Archive / ebook

RSS feed for this section

Homeschool Nature Study – Autumn Nature Study with the OHC

Autumn nature Study continues Ebook Cover 3D

I just finished and published my next ebook over on Handbook of Nature Study! This ebook has been a long time coming and it will start a new seasonal series of nature study based on the Handbook of Nature Study..completely new topics, challenges, resources, notebook pages, and inspiration from our family to yours.

I am super excited to share with you some of the details of this new ebook and how you can join us for another autumn season of exploring your own neighborhood.

Included in the Outdoor Hour Challenge Autumn Nature Study Continues Ebook:
  • 15 challenges centered on the Handbook of Nature Study plus 1 bonus challenge
  • 40+ notebook pages (regular and advanced options) and 15 coloring pages
  • Ten Charlotte Mason style exam questions
  • Full color images for each challenge in the ebook (separate pages so you can choose whether to print them or not)
  • Complete instructions for each challenge included additional links, videos, and resources
  • Nature journal suggestions
  • Complete list of supplies needed
  • Sample to view: OHC Autumn Nature Study Continues Ebook Sample
  • 98 pages!

Here is a list of the specific challenges included in this ebook:

  • Garden Flower – Salvia
  • Weeds – Teasel
  • Weeds – Burdock
  • Reptile Study – Lizards (Geckos and Anoles)
  • Tree Study – Ash
  • Tree Study – Hemlock
  • Tree Study – Witch Hazel
  • Tree Study – Staghorn Sumac
  • Fungus Study – Stinkhorns
  • Fungus Study – Bracket Fungi
  • Mammal Study – Pig
  • Star Study – Casseopeia’s Chair, Cepheus, and the Dragon
  • Rock Study – Mica
  • Bird Study – Belted Kingfisher
  • Bird Study – Hawks
  • Winter Berries (not in the Handbook of Nature Study)

You will need to have a copy of the Handbook of Nature Study to use with the suggestions in the ebook. You can purchase a copy from or you can use an online version. The version I use is ISBN 0801493846.

Each week I will be sharing one of the challenges here on the blog which means you can follow along without a membership if you subscribe to my blog. You can subscribe by entering your email address in the subscription box at the top right of my website. After you enter your name, you will need to confirm your subscription by responding to the email that will come to your inbox.

Where Can I Get The New Ebook?

This ebook will not be sold separately but will be added to the Ultimate and Journey levels of membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

If you are a member of the Ultimate or Journey levels here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you will find the ebook listed in your library after you log into your account. The ebook version available to members includes all of the notebook pages, coloring pages, and color images. I highly recommend purchasing a membership for all the added benefits for each and every challenge.

Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library






Spring Series Nature Study with Art and Music Updates

Spring Series CoverIt was brought to my attention that the composer links for Schubert on page 20 of the ebook are no longer working.

Here are the updated links…you can print out this email and put it with your ebook so you will have the updates when you need them:

· Listen to the entire Piano Sonata in B flat Major D. 960 on
      Movement 1:
      Movement 2:
      Movement 3:
      Movement 4:

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 Example Week

Cover Grade 4

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 plans feature Modern (or 20th Century) period art and music. These plans are organized by week and by option. There are three different options for art appreciation and you can do one, two, or all three options depending on your available time and interest. Many families have successfully used these plans with children in grades K-5. I wrote the options so you can pick and choose which activities are appropriate for your particular family.

HFA Grade 4 Example Week 
Week 4: Claude Monet and Claude Debussy
(Print out the Sample Pages and follow along.)
Note that your study of Monet and Debussy will stretch out from week 1 to week 6. 

Option 1: Picture Study

  • Use the link provided to view the painting of the week: Bouquet of Sunflowers (or use the print in the ebook’s Art Print Appendix).
  • Apply the suggestions to view the painting that are given on page 9 of the plans. (There are also instructions for making this your computer’s desktop image. There are additional questions you can use to prompt your child to see more in the painting if you wish to go a little deeper.)

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 Sample

Option 2: Art Appreciation with Follow-Up Activities 
(2 short periods or one longer period of time each week)

  • Use the link provided to view the painting of the week: Bouquet of Sunflowers.
  • Practice drawing sunflowers using the link provided: How to Draw Sunflowers.
  • View this Oil Pastel Lesson on YouTube.
  • Apply what you learned above and use oil pastels to draw your own sunflower bouquet. You can copy Monet’s painting or use Google images of sunflowers to make your own original artwork.

Option 3: Drawing with Children along with Picture Study Suggestions
(2 short periods or one longer period of time each week)

  • Warm-Up and Relaxation Exercises as outlined in Drawing With Children (pages 66-68). Printable pages are linked to Choose the appropriate page to print.
  • Complete the Wow! I can Draw! lesson on pages 75-79 in Drawing With Children with markers (step by step tutorial for drawing a bird).

Your family can choose to do just one option or combine options together to get a richer art appreciation experience. Many families combine Option 1 with either Option 2 or 3. You can choose from week to week how much to include in your lesson.

Week 3 Music Appreciation
Claude Debussy

Listen to Children’s Corner #3 Serenade for a Doll

Listen to Children’s Corner #4 Snow is Dancing

Continue completing your Debussy notebook page (included in the ebook) – add some words that you thought of as you listened to his music.

See my Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 page for more specifics for this plan for art and music appreciation. You can print out the sample for a list of artists and composers included in this ebook, a list of materials and resources needed, supplies list, and six weeks of plans to examine. Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 Sample May 2020

If you have older children, there are also middle school level art and music appreciation plans for Modern Era Art and Music (20th Century) and you can read about them here: Harmony Fine Arts Grade 8 – Modern Era. Please note that Grade 4 and Grade 8 have different artists and composers so they will not “match” except in covering the same time period.

If you are interested in studying a different period of art, you can check my Overview Chart for more information about which grade to purchase.  There is also a chart for Grades 1-4 listing specific artists and composers included in each year.

You can purchase these plans by visiting the

Harmony Fine Arts Store.

Harmony Fine Arts Purchase Now button


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...