Monday, 26 January 2015

Fine Arts {Art Appreciation, Art, Composer Study Hymn Study} for 2015

This week's Virtual Curriculum Fair hosts are
  1. Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
  2. Lisa @ Golden Grasses

Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World---includes any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.

This year I would like to continue exploring delight direct education and a Charlotte Mason approach.  My aim is to attempt to do something art inspired each week.  Our ideas and yours are shared each week in the Virtual Fridge Meme on Thursdays.  I would love for you to join us and share some ideas we can do with our children at home.

What is Fine Art
Definition of FINE ART

  1. art (as painting, sculpture, or music) concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects —usually used in plural b : objects of fine art 
  2. an activity requiring a fine skill
For 2015
  • We will continue using The World's Greatest Composers by Confessions of a Homeschooler.
  • The Classical Kids Collection Vol 1 & 2. These are produced by The Children's Group and cover the lives of eight famous composers.
  • Classical Composers Monthly as a supplement to whichever composer we are studying.
  • We will continue with The World's Greatest Artists Vol 1.  We have already studied Claude Monet {FREE Resource List} and will continue and learn about the other seven artists in the unit.
  • We did Shipwrecked earlier in the year and really enjoyed it so we will work our way through Bible Stories by See the Light
  • In an ideal world I would love to do some Hymn study too.  I have not settled on anything.  I think we might alternate Composer Study with Hymn Study.
  • We will be meeting up with a family each week where we will continue to learn to play the recorder as well as work our way through drawing lessons from the Drawing Textbook.
  • I am also in the process of reseaching the Charlotte Mason philosophy on the Fine Arts.
  • This year we also intend on attending a few MSO concerts and a ballet concert.
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Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers as they share how they explore their world with fine arts

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Meet my family

Sonlight Blog PartySonlight is 25 years old and this year they are hosting a year long blog party.  It's been a while since I've posted about the family so I've decided to join in the fun.

You can meet other Sonlight Homeschool Families at the January Blog Party.

I am Chareen and I'm a South African born, New Zealander living in Australia!

I have been married for 23 years and home educating for 17 of those. I have home educated in New Zealand and Australia.  Our very first year of homeschooling was with Sonlight Kindergarten  in 1998.

My favourite time of the year is when the new Sonlight catalog comes out.  I spend a few days happily curled up on the lounge chair with a cup of tea and catalog reading and discovering all the wonderful new books and items available.

You can read more about my home education journey here: Timeline of my Journey.  These are some of the Sonlight Cores I have used during my journey.

My Sonlight Badges 

I am passionate about supporting and encouraging homeschoolers, homeschooling and books as well as great encouraging fellowship.

I am also a homeschool curriculum review blogger and enjoy using social media to share my homeschool journey and you can find me on these platforms

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Paul is my Zoo Keeper husband who has the amazing privileged of looking after serval at Werribee Open Range Zoo.  He is a passionate wild life photographer and you can follow his adventures on Instagram (@servalpaul) Paul is in the middle of self publishing a photographic bird guide book and will be blogging this year at Bush Tales by Paul

Tim turned 21 last year and is currently studying a Cert IV in Web Based Technology.  He has a long term goal of Game Development. At present he is also exploring his creative side via photography.  You can see some of his work on Facebook.

Jane is 19 and is working full time.  She graduated in 2012 with a Cert III in Children's Services.  Over the last three years she has also completed a Cert II in Retail and last year did Cert IV in Human Resources.

Nathaniel is the main feature of the blog.  He is 9 years old and loves to explore the world around him.  Sir N is passionate about all things in the film industry but his first love is airplanes and he is currently designing a Jumbo-class plane and E4D (this is an improved home theater system). He loves to develop products and is also developing the Solifuge (a new type of vehicle).  He helps me to review home school products.  One of his all time favourite things to do is to deconstruct items such as our old microwave and recently our old DVD computer drive.

To help celebrate Sonlights 25th year they are giving us the chance to win a full years curriculum.  You can read more about it here: Mom to Mom Curriculum Giveaway

Mom-to-Mom Curriculum Giveaway
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I'd love to hear more about your family! If you have a blog and have shared there please leave a link in the comments for me.  If you don't have a blog please tell me more in comments.  


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Saturday, 24 January 2015

HSMJ the one where I pixel paint and laughter is good medicine.

 In my life this week…
I had so much fun this week playing with long exposures in Melbourne.  I joined the Canon Collective for an evening of pixel stick painting.

Flinders Street Station Melbourne

From Outer Space in a Melbourne lane ...

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  • You're invited to the 2015 Not Back To School Blog Hop over at Our Worldwide Classroom.
  • If you're on Instagram I'd love to meet you.  You can find me @chareenr 
  • If you are looking for homeschool encouragement and homeschoolers on Instagram.  Look up the hashtag #meetmyfriends OR #homeschoolfriends
n our home school this week…
It's our last week of holidays.  We have spent this week tidying up and enjoying Paul's company.  Paul has been reading Jungle Doctor's crooked dealings to Sir N.

I have downloaded some new software for Sir N to try out from The Critical Thinking Co.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
This week has been a non stop pace and I am tired.
  • Sunday we collected a second hand book shelf with the aim of removing two of the smaller shelves we have and replacing it with one larger one.
  • The afternoon was spent with family to celebrate my brother in laws birthday.
  • Tuesday we surprised my sister with an afternoon tea for her birthday.  She makes some amazing cakes ( Sunflower Creations )
  • Wednesday I was joined by two of my friends and we drove across Melbourne to meet with some ladies from Charlotte Mason Australia for an afternoon of fellowship with the Australian Representative for Ambleside Online Jeanne who blogs over at A Peaceful Day.
  • Thursday evening I joined the Canon Collective for pixel stick night painting.  
  • Friday evening was spent with some mothers watching Mom's Night Out (you can read my thoughts on Do you value "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle ... " from when we went to see it last year.  It was so funny and it is true a merry heart is good medicine. 

My favourite thing this week was…
Pixel painting in Melbourne.

 Things I’m working on…
  • Creating order out of the chaos at home
  • Preparing for our new homeschool year
  • Trying to workout how to better apply a Charlotte Mason approach to our home education.
 On the WWW I’m reading…
  • I am really sadened to read about the Stanley children who were removed from their family home last week.  For those of you who would like to support them and follow their story you can find them on Facebook here:  Bring the Stanley Children Home.
 I’m cooking…
 A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
"You all spend so much time beating yourselves up it must be exhausting. Let me tell you something Girl.  I doubt the good Lord made a mistake giving your kiddo's the Mama He did. So you just be you, He'll take care of the rest." - Bones (Mom's Night Out)


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