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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!

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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.

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    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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    Human Heart Activity For Kids: Hands-On Homeschool Science

    Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It’s a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It's a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    “Where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire it has perhaps no educative value.”

    Charlotte Mason, Philosophy of Education, p. 224

    The Value Of Hands-On Science In Your Homeschool

    Science is multi-faceted.  It manifests itself in multiple ways and is captivating. Have you ever watched a child carefully observe living science? Every day, the natural world sends delightful invitations, asking one to unwrap all the tiny miracles it offers. At tender ages, before a budding learner carries the ability to read or write, their senses allow them to appreciate the wonders set before them. A child’s curiosity ignites as a spider’s web catches tiny droplets of rain, mirroring an array of fresh morning dew. 

    Hands on science with snails

    Their thoughts awaken as tentacles shyly emerge, uncovering the secrets of what lies inside their delicate shell.  Learning  sparks  as a  butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, spreading its newborn wings for the very first time.

    A brainstorm (as my son calls it) happens when an experiment calls for creating clouds or discovering the wavelengths of light.  

    Implementing hands-on homeschool science cultivates the thirst to learn and encourages critical thinking skills. With careful nurturing, a child is able to carry these special learning experiences with them as they grow. Simply put, science fosters life-long learning and is interdisciplinary in nature.

    Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It's a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    Human Heart Activity For Kids

    Let’s step into four important chambers to uncover one of Nana’s newest interdisciplinary science lessons! This one will surely get your blood pumping.  At the heart of this study is a beautiful presentation of one of the most vital organs of the human body.

    Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It's a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    Nana’s human heart anatomy highlights science, art, writing, diagramming, and an exposure to brand new vocabulary; a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It's a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    This wonderful homeschool art lesson in intriguing to young anatomists and is an engaging way to capture the heart of the human body.

    Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It's a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    More Resources For Hands-On Science

    Delightful art brings a beauty to our home, and attached to each masterpiece is a measure of pleasant memories filled with the sweet smells of Nana’s apple pie and busy little hands covered in rich colors. This memorable learning goes beyond just the art lessons.

    Art with Nana shares one of the most important pieces of home education, learning alongside my children.  We have had so much fun and created such colorful memories with many of Chalk Pastel Art’s science resources. They all pair well with any science curricula, unit studies, and books!

    More resources for hands on science

    Do you have an astronomer who is interested in unlocking the mysteries of the universe? Check out Nana’s and Tricia’s astronomy lessons! These paintings take you deep into space focusing on the solar system. Hands-on and multi-sensory, the fascinating art brings a stunning demonstration of the world beyond our galaxies.

    We coupled the art lessons with You ARE an ARTiST’s kid-friendly Companion Workbook. This guide is easy to use, organized, and packed with wonderful information relating to the solar system.  The Five Facts and NASA links were our favorite pieces in the Companion Workbook. If you are interested in building an engaging solar system study, combine the Companion Workbook with a few books from the provided booklist. Then add the art lessons that are out of this world!

    If you have an anatomist on your hands, take a look at these art lessons that go perfectly with a human body unit! Filled with lots of color, vocabulary, and labeling, your anatomist will take a sneak peek into the wonders inside the eye in a Microscopic Science Study and bacterium with Small But Mighty Cell Activities For Your Homeschool.

    Spend a few moments outdoors looking at the spread of colors sprinkled across the woodlands. Enjoy plant life with your future botanist by observing a few flowers. Then, draw your sweet nature time to a close by painting with Nana. This art lesson will bring your naturalist such pleasure by drawing and labeling the parts of a bright daffodil.

    Do you have a student who just can’t wait to  explore marine life? If so, you might want to spend time putting your feet in the sand and listening to the rhythmic waves with Nana! With a Majestic Ocean Study, she will take your marine biologist along sandy beaches to build sand castles and uncover the fascinating life beyond the sea! Bring your sand buckets and all colorful pastels!

    Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It's a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    All the hands-on homeschool science fun doesn’t end here! It’s just the beginning! Chalk Pastel Art offers many art adventures that combine perfectly with all ages and with any hands on science activity. Check out all the wonderful ways art coupled with science can work in your family with this Science and Art: A STEAM Curriculum Match Up.

    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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    Engaging Charlotte Mason Geography Activities For Your Homeschool

    Offer engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool with map study, drawing, and discussion. All of these are vital to a vibrant understanding of history!

    Enjoy these engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool. Map study, drawing, and discussion are vital to an understanding of history.

    The Benefits Of Geography Study In Your Homeschool

    It’s hard to imagine understanding the classic story Heidi, without the beautifully described Swiss Alps setting the scene. Or to appreciate the majestic nature of the Great Pyramids, without visualizing how they rise up out of flat desert. Or empathize with Mary and Joseph’s ninety-mile journey to Bethlehem, without knowing about the rocky, difficult terrain they traveled. 

    So much of history and literature depend on the surrounding geography, which is why map study, drawing, and discussion are a large component of our homeschool time. Our current ability to understand world (and space!) geography is like never before, with satellite imaging, extremely accurate and up-to-date mapping, and the ability to share pictures and videos from around the world at a keystroke. 

    With so many options, there are many ways to include geography in a child’s learning. 

    How Did Charlotte Mason Teach Geography?

    Charlotte Mason, Great Britain’s famous home educator advocated for the teaching of geography in three gentle but effective ways. Each of these methods puts geography into a context of the people culture of each land. 

    Offer engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool with map study, drawing, and discussion. All of these are vital to a vibrant understanding of history.

    Narration is an effective strategy for geography study if you use a living geography text. Simply Charlotte Mason recommends Material World and Hungry Planet: What the World Eats to get you started learning geography the Charlotte Mason way.

    Mason’s method of using living books is the perfect geography instruction strategy. Reading delightful books that feature a strong geographic setting engages the reader’s imagination. For example, one year the boys and I were delighted to travel with Paddle-to-the-Sea through the Great Lakes. Nearly every quality literature book features geography in some way!

    Think about where the Ingalls family traveled in the midwest in the Laura Ingalls series. Or how much the topography of Maine plays a role in books like One Morning Up in Maine and Mrs. Rumphius.  

    Map work is essential to understanding geography. Kids need to know how to use a map or globe. I want my boys to have a general sense of where countries are located on the globe, where they are relative to other countries, and important topographic and climate features. Did that last sentence make you want to snooze? Me too! It’s easy to get caught up in the “teacher-speak” of learning, and forget that kids are not interested in the technicalities of why we do what we do. I love how Charlotte Mason-style education focused on practical application of knowledge.

    It’s important to keep map work light and exciting for kids, allowing them to nearly immediately apply what they are learning to a discussion or activity. Build their knowledge base with these living lessons and activities. Then let that knowledge naturally extend in their older years into deeper conversations and connections. Here are a few ideas: 

    • Look up locations whenever you read a book. Maybe put a flag on a map to keep track of where all the characters from the books you read live! 
    • Do quick map drills to label certain sections of a printed map. Start with only a few labels and add more through the year as they master groups of map labels. 
    • Try a quick “show me, tell me” pointing game, or put chocolate chips or small cereal pieces on map locations and let kids eat the ones they can name. 
    FUN hands on learning with Charlotte Mason Geography Activities

    Charlotte Mason Geography Activities For Your Homeschool

    And of course, geography wouldn’t be geography without… cartography! Drawing maps is another method we use to study geography in our homeschool. Sometimes we trace our printed maps, but other times, I like the boys to draw freehand maps and label important places. 

    Engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool with map study, drawing, and discussion. All are vital to an understanding of history.
    British Isles map skills - Engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool with map study, drawing, and discussion. All are vital to an understanding of history.

    Often, they will draw maps that go along with a literature study. The missionary biographies from the YWAM Christian Heroes Then and Now series perfectly suits our geography studies, because there are titles from all over the world. I love how each book cover features a map of the country the missionary travels to. We can match these books up to so many Chalk Pastel video art lessons! 

    Draw Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland to go along with George Mueller. A map of China goes along with Hudson Taylor or Gladys Aylward. Outline Africa when reading about David Livingstone, C.T. Studd or Albert Schweitzer. Amy Carmichael’s and William Carey’s life may inspire a map of India painting.

    Don’t forget about:

    • Italy
    • France
    • United States and Canada
    • Australia
    • Europe
    • South America
    • Antartica
    • Asia

    Sometimes we draw maps to understand our Bible time. We have often discussed maps of where Jesus walked, the missionary journeys, or Mary and Joseph’s travels to Bethlehem and flight into Egypt. Learning the map of Israel is vital to a vibrant understanding of biblical times. In fact, map learning in general is vital to vibrant understanding of all history!

    Engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool with map study, drawing, and discussion. All are vital to an understanding of history.
    Draw maps of Bible times with hands on learning activities for your homeschool.
    Engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool with map study, drawing, and discussion. All are vital to an understanding of history.

    Maps can also help kids see the big picture of history. In our history, we follow a spiraling curriculum that cycles through three major segments of history: Ancient History, Medieval, and U.S. History. Each of these time periods have special focus on certain countries and areas of land. 

    Drawing the land of Egypt and surrounding countries, my son was reminded of all we have studied in this year’s history topics! He even added some extra labels to the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea! We can’t wait to draw the Oregon Trail and the First Thanksgiving Voyage when we study U.S. History again! These are all perfect Charlotte Mason geography activities.

    Draw a map of Ancient Egypt - Engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool with map study, drawing, and discussion. All are vital to an understanding of history.

    Additional Charlotte Mason Geography Resources

    Beyond mapmaking skills, learning a land’s important features and structures can also be part of geography study. We love studying picture atlases and fact-filled geography books that show us the major features of a country, the foods and animals native to that region, and other points of interest.

    • Children’s Picture Atlas (Usborne)
    • History Uncovered The U.S.A. (Usborne)
    • Children’s Discovery Atlas (Quarto Books)
    • See Inside Great Cities (Usborne)
    • Cathedrals by David Macauley
    • Pyramids by David Macauley
    • Castles by David Macauley

    Usborne Books are fabulous resources both for picture atlases and other detailed books, like their lift-the-flap style See Inside Great Cities book. My youngest painted the Eiffel Tower with Nana after reading the Paris page of this book.

    Eiffel Tower art lesson with Nana at You ARE an ARTiST.
    Learn World Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower hands on art activities for your homeschool.

    More landmarks:

    Charlotte Mason geography activities can be closer to home too! Have younger kids draw maps of their home, their town, or even use map-making skills to plan a garden (real or make-believe).

    For some creative geography fun, kids can draw maps of make believe lands like Narnia, the Hundred Acre Wood, or Middle Earth! This allows students to transfer their knowledge of real geography to an invented location. 

    We really could spend all day pouring over maps and studying the features of the world we live in. After all, if we don’t have an understanding of where we live, how can we learn to appreciate the similarities and differences of people who live in far away and unfamiliar places? Study of geography is not just fascinating, but also helps us connect with and love other people in this world.

    Enjoy these engaging Charlotte Mason geography activities for your homeschool. Map study, drawing, and discussion are vital to an understanding of history.

    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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    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.