Each month we try to study about a particular artist, musician, and Saint. I love the two main websites about the Charlotte Mason Method. They have lesson plans, resources, and so much more. However, I do not agree with some of their choices on art and music studies. I think that some of the choices younger children should not be exposed to them. I, being the rebel that I am, have come up with my own lists. I try to match the month with what we are studying. Why do I pick a saint? Charlotte didn’t have them in her curriculum. Even though my main method is the Charlotte Mason Method, I do incorporate the Classical Method as well. Home schooling is about what fits you and your kids and not about following the rules 1, 2, 3. Now on to our studies! In March the obvious choice for a saint is St. Patrick. I picked Monet for the artist because of his landscapes and showing movement of wind. For a composer I look up to see who was born in the month. Joseph Haydn was born in 1732, March 31st. This date is interesting to my kids because their Grandad was born on March 31st too. Now art and music study usually just involves looking at a picture of a famous artist and listening to music during our morning routine (which I just implemented this week).
March Artist is Monet: The Waterlily Pond, 1899, The National Gallery, London. 232KB http://www.cgfaonlineartmuseum.com/monet/p-monet2.htm Woman with a Parasol, 1875, National Gallery of Art at Washington D.C. 164KB http://www.cgfaonlineartmuseum.com/monet/p-monet5.htm
March Composer Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 94 Surprise, there are 4 movements http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFcONi1ynIM&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cs_f3GupCo&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JESXMWrwzVQ&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb9DM9Tf5fo&feature=related
March Saint St. Patrick: For popular holidays that revolve around saints I try to go to the library a month before the holiday and check out books on the saint. Another online resource is the American Catholic website. Here is a link http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/default.aspx?id=18 Many of the more famous saints have a radio clip about the saint and features like how to celebrate a certain day as a family.
I am not a Catholic but I am a non denominational Christian. I, however, believe that it is important for my kids to know the history of their faith.