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Harmony Art Mom

Updated on February 9, 2013

Harmony Art Mom

I thought it might be helpful to make a lens sharing all the things I do all over the internet.

I am a homeschooling mom of four children. Two of those children have graduated from high school and just about finished college. My two youngest boys are in high school and we are taking the challenge of homeschooling for the complete four years. I write a lot about homeschooling on my my Harmony Art Mom blog and I keep up a nature blog called Handbook of Nature Study, based on the book by the same title.

We live in Northern California in the Sierra Nevada foothills. We spend lots of time outdoors whether it is in our own yard or within an hour or so of our house. We can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, hike, canoe, kayak, river raft, and swim all within a few miles of our house in an area that most people consider vacation land.

My husband is a wildland firefighter and inventor in his spare time. We have been married 26 years and enjoy drinking coffee, planning and taking trips, and spending time with our children.

My passions have turned into a work-from-home adventure with Harmony Fine Arts and the Outdoor Hour Challenge ebooks. You never know where your interests will lead and mine have taken me farther than I imagined. My involvement in nature study drew the attention of Cornell University and they featured my work on their Celebrate Urban Birds website.

Harmony Fine Arts Button
Harmony Fine Arts Button

My Homeschooling Business

Harmony Fine Arts

The idea behind this program came from my own home schooling experience. I was always searching for a plan for picture study and composer study. It seemed simple enough to do myself but I just never did it. I also wanted to use the classical style and Charlotte Mason's ideas for our art and music. I wanted all the great resources organized in the four-year cycle of history. I wanted it to be flexible and easy to use. I never found what I was searching for so I decided to do it myself!

This is the art and music appreciation program for busy people. We have done all the research and organizing. You are able to open our plan and offer a great program for your children.

My Favorite Hiking Photo of 2010

My Favorite Hiking Photo of 2010
My Favorite Hiking Photo of 2010

My Favorite Art Supply

Prismacolor Water-Soluble Colored Pencils, 36-Count (Pack of 1)
Prismacolor Water-Soluble Colored Pencils, 36-Count (Pack of 1)

I use this set of pencils every week in my own journaling. They travel with me everywhere I go.....

 
Outdoor Hour Challenge blog button
Outdoor Hour Challenge blog button

My Passion - Nature Study

It started out as a personal adventure to spend more time outdoors with my children and it has grown into a worldwide community of nature lovers. The concept is so simple and easy to get started that I think most families that give it a try realize this is something that is worthwhile and beneficial to their children and family.

I post a short nature study reading and Outdoor Hour Challenge. They usually take 10-15 minutes to complete and afterward there are suggested follow-up activities. The families can post a blog entry sharing their outdoor experience and then link up on my blog so other families can read and be inspired too.

We are finishing our third year of Outdoor Hour Challenges. All the challenges are listed on my Handbook of Nature Study blog and are free for any family to use at any time. I invite you to click over and check them out for your family.

My Favorite Place to Go Hiking

My Favorite Place to Go Hiking
My Favorite Place to Go Hiking

My Favorite Place to Relax-Hawaii

My Favorite Place to Relax-Hawaii
My Favorite Place to Relax-Hawaii

My best advice for getting started with Squidoo is to write what you are passionate about.

I love to hear your comments. - Thanks for visiting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am interested to learn more about "notebooking" especially in regards to teaching high school theology!

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you!

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      Eva Varga 6 years ago from NorCal

      Great lens idea! :)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I had to bookmark this lens so I can come back for the wealth of information you have here! I enjoyed reading more about you. I'm a homeschooling mom of 7--next year is our first year of high school w/ my oldest. Angel blessed.

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      everythingsbaby 6 years ago

      you have tons of wonderful lenses, I am looking forward to read your interesting lenses really soon. have a lovely day

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I don't live too far from you... southern Oregon.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Hi! Just wanted to say it was fun reading about your company on "Notebooking News"! =D

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      You have such fantastic music and art resources for learners of all ages! =D I first saw your materials via a link on "Homeschool Share" a couple years ago and was so impressed! You really inspired me to try to write some of my own materials online from lessons I taught. Thank you so much for all you have done for the world of arts education, and thank you also for your kind "angel blessings" here on Squidoo!! {{Hugs!}}

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      It is so wonderful to meet you and all of your lenses sound so interesting. Great lensography. Thank you so much for blessing my Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady lens. It really meant a lot to me. I am looking forward to reading more of the lenses that you are featuring here.