The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to introduce their children to classical music. With cheery narrator Orchestra Bob as their guide, kids are encouraged to listen, learn, and enjoy as they are introduced to the most powerful works from the greatest composers throughout history. He tells wacky stories about deaf composers and quirky musicians, and explores the inspirations behind monumental pieces. Kids will also learn about each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, as well as different musical styles from Baroque to Modern.
I disliked history classes as a child because I struggled to memorize names and dates, but as a homeschool mom I discovered a love for history studies! We enjoy immersing ourselves in the lives of the people living in different periods, and one way to keep our studies engaging and fun is by having a little hands-on fun. I wanted to share with you a
Do you have any budding meteorologists in your home? Have you been taking extra notice of the weather lately due to unusual storms or frigid temperatures? Are you trying to find ideas for nature study when it’s too cold to be outside, or maybe looking for a fun science unit study? Well, The Kids’ Book of Weather Forecasting might be just the thing! Any affiliate
Within the nearly 100 full-color pages of A Child’s Introduction to Art you’ll find a trip to an art museum, a fine art appreciation class, a review of art history, and a lesson in art techniques all rolled into one! Disclosure: In January I raved about The Story of the Orchestra, so when Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers gave me the opportunity to review another
My daughter turned twelve this summer, and thoughts of homeschooling high school and preparing for college admission have been swirling around in my head. As someone who likes to plan ahead, I decided doing research now would help calm my worries. That’s when I came across the Homeschoolers’ College Admissions Handbook by Cafi Cohen. I’m so glad I read this book now, because it gives
Do you hesitate to introduce Shakespeare’s plays because you think your children aren’t old enough? Do you think it would be too confusing, or that they might form an early dislike of the world’s most famous plays? Let me encourage you to give it a try! Introduce your children to Shakespeare. My eight-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter have both enjoyed their experience getting to know
A well-loved Snap Circuits set has seen a lot of use in our home over the past several years. We purchased it before we even began homeschooling because we’ve always favored educational toys, especially those with longevity. Snap Circuits ranks high on educational toy lists, and with an advertised age range of 8-108 it covers the longevity aspect, too! Let me tell you a little
I’d like to share with you two helpful homeschooling books by Ruth Beechick that I read this summer. Dr. Beechick is a lifelong teacher and curriculum author who now writes mostly for homeschoolers. The Three R’s This small book (just over 100 pages) covers grades K-3. As you can guess from the title it covers the basics for those early grades. It contains three sections