Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Posted by Administrator on 1/22/2014 to Homeschooling
One of my fondest childhood memories is of music class in my small, private school. On some days, we entered a dimly lit room, piled with pillows on the floor, where we reclined and listened to great works of classical music. Encouraged to imagine a scene that corresponded with the dramatic, or soothing, or rollicking music, we all relaxed and enjoyed one of God’s greatest creations. At other times we experienced instrument show-and-tell or sang silly folks songs about cats on red roofs (that I can still sing to this day!). And one year at the school fair, we reenacted a scene from the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitor,” to the delight of our parents. I have always loved music, and I believe that love can be attributed to the wide variety of music to which I was exposed during my youth, the fact that my family was musical and sang together in the car and at church, and years of music lessons which I truly loved–unlike so many children. Those three elements, along with some intentional teaching about composers and styles, are key to helping our children appreciate good music as they grow.

Tips on Adding Movies to Your Homeschool

Posted by Administrator on 1/22/2014 to Homeschooling
When selecting a text or curriculum for a particular film, you should look for these things. The tools you choose should provide an outline and synopsis of the film that provide an overview or road map to guide the learning experience. It will help you and your children understand what is going in within the movie as well as how relationships, situations and events interrelate within the movie itself. This overview should introduce the historical context for the film so that your children can properly understand and position the context of the film. Moreover, questions, discussion starters, and various activities all play a role in facilitating the educational process.

Naming the Lenses: Part 3

Posted by Administrator on 1/21/2014 to Critical Thinking
James Sire calls naturalism the second great continent in worldviews (theism being first), and presents naturalism’s core qualities in The Universe Next Door.

Is Music Amoral?

Posted by Wilcox on 1/13/2014 to Homeschooling

Naming the Lenses: Part 2

Posted by Wilcox on 1/6/2014 to Homeschooling
Again, we acknowledge James Sire’s The Universe Next Door as providing this summary of the second major worldview. Please read his work for your own edification and understanding. [Note: As with all film listings, please determine each movie’s suitability for your own family. Please do not interpret a film’s inclusion in a list of examples as Zeezok Publishing’s promotion of or agreement with that film.]
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