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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Homeschool Papers – Once They Have Graduated

Homeschool Papers Harmony Art Mom

This is a project I have been meaning to tackle for a long time now. The shelf with all of the homeschooling papers and binders is full to the brim from the school days of my three boys. My daughter and I went through her papers a few years ago and gleaned some things to save as keepsakes, meaningful writing, artwork, and projects that she wanted to pull from her binders and bind together into a book she could have in her own library. I meant to do the same for my oldest son but he told me he doesn’t want any of the things we have saved over the years and he advised me to just toss it all out. I haven’t done it yet.

Now I am facing the shelf with much emotion knowing that I need to toss most of it and just keep some things that will hold the memories of the past sixteen years of homeschooling. I know logically that I can take photos of things that are precious and keep those safe instead of all the bulky papers and binders. But, that still is not the same as the papers with the original ink and pencil writing, the papers that they touched and labored over.

Reflecting on this shelf of homeschool records, I would do things differently now if I were starting over. Although I did glean out the best of the best to keep at the end of each school year, I would be even more brutal now if I had the chance.

Keep the best of the best of the best, take photos of the other items that seem important, and then toss or recycle the rest.

Harmony Art Mom Seasoned Mom Tip

In the end, the precious memories are not held in the papers and projects. The real value to them is not in the physical keeping of anything tangible. It is the intangible that means more to me now that I am looking from the other side of graduation plus a year.

Wish I could have some homeschooling friends over for a “throwing away the papers” party.

….That would come after I savor a few mores minutes with the memories.



Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival – How To Use School Books

Welcome to the latest edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival

Homeschooling today may look different on the outside than it did back when Charlotte Mason was alive on the earth. But, when you get to the heart of homeschooling, the nitty gritty of teaching children, it comes down to just a couple of things that have remained the same. Choosing good books to expose your children to during their growing years and then offering those books in a way that make them reach their hearts.

Charlotte Mason shared her thoughts on this topic in Volume 3 of her writings. I invite you to take a few minutes and read through the information, gleaning some new points to apply in your teaching. Volume Three Chapter 16: How to Use School Books You can see the previous Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival on this same theme from earlier this month here: I Will Lift Up My Eyes Unto The Hills

Narration question cards

Here is an entry from my archives: Forming a Good Question: A Different Kind of Narration. In this post I share how I applied one of the thoughts in the How To Use School Books section of Volume 3.

“My son would read one of his books, mark down some notes as he read in the margins of the book, and then instead of completing his usual oral or written narration or summary of the information covered, he would make up two to three questions about what he had just read. This gave him a new way to internalize the new information and facts he had covered for the day.”

Charlotte Mason to the rescue

I would also invite you to read this important post from my archives: Is It Me Or Is It Them? Charlotte Mason’s Ideas to the Rescue. I hope you find my revelation helpful in your family.

“We have worked on habits and made a good base for our current studies. They know how to read and write with confidence. All along the way we have encouraged them to think and ask questions. Now as teenagers, they are going to be expected to work a little harder, to “make judgments and discriminate”.



Mama Squirrel from Dewey’s Treehouse shares the first installment based on the carnival’s topic: Using School Books With Charlotte Mason. In this entry she gets right to the heart of the matter, sharing a few points that shed some light on the application of the information in Volume 6.  I invite to read a thought from her article below and then continue to read for gems to apply in your family.

“We are looking for subjects and studies that encourage the development of intellectual habit and “muscle,” but (she says about three times here), it’s not about “faculties,” it’s about “persons” and relationships.  Making connections.  Discovering “other minds.”


French Notebook Journey and Destination

Next there is a post from Carol from Journey and Destination: French Lessons, Vocabulary and Folk Songs. In this post, you will find some practical tips and resources to use with your family, including her French Notebook.

“This year I’ve started keeping a French notebook. Better late than never and I must say that it has been very helpful. I was inspired by the words above to make our French language learning more in keeping with the ideas Charlotte Mason had on foreign language acquisition.”

Archipelago grab button 3

Now for Anne White’s entry from the Archipelago blog: Making Sense of Everybody’s Learning. She shares some thoughtful reflections on the book, Making Sense of Adult Learning.

“In other words, it’s not about the teacher, and it’s not even (primarily) about the content: it’s about the meaning and connections that the student makes with that content.  The science of relations, self-education.”

Chickory from Joyous Lessons

Celeste from Joyous Lessons is hoping you enjoy her entry: Nature Study Outing-Tiny Finds at the Park. They found some new things to learn about on their refreshing nature outing.

“I promised them a half hour swinging and sliding if we spent a few minutes hunting down wildflowers first.  It was a fruitful little outing; we found a new flower for our life list…”


Our family enjoyed has enjoyed keeping track of our summer birds. I invite you to pop over and read all about it on the Handbook of Nature Study: Summer Bird List 2014.

“The bird story of the summer is the story of the house finch. We have discovered that in the evening, just at dusk, we have a flock of house finches flying from all directions to roost for the night in our Sweet Gum tree on the side of the house.”

Classical Mamas Read - Home Education

My friend Amy Maze over at Living and Learning is hosting a Charlotte Mason themed link-up. Participants are reading through the Home Education book by Charlotte Mason. I invite you to pop over and take a look at each of the chapter’s discussions.

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival

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The next edition will be at Simply Charlotte Mason!

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