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Posted: March 28 2009 at 4:55pm | IP Logged Quote Stephanie_Q

We will be enrolling our 7yo in Seton and using Seton materials for our 6yo; it is the homeschool my dh went to and what both hsing families whom we know in our area use. However, it doesn't seem like they do much music or art early on. I had fond memories of music and art classes in the Virginia public schools that I attended. One of the reasons we sent my oldest to school was that I felt that I couldn't replicate that. (Now I know better - I am SOOOO disappointed. Art is mostly cutting shapes out of construction paper and glue-sticking them together; The latest musical selection - for the spring concert, no less - is the "Sponge Bob Squarepants" theme song )

So, please tell me about what you do with Kindergarten / 1st graders who don't have an art background like this...and what you do for teaching music, too.

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Posted: March 31 2009 at 5:18pm | IP Logged Quote MrsM

We use the Artistic Pursuits series, which is great for this age. We cover one artist per week, which includes an art project that correlates to the artist's style. The art projects are fun, and the stories are written in a "living book" style.

For music, we've been using Themes to Remember. It covers composers, musical terms, musical periods, and has cute illustrations. It comes with a cd, but the musical selections on it are very short, although there are two versions of each song--one intrumental, and one with lyrics designed to help you remember information about the composer. Overall, I've decided to continue this series next year, but I'm going to supplement with the composer biographies from Zeezok. We're going to start guitar lessons for the boys next year as well, but at that point my youngest hser will be in 2d grade.

Last of all, we love the Beethoven's Wig Cd's. They are really funny, and the kids and I always enjoy listening to them.

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Posted: March 31 2009 at 7:15pm | IP Logged Quote CKwasniewski

Hi Stephanie,
Mommy, it's a Renoir is fun. Even if you don't do all the folders, it's good to look & talk about the postcards together.

Child size masterpieces

Another option is the Calvert Child's History of Art--expensive program, but another fun Hillyer book. You could just get the book and look for pics online.

DOing art--I'd say just get them some watercolors, pencils and crayons, and let them play. Sculpey is fun too--but do it outside if possible! At this young age, you do not NEED to give them a curriculum!

You could see if your library has Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes. That is a very fine resource--but not easy to implement, imo.

I'd say the same with music. There's no need to "curriculum-ize" it at age 7. Put on songs they can dance and sing to for starters. Sing with them--"I've been Working on the Railroad," that kind of stuff. Play good music for them--hymns, and "familiar" classical pices, like the music for the Nutcracker. "Peter and the Wolf" and the "Carnival of Animals" are classical pieces little kids can get into.

We tried the Classical kids cds, but I found them very emotionally intense. I wouldn't recommend them for little guys.

If you really want a "curriculum" Then this looks pretty good
Introduce your child to classical music in 52 lessons I haven't used it, but seen a friend's copy. It is what I would use if I wasn't married to a music guy.

okay, is that enough rambling?

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