How to Add Music Education to your Homeschool

Posted by Administrator on 1/31/2014
Adding musical education and musical appreciation to your curriculum is easy—even if you aren’t a virtuoso musician. Keep in mind that musical education has many different avenues from which to choose, including instrumental lessons, music theory/composition and music history/appreciation. Here are a few tips that will help you on your family’s musical journey.

The Benefits of Musical Enrichment

Posted by Administrator on 1/29/2014 to Homeschooling
Music is an integral part of human culture and human history that touches each of us from the womb and throughout our lives. Musical compositions can express a wide range of moods and feelings and move the listener emotionally and intellectually. Music can entertain, inspire, and uplift. It forms a key element of worship. Music provides a rich backdrop for the most significant moments of our lives. Music composition and performance is a powerful vehicle that can move our spirits and demand a response as we listen, play, and sing. With such power and richness, music is certainly a blessing from God offered for our enrichment. Given the profound ways that music touches the human soul, expanding our homeschooling education plan with a selection of musical elements certainly makes sense.

Naming the Lenses: Part 4

Posted by Administrator on 1/28/2014 to Critical Thinking
One of the darkest and most depressing worldviews is nihilism. Again we encourage you to read James Sire’s The Universe Next Door to gain more insight into this viewpoint.

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.

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.
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