So “homeschooling” is a bit of a stretch here. Zenie is only 3 and I’m set on not pushing her into anything academic before she is ready. But there are a few areas where she has shown interest and I wanted to make sure to give her some exposure in those things. One is Spanish, I’ll give y’all some more details on the Spanish lessons we are doing at home later. The other is arts. Zenie loves to sing and dance. Sometimes we will go a whole morning singing back and forth like a musical rather than talking to one another.
I didn’t have much exposure to fine arts or classical education growing up. And though I don’t expect to become an expert I do want to know enough to give my daughter some exposure to the world of “The Arts” whatever that is.
So I made up a little lesson plan. I have no background in education, so I kept this as simple as possible. I chose one composer, one painter and one poet for each month. Then I spent about 10 minutes on Google to finding some websites of others who actually know about this stuff.
In September we did
Johann Sebastian Bach as our composer
Leonardo da Vinci as our painter.
William Shakespeare as our poet.
For Bach I found this great website. It has a short bio with just the highlights (did you know that Bach had 20 kids!). It also has a little bit about the types of instruments he composed for an a sample listening (we learned about the harpsichord, which I had never even heard of). We then got on Spotify (Are you impressed that I even know what that is, because I am) and typed in “Best of Bach” and listened to music for about 30 minutes and danced.
For Da Vinci I found this website. It gave a short bio and a sample of three paintings. We looked at the paintings and then I printed a copy of “The Last Supper.” While Zenie painted her best imitation I read the story of the last supper from her Storybook Bible.
For Shakespeare, I found this website. It is simply a list of poems (the biography information on Shakespeare is pretty boring, just saying). I decided to focus on,
A Fairy Song
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
I copied this onto a word document, and then copied some other images and printed it. We then cut them out and re-told the story in picture form.
Not much I know. No teaching degree here that’s for sure. But we had fun and I learned as much as she did. I’ll post again next month with our new set of artists.
What sort of things are you working on with your kids?