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World Geography Plans – From My Archives

Harmony Art Mom World Geography Plans

I have received quite a bit of email about my free downloadable plans for high school geography. Dropbox has stopped supporting the file so I am now hosting it here on my Harmony Art Mom blog.

These plans were created for my family as explained in the entries below.

Entry with the download link: World Geography Plans Download.

Pretty thorough description found here: World Geography for High Schoolers.

Reading back through these two entries, I realize now how valuable this course was to my children. They learned over the months how interconnected our modern world is and how in their youth they could be wide open to experiencing different cultures through travel and volunteer work.

Since high school graduation my children have traveled to Ireland, Bolivia, Peru, Nicaragua, and Guyana. My youngest son is currently living in Guyana.

I know that spending a year in high school concentrating on world geography and cultures had a great impact on their choices in their twenties.

I invite you to download the plans and then tweak them to fit your family’s learning style and interests.

Please note that I have not updated all the links in the plans so you may need to do a Google search for the item or find a substitute. They are still very usable and will help you get started with your own high school level geography course.




Homeschool Encouragement from Charlotte Mason

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Have you started your new school year and hit some rough patches already? Are the awesome plans you made falling flat with your children? Are you questioning some of your curriculum decisions?

I have been there!

Charlotte Mason Right Ideas at the Right Time @harmonyfinearts

Is It Me or Is It Them? Charlotte Mason’s Reminders to the Rescue: Here is a link to a blog entry I wrote back in 2008 after three weeks of school because we were not enjoying our homeschool experience. What helped me make the necessary changes? I turned to Charlotte Mason’s books for advice and encouragement and then shared my thoughts on my blog.

Education is Life

Homeschool High School Encouragement: I put this post together with all of my favorite high school experiences and advice…maybe you need it right now! I hope you find something in here that helps you get over your rough patch or gives you a fresh direction.

This blog has always been about an honest look at the ups and downs of homeschooling. It just felt right to give an accurate picture of the challenges of homeschooling long term…all the way through high school. As your children grow in both size and experience, their needs change. What works one year does not necessarily mean it will work or be appropriate the next year. Or, in my case, what worked for one older student doesn’t always work with a younger sibling. Staying flexible as an educator was something that I learned (the hard way) to accept as a natural part of starting each school year.

Don’t look at things as a failure or a waste of money if you need to put a book or plan aside. It is going to happen.

Let your children help you create the high school experience they need. I tried to look at the high school years as a transition to self-education and independence. Looking back, they were the BEST years of our homeschooling experience.

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It was most definitely a bumpy ride but definitely something I wouldn’t trade for any of the alternatives. Some might say it was PRICELESS.





Art Appreciation – Think Long Term!

Need some help getting started with art appreciation? Today’s entry hopefully will spark some ideas and show you that creating a family of art lovers is possible for anyone who wants to make it a goal…think long term!

Creating Art Appreciation Goals from Harmony Fine Arts

This post is my way of encouraging you to create some art appreciation goals this year for your family. If you work on creating the opportunity for your family to view and enjoy some paintings each year, it will become a habit that pays off in the long term.

I found this to be true in my own family. We had humble beginnings as the boys were growing up…just hit or miss until I developed my Harmony Fine Arts plans that really kept us on track from year to year.

I invite you to use my free printable entitled, Art Appreciation Goals, to stimulate your thinking or to help you keep a bigger picture view of offering artist study and picture study in your homeschool week. You can use this printable with any art appreciation curriculum you plan on using this year.

Download a copy here: Creating Art Appreciation Goals from Harmony Fine Arts

Picasso Faces

“Art is a thing of the spirit, and we need to teach it in ways that affect the spirit. We realize that the ability to appreciate art and interpret it is as universal to all people as intelligence, or imagination, or the ability to form words to communicate. But that ability needs to be educated. Teaching the technical skill of producing pictures isn’t the same as appreciating art. To appreciate, children need to have a reverent recognition of what’s been created. Children need to learn about pictures: they need to learn about them a line at a time, and as groups, by studying pictures for themselves rather than by reading about them.”
Charlotte Mason, volume six, page 214

Charlotte Mason Picture Study High School Timeline

You may be interested in reading these two posts from my archives that show just how far you can get with the year to year approach once you hit high school.

 Homeschool Art Apprecition РCharlotte Mason High School Examples Part One: This is a must read with specific details from our actual high school art appreciation. I hope it helps you see where you are aiming by the time your children are in high school. This entry details how we did art appreciation on a high school level.

Homeschool Art Appreciation – Charlotte Mason High School Examples Part Two: This entry outlines in detail how we offered art skills in high school.

You may find these helpful:

Harmony Fine Arts Grades 1-4 Artists and Composers List

Harmony Fine Arts Grades 5-8 Artists and Composers List


Harmony Fine Arts Purchase Now buttonIf you are ready to have an easy plan for art and music appreciation for your family, click the button above to head to the Harmony Fine Arts store. If you need help choosing a year to start with, please email me with any questions: [email protected]

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