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Janurary & February Saint, Composer, Artist Yr 2

So I thought I had posted January and February Saint, Composer, and Artist posts.  But I didn’t and here they are sitting in drafts.  I am combining these as well so you get only one post and not two


Starting strong in the New Year. Enjoy the following resources!

Saint: We do a study on the Magi or Wise men. So little is known about them but they are fascinating characters in history. I particularly like the description that Lew Wallace (author of Ben Hur) gives, fictional that it may be. We celebrate Epiphany which is 12 days after Christmas.

Composer: A well know composer George Frideric Handel is heard the world over every Christmas. Again, I went in search for a composition that I wasn’t as familiar with. Here is the music For the Royal Fireworks. What a great song for the New Year!

Artist: Keeping with the theme of the Magi here is Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651), Adoration of the magi, 1624
Utrecht, Centraal Museum



Saint:  Of course it is St. Valentine but he didn’t have a happy ending.  Instead he was a martyr.  His story, or what little we know of it, is fasincating.

Composer: Arcangelo Corelli, honestly I didn’t recognize the name but did recognize the following composition.  The links are in 2 parts.

Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. VI, n.4 (parte 1):

Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. VI, n. 4 (parte 2):

Artist:  Keeping with the winter theme here is a great site for the artist Joseph Farquharson.  He was a also a Scottish laird.

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April and May Saints, Composers, and Art Yr. 2

I have not been on here for two months!  Really!  It isn’t like I could take time out of my day, or at the very least a Sunday afternoon, to write up a little post.  Do you want to read about my excuses reasons: spring soccer and girl scouts.  Yes, I agree, enough said.  So here is what I was planning on doing the months of April and May.  That is correct, we didn’t even get to the lesson plan those two months.  Oh well, these are just extra enrichment topics that will be revisited during the summer months.


Saint:  Since Easter is usually in April and we always visit St. Patrick in March we continued with the Easter story up through the Ascension (this we actually did).

ComposerHenry Purcell The Fairy Queen Suite, I am giving a little reprieve to my kiddos with this composer.  It has nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Christ but because of the heaviness of the subject I wanted to add a little taste of spring and flowers.  At least that is what I think of when fairies come to mind!

Artist:  Because of the theme of the crucifixion I am adding the Pietá by Michelangelo.  It is the sculpture depicting Mary holding the lifeless body of her son Jesus.  The actual piece is located in St. Peter’s Basilica.  This has always touched me and even more so now that I am a momma myself.  Some times I think we tend to gloss over the Bible with kids to “protect” them.  Yes, there are some themes that I don’t want to have to discuss with my kids but others I believe need more reality put to them.  I think this sculpture adds that visual reality to what actually happened on the cross.


Saint: St. Monica who was the mother of St. Augustine, is said to be a very patient woman who actually brought her husband and mother-in-law to the faith through her piety and generosity.

Composer: Is yet another woman, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.


Artist: William-Aolphe Bourguereau was a French artist who depicts many scenes of mothers.  In honor of Mother’s Day and Charlotte Mason who emphasizes nature this painting entitled The Shell (1871, oil on canvas) is perfect.  Currently this painting is in a private collection.

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March Composer, Artist, Saint Yr. 2

Wow, it has been forever since I posted anything.  With us getting sick and my husband having a crazy business travel schedule I just have not had the energy for extra things.  But we are back!  Here is what we are immersing our senses into this month.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, hello I don’t have to post anything more.  We all know this guy and we are all (or should be) familiar with his music.  Instead of posting a well known Bach composition I went on a hunt for a lesser known classic. 

Cantata 157:

Artist: Sketch by James Barry, ‘Baptism of Oengus’, this is a painting of St. Patrick which was in the Irish Parliament until a fire destroyed it in 1794.

You can follow this link to a good article on the many other depictions of St. Patrick:


Saint:  Of course every year it is Saint Patrick!  The kids love this story.  It is a great one for boys especially.  The story has a very adventurous plot.  Have your young ones act out the story.

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In December we take a break from a more classic approach to school.  We have been focusing on our Savior’s birth.  We do listen to many classical songs such as Handel’s Messiah (the whole thing not just the Hallejuha part).  We also celebrated St. Nicholas Day.  If you would like to know more about St. Nicholas this is a good website:

So enjoy this season.  Relax a bit and start strong in the new year.  This is another great reason why you home school.  School can wait for a moment and precious memories can be developed.  Charlotte Mason writes about easing the child into learning through their natural wonder.  What a perfect time of year to cultivate that Wonder.  Merry Christmas!

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November Artist, Composer, and Saint

It went from an autumn warm breeze to winter’s blast in a week.  We have been hunkered down in the house enjoying hot chocolate, home-made bread (gluten-free of course), and gingerbread cookies (also gluten-free).  As I was trying to find an image that personified our life right now I came across “One of the Family” by Fredrick Cotman.  We have a dog, two ducks, and two fish.  While the fish are only for the pleasure of looking at our other pets are definitely part of our family.  Enjoy!

November Artist Frederick Cotman: One of the Family, Oil Painting, National Museums Liverpool                                                                                 Sunset, St Ives, Oil Painting, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (currently not on display)

November Composer Tomaso Albinoni:  Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op.7 No. 6                                                                                                    Oboe Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 9                                                          

November Saint is Saint George:  A soldier in the Roman Army who scolded the Emperor of his cruel treatment of Christians.  He was martyred for his courage.  Usually depicted as a knight killing a dragon this saint is one all boys would love to here more about!                                                                                              

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October Composer, Artist, and Saint

Yes, I am late again.  I have a good excuse (don’t I always).  The first week of October my son was ill.  It was a stomach thing that knocked him of his feet.  Then the 2nd week of October is Fall Break for my daughter (she attends a charter school).  So of course we played around with her.  I have also been thinking on my format.  I tend to be all over the time line when it comes to composers and artists.  At least with the composers I am going to start in one period and finish that period before I go on to another.  As for the artist of the month I will still be jumping around to different time periods.    This month the composer and Saint are the same person: Hildegard von Bingen.  She is a fascinating figure in history!  I suggest doing more of a study on her.  Enjoy the post and have a blessed Harvest Season!

October Artist Miko Virius: Žetva / Harvest, Oil, canvas, Croatian Museum of NaÏve Art                                                                                                                                                    Sajam Sajamu Koprivnici / Fair in Koprivnica 1939, Oil, canvas                                                      

October Composer is Hildegard von Bingen: Ave Maria                                

October Saint is Hildegard Von Bingen: Nun, theologian, Doctor, composer and writer.

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Art, Music, and Saint for September

This post is a while in coming.  Actually we have done little school at our house.  Instead we have been working on putting up fruit and corn for the winter.  We have made jam, jelly, canned fruit, applesauce (soon to be made), pearsauce, and frozen corn.  Yep, winter will be filled with the delights of the harvest.  We are finally done and are just waiting for our favorite apple orchard to open for pick you own.  In the mean time here are what we are dabbling in at our house.  Enjoy!

September Artist Henriette Brown:  Girl Writting oil on canvas, Museum of Childhood, London                                                                                                                                                          Upbringing oil on canvas, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (many websites state this location but when I visited their website I could not find the painting)          

September Composer is Nicolo Paganini: Caprice No 24                              

September Saint is Saint Ambrose: