This year there are four new things we are adding to the mix. My aim is to add more Fine Arts study to our weekly rhythm.
I learnt the hard way last year not to add it all into the mix at once or it soon gets left on the sidelines and forgotten. My aim this year is to slowly add in one thing at a time. We follow a five week learning cycle (four weeks school one week rest). I will be adding music appreciation / study in cycle two and then Nature Journaling in cycle three.
SQUILT. I am really excited about this product because it's written for every day mom's at home who have no classical training or personal understanding of the classical genre. SQUILT stands for Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time.
Volume 1 covers composers/music from the Baroque era. Over the course of working through SQUILT we will be learning about 5 types of instruments, dynamic, rhythm, and tempo. There are plenty of links sprinkled through out the eBook to help you explore the music more fully.
It also contains note booking pages for you to print and use.
World's Greatest Composers
This unit study has been compiled by Erica over at Confessions of a Homeschooler. We will be using the parts of this that coincide with the composers from SQUILT Vol I.
Each composer covered has approximately 10 lessons available in it. Once we have completed SQUILT we shall finish the balance of the year using this and compiling a lapbook covering The Orchestra and Composers.
This study uses the books by Mike Venezia to complete the study. I am looking forward to completing this study.
You can see a few pictures of the completed lap pack over at Erica's online store. There is also a full list of all the composers covered in the pack.
Classical Composers Monthly
I discovered this gem of a site via Pinterest and have purchased a couple of volumes. Each volume covers 12 composers. There are currently three volumes available.
For each composer you are supplied with a few YouTube clips, links to FREE resources, down loadable music links, Fun activities and notebook printables. You can see a FREE sample of a study: George Fridric Handel.
Each Volume is purchased separately for $14.95 and you have lifetime access to the resource purchased.
I really would like to settle down and complete Vol I of The World's Greatest Artists this year. I had so many good intentions but alas they never came to pass last year.
Recently Monet's Garden came to Melbourne which inspired some in depth artist studies. Sir N and I had such a wonderful time learning together that I am really keen to keep going.
We explored the life and work of Claude Monet and did some great art following his style.
This unit study is available for FREE from Confession of a Homeschooler.
Nature Journaling in the Charlotte Mason Companion.
So much so in fact that I collected a whole page of resources and a stack of books (Nature Journals, Keeping a Nature Journal and The Decorated Journal ) to help me get started.
Well this year is going to be the year that I take the plunge. Our books are purchased and the digital camera is ready. We will wait about a month by then spring should have arrived and we will take the plunge and attempt to journal our way through nature...I will keep you posted.
These are a few new resources to me. I would love to hear what you are using that is new to you.
- Bernadette A Room of My Own
- Julie Our Schoolroom - Highhill Education
- Savannah shares Learning Nook
- Lucinda 5 Steps to an Organised Homeschool Space
- Nicole Our Home: A Training Ground