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Charlotte Mason would love Spotify

I finally “gave in” and signed up for a free Spotify account.  I was dubious at best about the online service.  That is until my friend said that they had kids radio programs and dramas.  She suggested to listen to Sir Bernard the Good Knight.  It is so much fun!  Steve Green is the artist behind the drama.  He also has his Hid them in Your Heart albums where he takes scripture and puts them into song.

Charlotte would love this service because it has instant access to the classics as well.  This month we are listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  All I have to do is make a play list and in the morning hit play!  How easy is that.  We have all our favorite Christian artists at a touch of a button.  No more looking for the iPod or searching through our endless CD collections.  I love it!

 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Monthly Art Music Saint Studies

 

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April Nature Studies

Well up here in the Northwest the old adage “April showers bring May flowers” is a reality for us.  What better time to study the water cycle?  In my home town we have a Nature Center and a Watershed Educational Center.  Both are free!  Even if you live in a small community that doesn’t provide such resources you can make up your own field trips.  Wether you live in the wet Northwest Mountains or the Southern Deserts, there are plenty of ways to teach about the water cycle just by going out into nature.  Plan a hike near a body of water.  If you are in the desert chances are you can discover a watering hole, natural or manmade.  Or just talk about how the plants and animals survive with so little water each year.  In the middle of the city you could us a fountain or manmade waterfall as an object lesson of the water cycle.  There is so much out there and it is just up to us to do a little research and get-up-and-go to achieve a great study!  Here are some resources to help get you started.

Teacher Resources http://bee.cityofboise.org/WaterShed/Learn/TeacherResources/page25905.aspx

Create your own water cycle http://thewaterproject.org/resources/lesson-plans/create-a-mini-water-cycle.php

Another good starting point http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/education/wl_watercycle.pdf

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Adventures, Nature Studies

 

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Art, Music, and Saints for April

I know that this is late but hey it was Easter week and my daughter had her 2nd week of Spring Break.  So we were busy having fun other than school fun!  Now that the weather is warmer fun in the park is an almost daily event for us.  So naturally Georges Seurat is a great artist to study.  I love Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  It is easy to know which season you are in just by listening.  The link below is 45 minutes long having all four seasons.  You can break it down into about 10 minute segments.  You will know when the season changes.

April Artist is Georges Seurat: Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte, 1886, Art Institute of Chicago. http://www.cgfaonlineartmuseum.com/seurat/p-seurat1.htm                                                                               The Siene at la Grande Jatte, 1888, oil on canvas.                          http://www.cgfaonlineartmuseum.com/seurat/p-seurat10.htm

April Composer Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons                                                                             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riwQaNgkDN4

No Saint for this month.  We are focusing on the death, resurrection, and commission of Jesus this month.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Monthly Art Music Saint Studies

 

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