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Homeschooling Through The Holidays: A Christmas Tree Study For Kids


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

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

The Reality Of Holiday Homeschooling

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign Up To Attend Live or for Replay

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

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

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

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

    You will also have access to:

    What Supplies are Needed?

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

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

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

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

    Christmas Tree Animals Study

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

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

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

    Christmas Tree Nature Study

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

    Paint a winter frosty leaf in chalk pastels with Nana!

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

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

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

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

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

    Christmas Craft Activities For Kids

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

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

    Additional Resources For Christmas In Your Homeschool

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

    • Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love! by Erin – Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels! Like Kevin from Home Alone, the Grinch and more!
    • A Merry Christmas Hymns Study for Your Homeschool – Whether you homeschool as normal through December, add in Christmas activities, or trade all your homeschool curriculum for ‘Christmas School,’ a Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your school day. It is a beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

    You might also like these beautiful topics:

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

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

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

    Share on Social Media!

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

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

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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    How to Draw an Olympic Torch with Chalk Pastels

    Learn how to draw an Olympic Torch with chalk pastels and Nana’s homeschool art lesson for The Winter or Summer Games! There are so many art lessons ready for you the celebrate The Games in a hands on way in your homeschool.

    How To Draw an Olympic Torch for The Games

    How to Draw an Olympic Torch with Chalk Pastels

    You can enjoy this sample lesson, The Torch. This is one of the many lessons for both summer and winter games included in The Games Clubhouse Edition in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse.

    Suggested supplies: white construction paper. Blue, light blue, black, white, red, orange, yellow chalk pastels.

    Share your art! Draw an Olympic Torch with Chalk Pastels with Nana’s art lesson and please tag us on social media. You can tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram and use the hashtag #youareanartist – we can’t wait to see!

    More Homeschool Learning with The Games

    Celebrate The Games with Chalk Pastel Art Ideas – From ancient Greece and the Roman coliseum to the modern games and all the sports competitions, this is a great opportunity to build a homeschool unit study around The Games. Plus, chalk pastels are a fun addition to your Olympic learning.

    Paint The Games medal ceremony!
    Paint The Games medals or a medal ceremony!

    You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members have access to ALL of Nana’s art lessons for The Games for both summer and winter sports! Plus, artist clubhouse members enjoy a wonderful I Drew It Then I Knew It The Games companion curriculum workbook with Fun Facts, a printable medal tracker and more!

    Celebrate the games in a hands on way in your homeschool.

    Enjoy the upcoming Games by using these art lessons to connect kids to the historic and symbolic nature of the world’s greatest competition!

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodgemom and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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    How to Draw a Painting Snowman for Your Winter Homeschool

    Not only can you make the snowman just like you’d like him, you can design your background, plus – decide what your snowman will paint! Nana’s How to draw a painting snowman with chalk pastels is perfect for your cozy, winter homeschool art time.

    Not only can you make the snowman just like you’d like him, you can design your background, plus – decide what your snowman will paint! How to draw a painting snowman with chalk pastels.

    Snowman Paints!

    Painting with chalk pastels is such a wonderful activity for the whole family to enjoy around the homeschool table. If you have never painted with Nana before, we invite you to grab her FREE set of Get Started in Chalk Pastel Art Video Art Lessons. All it takes is 1, 2, 3! A starter set of chalk pastels, construction paper and Nana’s art lessons.

    How to Draw a Snowman with Chalk Pastels for your winter homeschool. In this homeschool art lesson, you decide what your snowman will paint!

    Free Art Lesson: How To Draw a Snowman for Your Winter Homeschool

    Enjoy this early art lesson Nana shared with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table and recorded for you!

    Suggested supplies: white or light blue construction paper. Black, red, purple, green, yellow and blue chalk pastels. Pictured: Our favorite chalk pastels and chalk pastels drawer storage.

    See how Nana’s grandchildren painted their snowmen here.

    Winter Solstice Art with the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse for homeschool.
    Photo by Erin Vincent – Winter Solstice Art for Your Homeschool

    More Homeschool Art With Nana in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!

    You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse is perfect for homeschool art for all ages!

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.

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    How to Draw a Christmas Wreath with Chalk Pastels

    Welcome the Christmas season with a beautiful Christmas wreath! You can learn from Nana how to draw a Christmas Wreath with Chalk Pastels then you can hang it up as a decoration. Or you might decide it needs to be a gift for someone you love. Either way, you will have fun with this quick and easy lesson Nana shared with her grandchildren. And you will learn that you ARE an ARTiST!

    How to Draw a Christmas Wreath with Chalk Pastels

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    • Suggested supplies: There are just a very few suggested supplies: white construction paper. Green, light green, red and black chalk pastel colors.
    • A note on chalk pastels:Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are here: Our Favorite Chalk Pastels
    • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
    Nana's Christmas Wreath art lesson is a beautiful addition to your Christmas School. Erin says, "art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities.
    Photo by Erin Vincent – Christmas Chalk Pastel Joy!

    Christmas Wreath Art Lesson for Christmas Homeschool

    Nana’s Christmas Wreath art lesson is a beautiful addition to your Christmas School. In fact, Nana has a whole section of Christmas art lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse. With the Complete Clubhouse membership, you have access to a whole bunch of holiday chalk pastel tutorials including:

    • Christmas Video Art Lessons
    • Nutcracker Video Art Lessons
    • Teatime Art Lessons including Charlie Brown Christmas and more

    “…art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities. There is just something about art that is so delightful. It simply brings joy to our lives. We love to incorporate chalk pastels into our holiday plans.”

    Erin Vincent

    Chalk pastel lessons:

    1. Are quick (most lessons are only 10-15 minutes long)
    2. Are easy to use for preschoolers through adults
    3. Minimal requirement. All you need is an inexpensive starter set of chalk pastels and construction paper

    Share Your Christmas Homeschool Art (FEATURING YOU! YOU ARE AN ARTIST!)

    Paint your Christmas wreath art lesson and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.