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Homeschooling Encouragement From The Archives

This is the time of year I always loved and looked forward to with such anticipation. Back to school time always brought with it such high hopes for new learning adventures. Any fresh new curriculum had been chosen with care, creating inside me an eagerness to get started.

Then the first week or two would pass by and that feeling of “maybe I made a mistake” or “this is not working so as well as I wished” would set in. Time to reevaluate a choice was a serious job.

I thought I might share some of my posts from the archives that touch on some of these feelings and how we dealt with them in our family.

I hope you find something that encourages you!

 Homeschooling Charlotte Mason High School Experience @harmonyfinearts

Charlotte Mason High School Or Not? - Maybe you are wavering in your decision to use the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling for high school. You may find my words in this post from 2009 encouraging.

 Not Back to School Yet @harmonyfinearts


Not Back to School Yet: Sometimes you just need to delay your start of the school year before you really get going! This post from August 2011 shares some reasons to delay your school year if you are having trouble getting started.

Creating a Life Long Learner

Ingredients to Building a Life-Long Learner- This post from 2012 will help remind you of the more important things when it comes to homeschooling a child in a way that is meaningful.

Homeschooling Counting Down to the First Day @harmonyfinearts

Tick, Tick, Tick…Counting Down to the First Day – I love going back and reading this post. It reminds me of a year filled with such memories and the most important thing is that I didn’t miss the joy in watching my son mature over his senior year of high school. He is so far away now living in New York. We have a sweet relationship that is held together with phone calls, texts, and Instagram. We see each other in about seven weeks for a week long Connecticut adventure.


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Still looking for that perfect art appreciation program for your homeschool? I created the flexible Harmony Fine Arts plans for families who want to offer art and music appreciation in a simple and enjoyable way. I invite you to take a look at the sample pages and see for yourself if these plans would help your year go a little better.

Can’t wait!

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Wonderful Art Resources from Dover Publications

Posts Collected From My Archives!

I am a big fan of Dover Publications…books, coloring books, art cards. We used them all the time in our homeschooling and I still use them in my Harmony Fine Arts plans for certain years. I am going to gather all my Dover Publications posts into this one post for you to enjoy. Click the links below and you will learn how we successfully used Dover products in our homeschooling. Enjoy!
Dover Coloring Books Using Them for Art Appreciation

Dover Coloring Books – My View On Using Them For Art Appreciation – Dover Coloring Books are a tool to be used alongside picture study and in addition to a gradual program of learning to draw and paint.


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Dover Art Masterpieces to Color -This post is about a particular Dover coloring book that has been the centerpiece of our art appreciation over the years. In fact, we have owned several copies of this coloring book as each child works their way through the Harmony Fine Arts plans for art appreciation.


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

Dover Art Cards – How to Use and Store Them: 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.


Additional Links to My Thoughts on Dover Publications for Art:

Dover Coloring Books – Art Appreciation Ideas (on HubPages)

Dover Art Cards - Review and Suggestions for Using Them (on The Curriculum Choice)

My Flickr Album with Lots of Coloring Book Page Samples in Different Styles


Dover Coupon code from TCC

Plus my friend Tricia over at HodgePodge and The Curriculum Choice uses Dover products all the time as well. She so graciously has shared a coupon code for my readers to use!

Find each of the titles at the Dover Publications website. Plus for a limited time, you can get 25% off your order. Just use code WHBA through 9/01/15.

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Teaching Art – Start With Observing Great Art

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From My Archives!

At the beginning of each school year, it is helpful to equip yourself with as many teaching tools as you possibly can. For families that wish to study great art and artists, getting your child to participate in a picture study discussion can be a challenge especially if you have taken a break from it over the summer. I am sharing a printable tool from my archives that may help encourage your family to not only look at great art but to thoroughly enjoy it. I invite you to click over and read the original entry and download, save, and print out the art question cards for future reference.

Harmony Fine Arts - Printable art cards

Art Question Cards – Help With Picture Study - This entry explains how to use the cards after you print them out.

Let me know how they work in your family!

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