Monday, November 22, 2010

Day #47/175 Days - Fine Arts Co-Op

Today was another day of our "Fine Arts Co-Op" my sister & I are doing this year. It's working rather well overall.

Our focus today for music was on the celesta, tubular bells, and Tchaikovsky. (Tomorrow we're going to see a performance done of the Nutcracker.)

On the drive to my sister's house (it takes about an hour) we listed to "Tchaikovsky Discovers America." We really love these Classical Kids stories and listen to them often.

Here is a breakdown of what we did:

  • Read about the celesta in Story of the Orchestra and listened to the track 
  • Created a mini-book about this instrument
  • Each boy gives me one thing about the instrument and I write it on the wipe board. They then choose three to copy in to their mini-book.
  • Read about tubular bells in Story of the Orchestra. No track to listen to
  • Created a mini-book about this instrument (same process as above)
  • Read Famous Children: Tchaikovsky by Ann Rachlin
  • Read about Tchaikovsky in "Young Scholars" book
  • Answered "Student Review" questions as we went along
  • Created a mini-book about Tchaikovsky (same process as before)
The boys then enjoyed their favorite part of the day...lunch & play time. After lunch it's time for art.
  • Watched Lesson 4 in "God & the History of Art" on the "Byzantine Period." (This is a great series with Barry Stebbing. I purchased it here.)
  • Discussed the video
  • Watched the next section of "Beginning Drawing" (purchased it here)
  • Read about Claude Monet in Art in Story (great book!)
  • Watch "Linnea in Monet's Garden" (via Netflix streaming)

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