I have always loved music, but in the last couple of years, my kids have really delved into that love of music with me. They've gone from thinking the little kids' songs I play are cute and participating in my children's play at church to having a real appreciation of all kinds of music on their own. The older ones each play two instruments and are active in several music groups.
Along with this transition I've been teaching them more about music in homeschool. A fantastic resource for learning about different types of music and different composers is Classical Composers Monthly. This month we've had the opportunity to review the Jazz Composers unit. I have found the website to be a great interactive way to study a unit. I received links on 15 Jazz composers to study: Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, and Thelonious Monk. What a great hall of fame! For each artist, there is a picture, a short bio, and links to further information, games and puzzles, and samples of music he composed.
Now that I have the Jazz Composers in my Classical Composers Monthly account, it will remain there. I can come back to it later to review, teach my younger kids the lesson again, or to listen to the music samples. I can purchase other collections on Classical Composers (as the name suggests), or even fine artists or inventors. There is a wealth of information on the site.
If you would like to try out Classical Composers Monthly, you can try out a unit of Duke Ellington from the Jazz Composers, or several other artists, FREE. Just sign up for information at Classical Composers Monthly.
Fall is in the air and it is time for some fun fall lapbooks!
They may be spooky, creepy, and mysterious, but surprisingly, they hardly ever go "bump" in the night! In fact, they could be helping you more than you know. Separate the fact from the myth about these fascinating creatures in Bats, Bats, Bats! by Debra Haagen! Includes a complete Study Guide and all booklet templates. Designed for K-8th grade students.
The Bible uses great imagery to teach God's truths. Children and adults use familiar imagery to understand and remember these truths. Teach your children about the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 using the fun fruit images in our Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook and Study Guide.
I am so sorry that I did not get the freebie up in time for yesterday. 9/11 Remembrance Day is so important, and while it is fresh in the minds of those of us who are adults, many of the students we are homeschooling now were very young or not even born in 2001, and they do not remember.
My favorite book for this occasion - to remind and to teach my children about the great tragedy that took so many lives, including the father of one of my son's best friends, as well as to tell them how our country came together in the face of the tragedy and how God protected us - is The Little Chapel That Stood.
I am sure you've seen the buzz about Dolphin Tale 2, which opens today!
I am so excited about this movie - everyone go see it!!!
Then check out the FREE homeschool curriculum that goes with the movie!
I have reviewed several curriculums that accompany movies. This is a great way to give the kids a fun break from the norm, while still making sure they are learning lots. If you can use a new movie that just came out, the kids are even more excited!
The Dolphin Tale 2 curriculum is fabulous. More than just discussing questions and answers about the movie itself, it delves into a whole unit about dolphins. Each lesson has an accompanying video and is short enough that I don't feel overwhelmed. Experiments and PDF science lessons are included and are packed with information.
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