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Why Adding Art To Your Morning Basket Makes All The Difference

A morning basket is a great opportunity for kids to learn about a variety of subjects together that you might not always get to during your regular homeschool lessons. Adding art to our morning baskets has been an awesome benefit for our homeschool lessons throughout the day. 

Starting our homeschool day with art has been a beautiful way to encourage creative thinking throughout the day. In fact, incorporating art into your homeschool lessons has tons of amazing benefits! Keep reading to discover how we are using art in our morning baskets to support our current homeschool lessons and unit studies. 

Why Adding Art To Your Morning Basket Makes All The Difference - Adding art to our morning baskets has been an awesome benefit for our homeschool lessons throughout the day.

What is a Morning Basket?

When I first heard about morning baskets, I was uncertain if I could make the method work for our family. You see, I’m not a morning person. Thankfully, morning baskets work any time of day and I’ve learned how to use a morning basket without actually being a morning person.

Since I’m not a morning person, I like to choose activities for our morning basket that don’t require me to be functioning at 100%. These are usually things my daughter enjoys and can do with relative independence. Adding video art lessons from ChalkPastel to our morning basket plans makes it easy to incorporate art activities while I’m still waking up.

Sometimes morning basket activities are called “circle time” or “morning time.” The activities that go into your morning basket are made to bring everyone together, to set the tone for your day, and (sometimes) to incorporate activities and subjects you find yourself falling behind in. 

Morning baskets are ideal for incorporating art lessons into your homeschool days because they give you a chance to start the day on a creative note. Beginning your homeschool lessons with creativity gest kids excited about the day’s lessons and encourages creative thinking all day long. 

Morning baskets are great for adding other subjects like poetry, books read aloud, and foreign language to your homeschool days too. We often use our morning baskets to supplement our current unit study or lesson with art projects and other fun activities.

Art during morning time in our homeschool

How We Use Morning Baskets To Support Our Current Unit Study

Currently, we are learning about all things Space. My daughter, Emily, is fascinated by Outerspace so we are learning everything we can about planets, constellations, astronauts, and astronomers. 

I’ve put together a Space Unit Study with lunar lore, constellations, information on all the planets, and lessons on astronauts and the Apollo Missions. We also put together a really cool themed morning basket to use with this Space unit study.  

Our Space morning basket will give Emily opportunities to learn more about all the things we’ll be studying through art, games, and experiments. Some of our favorite art activities from the Space morning basket include a themed playdough kit from Playful Days Dough and Usborne’s Astronauts Sticker Book

Chalk Pastel art during our morning basket time

The Value of Adding Art To Our Morning Basket

We might not get to every activity in our morning basket each day, but throughout the month we tend to cover everything. Incorporating art in our morning basket activities has all kinds of great benefits! For starters, art encourages creativity so it’s a great way to begin the day’s lessons.

Adding art to our morning basket also helps us to start the day on a high note. Emily loves art! She’s always excited to begin the day with an art project or art activity, so art is an easy choice for our morning basket routine. Beginning the day with something she really enjoys helps start the whole day off right. 

I have found that one of the best ways to add art to our morning baskets is with You ARE An Artist. Lessons are available for all subjects and interests. I can easily pull up one that matches our current unit study when needed. I also use them to help plan our morning baskets each season.

You ARE an ARTiST has lots of fun video art lessons that match up well with all kinds of interesting topics and unit studies. Here is an example of all fun options we are using for our Space unit study:

You can access all of these fun and easy video art lessons for your morning basket or homeschool unit studies with a clubhouse membership

I’m particularly excited about exploring the Solar Exploration Video Art Lessons with Emily because they include a Hubble Lesson that is going to be super fun to do together with our mini unit study on Edwin Hubble. If you’re thinking about beginning morning baskets with your kids this year, this is a great way to get started. Pair a book with an art activity and watch the learning fun begin! 

About Jessica Waldock

Jessica Waldock is a writer, photographer, and homeschool mom of one living in sunny Florida. She founded The Waldock Way as a way to give back to the homeschool community that she loves so much. At The Waldock Way Jessica shares tips, tricks, inspiration, and unique resources that help ignite a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime. She inspires families to engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle where relationships come first and interest-led learning prevails. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

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Everything You Need For A Homeschool Moon Missions Unit Study

Here is everything you need to create a moon missions unit study that will blast off! Includes art, books, and even snacks for learning.

This is a perfect time of year to learn about the moon in your homeschool. Here is everything you need to create a homeschool moon missions unit study that will blast off!

“I see the moon,

 And the moon sees me;

 God bless the moon,

 And God bless me!” 

From a young age, children learn nursery rhymes about the moon like the one above or,

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon.”  

“God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.” (Genesis 1:16) The lesser light dominates the night; moon rhythms and cycles keep time, track seasons, and control the sea tides. Its influence on us is inescapable. 

We can see the moon outside almost every night. It can seem so strange and mysterious as it moves through the sky and changes shape. 

It makes sense that children would be interested in learning more about such a beautiful and mysterious object. Adults have been equally interested in studying the moon and its impact on us. Of course, we have even gone so far as to send astronauts to walk on and explore the moon.

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”

Neil Armstrong

Moon Missions Anniversaries For Your Homeschool Study

Each July, there are Apollo Moon Missions anniversaries to learn about. This makes July a great month to spend a little time focused on the moon missions. For example:

July 20, marks the anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.

“This is one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 Lunar Rover mission is 7/31/21.

There are so many fun resources for learning more about the moon and space exploration. You can read books, do art projects, enjoy fun snacks, explore with a telescope or good binoculars, and there are many virtual learning opportunities. 

Homeschool Moon Missions Study: There are so many fun resources for learning more about the moon and space exploration. You can read books, do art projects, enjoy fun snacks, explore with a telescope or good binoculars, and there are many virtual learning opportunities.

Books About Moon Missions For Your Unit Study

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We visited Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during a family trip to Florida several years ago. We love listening to audiobooks on long car rides, and ever the homeschool mom, I decided that we should listen to Alan Shepard: Higher and Faster to go along with our visit.

All of my children loved the book, but it sparked a big interest in my then five-year-old son. He has been learning all he could about astronauts and the moon ever since.  

One of the books he enjoyed after we got home was To the Moon – The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship. He listened to the audio repetitively and learned so much, even though it is a chapter book recommended for middle and high school students.

More Moon Missions Unit Study Books

  • Who was Neil Armstrong is another great biography, that is good for a family read-aloud or independent reading for children reading chapter books.
  • Magic Tree House Midnight on the Moon is one that elementary students can read independently.
  • Younger children may really enjoy The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons or On The Moon by Anna Milbourne

No matter what you decide, books are a great place to start your homeschool moon missions study.

Art Lessons Perfect For Learning All About Moon Missions

Art is such a wonderful way to engage in creative learning. It can help the brain connect to the information that you are learning and help students engage in ways they otherwise might not. NASA spared no expense in video and photography equipment during their nine manned moon missions they took thousands of photographs. You can view many in NASA archives and use them as inspiration for artists. 

When we think about the moon missions, this Man on the Moon painting which celebrates the moon landing and placement of a United States flag is one of my favorites! It is so easy to do but looks great finished.

“This is a rock and rolling ride!” – Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin

Nana’s new Apollo 15 Lunar Rover lesson in the Moon Mission course is a great one for students that want something a little more detailed. As always, Nana does it step by step so that even beginners can use it but the details in this painting are perfect for those students that want something a little more challenging. 

Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s birthday on August 5th (or any of the other astronauts your child is interested in) with The Astronaut Helmet lesson.

Everything You Need For A Homeschool Moon Missions Unit Study: My son’s favorite lesson was this exciting painting of the Saturn V Lift Off, which is also in the Moon Mission course. Having stood under one of the three remaining Saturn V’s in Florida really helped put this painting into perspective. The rockets used to reach the moon were huge! The launch must have been amazing.

My son’s favorite lesson was this exciting painting of the Saturn V Lift Off, which is also in the Moon Mission course. Having stood under one of the three remaining Saturn V’s in Florida really helped put this painting into perspective. The rockets used to reach the moon were huge! The launch must have been amazing. 

There are so many great options for your homeschool in both the Moon Missions Course and the Space Exploration course. You can let your student pick their favorites or do a different one each day of your study.  If you wanted to go a step further than the moon, you could even try out the Mars Rover lesson!

You can even spend time with Nana’s lessons creating a Space Camp at Home with Art. With so many space courses, you can enjoy several weeks worth of lessons as your explore the solar system and beyond!

Add Fun Astronaut Snacks To Your Homeschool Day

After all that hard work reading and painting, you might just be ready for a little snack. I know that my children always seem to remember the fun foods we ate when we did a unit study. 

There are many different ideas for moon snacks:

  • The rocket made from fruit and this moon surface snack made from rice cakes and bananas are my favorites. Both are super easy to put together and healthy!
  • Another fun option (though maybe not quite as healthy) is this snack which makes the moon phases out of cookies! 
  • There’s also the classic astronaut ice cream. Ice cream is far better than the Tang and dehydrated beef and vegetables mix the Apollo 11 crew ate out of packets. 

 Online Lessons For More Moon Learning

If you want to learn even more about the moon missions in your homeschool, then be sure to check out these resources:

  • Enjoy this fun NASA STEM activity page. There are lots of virtual science experiments and ideas that you can do at home to learn more.
  • You can get a closer look at the surface of the moon with Google Moon (like Google Earth but for the moon).
  • Finally, you can experience the Apollo 11 mission in real-time with this virtual learning experience. It uses all real historical information and “original historical missions’ material”.
This comprehensive list has everything you need for your homeschool moon missions study. Includes art, books, and even snacks for learning.

Moon Mission Study For Your Homeschool

Moon missions are fun to explore with any age from preschool up to adults. NASA, and mankind, have learned so much over the years and there is still more to be explored. NASA is well on the way with its Artemis Program, which aims to land “the first woman and next man” on the Moon by 2024.

Long the venue of science fiction, our children, or perhaps grandchildren, will likely grow up as part of an interplanetary species with plans well underway for both lunar and Martian manned stations.

“Opportunities will be available to you that you cannot imagine.”

Neil Armstrong

You could spend a day, a week, or even a school year learning about the moon missions and studying space in your homeschool. Your young artist today could be a future rocket scientist, or terraforming engineer helping to settle a new world.  

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

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How To Create An Affordable Space Camp At Home This Summer

Space Camp At Home With Art

Are your kids fascinated by the idea of space? Mine too! The solar system can be such an exciting area of study. Most of us still remember learning about all of the planets and space exploration when we were kids. 

Isn’t it funny how you remember certain things you learned as a child? Usually, we recall the things that stuck out the most because the lessons were exciting or had an element of hands-on education included. 

That is precisely what we are going to help you create at home! We have some exciting and affordable ideas to help you create a space camp with art in your homeschool or maybe for fun this summer at home. 

Here at You ARE An Artist, we will be hosting a week of space camp, and we sure do hope you join us. But, luckily you can also use our clubhouse membership to do an art camp based on space anytime!

Are your kids ready to blast into learning all about space? Check out how easy it is to create a Space Camp At Home With Art! #artcamp #onlineartclasses #kidsart #homeschoolart #homeschoolscience #sciencecurriculum

5 Steps To Create An Awesome Space Camp At Home

  1. Grab your clubhouse membership here if you don’t have one yet to get started. Tip: One week of traditional art camp or space camp for just one child can easily cost $200-250. But get this – your entire family can enjoy a full year of over 700+ art lessons along with our companion workbooks with planners, book recommendations, fast facts, biographies, and overviews for the same investment. With our clubhouse membership, you get more value for your money! Plus, you never have to leave home, and you can access all of our art lessons at your convenience. 
  2. Make sure you have your supplies ready. You will need a starter set of chalk pastels and copy or construction paper. Yes! That’s all you need to get started. Super affordable!
  3. Choose when you will host your art camp. Honestly, art camp is perfect any time of year, but a few ideas to help you choose may be: summer, spring break, or kick off the first week of school with art camp (that is an easy way to ease into the homeschool year and get the kids excited to learn). Or you can join us for summer camp together! During summer camp, we will create traditional summer camp art projects in addition to travel camp with landmarks, space camp, and so much more.
  4. Pick your art lessons. This is the fun part! We have so many space art lessons to choose from; you could be busy for a while! You could even block out an entire 4-6 weeks in your homeschool to study space with our Solar System, Space Exploration, Solar Eclipse, and Moon Missions art courses. 
  5. Add the fun stuff. Here is where you can get creative! It may be fun to decorate solar system sugar cookies, make a galaxy cake, or planet cake pops. There are so many creative ways to incorporate snacks while you are learning together. 

Blast Off With These Exciting Summer Space Camp Lessons

I Drew It Then I Knew It Moon Missions Art Course 

  • Pad Crawler
  • Saturn 5 Lift Off
  • Headed to the Moon
  • Flag on the Moon
  • Mission Control
  • Footprint on the Moon

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar Eclipse Art Course 

  • Diamond Ring
  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Baily’s Beads

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Art Course 

  • Solar System
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Uranus
  • Saturn
  • Jupiter
  • The Plutoids
  • Neptune
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Mercury

I Drew It Then I Knew It Space Exploration Clubhouse Edition Art Course 

  • Space Shuttle Lift Off
  • Man on the Moon
  • Night Sky
  • Comet
  • Spiral Galaxy
  • Nebula
  • Mars Rover
  • Astronaut Helmet

I know! So much art to do and exciting ways to learn about space!

We followed along with the I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Course and Companion Workbook. If you introduce your students to the solar system for the first time, the companion workbook is perfect for guiding you from planet to planet. But even kids who have covered the solar system before will learn something new!

We had a blast drawing our way through the Solar System. Earth was another must-do art lesson for us, and then we dove into the beautiful rings of Saturn. We are still working our way through all of these exciting lessons and learning a lot along the way.

Remember, there is no right way to enjoy art camp, but there are endless ways to have fun with it! You don’t have to start with any particular lesson; begin with whatever interests your kids the most. 

Please join us for Space Camp! You can try out a sample lesson here

Once you join the clubhouse, tag us on social media @chalkpastelart and use #YouAREAnArtistClubhouse so that Nana can see your artwork! She loves to encourage your artists. 

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