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20% of Their Week For Developing an Interest

20 percent of their week for developing an interest @harmonyfinearts

Homeschooling high school age children allows you time to develop an interest or passion. Some of our  family’s best learning time was done during our project afternoons. This was a time that didn’t feel like school but was a time when my boys pursued their own passions. I was able to watch them develop their own interests in a way that made sense to them.

Google has in the past given their employees 20% of their week to pursue their passion. 

For the average homeschooler, an academic year equals 180 hours or 5 hours per day. Giving back 20% of the time would mean that one hour per day would be opened up for following a passion. In our family we created what we call “project time” in the afternoons which allowed the boys to pursue their interests with little or no interference from me. I was there to mentor, provide materials, or listen when things did not turn out as expected.

Let’s face it. Once our children are out of school they will have 100% of their time to do what they want, to follow whatever path they want. Can we help them face the decisions about what to do next with a little more confidence?

Are you showing them now that  “education is a life”.

We should all feel like we are learning something new all the time…it is what makes life exciting.

Children need some freedom to learn what they are interested in.

How about you? Could you allow some free time for creative self-directed projects in your homeschooling day?


You also may be interested in these blog entries:

Making Room for Creativity: Project Time and Space

Balance Academic and Project-Driven Learning

High School Projects: Robots, RC Planes, and Game Making

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Sketch Tuesday – Bubbles


I hope you enjoyed your sketch topic this week! There are some really great sketches from young and old, new and continuing sketchers this week. Thank you so much for your participation and for sharing your work with the slideshow.


Here is your slideshow: Toy Box.

This week’s assignment is due Monday, April 21, 2014.

Sketch something with bubbles.

All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: by Monday, April 21, 2014 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow. Complete instructions are found by clicking the Sketch Tuesday tab at the top of my blog.


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Dover Art Cards-How To Use and Store Them

Dover Art Cards - Using them for picture study and storage ideas

Dover Art Cards are a wonderful resource when you are creating an artist study for your family. I love them so much that they are a part of several grade levels of the formal Harmony Fine Arts plans. The value of having art prints in full color even if they are postcard size is immeasurable for visual learners. Children can build their familiarity with lots of artists over time by viewing the style and manner in which each artist paints and uses colors. The Dover Art Cards are reasonably priced and each set has lots of postcard size prints to display, handle, and study.

You can read my basic tips for  Dover Art Cards over on The Curriculum Choice.
Harmony Fine Arts - Printable art cards

If you are ready for more advanced picture study using Dover Art Cards, you could try using the printable Art Cards with questions for examining a print more closely.

Additional Ideas for Using Dover Art Cards

Identify Different Artists: With two sets from different artists on hand, take four from each set and mix them up. Place the cards on the table with the prints facing up. Now challenge your children to sort the cards by artist into two stacks. When they are finished, turn the cards over to see the labels and check their guesses.

Dover Art Cards creation of adam

Copywork: Use the art cards as the basis for a picture study copywork session. Have your child duplicate the painting as best they can using colored pencils.

Picture Study Using a Viewfinder: I shared this idea a long time ago but it is one you can adapt with Dover Art Cards. Create a viewfinder and place it over the card. Have your child duplicate what they see in the viewfinder using colored pencils.

How do we store our Dover Art Cards?

I store our Dover Art Cards sets in a photo box. I take apart the cards and organize them by artist, each with a file card with the name of the artist on the tab. Some of the sets are more general like Great Impressionist Art Cards .

We have a lot of cards and this keeps them organized in such a way that we can pull the box out, flip to the artist we are looking for, and then pull out the stack of cards.

Dover Art Cards Storage Ideas @harmonyfinearts

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