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Composer Parties

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  When I finished writing Composer Study Companion in 2019 I had no idea what a blessing it would be for our own family during the pandemic. I had been doing some fun activities with composers for over 10 years in the public schools and when we started homeschooling I was blessed to continue sharing my love and passion for music. During the past 6 years of home educating I have found many parents unsure about how to implement composer study in their home. Simply playing and listening to music isn't enough in my opinion. A student needs to develop a relationship with the life of the composer. ( Read more! ) Biographies are the key to this step - enter the Thomas Tapper biographies! https://amzn.to/3AOjXzm After finding these biographies I realized the missing component for many parents was knowing WHAT music to use during the study. I have my own favorites by each composer and pulled some of those as well as the popular pieces by each composer. I compiled these listening pieces with

Tennessee History with American Girls

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Two years ago I taught a Tennessee history class to 4-6 grade boys so my son would have the experience of learning state history with friends and we could check out fun field trip locations to make that history come alive! I blogged about my resources here and have an outline of a curriculum you could use with your family! Now that my daughter is 4th grade, I wanted to give her the same experience but format it in a way that she and her friends would enjoy a kind of "living history" by learning crafts that illustrate the time period of history. Add in American girls and the historical fiction stories and we have a winner of a class! I hope this post is inspirational to you and you can find that you have a schedule that works well for you! For our family, we scheduled 5 weeks of lessons in the spring and 5 weeks of lessons in the fall. You could easily spread out these lessons to last many more weeks! I do send parents recommended links and videos to watch at home in order to

My Ultimate Charlotte Mason Volume Resource Post

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I am reflecting on the providence of God through the past 6+ years of homeschooling my children and feeling so thankful for the consistency of my friends that meet with me each month to discuss Charlotte Mason's writings. I know I've written in a few places about the full cycle of homeschooling in my life, but I thought I would make one post that has links to each volume that we studied and my own journey on this road. In 1985, my mom was still a new Christian. She and my dad found the Lord not long after they settled down together in Flint, MI in 1980. They were discipled and loved on by an amazing church and had the zeal and love for God that sought His will for their lives. In 1985 my mom had me (age 5) my brother (age 2) and was expecting my youngest brother that would be born in January 1986. The schools around us were not the best and my parents didn't have the money for private schools. My mom told me that the moments leading up to my kindergarten year made her nervo

2021-2022 Planning Post

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Grades 4 and 6! I can't even believe it! Our homeschool journey seems richer and richer each year but I also feel like it takes longer to plan and have a guideline for our curriculum. As with many of my previous year posts, using the Delectable Education curriculum templates helps me streamline my subjects and topics for each year. Both Christian and Eva Mae are Form 2 this year. That means more written narrations, independent reading, and additional subjects like real Shakespeare readings, Plutarch, and Latin will come into the mix for both of them! Instead of a scheduled spreadsheet for each week, I am moving to a notebook system for myself and for the kids. I read this post several years ago - with all of our classes that are happening through the week, I feel that scheduling as we go is going to be the most efficient and consistent for us this year. In this post I will list our resources and links for each subject along with some timeframes that I expect us to complete. For

2021-2022 Artist and Composer

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  For the 2021-2022 school year we will be following the Ambleside Online schedule for artists, and the Composer Study Companion Volume 3 for the composers! Term 1 - Van Eyck / Verdi Term 2 - Boticelli / Schubert Term 3 - Fredrich / Grieg For the resources we will be using, visit A Humble Place Blog to download the artist prints and read more about artist study! Visit Composer Study Companion to see how we use the biography books and the companion book to study the music!

Mom and kid trip 2021

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At the end of each school year I love planning a trip with just me and the kids! I buy them little toy treasures (gift giving love language) and plan some fun adventures while following their suggestions of what to do! I think as they continue to get older this will look differently as they suggest more of what they want and I have to take a backseat to what I want from our adventure! But isn't that the beauty of growing a relationship with your children? Realizing and following their passions is something I'm looking forward to! Past trips have been 2020 to Alabama , 2019 to Cumberland Gap , and 2018 to the Animal Safari and Paris, TN In 2021 we revisited some of the same places we saw in 2018! Here's our itinerary: Day 1 - Eva, Tennessee and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Day 2 - Paris Landing State Park, Land Between the Lakes, and Fort Donelson Day 3 - Dunbar Cave State Park and Port Royal State Park The planning of this started when Eva Mae asked to go camping in a

Recap of 2020-2021

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  How did I get so blessed to have two beautiful children that I get to homeschool? As I reflect on the end of another year I am humbled and in awe of all the amazing things God has provided to our homeschool community and our household! I love reflecting at the end of the year as I begin to plan our next year of studies. If you are curious to see the recaps of previous years, here are some links: 2019-2020 / 2018-2019 / 2017-2018 / 2016-2017   The end of last school year was difficult with the cancellations of so many field trips. As I reflected last summer on what I wanted for my children, I realized that the "pod" type of homeschooling was exactly what we needed and wanted. This past year has been life giving through the many small classes we held in our home and the nature outings that we participated with friends at local parks. There were no Nashville Symphony concerts but there were Composer Parties and recorder/ukulele jam sessions! We didn't have large co-ops