Art Review + Inspire Me Giveaway + New Facebook Page

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Before I do the review, I have been trying to remember to tell you that our facebook page changed this month. Be sure you are not missing out on the freebies I share there by clicking LIKE to follow us on the new page. The header on the new page is the same but our name now reflects the name we have been using for a while, New Bee Homeschooler.  Here is that link for you.

Three things I look for in any curriculum program are inspiration, organization and reputation.  Harmony Fine Arts meets all of my expectations and that is what guided me in my purchase of two levels this year.

In art, it is hard for me to separate inspiration from organization because my inspiration comes from the fact that I desire our art study to be organized with our passionate pursuit of history.

From a non-art person, organizing comes first in my mind before I can teach art.  It may sound crazy to crafty folks who have a natural bent that way, but for me, creativity can't come from what I view as chaos.  

Harmony Fine Arts tames the chaos and brings inspiration because it is organized into a four-year cycle of history study.  My sons can connect the dots and see the relation of art to our unit studies. I can choose what areas of art or artists we need to focus on because I understand the four-year history cycle.

Look below at the levels offered by Barb at Harmony Fine Arts. A candy store for me. Can I have one of each please?





                                                                                    {Previously Grade 6 now Middle School Study of this time}


A lot, but not all homeschoolers understand that content subjects like art can be studied as in depth as you would like to. I find it easier to actually buy higher grade programs and use them for my younger son.

So that is another reason I bought this program so I could use it with all my sons.  Purchasing one program to use for all your children is a nice advantage when so many others clearly state you must buy a separate book for another child. I noticed too that they can be downloaded on your iPad. 

{1 program = 3 option choices in the lesson planning pages}

The longer I homeschool the more I am reminded of the fact that reputation means a lot to me. Barb is a homeschool mom who creates curriculum with just enough flexibility to use for multiple children and just enough laid out structure to keep you floating during insanely busy days.  Can I just count the blessings of savvy homeschool moms who accommodate our needs by specializing their programs?

Kudos is in order for Barb too because just recently she won an award for her art and music plans awarded by Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader Awards.


First Place: Music Appreciation and Music Curriculum categories 

Second Place: Art Appreciation category.


Congratulations Barb!

I have already started using her program along with the free notebooking pages I created and we are off to a great art start this year.


One more thing to pass on to you before I give you the very simple rules for the giveaway. I know you love freebies as much as I do and especially when you can find them for older kids? Is fun suppose to stop at 6th grade?

So the picture above is a snippet from Barb's site of the freebies she has for older kids. Be sure to scoot by there and download when you have time. Thank you very much for keeping it fun to highschool where life does not stop. Here is that link.

It's time for a giveaway!!

I have an ebook copy from Barb to give away. The winner can choose whichever version they want.

My rules. Simple as always.

1. Comment here on the blog.

2. You can comment twice.

3.  Give away ends Monday morning central time and winner chosen by random dot org.

That's it.

 I do think it's time for another lapbook and the ancient Maya lapbook is next. I have explained what I think are the steps to a comprehensive unit study and how they are similar to a funnel. During our study of Meso-America, we finally narrowed down our information to a more manageable sub topic and that is the ancient Maya. I will be sharing that lapbook next.

I was inspired by this quote today. It is powerful. Do you ever wonder if you have the circumstances for homeschooling? I wonder that each year as some days I skip enthusiastically ahead, others I trudge with heavy feet and some days I run the complete opposite direction.

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, they make them."

~ George Bernard Shaw~

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Hugs and you know I love ya,

Categories: Giveaways, Arts & Crafts/Books/Lessons