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Homeschooling Through The Holidays: A Christmas Tree Study For Kids


Enjoy these beautiful, simple and no stress activities as you are homeschooling through the holidays. Our Christmas Tree Study for kids includes not only nature study but a nature craft, Christmas hymn and composer study and an art lesson with Nana too!

This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

The Reality Of Holiday Homeschooling

When we are homeschooling through the holidays, we can change things up, take our time, incorporate favorite traditions and make lovely memories together as a family. Many families choose to set aside this time for Christmas School. These weeks can lead up to and create a special focus on the birth of Christ.

Just how? You can choose read alouds that point to Jesus and do hands on art lessons to draw your way through the Christmas story. Pick a nature study hunt for red and green and study a traditional hymn about the reason for the season. We always like to make Nana’s Christmas cookies! Have a sweet tea time. Watch Christmas movies!

Another way to homeschool through the holidays is with this special event around a Christmas tree study!

This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

A Christmas Tree for the Animals Event: Here’s How to Be Ready

  • When: LIVE premiere Wednesday, November 16th at noon ET
  • Where: Right here on this page!
  • How: Sign up to participate via the form, below
  • Can’t attend live? No worries! Sign up and you will have access to the replay of the event

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Get access to attend live and to enjoy the replay of the event – Plus accompanying resources

    What’s Included in Christmas Tree For the Animals Event?

    When the event is live, you will enjoy (you will also have access to the replay):

    • Decorating an Outdoor Christmas Tree for the Animals with Amy Law of Homeschool Nature Study
    • Christmas Craft for Your Outdoor Tree with Victoria Vels of Homeschool Nature Study
    • Christmas Tree for the Animals Art Lesson with Nana of You ARE an ARTiST

    You will also have access to:

    What Supplies are Needed?

    For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

    • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here)
    • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
    • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

    Details on supplies for the craft portion included with sign up.

    This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

    Christmas Tree Animals Study

    It is so much fun to decorate an outdoor tree just for the animals! For even more animals studies, you can also enjoy an art lesson on forest animals and birds – here at You ARE an ARTiST and a nature study at Homeschool Nature Study.

    Here are some ideas for your Christmas Tree Animals study with an art and nature focus:

    This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

    Christmas Tree Nature Study

    Trees are a delight to study any time of year! Enjoy these additional ideas for a tree nature study or for winter nature study you can easily do indoors or outdoors.

    Paint a winter frosty leaf in chalk pastels with Nana!

    Nana’s Frosty Leaf is part of the Winter art lessons series in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse. Suggested supplies: dark blue construction paper, starter set of chalk pastels and slightly damp paper towel or baby wipes for easy clean up.

    Red and Green Outdoor Hour Challenge – this is a fun way to notice red and green in nature. Get started with these ideas.

    This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

    In Homeschool Nature Study membership, you can also find a study of the Hemlock Tree in the Autumn course and Evergreens in My Yard study and journal page in the Trees course. Each season includes a new tree study.

    FREE Winter Sample of Homeschool Nature Study Membership – with simple ways to study nature this winter, taking a ‘using your senses’ walk, studying animals in winter, taking a first day of winter walk and more!

    Christmas Craft Activities For Kids

    Besides your fun homeschool nature craft that Victoria will lead you in this event, you might also enjoy these hands-on activities for Christmas

    • Nature Crafts course – Victoria leads you in a brand new nature craft each month at Homeschool Nature Study. As you head into winter, you might especially love creating an ice craft!
    • Nana’s course, The Gift of Art, is perfect for allowing your kids to make gifts for others on a dime. Nana shares easy ideas for kids of all ages to make a gift to give that they will be proud of. Letting your children handmake a gift for someone is affordable and allows them to express their creativity. Not only that, your kids can gift items that showcase their artistic progress. 
    • Christmas Tree Art Lessons – Nana has several FUN Christmas tree art lessons and so much more!

    Additional Resources For Christmas In Your Homeschool

    Continue your lovely Christmas school with even more resources to create memories this year.

    • Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love! by Erin – 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! Like Kevin from Home Alone, the Grinch and more!
    • A Merry Christmas Hymns Study for Your Homeschool – 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.

    You might also like these beautiful topics:

    This Christmas Tree Study for kids includes art lessons, online resources, craft activities and more. Everything you need for the holidays.

    Where to Find Nana, Tricia, Victoria, Amy, Dawn and Stef

    We have loved this Christmas Tree Study for kids! We invite you to connect with us and find even more lovely homeschooling through the holidays ideas.

    Share on Social Media!

    We can’t wait to see your art, craft, or your nature or hymn studies! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @chalkpastelart and @outdoorhourchallenge

    As Courtney shared in her Biblical homeschool post, “we hope that this gives you lots of inspiration for your Christmas school plans this year! Remember, you don’t have to do it all this year. Advent is all about preparing our hearts and dwelling in His perfect peace. Christmas school is an opportunity not only for creativity and education but for making lasting memories together.”

    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 Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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    The Beauty of Literature, Art and Nature in Your Homeschool

    Make your homeschool a little more beautiful with literature, art and nature study! Explore the beloved picture book, Miss Rumphius, with Sarah, Nana and Tricia. What a FUN way to kick off your homeschool year!

    Make your homeschool a little more beautiful with literature, art and nature study! Explore the beloved picture book, Miss Rumphius, with Sarah, Nana and Tricia. What a FUN way to kick off your homeschool year!

    Make Your Homeschool a Little More Beautiful – A Free Event!

    YOU are invited to the replay of this event!

    Sign Up For Access to the Replay and For Your Free Resources

    When you sign up you will receive:

    • Access to the replay of the event through August 3, 2022
    • Members receive access for as long as you are a member (Read Aloud Revival, You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse and Homeschool Nature Study)
    • Your Read Aloud Revival Family Book Club Guide on Miss Rumphius
    • A Homeschool Nature Study lupine Outdoor Hour Challenge

    Please note: A replay will only be available to those who sign up. Be sure to fill out the form, below!

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    Get your free resources + info on the Live Event!

    Make Your Homeschool Year a Little More Beautiful

      What is included in Make Your Homeschool a Little More Beautiful Event?

      • A fun Miss Rumphius literary ‘hunt’ with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival
      • A peek at Sarah’s NEW picture book, A Little More Beautiful
      Find out ALL about Sarah’s NEW A Little More Beautiful book HERE!
      • A wildflower nature study with Tricia of Homeschool Nature Study
      • Nana’s art lesson in the style of Miss Rumphius and A Little More Beautiful
      Miss Rumphius picture book.

      Here’s How to Be Ready for the Event

      For your literature time with Sarah, reserve or pick up your copy of Miss Rumphius at your local library or order online today!

      For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

      • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here).
      • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
      • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

      For your nature study time with Tricia, have your lupine download on hand.

      Remember to sign up, above!

      Share On Social Media!

      Be sure to share your Make Your Homeschool A Little More Beautiful time on social media and tag @readaloudrevival @outdoorhourchallenge and @chalkpastelart – We can’t wait to see you participating and to see your paintings!

      And please invite your friends! Share this post with them!

      Sarah Mackenzie quote about Nana and chalk pastels.

      What a FUN way to incorporate literature, art and nature into your homeschool routine!

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      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      Do you incorporate nature study into your homeschool? What about art and music appreciation? Learning art and music history is very important, as is learning about the world right outside our door. Now you can quickly and seamlessly include the beauty of art, music, and nature in your homeschool.

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      The Value Of Art, Music and Nature In Your Homeschool


      I admit I’ve been lacking when it comes to fine arts and music in our homeschool. Sure my kids knew who Picasso and Monet were, but if you asked them about Giotto or Bruegel, they would have given you a blank stare. The same goes for music appreciation. My kids knew of Beethoven and Mozart but had no clue who Vivaldi, Corelli, or Handel was.

      And that was just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Please don’t take my homeschool mom card away!

      How could I possibly have time to incorporate these AND nature studies into an already full homeschool schedule?

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      It was pretty easy!

      You ARE An Artist has created an Art and Music Appreciation study called Homeschool Fine Arts! And now they have a new site called the Homeschool Nature Study! They have interwoven these incredible resources so that they complement each other and only take 45 minutes to an hour per week.

      I decided to take our love of Nana’s chalk pastels we usually do on Fridays and name it Fine Arts Friday with some nature study thrown in too!

      You ARE an ARTiST’s art and music appreciation program is designed for busy homeschooling families. The art & music appreciation plans organize a variety of resources so you can open the schedule and, with little preparation, offer your children experiences with great artists and composers!

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      Homeschool Fine Arts and Nature Study

      We are currently using Homeschool Fine Arts Plans Grade 6: Medieval and Renaissance Art and Music.

      Artists Included in Grade 6

      • Giotto di Bondone
      • Fra Angelico
      • Leonardo da Vinci
      • Raphael
      • Sandro Botticelli
      • Michelangelo
      • Pieter Bruegel, the Elder
      • Albrecht Durer
      Homeschool Fine Arts are open and go music and art plans for homeschool families.

      Composers Included in Grade 6

      • Antonio Vivaldi
      • Johann Sebastian Bach
      • George Frideric Handel
      • Joseph Haydn
      • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      • Ludwig von Beethoven
      • Franz Schubert
      • Hector Berlioz


      By creating a habit of viewing paintings each week and listening to carefully curated music, my children are getting to know various artists and composers within a particular period. We’ve already had a ton of fun observing works such as:

      • Flight into Egypt
      • Life of St. Francis Renunciation to Wealth
      • The Dream of Joachim
      • Lamentation of Christ


      You ARE An Artist Fine Arts Appreciation plans are listed by grade, but you can also use them family-style! There is so much flexibility with this program. Use it, however, works best for your family.

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      The new Nature Study Membership works seamlessly with the art and music appreciation. There are over 20 Nature Courses to take AND a remarkable Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation for all Seasons!

      Homeschool Nature Study - Bring the Handbook of Nature Study to Life in Your Homeschool!

      Homeschool Lessons For Art, Music And Nature Studies

      Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum by Grade

      Each fine arts curriculum offers additional art appreciation books, music, and podcasts that you can use as you have time available. They also encourage you to incorporate hands-on famous artists’ art lessons with Nana. These plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year.

      If you don’t feel that a full year of fine arts appreciation is for you, you can also choose from a collection of unique art and music appreciation unit studies which typically last 6-9 weeks.

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      Homeschool Nature Study and Outdoor Hour Challenge

      The Homeschool Nature Study Membership encourages you to get outdoors with the #outdoorhourchallenge. It also uses the Handbook of Nature Study to help bring life to your nature studies. With the Nature Study Membership, you’ll be enrolled in ALL of the nature study courses, including:

      • Autumn
      • Birds
      • Creepy Things
      • Forest Fun
      • Garden
      • Getting Started
      • Herbs
      • High Desert
      • Insects
      • Mammals
      • Moss, Fungi, and Lichen
      • Nature Crafts
      • Nature Journaling
      • Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation – All Seasons of Curriculum
      • Planning Resources
      • Pond
      • Rocks
      • Seashore
      • Spring
      • Summer
      • The Outdoor Mom
      • Trees
      • Weather
      • Wildflowers
      • Winter
      • Winter Wednesdays
      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      There is even a handy calendar with daily prompts so you can choose what bite-size chunks of nature works best for you and your family. The nature calendar provided us with YouTube videos, photos, and notebooking pages for each day of the month!

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      The Homeschool Fine Arts and the Homeschool Nature Study Membership ARE separate from the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership. But clubhouse members get 50% off and receive a Van Gogh and Handel 6-9 week unit study as a sample of this curriculum.

      You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members also receive another Winter Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation from the Homeschool Nature Study website. This nature study is roughly three months’ worth of materials!

      That’s a load of resources, folks!

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      How To Incorporate Art, Music And Nature Into Your Homeschool Routine

      Art and Music Appreciation

      With our Art and Music Appreciation, my kids are learning the basics of drawing with the Draw Squad. We are learning about different famous artist and their artwork each week, and that has been quite entertaining. Don’t think that art appreciation must be serious and dry, especially when you’ve got kids.

      At least my kids like to find the exciting and weird subject matter in each piece. Like clouds that look like UFOs or floating heads or faces that look like they have indigestion. Oh, yes, it’s true. But by pointing out some of these funny and unique bits of each artwork, my kids remember the artist, the time period, and the artwork themselves.

      Why yes, the Madonna and Child, by Berlinghiero, does have alien qualities!

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      For Music Appreciation, we’ve been learning and listening to Vivaldi:

      • Spring (Four Seasons)
      • Summer (Four Seasons)
      • Concerto for Two Trumpets
      • Sovente il Sole
      • Concerto in D for Piano and Guitar

      Our favorite piece so far is his Four Seasons. My son said the Summer was quite “morose.” We did Nana’s Vivaldi Spring Tree chalk pastel and have added Vivaldi to our notebook timeline.

      Homeschool Fine Arts plans from You ARE an ARTiST

      Nature Study

      Nature study has contained more about Vivaldi and a composer notebooking page! He goes beautifully with any season really. We’ve studied snowflakes, winter birds, winter mammals, the winter night sky, and most recently, bulbs because our daffodils are in full bloom, and our tulips are emerging!

      The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

      My children have become acquainted with winter nature study, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Giotto within a few short months! Our Fine Arts Friday has become a fun and hands-on way of learning about great art and exciting time periods. Afterward, we head outside for our nature study and #outdoorhourchallenge. Fridays have become a rich, full day of beauty and learning like never before! Won’t you join us?

      Outdoor Hour Challenges with Homeschool Nature Study

      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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      Bears: An Art and Book Study For Your Homeschool

      Delight in a bears art and book study for your homeschool! This is a beautiful combination of art, nature study, and living books to grow a gentle learning adventure about the world around us.

      Bears Art and Book Study For Your Homeschool

      “ ‘I would like to see a bear, said Jonathan. ‘I would rather see a bear than anything in the world.”’

      The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, Alice Dalgliesh

      Studying Bears

      Bears! Brown bears…black bears…..polar bears… For our bears art and book study, we asked: why are these mammals so intriguing to the flourishing minds of children? Is it the way a momma bear dressed in ruffled fur, proudly saunters out of her den, revealing her two secrets to the awakened forest? Perhaps it’s the way their swift paws quickly catch a shimmering fish as the rippling waters sing a vibrant melody. Or maybe it’s the creatures’ dignified stature combined with powerful strength that leaves a child in endless wonder. Whatever the case may be, these majestic animals brought a “beary” delightful experience to our homeschool.

      cinnamon bear at a Game Park. Delight in a bears art and book study for your homeschool! This is a beautiful combination of art, nature study, and living books to grow a gentle but adventurous learning about the world around us.
      To bring our black bear study to life, we recently took a trip to a local Game Park and saw a female cinnamon bear. My children were enthralled by her cute, round ears, cinnamon, shaggy-like fur, and long claws.

      Animal studies in our homeschool began with my oldest son and daughter’s high interest in the natural world around them. Hours of continuous exploring outdoors led to gathering green tree frogs, wriggly worms, slimy snails, and carnivorous praying mantises. With proud expressions and smiles, one by one, each child brought a little critter to my attention. They squealed with such delight as they witnessed my squeamish reactions. As this interest led learning grew like wild blackberry vines; critter habitats, many insect anatomy drawings, and animal studies collectively came to fruition.

      I found myself setting aside my rushed homeschool plans. I witnessed the beauty of learning right alongside my children. While I watched my children delight in animal studies, a beautiful combination of fine art, creative writing, and living books began to flourish in our homeschool, causing wholesome roots to grow in many of Ms. Charlotte Mason’s ideals of education.

      Bear Books for Homeschool! Delight in a bears art and book study for your homeschool! This is a beautiful combination of art, nature study, and living books to grow a gentle but adventurous learning about the world around us.

      Our Favorite Books About Bears for Your Homeschool Bear Study

      Animal books by Thornton Burgess are a sure favorite in our homeschool. Whether its for a bedtime read loud or used for oral narration, Burgess books have a way of blending facts about creatures into a story that brings delight to my children.  Here are two of our favorite bear books by this remarkable author:

      The Adventures of Buster Bear is a perfect choice to complement your bears art and book study.

      The Adventures of Buster Bear – Farmer Brown’s boy suspects that a bear is in the forest. His dad is sure that bears are only found in the Great Woods. But there IS a bear in the Green Forest! Join Buster and his friends as they embark on whimsical adventures in the Green Forest. Find out what makes Farmer Brown boy’s hair rise and see what happens when Buster comes face to face with a boy while “berry-ing”! For a character study, we painted some of Buster’s favorite foods and his habitat. Interested in a character response journal?

      You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a printable that complements The Adventures of Buster Bear. In it are suggestions on how to create a Character Response Journal and a space to for your writer to record their responses. (This Character Response Journal is available to You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members!)

      Buster Bear's Character Response Journal for your budding writers - with homeschool writing prompts.

      Buster Bear’s Twins – Buster Bear has twins? Well, yes he does! Mother Bear kept a secret hidden in her den for a very long time. But one day, while spring made its sweet entrance, Peter Rabbit spotted two heads emerge from Mrs. Bear’s home! Boxer and Woof-Woof sure have a lot of learning to do in the big Green Forest! Join Mother Bear as she teaches her furry cubs a few life lessons that will make you laugh.

      “There are no bears on Hemlock Mountain
      No bears at all
      Of course there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain
      No bears, no bears, no bears at all” 
      The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

      The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh – Are there really bears on Hemlock Mountain? Jonathan’s mother is preparing for the entire family to visit. Jonathan is sent over the hill (Hemlock Mountain) to his aunt’s house to borrow a big iron pot. On his way home, Jonathan discovers whether or not bears live on Hemlock Mountain. Find out how the big iron pot kept him safe!

      When we study animals, we like to combine fiction and nonfiction books together. Here are a few nonfiction picture books that work well for a bear study.

      Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett – This wonderful picture book covers the eight bear species: giant panda, sloth bear, North American black bear, polar bear, brown bear, sun bear, spectacled bear, and Asiatic black bear. Stunning illustrations accompany each bear description along with the scientific name, common names, and size. A map of the world shows where each bear species live and a habitat glossary with colorful illustrations can be found at the back of the book.

      Black Bear North America’s Bear by Stephen R. Swinburne – A thought-provoking nonfiction read with real-life photos in black and white and color. Filled with fascinating black bear facts and a little bit of bear history at Yellowstone Park. Reading about the black bear cubs and the bear signs we can look for in the forest was an absolute favorite!

      Our Favorite Brown Bear Picture Books for Homeschool

      Karma Wilson’s beloved bear books will forever leave an imprint on my heart! I began reading Bear Wants More, Bear Snores On, Bear Says Thanks, Bear Feels Scared, and Bear Feels Sick to my oldest son when he was two years old. I used these books to teach my nonverbal child (at that time) how to sign “more”, “thank you”, “want”, “bear”, “scared”, and “sick”. Each bear story is filled with colorful, eye-catching illustrations that children love by Jane Chapman. The lyrical pattern brought by rhyming couplets and quatrains holds a child’s attention, and the brilliantly written story line of Bear and his friends brings many smiles and cheers for more! Other delightful bear picture books by Karma Wilson: Bear Can’t Wait, Bear Can’t Sleep, Bear’s New Friend, Bear’s Loose Tooth, Bear Stays Up, Bear Counts, Bear Sees Colors, Big Bear and Small Mouse.

      Our Favorite Polar Bear Picture Books by Lisa Tawn Bergren

      God Gave Us You – A stunning picture book that shares the welcoming of new life. This adoring story, full of captivating polar bear illustrations by Laura J. Bryant, expresses the value of children and the priceless gifts they are from our Heavenly Father.

      God Gave Us Love – This is a lovely little book that holds the treasures of love. Grampa and little cub taking a fishing trip together. Little Cub asks many questions and Grampa explains the true meaning of love and the different kinds of love. More fabulous books by Lisa Tawn Bergren: God Gave Us the World, God Gave Us Heaven, God Gave Us Easter, God Gave Us Christmas

      More fabulous books by Lisa Tawn Bergren: God Gave Us the World, God Gave Us Heaven, God Gave Us Easter, God Gave Us Christmas.

      Bear Art Activities For Your Homeschool

      “It really should not be surprising that science and drawing go well together. Leonardo Da Vinci thought the pair made congenial companions.”

      A Charlotte Mason‘s Companion The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola, p. 13-14
      Delight in a bears art and book study for your homeschool! This is a beautiful combination of art, nature study, and living books to grow a gentle but adventurous learning about the world around us.

      Have you heard about the very large black bear that jumped over Nana’s white picket fence and into her very own backyard? Can you even imagine seeing such a sight? We absolutely loved painting this beautiful black bear and hearing all about Nana’s exciting experience. Make sure you have all the colors of the rainbow handy…you will surely need them! Clubhouse members will find this lesson in the Animals course.

      Forest Fun Handbook of Nature Study curriculum. Delight in a bears art and book study for your homeschool! This is a beautiful combination of art, nature study, and living books to grow a gentle but adventurous learning about the world around us.

      Sister site, Homeschool Nature Study, provides a brilliant Forest Fun Handbook of Nature Study curriculum. Tucked inside is a black bear study!  It contains helpful links for research and audio books. Note booking pages and coloring pages are also offered to meet the various needs of your learners. That’s not all! Forest Fun lives up to its name and is filled with the study of our forest friends: flowers, birds, and animals. The Inside Preparation Work, Outdoor Hour Time, and Follow-up Activities  found in each nature study makes the Forest Fun Handbook enjoyable, engaging, and easy to use.

      A Brown Bear’s Language Arts Study is a literature-inspired unit that immerses your learner in a step by step process of writing structured paragraphs. Using hexagons as a visual for each paragraph, helps your student see each paragraph in a simple and organized way, laying a strong foundation for future essay writing. The engaging research of brown bears results in a five paragraph informational piece. The paragraphs are transformed into a creative nonfiction picture book. Wholesome Bible lessons and scripture memorization aid in character development. Alliteration, the four types of sentences, common and proper nouns, and writing with a strong lead are common language arts principles taught in this bear unit study. Included is a teacher’s handbook with an answer key, read aloud schedule, and discussion guide for Thornton Burgess’ charming story, The Adventures of Buster Bear. This living study pairs well with third through sixth grade language arts curricula.

      Read a full review of A Brown Bear’s Language Arts Study on our sister site, The Curriculum Choice.

      B is for bear! I’ve found in our homeschool that my little learners want to do everything their big brothers and big sister are doing. Here is an Arctic Animals Preschool Activity pack by Courtney at Homeschool Mastery Academy. Learn about polar bears, penguins, snowy owls, and arctic foxes with  a calendar full of age appropriate multi-sensory activities.

      This delightful homeschool nature study is all about Winnie The Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood. It includes book references and online art lessons, perfect for the entire family.

      A Homeschool Nature Study with Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood – Talk about a bears art and book study! What a favorite with Winnie the Pooh! This delightful homeschool nature study is all about Winnie The Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. It includes book references and online art lessons, perfect for the entire family.

      Additional Animal and Nature Art Homeschool Resources

      More adventures await us to complement our bears art and book study! Let’s step into the woods with Nana and see what other animals we can find. Do you have your binoculars? How about those colorful chalk pastels? You will need those rich colors for this animal adventure!

      Here is a painting of a path with beautiful trees! I wonder where this path will lead us…..and what kind of creatures await us? To the Woods!

      Delight in a bears art and book study for your homeschool! This is a beautiful combination of art, nature study, and living books to grow a gentle but adventurous learning about the world around us.

      Let’s remember to look up into the trees! We might see a little owl or a tree frog.

      • Little Owl in a Tree
      • Red-eyed Tree Frog
      • Or a stunning Great Horned Owl staring right at us with those big, yellow eyes!

      Those excited little learners sure think trees are magnificent! Nana paints a simple tree, perfect for those tiny hands to explore the world of chalk pastels.

      Did you just see that fluffy, brown bunny hop by with the flower in its mouth? How wonderful it would be to paint her beautiful eyes and fluffy fur! Garden Bunny Clubhouse

      I see a pond! What slow critter might we find there? I spy something with a hard shell! It’s a turtle calmly crawling through the tall grass!

      • Turtle Clubhouse
      • Pond

      Wondering what kind of animals roam the lands of Africa? Grab your black, orange, and yellow chalk pastels. You might find a trumpeting elephant or a magnificent lion.

      • Animals of Africa
      • Map of Africa – Geography always pairs well with animal studies. See just where those land animals live!

      Let’s make one more stop to the deep sea and visit a cute little baby seal pup!

      Enjoy Art for Your Homeschool Family with You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse

      Besides a bears art and book study, if you want to add more creative ways to learn in your homeschool, grab a You ARE An Artist membership. With over 800 art tutorials, you will never run out of exciting ways to add a bit of artistic fun to your homeschool. 

      Jamie Gault

      Jamie is the author of A Brown Bear’s Language Arts Study, a literature-inspired homeschool mom of eight, and a former educator. She enjoys a bookshelf bursting with colorful picture books  and children’s stories of all genres. Indulging in a read aloud with all of her children around her is one of Jamie’s favorite moments of her days. Be sure to find Jamie on Instagram and visit her blog, Treasuring the Tiny Moments Homeschool, to be encouraged by all her learning adventures with her wonderful family.

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      The Beauty Of Art And Nature Study In Your Homeschool

      Snail Unit Study

      Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God’s great creation!

      **Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!

      The Wonder Of Creation in Nature


      “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

      Genesis 1:1

      Though I have a degree in elementary education, I did not know what nature study was until we started homeschooling. If you are unfamiliar with the term, you probably wonder what it means and why it is important. 

      Nature study is quite simply observing and studying various aspects of nature. At times in our home, it is done in addition to a more formal science program. Other times (especially for young children), it is our only science program. 

      Bible art lessons! Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

      We know from Genesis that God created the whole world and gave us stewardship over the earth. Nature study allows my children to learn more about the plants and animals God created and helps point them back to the creator.  

      Children are naturally curious, and nature study is an excellent tool for learning more about the world around them.

      Nature study looks different from home to home, child to child, and often year to year. It might be as simple as taking a walk through the woods and talking about what you saw. As children get older, you may add in resources to research what you find or choose specific topics of focus.

      Some of you might be worried that you won’t know the answers to your children’s questions, but one of the great things about nature study is that you can learn together. You don’t have to know the names of all the birds; you get to learn alongside your children with field guides and other resources.

      Charlotte Mason quote. Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

      Using Art To Explore Nature In Your Homeschool

      “We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.”

      – Charlotte Mason

      We love adding art to our nature study and find it is a great way to tie things together. Nature journaling is an integral part of helping students remember and share what they have learned. Sometimes, it can feel a bit overwhelming at first.

      When I first started encouraging my children to draw what they saw on our hikes, they were resistant. They found it challenging to draw the plants and animals. However, I found that using art lessons to help us draw the different animals gave them confidence and added a bit of extra fun to our study.

      Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

      At first, we would hike and observe and then go back home and choose an art lesson that represented something we had seen. However, over time, my children became more confident in drawing what they saw because of their skills.

      For example, after drawing and painting several bird pictures, they had the confidence to begin drawing birds in their nature journals.

      Another option we enjoy is to pick a new topic from our nature study curriculum and then find one of Nana’s art lessons to coordinate. Then we can start our study with a drawing. It is an excellent introduction to a new topic. Also, the art lessons are a fun way to add something to our journals that we cannot find locally.

      Learning About Nature And Creation Through Art

      Nana has many different nature courses that pair beautifully with nature study. My teenage daughter is enjoying the backyard birds acrylic lessons as we work our way through a nature study focused on birds.

      There are even more ideas (and a couple of free art lessons) included in this Chalk Pastels Bird Study.

      Some families love to study nature based on the seasons. They allow you to watch how things change over the year and helps you focus on what is available in your area during that time.

      Nana has courses for each season that are a fantastic nature study supplement. You can draw frost and frozen lakes in the winter and then rainbows and bird nests in the spring. The fall pumpkin lesson is a family favorite!

      Spring is fast approaching, and there is an excellent post with ideas on incorporating art in your spring-themed nature study!

      Many other lessons tie in wonderfully, including a shark-themed course, a garden course, and my personal favorite, a seashore course. We live near the coast, so we love to study nature at the beach. However, if you live far from the coast, these art lessons will help you explore the seashore in your home.

      Check out all of Nana’s nature-themed courses to see which ones will work best for your studies (or get access to them all with the Clubhouse Membership).

      Charlotte Mason quote: Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.

      Additional Resources For Art And Nature Study In Your Homeschool

      “Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.”

      – Charlotte Mason

      Though nature study is helpful for all ages, I find it especially important with young children. They thrive with the time outside to move and explore. Sometimes, I let them explore and let their natural curiosity lead our studies.

      Other times, I appreciate having a plan and a guide to help us learn and grow together. These resources will help you find something that works well for your family and whatever style of nature study you choose.

      • The Ultimate Guide to Nature Study Resources is a great resource for finding materials that can help you get started on your nature study journey. There are many resources that will help you create a plan that works for your family and give you the tools to lead no matter your prior knowledge level.
      • This Seasonal Tree Study is a fun and simple way to combine art and nature study, and it is simple and easy to do right from your own home.
      • Chalk pastel nature journaling is a great way to get started recording what you learn. You ARE an ARTIST Clubhouse members also get a free nature observation printable that you can use with the nature journaling.
      • Finally, this is an excellent list of a variety of the best homeschool nature study resources. There are exciting options for every family.
      Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God's great creation!

      Enjoy your time outside with your children, and let these resources help supplement and guide you in your study.

      Nature Study and Art Giveaway!

      This time of year the butterflies are out, and there’s a cool canopy of trees teeming with all sorts of plant and animal activity. We are blessed with so many beautiful details to study with our children as we enjoy the outdoors.

      If you are looking for an engaging way to start the homeschool year, why not raise butterflies and enjoy some nature journaling? We have just the giveaway!

      You ARE An Artist, Homeschool Nature Study, and The Homeschool Scientist have teamed up for a fun Nature Study and Art Giveaway!

      Here’s what’s included in this hands-on science and art prize pack:

      • A set of 12 NuPastels
      • A magnifying glass
      • A copy of the beautifully illustrated Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story. Read more about the book here.
      • An Insect Lore Butterfly Garden with a certificate for caterpillars (This is so much fun!)
      • A 24-piece set of insect life cycle figurines from Insect Lore

      You may enter once per day. Entry closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 9, 2022. You must be over 18 years or old to enter. U.S. residents only. The email provided in the giveaway widget will be used to contact the winner.

      Click HERE to enter to win!

      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.