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Mark Twain Literature Study: Bring Adventure To Your Homeschool

Are you doing a Mark Twain literature study in your homeschool? If you are reading any of Mark Twain’s books then be sure to check out Nana’s Mark Twain video art lesson!

Books By Mark Twain For Kids

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain is considered one of the most significant figures in American literature. His real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemons, and he was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835 when Halley’s comet came through. Did you know Mark Twain died in 1910, just one day after Halley’s comet came its closest to Earth? It’s also interesting to think about the fact that he was alive during the Civil War.

During his life, he worked at a newspaper owned by his brother, and later as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river. The Mississippi, therefore, became an integral part of many of Twain’s writings. Many people believe that Samuel Clemons took up his pseudonym “Mark Twain” from a term meaning safe depth by the crewman of the steamboats.

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Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain did not shy away from challenging the roles of race and class in America. He wrote many books, and older children and teens tend to enjoy them. Though you know your child best, I’d recommend ages 14 and up can read the originals, but the abridged versions for ages 10-13. There are themes of violence and racism in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, so you’ll want to judge for yourself what your child is ready for.

A list of his books geared toward older kids are:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court


Mark Twain Homeschool Study

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

Mark Twain


Nana brings Mark Twain literature studies to life with her Mark Twain video art lesson! All you’ll need is a piece of white copy paper and a starter set of chalk pastels to recreate this famous and witty American novelist while Nana shares her knowledge about Mark Twain!

Mark Twain, also known as the greatest humorist and author America has ever produced!

Are you doing a Mark Twain literature study in your homeschool? If you are reading any of Mark Twain's books then be sure to check out Nana's Mark Twain video art lesson!


Literature In Your Homeschool

With the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to 800+ art lessons, including exclusive access to You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons such as:

There is so much literature goodness to explore with chalk pastels! Be sure to check out 7 Engaging American Literature Curriculum Choices for Your Homeschool too!

Mark Twain Literature 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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November Learning Activities For Your Homeschool: art, history, geography and more!

As November rolls around my mind immediately wanders to my long Thanksgiving grocery list. Every homeschool lesson feels like it revolves around pilgrims, Native Americans, turkey, and gratitude. Maybe you’ve created enough Tom the Turkey disguises every November he is now officially missing in action. Grab your chalk pastels, maps, some hot chocolate, your favorite stories, and find new inspiration with these November learning activities!

As November rolls around my mind immediately wanders to my long Thanksgiving grocery list. Every homeschool lesson feels like it revolves around pilgrims, Native Americans, turkey, and gratitude. Maybe you've created enough Tom the Turkey disguises every November he is now officially missing in action.  Grab your chalk pastels, maps, some hot chocolate, your favorite stories,  and find new inspiration with these November learning activities!
Looking for Thanksgiving art lessons and Draw Your Way Through the Thanksgiving Story? Find it all at the end of this post!

November Learning In Your Homeschool

Before your eyes glaze over with the joy of second third helpings of stuffing – who is counting? – there are many interesting historical dates besides the Mayflower, mapping opportunities other than Massachusetts, and writer’s birthdays to celebrate in the month of November.

November Exploration and Geography Study

100 years before the Pilgrims stepped on the Mayflower these navigators and discoveries were being documented. Grab a map and chalk these continents.

  • November 8, 1519 – Cortes conquered Mexico. After landing on the Yucatan Peninsula in April, Cortes and his troops had marched into the interior of Mexico to the Aztec capital and captured Aztec Emperor Montezuma.
  • November 19, 1493 – Puerto Rico was discovered by Columbus during his second voyage to the New World.
  • November 22, 1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama became the first to sail round the Cape of Good Hope, while searching for a sea route to India.
  • November 28, 1520 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through the strait (of Magellan) located at the southern tip of South America, thus crossing from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.

November for Religious Freedoms

November 10th 1483 – Reformation founder Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Saxony. You don’t need any nails to add more Bible Crafts for Kids into your morning quiet time!

November in the Early Modern Era

  • November 3, 1534 – King Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the Church of England following the passage of the Act of Supremacy by Parliament.
  • November 17, 1558 – Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne of England at the age of 25, reigning until 1603 when she was 69.

Learn About and Paint the 44 Countries in Europe

  • November 19th 1600 Charles I, King of Scotland and England was born. He ruled from 1625-49.
  • November 5th 1605 – Guy Fawkes Day in Britain, for the anniversary of the failed “Gunpowder Plot” to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I.
  • November 8th 1656 Astronomer and mathematician Edmund Halley was born in London. He sighted the Great Comet of 1682 (known now as Halley’s Comet) and foretold its reappearance in 1758.

Houston to Nana, can you hear us Nana? Draw your own comet and astronomy learning with Space Art Lessons.

  • November 26th 1694: – French author and philosopher Voltaire was born in Paris (as Francois-Marie Arouet). He was an advocate of human rights who published the Philosophical Letters in 1734. Other writings include; Zadig, The Century of Louis XIV, The Russian Empire under Peter the Great, The Philosophical Dictionary, and Essay on Morals.
  • November 26, 1607- Harvard College founder John Harvard was born in London.
  • November 1, 1700 – Charles II of Spain died and was succeeded by Philip V, resulting in the War of Spanish Succession.

November in Modern History

November 2 1734 American frontiersman Daniel Boone was born in Berks County, near Reading, Pennsylvania.

Daniel Boone’s birthday and Mapping Skills this month inspires us to learn more about early American history and the changes of the Unites States map. It’s also a great time to read about Lewis & Clark as well as the Oregon Trail.

November 10, 1775 – The U.S. Marine Corps was established as part of the U.S. Navy. It became a separate unit on July 11, 1789. We celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th.

Discover these Veterans Day Homeschool Activities

  • November 14th 1765 – Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton was born in rural Pennsylvania.
  • November 15, 1777 – The Articles of Confederation were adopted by Continental Congress.

American History Homeschool Lessons

  • Here are 7 American History Homeschool Lessons you’re students will enjoy.
  • November 17 1789 Photography inventor Louis Daguerre was born in Cormeilles, near Paris. In 1839 he announced his daguerreotype process, the first practical photographic process that produced lasting pictures.
  • November 17 1790 – German mathematician August Mobius was born in Schulpforte, Germany. He worked in the area of analytic geometry.
  • November 18th 1786German composer Carl Maria von Weber was born in Eutin, Germany. He founded the German romantic style of music. Best known for his operas including Der Freischutz.
  • November 21, 1783 The first free balloon flight took place in Paris as Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis Francois Laurent d’Arlandes ascended in a Montgolfier hot air balloon. The flight lasted 25 minutes and carried them nearly six miles at a height of about 300 feet over Paris.
  • November 22, 1718 – Blackbeard the pirate was killed off the coast of North Carolina after a prosperous “career”.
  • It’s never too late to enjoy the Talk Like a Pirate activities.
  • November 27, 1701 – Anders Celsius was born in Sweden. He invented the centigrade (Celsius) temperature scale commonly used in Europe.

Lively November Art Activities For Your Homeschool

November Art in Modern History

November 6, 1860 – Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th U.S. President and the first Republican. He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.
Learn more about the Presidents of the United States.



November 6th Birthdays:
1854: American conductor John Philip Sousa known for his rousing marches including: The Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, and El Capitan, was born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1860: Polish composer, pianist and patriot, Ignace Paderewski was born in Kurylowka, Podolia, Poland.
  • 1861: James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball, was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada.

Are you homeschooling an athlete? Add the Games Clubhouse to your art lessons!

  • November 7th 1867 – Polish chemist Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1903, she and her husband received the Nobel Prize for physics for their discovery of the element Radium.
  • November 8, 1895 – X-rays (electromagnetic rays) were discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany.

Learn more about Inventors I Drew It Then I Knew It!

  • November 9, 1872 – The Great Boston Fire started in a dry-goods warehouse then spread rapidly destroying nearly 800 buildings.
  • November 10, 1871 – Explorer Henry M. Stanley found missionary David Livingstone at Ujiji, Africa.

Learn all 54 Countries in Africa by Painting the Map of The African Continent with Nana

  • November 12th 1840 French sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris. Best known for his statues St. John the Baptist Preaching, Eve, The Age of Bronze and The Thinker.
  • November 14th, 1840 – Claude Monet was born in Rue Laffitte, Paris, France. Monet was the initiator and leading painter of the Impressionist style.


Listen to Nana’s Podcast, A Hands-On Homeschool Study Of Famous Artist Claude Monet

November 15, 1864 During the American Civil War, Union troops under General William T. Sherman burned Atlanta.

Find interesting art lessons in Civil War Hands On Homeschool Art Lessons and Workbook.

November 15, 1889Brazil became a republic.

Learn About and Paint the 12 Countries in South America


November 17, 1800 The U.S. Congress met for the first time in the new capital at Washington, D.C. President John Adams then became the first occupant of the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House.

  • November 19, 1863President Abraham Lincoln delivered the 2 minute Gettysburg Address during ceremonies dedicating 17 acres of the Gettysburg Battlefield as a National Cemetery.

November 18th Birthdays:

  • 1836 Sir William Gilbert was born in London. He wrote the verses for the famed Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas which poked fun at the British establishment. Among their operas; H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Mikado and The Yeoman of the Guard.

The You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts Grade Five: for this level cover the instruments of the orchestra. Each week will have a specific instrument or composer to listen to and learn about.

  • 1860Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born in Kurylowka in southwestern Russia. He achieved world fame for his interpretations of Schubert and Chopin.
  • November 20th 1889American astronomer Edwin Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri. He pioneered the concept of an expanding universe. The Hubble Space Telescope was named in his honor. Sketch the Hubble Telescope in the Space Exploration Clubhouse!
  • November 26, 1832The first horse-drawn streetcar carried passengers in New York City along Fourth Avenue between Prince Street and 14th Street.
  • November 26th 1832 American physician and women’s rights leader, Mary Edwards Walker was born in Oswego, New York. She was the first female surgeon in U.S. Army, serving during the Civil War. She was captured and spent four months in a Confederate prison. In 1865, she became the first and only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor.
  • November 1874 BirthdayWinston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England. His inspirational speeches, combined with his political skills and military strategy carried Britain through the war, and helped the Allies overcome the Nazi onslaught and defeat Hitler. This great British statesman found a source of delight and a relief from the stress of his career. He proudly painted in oils and pastel chalks, producing over 550 paintings, helping him to hone his powers of observation, memory and visual acuity.

November in the 1900’s


November 4, 1922 British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

In November we chat a lot about American History, but take some time to Explore Ancient Egypt with Chalk Pastels!

  • November 7, 1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented fourth term, defeating Thomas E. Dewey. Roosevelt died less than a year later on April 12, 1945.
  • November 7, 1990 – Mary Robinson became Ireland’s first female president.
  • November 7, 1918 – Christian evangelist Billy Graham was born near Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • November 7 1922 Pioneering heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard was born in Beaufort West, Cape of Good Hope Province, South Africa. He headed the surgical team that achieved the first-ever human heart transplant in 1967.

Learn more about anatomy with Nana’s Heart Diagram

  • November 9, 1989 – The Berlin Wall was opened up after standing for 28 years as a symbol of the Cold War. The 27.9 mile wall had been constructed in 1961.
  • November 10, 1928 – Hirohito was crowned Emperor of Japan. He was Imperial Japan’s Emperor during World War II.

Learn all 48 countries in Asia by chalking them!

November 13, 1927 – The Holland Tunnel was opened to traffic. The tunnel runs under the Hudson River between New York City and Jersey City and was the first underwater tunnel built in the U.S.

  • November 13, 1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.
  • November 14th 1900 – American composer Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York. He created a quintessential American music style in his ballets, film scores, and orchestral works including Fanfare for the Common Man, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.
  • Celebrate the ballet with a beautiful scene from the Nutcracker. (Did you know Nana has a series of Nutcracker lessons plus a Nutcracker I Drew It Then I Knew It Guide?)
  • November 19-20, 1990 The Cold War came to an end during a summit in Paris as leaders of NATO and the Warsaw Pact signed a Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe.
  • November 22, 1963 In downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
  • November 22 1913British composer Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. Best known for his operas including Peter Grimes, A Ceremony of Carols, and War Requiem.

November 29, 1929American explorer Richard Byrd and Bernt Balchen completed the first airplane flight to the South Pole. Paint a Map of Antarctica.

November Writers’ Birthdays

November is packed full of wonderful authors’ birthdays. We believe in the Power of Adding Art to Literature Studies.
November 8 1847Dracula author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Chalk these Halloween Homeschool Spooky Art Activities and be sure to check out the Homeschool Nature Study’s Bat Nature Study.

  • November 11th 1821 – Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow. Best known for The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment and The Idiot.
  • November 13th 1850 – Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Best known for Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Create a Treasure Island masterpiece from the Talk Like a Pirate Day post.
  • November 28th 1757 – British artist and poet William Blake was born in London.
  • November 29th 1832 – Little Women author Louisa May Alcott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Is Little Women a favorite read in your home? Read this Little Women Unit Study for Your Homeschool .

November 29th 1898 British author C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland (as Clive Staples Lewis). He wrote books on Christian teachings including The Pilgrim’s Regress, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and The Screwtape Letters.

I am in my mid 40’s and I’ll never forget my third grade teacher reading the Narnia books to class every morning. I loved reading the books to my boys. Add art to these lovely stories with The Chronicles of Narnia: A Homeschool Art Adventure.

  • November 30th 1835American author Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) was born in Florida, Missouri. He wrote books under the pen name Mark Twain including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Prince and the Pauper.
  • November 7th 1900Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Additional Seasonal Art Activities and November Learning Activities

Are we at the mashed potatoes and gravy part yet?!? Here are a few awesome Thanksgiving art tutorials you can share with the kiddos while you peel potatoes and stuff the bird. What a fun way to share Chalk Pastel Art with visiting relatives this holiday.

  • Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving – How would you like to visit with famous artist Norman Rockwell, known as “America’s Artist” while he paints one of his most iconic scenes from the “Four Freedoms” series: Freedom from Want! Yep, you will sit at a festive Thanksgiving table, set with the best china, the best dinner guests and have a happy time? Come on, that turkey leg looks like it is all yours!
  • Thanksgiving Hymn Favorites: Learning Activities for Your Homeschool – A season of thankfulness and gratitude would not be complete without sharing thanks to God for all of our blessings. One of our favorite ways to celebrate during this time of Thanksgiving is with hymn studies. Many songs help us to remember our gifts and sing our gratitude to God. Here, I’ve included Thanksgiving hymn favorites for you to enjoy, along with learning activities for your homeschool.
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade – Nana has a really fun way to paint your favorite, giant Thanksgiving float in her Thanksgiving Clubhouse series.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Your Homeschool – Enjoy this ultimate guide to fun Thanksgiving activities for your homeschool with wonderful homeschool tools for celebrating Thanksgiving and teaching gratitude. Includes art activities, history, Thanksgiving recipes and more!
These November learning activities make education come alive in your homeschool. Includes lessons with art, history geography and more!

We are incredibly thankful for you!

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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Creative Sight Word Activities For Your Homeschool

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It’s a fun activity for the whole family!

Learning To Read With Art

What if you could combine all the four major learning styles into one lesson? What if a multi-sensory approach helped your out of the box learner retain information and build confidence in a no fuss, enjoyable way? Even more so, what if you found a hands-on activity that encouraged relationships and fostered bonding in your very own homeschool? You have come to the right place!

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

Sight Word Activities For Your Homeschool

Do you have a cozy reading corner? Or maybe you just decorated your dining room table with a floral table cloth, and a few fresh picked wild flowers. You just baked warm chocolate chip cookies to fit perfectly in tiny hands. All you need is a good little book to read with those yummy cookies. Now little miss is eyeing you and the cookies, eagerly waiting to see the book you chose for this bonding moment…

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

This multi-sensory Learn to Read book, combines all four of the major learning styles into creative sight word activities:

  • auditory
  • kinesthetic
  • tactile
  • and visual
Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

It also includes multiple subjects:

  • art
  • reading
  • writing
  • sight words
  • and nature!

That’s not all! Nana surely brings inspiration to a realm of learners, perfect for any family!

Let’s begin with those adorable early learners who show an interest in reading. Or maybe, you’re early learner is already picking up on a few letters, sounds, and sight words. When exposed to high frequency words that make up a high percentage of reading material, children can memorize them for reading fluency!

This Learn to Read book immerses a learner in sight words such as: I, and, see, a. This brings exposure and encourages early reading. The Learn to Read book is also filled with bright art that will engage your preschooler and hold their attention.

The Learn to Read book also provides an opportunity for seasoned learners to create something tangible and useful for their younger siblings; a wonderful serving opportunity. My middle schooler and upcoming junior higher took delight in becoming an aspiring author and illustrator as they gleaned encouragement from Nana through this thoughtful lesson.  

After painting, the outdoors combined with the cool summer breezes  called our names. We took our favorite quilt,  spread it across the green grass, and my older ones read to their younger brothers. This encouraged sibling bonding, fostered  relationships, and an exposure to those high frequency words.

Do you have a child with learning differences? This art lesson embraces auditory, tactile, and visual learning styles. An out of the box learner writes the words (tactile) and paints the illustrations (tactile again). Afterwards, reading takes place. The book may be read by the child, sibling, or parent. Either way, the reading provides the auditory learning style.

The finished product then delivers an appealing visual. To make this Learn To Read book kinesthetic, we joined movement while reading. For example, we acted out “I”, “see”, “bird”, “bugs”, “eating breakfast”. This multi-sensory learning teaches the same concepts in multiple ways, giving extra support for retaining information.

Learn to Read Beach book with Nana

Interested in creating another Learn to Read book? Check out Tricia’s delightful post about creating your own learn to read book. Tricia uses their exciting beach days as an example. She shares how to make a book by tailoring it to your child’s interests. Fun for reading, fun for bonding, fun creatives sight word activities for everyone!

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's fun for the whole family!

Creative Sight Word Activities: Resources For Homeschool Preschool

I love the early years. This tender age brings so much curiosity and so much laughter in the little things. They love simplicity and it’s such a beautiful time of bonding, building relationships, and connecting with our children. Learning naturally takes hold of their tiny hearts, especially when play or exploring is involved. Children love hands-on activities, outdoor fun, and stories at this age. Preschool learners love connection.

Did you know Nana has a collection of preschool fun? Chalk Pastel Art offers gentle art from painting circles, simple lines, to backyard animals, tractors, and so much  more! Nana really understands this tender age and you can tell through her wise words through her lessons. She has taught all of her grandchildren when they were preschool age. Nana uses her expertise in this area to softly teach and encourage the littles and us parents!

Picture books are an outstanding resource for preschool age children. Eric Carle is one of our favorites! Chalk Pastel Art offers several  art lessons for all ages that combine perfectly with Eric Carle’s stories! Check out Dawn’s wonderful post about Eric Carle and all the art lessons that pair so well with his picture books.

Picture books are an outstanding resource for preschool age children. Eric Carle is one of our favorites! Chalk Pastel Art offers several  art lessons for all ages that combine perfectly with Eric Carle’s stories!

My three and five year old adore The Very Busy Spider so much! Paint this cute little spider along with this popular picture book! You can even read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White to your older students, (my three and five year olds call every spider they see “Chaw-lette”) and create a Barnyard themed study, while your older artists paint Wilbur! Enjoy a Charlotte’s Web Study!

create a Barnyard themed study, while your older artists paint Wilbur! Enjoy a Charlotte's Web Study!

Do you love painting through the seasons? We surely enjoyed a fall apple study, while painting these cute little red apples! I love the joy on my son’s face when he paints with Nana!

To see how we incorporated Chalk Pastel Art and the books we included in our Apple Study, check out my blog. I have included a detailed explanation of how we put it all together!

We love snowmen around here! They bring such cheer in the winter!

We love snowmen around here! They bring such cheer in the winter!

Having trouble fitting art time into your schedule? Don’t miss Courtney’s seven tips on how to make time for preschool art in your homeschool day!

Chalk Pastel Art even offers a homeschool fine arts curriculum from grades 1-12! Dawn’s helpful post, Preschool Art and Music Curriculum shares the benefits of adding art and music into your homeschool. “Preschool art and music curriculum for your homeschool has everything you need to foster an early love and appreciation of art and music.”

You can also combine all of Nana’s art with Outdoor Hour Challenge’s Homeschool Nature Study! This is a wonderful resource for all ages and stages! Barb wrote a wonderful post relating to nature study and preschoolers!

Additional Preschool Resources with Creative Sight Word Activities

The preschool resources listed below are resources I truly love. I would say that they can serve  preschool aged children and kindergarten! I have included a wide range of materials from picture books to curricula. Tricia also encourages preschool moms with simple habits to teach your little ones as you homeschool!

First School Preschool Activities and Crafts for Homeschool

This is a FREE preschool resource! This website is packed full of preschool themed material for ages 2-6! You will find worksheets for the alphabet, animals, coloring pages, crafts, and so much more!

play dough activity binder for creative sight word activities

Homeschool Preschool with Play Dough Activity Binder

Preschool Mom contains a plethora of preschool resources from letters, shapes, numbers, and more! My children love the Play Dough Activity Binder. We printed all the “mats”, placed them in sheet protectors, then stuck it all in a white binder. All you need is play dough to create your letters!

Sight Word of the Week Program for Homeschool

Sight Word of the Week Program for Preschool

Kindergarten Mom has multiple kindergarten resources found on her site! We use the Sight Word of the Week Program. It is multi-sensory with a lot of repetition involved. Each day contains activities for one sight word a week. For example: Day 1 -Sign Language, Day 2-Fishing for Sight Words, Day 3 Sight Word Dab with paint, and so on.

Preschoolers love picture books. Especially ones with eye-catching illustrations and an appealing rhyming pattern! Two of my absolute favorite authors for this age is the famous Eric Carle and beloved Karma Wilson.

Picture Books for Homeschool Preschool

Preschoolers love picture books. Especially ones with eye-catching illustrations and an appealing rhyming pattern! Two of my absolute favorite authors for this age is the famous Eric Carle and beloved Karma Wilson. Children learn so much from books that catch their interests. Both authors have written stories that are multi-disciplinary. For example, many of their book contain high frequency words, days of the week, numbers, colors, and the alphabet. I especially loved to incorporate sign language with their stories. The characters in their picture books are usually animals or insects found in nature. Snuggle up with your preschooler, make those memories and strengthen those bonds while reading a wonderful picture book.

Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by Ella K. Lindvall

Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by Ella K. Lindvall

Can I say this bible series is my favorite for preschoolers? I have read this series to all of my children! This Bible series contains large print and wonderful, colorful illustrations. It is simple. Here is a list of Bible stories found in the entire series: (Vol 1.)The Man Who Was Too Little, The Man Who Couldn’t See, The Boys and Girls and Jesus, The Wind That Obeyed, The Man Who Said, “Thank You”, (Vol. 2) Simon and His Boat, The Boy Who Went Away, The Boy Who Shared His Lunch, The Man Who Helped, A Sad Day and a Happy Day, (Vol. 3) How God Made the World, Noah’s Big Boat, God Gives His People Bread to Eat, Daniel and the Lions, Baby Jesus and the Good News

God Gave Us the Bible 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones

God Gave Us the Bible 45 Favorite Stories for Little Ones

The illustrations by David Hohn are amazing! The way the author writes the Bible stories makes it easy to understand for children. What I absolutely love is that after the short stories, Little Cub and her friends have questions. Mama does such a wonderful job explaining and answering them in such a wonderful age appropriate way! This one is a keeper and will be used for all the littles!

Signing Time Treeschoolers

Signing Time Treeschoolers for Creative Sight Word Activities

This is an incredible preschool resource! Including all four of the major learning styles, this is a science series that involves sign language, dancing, and preschool skills! Nine DVDs are included in this set with over sixty songs! They also have a brand new series titled Phonetica!

ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Uppercase Letters, ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Lowercase Letters

ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Uppercase Letters, ABC See, Hear, Do Learn to Read Lowercase Letters

My three and five yr. olds adore Stefanie Hol’s books. They are geared towards ages 2-5 and 3-6. Both books work wonderfully for special needs children as well. This book takes a child through strictly the sounds of each letter makes. Coupled with movement, a visual, and letter, my children love going through this book with me. We make it silly. I was shocked at how much my boys learned!

Simply K A Developmental Approach to Kindergarten by Carrie Bailey from Masterbooks

Simply K A Developmental Approach to Kindergarten by Carrie Bailey from Masterbooks

Simply K brings a gentle introduction to the letters of the alphabet, Bible time, and life skills. This open and go workbook arrives with a Scope & Sequence, and supply list. The pages are laid out nicely for easy navigation. I love the Bible memory verses , Bible stories, and mini booklets for each letter of the alphabet.

Math Lessons for a Living Education K Masterbooks

If your early learner is ready for counting to 10, learning basic shapes, and patterns, Math Lessons for a Living Education K is a wonderful option. This workbook by Masterbooks is equipped with daily lessons, open and go, and fully colored pages. My 5yr old son absolutely loved this workbook!

Math U See Primer for Homeschool

Primer Introduction to Math by Math U See Demme Learning

I have started all of my children with this book by Demme Learning. This rich curriculum is very basic with simple black and white photos. Along with the Primer comes with multi-colored hands-on math blocks. All of my children were fruitful in this multi-sensory math experience. It begins with basic counting and identifying numbers, writing numbers, understanding place value, basic addition problems, and skip counting.

Pride Reading Program

Pride Reading Program Beginning Consonants P.R.I.D.E. is an acronym for Phonemic Recognition Instruction Delivering Empowerment. This is an Orton-Gillingham reading instruction program geared towards students with learning differences. I have used PRIDE Reading with my son with special needs and my boys without learning differences. If you want a beginning consonant program that is hands-on and multi-sensory, this is a wonderful resource. It arrives with a workbook, online teacher’s guide, white board, and sound cards.

There are so many precious preschool resources available for your little learners. A few art supplies can bring wonders to your homeschool in so many ways! It’s simple, easy clean up, and preschoolers love it! Multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary, and fruitful for all ages and stages-Learning to Read with art and creative sight word activities are just a few of the MANY hands on lessons Chalk Pastel Art offers. Nana’s gentle art always carry contagious giggles, and sweet smiles….. the colorful memories will last a lifetime!

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.

Learning to read with art embraces more than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek at these creative sight word activities for your homeschool. It's a fun activity for the whole family!
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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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    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.

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    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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    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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    Engaging English Activities For Homeschooling High School: A Quick Guide

    Every subject has its stereotypes, from the explosions in chemistry classrooms to the English teacher’s droning monologue. But there is no reason to stay stuck in boring made-for-tv versions of school and learning. Even if you truly did have a boring English class growing up, your children don’t have to. These English activities for homeschooling high school are amazing resources available to us today! 

    Teaching High School English In Your Homeschool

    Create a learning environment in your homeschool that visually encapsulates the wonder of the written word and the magic of storytelling.  High School English in your homeschool can come to life by infusing your studies with imagination, hands-on activities, and student-led learning. 

    The Value Of Adding Art To English For High School Learning

    I have long been a fan of interdisciplinary learning (AKA, unit studies!). When I taught in a traditional classroom, my students would write creative newsletters for history class, design advertisements for the school play using persuasive language, or create poems about math!

    As a homeschool mom, I’ve loved adding art to all our subjects with the help of Nana’s wide range of video art lessons. We have used chalk pastel art to study birds, outer space, ancient history, and more. 

    English is no exception! When students enter high school, there may be a tendency to isolate the academic subjects from each other. Yet art remains a wonderful way to explore and express knowledge and learning in the English classroom.

    Through art, you can prove multi-sensory learning for your older student. Not only will they read a story, hear a story, and/or write a story, but they can also visualize the story through their drawings! 

    by Erin, Hobbit Art Lesson

    What better way to make the setting of the Shire come to life than by painting a Hobbit hole?

    Or how can you show the poignant moment of the March family longing for their father to return from the war than by drawing Mrs. March reading one of her husband’s letters and imagining scenes of war? 

    Literary concepts and storylines truly come alive when visualized. Students who may struggle to explain themselves in words, can share their understanding of a piece of literature through art! 

    Engaging English Activities For Homeschooling High School

    All aspects of storytelling can be expressed using the art lessons from You Are An Artist. Here are just a few ideas: 

    Character Analysis: 

    Explore characterization by drawing main characters. You can have a fine discussion of protagonist and antagonist while you draw. Or, compare main characters and secondary characters. Discuss character traits, flaws, and what makes a character a hero or a villain in the story. 

    Read Little Women and draw Jo March. Discuss how the description of Jo in the novel is reflected in your drawing. How is Jo’s appearance similar to her personality? 

    Draw Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Discuss how the author and the character are similar and different. I especially love how Nana draws Elizabeth alone by the cliff, instead of in a drawing room. Perhaps discuss how setting and character work together in this scene. 

    English activities for homeschooling high school
    Study the Excellent Literary Works of Jane Austen

    Description and Setting: 

    So many iconic settings of literature can be brought to mind with a single image. Like the lamppost of Narnia. Or the Hobbit door of The Shire. 

    High schoolers can start with one of Nana’s lessons depicting story setting, like: 

    Encourage students to find examples of setting description in the novel they’re reading to quote as captions below their drawings. This helps students learn to provide text evidence from their reading for what they just drew. 

    As an extension, students could draw other scenes from their reading using what they’ve learned fro Nana’s lessons. 

    Storyline, Plots, and Conflict: 

    I especially love Nana’s Letter to Home Little Women lesson for discussing storyline. Not only does it depict setting (the March house), but it also captures the issues facing the March family in this novel. The conflict of living in genteel poverty during wartime is shown in the simple hearth setting. Enduring years without a father/husband because of war and all the politics of war is also revealed in the painting. We see so many touches of home life here to discuss how the plot of this story centered around home life in the March family. 

    Homeschooling high school English comes to life with imagination, hands-on activities, and student-led learning. 

    Going an An Adventure  with J. R. R. Tolkien is another lesson where plot is portrayed. The concept of “the journey” is illustrated in this scene. Young readers can discuss how the plot and conflict of this story centers around the Fellowship and their journey. You could also have a conversation about how each character shown adds to the conflict or plot. and the role of friendship in coming to a resolution. 

    In addition to using these literature-based chalk pastel lessons to illustrate story elements and spark discussions, student can use their artwork in other ways: 

    • Cover art for reports and research papers. 
    • Storyboards to outline the narratives. 
    • Illustrations with favorite quotes as captions. 
    • Visual aid for oral presentations of their reading. 
    English activities for homeschooling high school
    by Erin, A Lord of the Rings Study to Rule Them All

    Additional Resources For High School Homeschooling

    Literature can quickly become boring if students don’t have creative outlets to express and share their learning. Students crave being actively engaged in the learning process. Small children show us this easily, because they uninhibitedly touch and grab and play with things while we try to teach them. But older students have learned to sit quietly. Quiet listening is a good skill but it can also mask a disengaged learner. 

    Other subjects also benefit from an art connection.

    History can be dry as dust unless you draw Presidents with Nana and hear various tidbits about each famous person. Or study ancient architecture like the pyramids, the Coliseum or medieval castlesCheck out these additional Chalk Pastel Ancient History ideas.

    English activities for homeschooling high school

    Nana has a long list of American History lessons. High schoolers might enjoy learning more about the Three Branches of Government or the Constitution with art! Check out 7 American History Homeschool Lessons.

    Or create brilliantly illustrated scientific diagrams of cells and bacteria in Science class. Find loads of cell activity ideas with chalk pastels here.

    Create an eye-catching deep dive study into Moon Missions complete with illustrations of each of the space shuttles. 

    Geography becomes hands on with video art lessons on landmarks like Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal. These would pair wonderfully with some current event learning and mappingFor more Chalk Pastel Geography ideas, look here.

    Discuss social movements like Suffrage and Civil Rights with Nana’s lessons. 

    Truly, every academic subject can be enhanced by an art connection. Nana has given homeschool families nearly 800 different lessons in the You Are An Artist collection that can touch every subject imaginable!

    Providing opportunities to engage all the senses via art expression creates a multi-sensory approach to studying English literature, and other subjects. These chalk pastel art lessons make time-honored stories come alive in fresh ways for your teen student. 

    I highly recommend adding these English activities for homeschooling high school and for your other subjects. Your children will be delighted, and you will find yourself just wanting to add more and more chalk pastel to your week! 

    English activities for homeschooling high school

    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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    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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    A Little Women Unit Study For Your Homeschool

    This literature-based Little Women Unit Study For Your Homeschool includes hands on art lessons, Mother Culture and more ideas around the beloved novel.

    If you have never read the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, then you certainly are missing out on one of the most heartwarming, beloved stories of American literature! This homeschool unit study will help you and your family get started.

    Whether it’s the cherished characters, the story of perseverance through difficulties, or the warm setting of home and hearth, Little Women will quickly become a favorite. 

    When I was young, I read through Alcott’s classic books regularly, as I was drawn to the quiet grit (and fiery spirit, in the case of Jo March!) of the characters. The fact that one character is a writer didn’t hurt this aspiring young writer!

    Children will love hearing the way families back home during the American Civil War contributed, survived, and rallied. Marmee’s gentle mothering seems to reach through the pages to ask you to put up your feet, wrap a quilt around your shoulders, and enjoy a cup of tea by a humble fire. 

    One thing I love about Alcott’s novels is how they are accessible for younger children and delightful for adults. Adding Little Women to your homeschool literature study is sure to engage the whole family with this beloved novel. 

    This literature-based Little Women Unit Study For Your Homeschool includes hands on art lessons, Mother Culture and more ideas around the beloved novel.

    Language Arts In Your Homeschool and Mother Culture

    I’m trying to be more intentional about “mother culture” this year, which simply means to cultivate your own growth and spiritual/intellectual nourishment so you can pour into your children. I thought, what better place to start than with Little Women, and the literary mom, Marmee, who loves her family so well. So I have been gathering materials and books to do an author study of Louisa May Alcott, and re-read some of her novels.

    As part of my mother culture study, I decided to complete the Letters to Home Little Women video art lesson by Nana! Usually I would have my children do these art lessons as part of our homeschool curriculum. During the art lessons, I’m busy nearby to help with selecting chalks, cleaning smudges, guiding through any trouble spots, and clean up. But I don’t often get to complete a whole painting. 

    Mother culture is easy with Nana's art lessons to match your favorite literature!

    I didn’t realize what a rare treat it would be for me to sit down by myself and paint the scene from Little Women where Marmee and the girls receive a letter from their father, who is away fighting in the Civil War. 

    This lesson, filled with small details and summaries from the book, is a bit more detailed and perfect for upper elementary and older students. 

    As I sat and drew with Nana, I experienced first-hand why “I Drew It Then I Knew It” is the mantra of so many of the ChalkPastel.com series! When you draw and listen to Nana’s explanations, you really do become immersed in the learning. The facts become more memorable because you engage many senses at once: visual, auditory, kinesthetic.
    I encourage parents to complete a chalk pastel art lesson on your own. Just for yourself!

    As I sat and drew with Nana, I experienced first-hand why “I Drew It Then I Knew It” is the mantra of so many of the ChalkPastel.com series! When you draw and listen to Nana’s explanations, you really do become immersed in the learning. The facts become more memorable because you engage many senses at once: visual, auditory, kinesthetic. 

    I think it is easy for us as parents, especially homeschool parents, to be more of a learning “manager” than join in as a student in the learning process. Yet, we are all lifelong learners, and need to make time to experience the learning process for ourselves from time to time. There’s no better place to start a culture of family learning than with the March family who are shining literary examples of family life. 

    I encourage parents to complete a chalk pastel homeschool art lesson on your own. Just for yourself! (And I even just realized that Nana has a “parent track” of lessons just for us! Go check it out starting with the adventure Tea Cup!). You might also like to see how Erin uses chalk pastels for mini moments for mom.

    This literature-based Little Women Unit Study For Your Homeschool includes hands on art lessons, Mother Culture and more ideas around the beloved novel.

    Little Women Homeschool Art Lessons

    Whether you complete a Little Women literature study for yourself or with your children, ChalkPastel.com has many lessons that coordinate with the novel!

    This literature-based Little Women Unit Study For Your Homeschool includes hands on art lessons, Mother Culture and more ideas around the beloved novel.

    The Letters to Home video art lesson is a wonderful introduction to the story, setting the scene and introducing many of the characters. 

    Arguably, the most dynamic character is Jo March, daughter, sister, writer, and friend. Draw this beloved character with a focus on her wild and well-known mess of beautiful hair, along with her quote about “good strong words.” Nana shares her favorite “Jo” moments from the book as she paints. 

    The video art lesson of all four March Sisters would be a great painting lesson for when you finish reading the book. By then, your kids will recognize all the sister characters. Nana likes to leave the decision up to you about which figure is which sister, and that would be a fun discussion to check for understanding after reading. Families will enjoy this overview of each of the March girls.

    Speaking of the I Drew It Then I Knew It study guides, the Companion Workbook for Literature includes several pages of facts and discussion questions for Little Women that will be valuable to any language arts unit study or read-aloud time! 

    Little Women Homeschool Literature Studies for the homeschool parent too!

    Additional Resources For Homeschool Literature Study

    What else can you add to a Little Women literature study? Here are a few supplemental ideas: 

    Tea Time with the March Family. Hold a tea party at some point while you do a read-aloud. And invite someone over! Visitors were common at the March home, so you can practice hospitality while you sip and read! 

    Tea time with Little Women Unit Study for Your Homeschool

    Hands on Handiwork. Have your children try out some handiwork activities. Get a small embroidery kit, learn how to sew on buttons, or complete a decoupage project. Monogramming  clothing or belongings was popular during the time period of Little Women. Try this easy simple button sewing project to make a Monogrammed Button Bag with your kids. 

    Build in home economics tasks. Bake bread, create a shopping list and shop on a small budget. 

    Practice Acts of Service. The March family repeatedly served others throughout the novel. In fact, it was Beth’s selflessness that eventually led to her tragic end. Complete an act of service like creating a care package for a sick friend or neighbor. Write letters to military members, like the sisters wrote to their father in the Army. Donate clothing and toys. If the March family were real and alive today, no doubt they would be examples of overflowing hospitality we could follow. 

    Explore the Orchard House. If you’re in the New England area, you can visit the Louisa May Alcott homestead, the Orchard House in person in Massachusetts. If you’re too far, a Virtual Tour is available for purchase! Or read this summary of the Alcott home and family members.

    Enrich yourself as a parent. For parents interested in pursuing more Mother Culture as you provide a home education to your children, consider reading biographies about Louisa May Alcott. You’ll feel equipped to add details to your family discussions. 

    You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for hands on art lessons for your homeschool!
    Little Women Homeschool Literature lessons

    And perhaps carve out some time to sit down with a cup of tea and an art lesson like I did, and give yourself the treat of an afternoon of art with Alcott. 

    However you choose to include art and Little Women’s timeless tale of home, you will certainly walk away richer in heart and spirit. Time spent with the fictional March family is always rewarding.

    This Little Women Unit Study For Your Homeschool includes hands on art lessons, ideas for Mother Culture and a literature study for this beloved novel.

    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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    A Winter Homeschool Snowflake Study With Snowflake Bentley

    Enjoy a winter snowflake study for your homeschool! Fun learning with a Snowflake Bentley read aloud, online winter art lessons and snowflake activities.

    This winter homeschool snowflake study combines the beauty of winter with the fascinating life of Snowflake Bentley.

    In our part of New England, the arrival of the first snow is greatly anticipated. It can happen as early as October or as late as January. We watch the sky and weather reports eagerly for this delightful precipitation. 

    What is this somewhat magical weather phenomenon that turns ordinary dreary rainfall into a puffy playscape for kids of all ages? 

    It seems hard to believe it’s simply the temperature dropping! Yet, it really is that simple. Let the red line drop below thirty-two degrees and our dreams of a white winter crystalize into reality! Our breath plumes white to match the snow, and suddenly the world is renewed! 

    In our house, my boys have their boots on as soon as there’s a skim of snow to make tracks in. Snow angels, snowmen, snow ball fights, and sledding take up hours of their time until they’ve quite worn the snow out!

    Whether you get snow in your area or not, you can create a winter snowflake study of this beautiful white fluffy stuff in your homeschool this year! Just gather a few simple materials to show your kids the wonder of these winter crystals.

    “The snow crystals . . . come to us not only to reveal the wondrous beauty of the minute in Nature, but to teach us that all earthly beauty is transient and must soon fade way. But though the beauty of the snow is evanescent, like the beauties of the autumn, as of the evening sky, it fades but to come again.” ― Wilson A. Bentley

    Learning About Snowflakes

    There is no person better to start learning about snowflakes from than the man who dedicated his life to capturing these ephemeral water-stars. 

    Wilson Bentley of Vermont said, “… from the beginning, it was the snowflakes that fascinated me most.” We agree, snowflakes are simply mesmerizing!

    Wilson Bentley’s website contains a rich and lengthy biography, as well as several articles about snowflakes written by Bentley himself. Bookmark this site for some “mother culture” reading time as you plan your homeschool snowflake study. Bentley’s articles are written with as much beauty as their subject matter. 

    Snowflake Bentley Homeschool Read Aloud

    As the first person to ever capture a snowflake’s intricacy on camera, Wilson Bentley’s passion for snowflakes earned him the nickname “Snowflake Bentley.” His story is best enjoyed in the picture book by the same name. 

    This read-aloud book is distinctive in that it uses two side-by-side narratives to share Snowflake Bentley’s story. The narrative under the woodcut illustrations lyrically tells the story of Bentley’s life and passion for snow. The margin text adds facts and scientific details that help the reader understand the excitement and importance of Bentley’s work. 

    Bentley grew from a young boy who loved snow to a teenager who pursued his passions to a young man who determinedly persevered through failures. He knew there were “treasures in the snow” and he would gift these treasures to the world. 

    And so he did. After decades of effort, he had a vast collection of snowflake photos compiled into a book: Snow Crystals. From passionate child to “snowflake authority” figure, Snowflake Bentley’s story is both endearing and insightful. 

    Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” — Wilson Bentley

    A Snowflake Bentley Study For All Ages In Your Homeschool

    After reading about the startling beauty of snowflakes, children will definitely want to explore more! 

    My boys took turns creating chalk pastel paintings to celebrate all things snow.

    winter snowflake study
    winter snowflake study

    We started with the lesson on Snowflake Bentley and his camera. This lesson is perfect for older students because it’s a bit more intricate. 

    The preschool lesson on snowflakes in Snow Clubhouse is short and sweet and delightful for beginners or younger students. Even a few minutes of painting with Nana helps kids to pause for a moment and consider the wonder of these tiny, transient winter gems. Nana’s patient instruction guides kids to wonder at the uniqueness of snowflakes as they draw. 

    Bird in Snow is the perfect lesson to connect snowflakes to wildlife in your backyard – plus it uses black paper like Bentley’s black snowflake tray! The contrast of the chalk pastels on different colored backgrounds is stunning. 

    winter snowflake study

    My youngest painted Welcome Winter Snowman to celebrate the fun we can all enjoy with snowflakes! 

    winter snowflake study

    More Winter Homeschooling Resources

    These snowy treasures of Bentley’s are well-celebrated in Nana’s Chalk Pastel lessons! Check out the ideas in this Winter Solstice celebration post. 

    From a snowflake study, you can move easily to exploring other winter weather topics. Enjoy lessons on frosted leaves, icicles, beautiful frozen winter lakes at midnight and more with Nana. Your kids will see how snow, with its delicate, icy touch, creates beauty in all aspects of wintertime. 

    Along with our chalk pastel lessons, we added in a few other hands-on craft activities. 

    winter snowflake study

    We were blessed beyond delight when the morning after painting our snow pictures with Nana, we had a suddenly snowfall! I handed out black construction paper and we rushed out to play Snowflake Bentley and collect our own snow crystals. Although I’m no photographer like he was, I managed to snap a few closeups to capture the detail of a handful of our flakes. 

    The boys and I studied my photos later, commenting on the shapes, edges, and variety in our small sampling. When we draw attention to the fleeting beauty of snow, we’re teaching children to pay attention to even the smallest of things. This skill of noticing is foundational to keep our children enthralled with learning.

    Later in the week, the boys and I made snowflakes. Snowflake cutouts can be simple and fun to make. Since my husband’s family is Polish, every so often, we attempt the Polish paper cutting technique of Gwiazdy (or, stars). Very similar to cutting paper snowflakes, but with more detailed cut-out designs. Just like snowflakes, no two are ever the same, no matter how we might try! 

    winter snowflake study

    We also designed snowflakes out of pipe cleaners. Extend this activity into a science lesson by making your own snow crystals! Kids can make actual crystal structures using a borax solution (especially wondrous if you live in an area that won’t have snow). 

    You might also enjoy a Silent Winter Snow Walk using your senses. Find out how with our sister site, Homeschool Nature Study’s Outdoor Hour Challenge Instagram post!

    However you choose to study snowflakes, whether reading, painting, or crafting, there is no doubt snowflakes are one of nature’s most beautiful wonders. The melt-away beauty of snowflakes never fails to melt hearts of nature lovers everywhere.

    Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied. – Wilson Bentley

    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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    A Homeschool Nature Study With Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood

    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.

    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.

    Winnie the Pooh: A Classic Read Aloud

    “So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” A.A Milne The House at Pooh Corner, p. 180

    A playful Roo,

    A shy Piglet too.

    A melancholy donkey,

    It’s Eeyore, you see.

    A Christopher Robin, the benevolent boy,

    On the 100 Acre Wood with all of his toys.

    And the poetic bear, who has a round tummy,

    Gladly plays Pooh Sticks and loves to eat honey!

    95 years later, that beloved bear, Winnie the Pooh, still lives on in the hearts and homes of many readers. Penned by the remarkable author, A.A. Milne,  the Pooh stories leave a masterpiece of hilarity, childhood expression, and charm. Curious minds are invited deeper into the wholesome adventures of the 100 Acre Wood awakening a longing for the simple days. The tender wordplay sprinkled across these classic tales bring laughter and a light-hearted cheer. And while Milne’s whimsical talking animals stir a child’s wonder, the affectionate memories the famous bear brings, will stir a mother’s heart, forever.

    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.

    Winnie the Pooh is 100 Years Old in 2021

    In 1921, A.A Milne gave Winnie the Pooh to his son, Christopher Robin Milne for his first birthday. That makes Pooh Bear 100 years old! His first name was Edward Bear and then renamed after a black bear, Winnipeg, Winnie for short. Mr. Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian, purchased Winnie for twenty dollars while traveling to serve in World War 1. This black bear served as a mascot for the Canadian Army and was later rehomed at the London Zoo where Christopher Robin Milne visited. The name “Pooh” is said to be from a swan.

    Family fun with Winnie the Pooh books and family-style learning.

    A.A. Milne’s inspiration for such winning stories about a melancholy donkey who once lost his tail, a dandelion-blowing Piglet, and a Tigger who loves a “golollop” of Strengthening Medicine is based on his one and only son, Christopher Robin Milne and his stuffed toys. Pooh’s endearing adventures have been translated into over fifty languages with more than 20 million copies sold! Winnie the Pooh and his friends, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and Kanga live at the New York Public Library for all to see. This poetic bear devoted to honey, kindness, and gentle humor continues to fill the hearts of parents and children all over the world.

    Where is the real hundred acre wood?

    The Real 100 Acre Wood: A Homeschool Nature Study

    Did you know that the 100 Acre Wood actually exists?  It is nestled in Sussex, England, called Ashdown Forest. This spectacular forest dressed in heathland and trees is the place that brought inspiration for A.A Milne’s Pooh stories and the illustrations by Ernest H. Shepherd. Ashdown forest also homes many wildlife such as deer, birds, and butterflies. We tied in a bit of geography by locating Europe, the United Kingdom, London, and Sussex, England on a map. To see what the 100 Acre Wood is called in Ashdown Forest, visit Where Is The Hundred Acre Wood? Wonderopolis is kid-friendly, offers informational reading, rich vocabulary, and fun writing activities!

    All the Winnie the Pooh fun with Hundred Acre Wood Homechool Lessons, literature writing prompts and art lessons.
    All the Winnie the Pooh FUN!

    A Winnie The Pooh Hundred Acre Wood Homeschool Lessons

    January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! It is also A.A. Milne’s birthday. Painting with Nana is the perfect way to honor the notable author and the famous Pooh Bear! Maybe baking a delicious Sweet Potato pie using Nana’s recipe will add a little extra sweetness to your art time and “delicious colors”.  Chalk Pastel Art has always enhanced my children’s learning experiences. One of my absolute favorite ways to incorporate art with Nana is either right before a read aloud or right after. The artwork serves as wonderful visuals for oral narration, and they are so beautiful on our walls! Coupling living books with art is such an effective way to create a unit study with minimal prep.  Let’s take a look at the engaging art lessons that sharpened my children’s creativity for our Winnie the Pooh unit study! All of these can be found in You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse Complete membership in Nana’s Literature course, which is a continuing series. The Hundred Acre Wood Map is included in the Maps section.

    • Pooh and the Honey Tree
    • Hundred Acre Wood Map
    • Home in the Tree
    • Teddy Bear Picnic

    …And it was eleven o’ clock. Which was Time-for-a-little-something…”

    Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
    Enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic Winnie the Pooh style!

    Nana’s Online Art Lesson: Teddy Bear Picnic

    Why not go on a picnic with Nana and a teddy bear? Grab your red gingham blanket, bring your favorite yummy snacks, maybe some “hunny”, a refreshing drink, and don’t forget those colorful chalk pastels! You will need those for this fun lesson! We joined two lovely picture books, Finding Winnie The True Story of the World’s Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh  by Salley M. Walker with Nana’s lesson. These picture books were loved by my younger and older children. While my three and four-year-olds loved the colorful illustrations, my older children enjoyed the inspiration behind Winnie the Pooh’s name. They were also fascinated with the real black and white photos, and the real black bear, Winnie.

    Home in the Tree Homeschool Art Lesson

    Aw, that beautiful beech tree where shy Piglet lives! Nana surely uses “delicious colors” in this lesson with the different shades of green, pinks and reds!  I can just picture sweet Piglet hanging his clothes on the laundry line.

    Home in the Tree art lesson just might be Piglet's house!

    And that broken sign that reads, “Trespassers Will” brought a few befuddled looks and giggles in our household. We had to talk about how “Trespassers Will” was  Piglet’s grandfather’s name, and Piglet’s grandfather had two names, just in case he lost one-at least that is what Piglet told Christopher Robin.  

    We coupled Piglet’s art lesson with a classic read aloud by , A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh. This book is a wonderful collection of short stories packed with adventures on the 100 Acre Wood! From Piglet ending up in Kanga’s pouch, to Piglet’s house being surrounded by water, Eeyore losing his tail, Pooh getting stuck at Rabbit’s house,  and so much more!

    Learn to draw a map of the Hundred Acre Wood with all of the favorite spots for each character.
    Even the sweet, family dog can join in Winnie the Pooh art time!

    The Hundred Acre Wood Map Art Lesson for Your Homeschool

    Painting the Hundred Acre Wood map provided a perfect visual that satisfied my children’s curious minds while imagining Pooh’s fanciful adventures. This delightful art lesson complements both stories by A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner and Winnie the Pooh.

    Winnie the Pooh and the honey tree with an art lesson for Pooh and the balloon!

    Pooh and the Honey Tree Homeschool Lesson

    We saved this painting for last! I wanted to save this one until we were all finished with our books so my children could really grasp Pooh’s character. By the time we finished the stories, my children couldn’t wait to paint this colorful classic with Nana!

    “People say nothing is impossible. But I do nothing every day.”

    Winnie the Pooh
    Did you know that You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy accompanying curriculum with Fast Facts, writing prompts and more?

    Homeschool Literature Writing Prompts with Art Lessons!

    Did you know that You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy accompanying curriculum with Fast Facts, writing prompts and more?

    Paint a forest path for your Hundred Acre Wood study!

    Additional Nature Study Resources

    Chalk Pastel Art offers so many additional nature study resources that pair well with Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood! Combine Nana’s art lesson, with a nature walk, a little bit of geography, a read aloud, and there you have it! A Pooh homeschool nature study hundred acre wood style! Check out the homeschool art lessons that are available!

    Sunflowers and honey bees are a perfect addition to your Hundred Acre Wood Nature Study.

    The 100 Acre Wood is located on Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England, not too far from London. Ashdown forest houses many deer, birds, butterflies, and invertebrates! Enjoy art lessons with a forest theme:

    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.
    Nana has acrylic art lessons too! Enjoy painting a titmouse and imagine it living in the Hundred Acre Wood

    Piglet loves “haycorns’ and was found by Pooh cheerfully blowing a dandelion. Nana’s acorn lesson with those gorgeous shades of brown!

    Dandelion art lesson! 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.
    You might also like Nana’s Eric Carle Unit Study, lesson and podcast!
    • Dandelion – that bright fluffy dandelion works amazingly for a Piglet character study!
    Nana and the Bear! A perfect lesson for your Homeschool Nature Study With Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood
    • Winnipeg was a black bear, check out Nana’s, “Nana and the Bear” lesson, not only to enjoy a cheerful painting of a black bear, but also to hear about the black bear who visited Nana’s backyard! Nana and the Bear
    • Nana and Tricia are BIG Winnie the Pooh fans. Tricia and her family got to see the Winnie the Pooh Art exhibit, the original stuffed animals, art by Ernest H. Shepherd and more on their trip to the High Museum of Art. You can see the photos here.
    • Harry Colebourn the man who purchased Winnie for $20.00 served in World War 1 with a very important job, taking care of the horses. Nana has a lesson on the helmets they wore during World War 1. War Helmets Clubhouse

    For your Winnie the Pooh fan, you can take a deep dive and learn with all of Nana’s lessons – with a homeschool nature study hundred acre wood style, a literature focus or both! Chalk pastel art has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool learning. Our art time has benefited my son with learning differences.

    Did you know that Nana also has Lord of the Rings, Little Women, Snowflake Bentley and more in the Literature Clubhouse course for her January Literature emphasis? What a joy to learn in a hands on way in 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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    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    These Ox-Cart Man activities are sure to bring this great book to life! Take a trip back to the 1800s with a New England farmer in the Ox-Cart Man. In a time when you wove your own clothes, whittled your own broom, and split your own shingles, this lyrical story takes you on a journey through the changing seasons.

    Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall is in picture book format. The story is beautifully illustrated by Barabara Cooney, winner of the Caldecott Medal.

    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool: Take a trip back to the 1800s with a New England farmer in the Ox-Cart Man. In a time when you wove your own clothes, whittled your own broom, and split your own shingles, this lyrical story takes you on a journey through the changing seasons. These activities are sure to bring the Ox-Cart Man to life! #chalkpastels #YouAREAnArtist #OxCartMan #OxCartManActivities #videoartlessons #homeschool #changingseasons #chalkpastelteatime

    Ox-Cart Man Is A Wonderful Read Aloud

    After a year of harvesting cabbages, turnips, honey, maple sugar, wool, and various other goods a farmer’s family has grown, gathered, or made, the ox-cart man loads up his cart to go and sell it for his family. He walks for ten days through the countryside before he reaches Portsmouth Market.

    Ten days!

    My children and I couldn’t imagine going to town once per year to buy all the things we needed. Let alone walk ten days to get there and then ten days back!

    And yet, the only things the farmer bought and returned home with were:

    • A Barlow knife for his son.
    • An embroidery needle for his daughter.
    • An iron kettle for his wife.
    • Two pounds of peppermint candies for the whole family to enjoy.
    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    What better way to celebrate autumn than with a chalk pastel teatime with Nana’s new lesson and Ox-Cart Man activities? In her lesson, Nana took us step by step in creating our own carts loaded with homegrown and homemade commodities.

    We added in a few of Nana’s other lessons to round out our Ox-Cart Man teatime, including:

    • Garden Honey Bees – to represent the honey the family collected
    • Baby Lamb – to represent the wool that was sheered in the spring and spun into yarn for weaving and knitting
    • Goose – to represent the goose feathers collected in the barnyard
    • Forest Path – to represent the ten days the man walked each way through forests and farmland
    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    With Nana’s seasonal tree art, you could also use this book as a springboard for chalk pastels all about changing seasons!

    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    We are not a self-sufficient family like the one in the book, except for honey. We do keep honey bees, and they provide us with enough honey to last all year as well as a little to spare. Harvesting honey is a family affair and pretty tasty too.

    So, I brought up a jar of honey from the basement to add to our teatime treats.

    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    More Homeschool Lessons For Our Favorite Books

    We also enjoyed the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook exclusive to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons. It contained facts about author Donald Hall as well as writing prompts and prompts for additional research!

    Did you know the Ox-Cart Man was initially written as a poem?

    More Homeschool Lessons For Our Favorite Books

    With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons and IDITIKI Companion Workbook. These literature chalk pastel lessons include:

    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    Chalk Pastels and Literature

    The Ox-Cart Man is rich with imagery of days gone by, and Nana has a beautiful way of bringing all the vibrance and color straight into your home with her chalk pastel lessons. Her lessons pair perfectly with some of our favorite literature! How grand to enjoy the richness and depth of the written word AND the vibrant color of art.

    Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

    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.