a coat. What in the world is Nana doing? There I am, SINGING my heart out, looking a bit like one of artist Charles Schulz’s kids singing Christmas carols. Yes, I am VERY much older than that mischievous Lucy, but here I am, my head thrown back and singing!
​Now, your job, as “Christmas Time is Here” is to put on your coat, gloves, hat and pretend that you are singing with the Peanuts gang! Then share a photo with us and TAG us here at You ARE An ARTiST! Tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the hashtag #ChristmasTimeIsHere or email us a photo of YOU singing! Why? To celebrate our special Christmas Time is Here free event for all! Nana is joining Ms. Mary of @squiltmusic.
Because we know that YOU ARE AN ARTIST! See you soon! ❤️Nana
Please be sure to share with your friends!

Nana and Tricia

Nana of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse singing in the style of Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art Activities with fun ideas for your Christmas school. A holiday tradition and everyone's favorite classic movie!

More Christmas Themed Learning Resources for Your Homeschool

During the replay of a Charlie Brown Christmas, Nana mentions all that she will be sharing in the Christmas Clubhouse! She is sharing lessons for every day from now through the new year, including:

  • Christmas trees to holly
  • Polar Express to The Grinch
  • a map to Bethlehem
  • hymns We Three Kings and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • Nutcracker
  • The Messiah – Angels announce Messiah’s birth and For Unto Us a Child is Born (with special lessons from Ms. Mary)

These and SO much more! Leading right into January’s Literature Art Adventure with Nana!! All in the Complete Clubhouse with Nana!

Enjoy these fabulous ideas for your Thanksgiving and Christmas homeschool! 

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.