Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.

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Mary G
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Posted: March 21 2005 at 1:56pm | IP Logged Quote Mary G

We started a fun project today -- my 5 yod had gottent he DK book, The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories by Barbara Newman. This beautiful book, which includes basic ballet info, has the synopses of 5 ballets -- Giselle, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty (NOT the Disney version    ), Swan Lake and Nutcracker.

I then went online with the Library and requested DVD or VHS of these ballets -- and these are done by the Royal Ballet in London or Bolshoi, etc. Ballets we couldn't afford to see even if the troupes came to Greenville !

Anyway, we started with Swan Lake today and my 5 yod and 6 yos listened to the synopsis (only about 5 pages but with lots of illustrations and info) then happily watched the ballet which they "understood" because of the well-done synopsis. A great way to merge reading and electronic media to teach the littles!

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Posted: March 24 2005 at 4:08am | IP Logged Quote Molly Smith

We have that book, too, Mary! Back when my dd (now 9) was taking ballet and everything out of her mouth was ballet, we read that book quite often. I stumbled upon it accidentally at a homeschool conference in a "don't want anymore"-type book section for $5!

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Posted: March 24 2005 at 9:08am | IP Logged Quote MEBarrett

I just requested the book and a Swan Lake DVD (Royal Ballet Company) from the library. Thanks so much for posting this - my girls will love it.

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Posted: March 24 2005 at 10:00am | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

ooh, great topic! will have to delve into this more after Holy Week. 14-yo dd took ballet at 5, but only stayed with it for a year, then switched to gymnastics and didn't want to go back. My very first dream was to be a ballerina (didn't happen as my parents didn't want me "distracted" from regular schooling, ugh) -- so I've always wished one of my daughters would want to be one, even for just a bit.... the 3-yo is talking about "doing ballet" (but her moves look more like karate moves copied from her older siblings ).... a few DVDs and books would be fun to explore. thanks for the suggestions!


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