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In my life this week…

I am anticipating a week long trip with my husband, son, and two of his friends. We are going camping! I love getting to know my son’s friends and seeing how they interact. I have spent quite a bit of time cruising around Pinterest to find ideas for camping meals, meals for hungry teenage boys! The menu plans are all typed up now, the shopping lists are made, and now we just have to wait until the day arrives to pack up and leave.

Lego building

In our homeschool this week…

My children are all grown and graduated but that doesn’t mean I can’t borrow some kids from a friend to spend time with, showing them all kinds of new things. I miss the freshness of young learners when everything is new. With my two little friends (ages 3 and 6), I get to share a love of nature, art, and reading. We read Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day today and it was amazing to watch them enjoy such a fun story. It ended with a drawing session where we drew Pooh bear with colored pencils.

Winnie the Pooh

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Don’t wait for your kids to ask you to read to them. Get out the book, open it up, and start reading out loud. If at first they don’t seem interested, make the story come alive with voices and your enthusiasm. It won’t be long before they hop up on your lap or next to you on the sofa to see what is going to happen next.

Watercolor with Preschoolers

My favorite thing this week was…

Watercoloring with little ones! Plus keeping in touch with my older kids by text, Instagram, and phone. My life is full of watching each one of my children take on a new challenge. My oldest son just bought his very first house!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

Here is a video that made me smile and I really enjoyed. It shows some kayakers in Argentina who were lifted up in their boat by a whale! Really ! If you haven’t seen this video yet, you must!!!

Whale Lifts Kayakers Out of the Water

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Harmony Art Mom – Homeschool Books for Sale

Harmony Art Mom Homeschool Books For Sale

This is the time of year that I clean off shelves and post some treasures for you to add to your homeschool library. I invite you to take a look over on my Harmony Art Mom Bookshelf to see what I have up for sale.

Harmony Art Mom Bookshelf- books and materials for sale

Hope you find something there that will help you. As always, if you want to make an offer, just email me and ask!


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Summer Art – Picasso’s 3 Musicians

This week we will take a look at several paintings featuring a musical theme. All of the paintings linked below have a guitar in them. Make sure to ask your children to look for something that is common in all paintings and see if they can pick out the guitars.

Create your own Picasso style artwork with a guitar somewhere in the picture! You can copy one of the paintings above or create your very own guitar-scape!

Materials Needed:

Drawing paper or watercolor paper

Markers or watercolors

Thick black marker

If you need help drawing a guitar, here is a link: Guitar Shapes.

Due date to be included in the slideshow: July 28, 2014.
All artists are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your artwork in jpg format to:


Here is your slideshow from last week’s Chalk Pastel Seahorse assignment: Seahorses.

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