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For those of you who love our Great Composers Series, you will be happy to know that we are working on writing a Music Appreciation curriculum for these wonderful books. This will be a two-year study of the composers, covering one composer each month, and include “all that other stuff” needed to meet the national standards. The curriculum will be for grades K-6.
Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades: Book 1 will introduce children to seven different composers, dating from 1685-1828 (Bach, Handel, Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini and Schubert). Each composer’s childhood and adult life are vividly described in individual biographies. Every important incident is mentioned and every detail of the stories is true. Each book contains written music and delightful pictures throughout. It is more than the human side of these books that will make them live, for in the music the great masters breathe.
In order to best meet the needs of each student, this program has been designed to be flexible and easily arranged. Each composer has been allotted four weeks, with the various activities being divided between those weeks. Be aware that most of the activities suggested in the text can be adjusted to each grade level, by simply adapting the adult involvement. Older children, who can read, write and follow multi-step directions will be able to work through the majority of the material on their own. Children who are younger will need an adult to help them read the biographies, discuss the questions orally and help them work through the hands-on activities. There are a few instances where activities are specifically designated for the older grades, but otherwise the activities are able to be easily understood by a wide range of ages.
Practical and Foundational Economics
(High School Course-available Spring/Summer 2013)
Economics is the science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, or the material welfare of humankind. Although relatively few men and women make a living from studying, explaining, or teaching its principles, economics affects every human being on a daily basis. Why do some people struggle just to survive, while others live in luxury? Is a free-market economy really better than a command economy? What makes certain items more valuable than others? You’ll discover the answers to these questions and more in Practical and Foundational Economics.
Designed around the national economics standards, Zeezok Publishing’s Practical and Foundational Economics provides a solid foundation for life and future economic studies. The carefully crafted text and “hands-on” approach to economic principles makes the subject matter interesting and applicable to the student. Every lesson provides real-life situations and opportunities for the student to use the knowledge they are acquiring in unique and memorable ways. Practical and Foundational Economics emphasizes critical-thinking skills and evaluation of historical and contemporary economic events. It strikes a balance between success in this life and the wisdom of investing in things of eternal value.
With the United States teetering on the brink of economic disaster, it’s time for a return to our capitalist roots and the biblical economic principles that made us a great nation. By doing so, we can continue to experience God’s blessing on our republic. Zeezok Publishing’s Practical and Foundational Economics is a great way to start the journey home!