My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Fine Arts Bundle - My Picks

We are an artistic family. My husband repairs musical instruments for a living. I play the flute, craft and sew. All of my children have played the piano and/or sang in the choir, and three of them have taken a great interest in drawing and painting. I guess it's natural then for my granddaughter to have her own little art table in the corner of my dining room with Play Dough, paints, and other crafting items. 

The Fine Art Bundle of the Build Your Bundle Sale is the perfect way for me to take my kids to the next step - from the hands-on to understanding the history and the theory behind the art. I actually purchased this bundle first and here's what's inside:

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1.   The Renaissance Artists

You could use this one just to print off and frame the lovely prints!!  These are truly beautiful and would bless any homeschool !

Your study of Renaissance Artists will be enhanced by this beautiful collection of 33 printable works of art.   Designed to familiarize your children to fine art easily, painlessly, and without adding to your teaching burden, there are 3 printable works per artist that is shown in the Renaissance Artists collection.
These downloadable PDF files includes suggestions for how to implement this product around your home.

If you are teaching history, you owe it to your students to at least touch on the art and music of the time. How can you know a culture without knowing about their arts?  These two resources are perfect supplements to your history program or just as a general art education program. 

Learn about the style and purpose of ancient Egyptian art along with the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome. Easy to follow, daily lessons with art lessons relevant to artists or periods being discussed (ages 7 thru adult).
This is a one year program focusing on both a Christian worldview and classical approach to art history. Each text includes a set of full color "masterpiece cards" along with a set of "art lesson cards" (to be worked on directly with each lesson.)

Art lessons teach the basic fundamentals of drawing and the academics of color theory.

3.  Learning to Read and Understand Music!   

If you've ever struggled in piano lessons or with trying to learn a little music theory, these could be for you! Rosie's been taking piano lessons now for six years and still stumbles with her musical terms - so I'm hoping the flash cards will benefit her.  I am secretly hoping to learn the bass clef, which I am seriously deficient in since I only play the flute and never had piano lessons!

4.   Families Learn Together- American History Art Appreciation

I wish I had had this a few years ago when I was teaching American History to Izzy and Noah. I think it's so important to learn the art and music when you are studying a time period. This book makes it easy to at least learn about American Art and would be a great history supplement. 

Art is an exciting way to study American History together as a family! Art allows us to travel back in time to see American history through the artists' eyes. What fun to study paintings to learn more about our nation's heritage!
Each lesson gives a brief history of the artist and his style before we examine several of his paintings. Use our questions as a springboard to family discussions. The first lesson explains how to appreciate art, including exploring elements of art and principles of design.
Artists Studied:

  • Anthony Van Dyck
  • Gilbert Stuart
  • John James Audubon
  • Thomas Cole
  • Thompkins Harrison Matteson
  • Frederic Edwin Church
  • Winslow Homer
  • Norman Rockwell

5.  Great American Poets 1 and 2.

If you want your child to pass the CLEP exam in Analyzing Literature, they will need to have a basic understanding of poetry! My one kid who attempted that test failed miserably because he didn't like poetry and he never read it.  This online class will be a big help for the reluctant poetry reader - and might even convert him or her (or even mom!) into an enthusiastic poetry aficionado! 

Great American Poets 1 introduces you to the poet and makes it easy for you to experience their poetry with no prep time needed. Heavy on videos, these collections will allow you and your children to let the language of poetry get into your hearts and minds effortlessly. The emphasis in these collections is on getting to enjoy and appreciate poetry for the beautiful art form that it is, rather than a focus on structure, analysis, or methods.
Get to know the New England poets that loved nature, family, and life!
You will learn about the following poets:
  • William Cullen Bryant
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Walt Whitman
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Carl Sandburg
  • E.E. Cummings
  • Robert Frost
  • Langston Hughes

6. Fine Art Pages - Renaissance artists. 

Enrichment Studies' artist study resources make it easy for you to introduce your children to the masters of fine art easily, inexpensively, and without spending a ton of time compiling all of the information yourself!
Your family will love these videos, fun printables, biographies, and more. The videos, in particular, are so helpful for pre-readers, dyslexic kids, and others that struggle with reading or shouldn’t read on a screen. The videos also free up mom for other things while the kids are happily learning!
13 beautiful resources full of information about Renaissance artists. Includes:
  • Bellini
  • Bosch
  • Botticelli
  • da Vinci
  • Donatello
  • Durer
  • Masaccio
  • Mantegna
  • Michelangelo
  • Raphael
  • Tintoretto
  • Titian
  • van Eyck

 7.  Peter and the Wolf  and Lapbook

I am super excited about this one. I loved Peter and the Wolf when I was a little girl and the music is still among my favorites.  What a wonderful way to learn about storytelling through music! And I think it's going to be wonderful to learn about this story with my granddaughter (and truth be told, with Rosie too because in looking through the lapbook, there is a lot of good information for her to learn as well!) Besides the lapbook, you get some wonderful MP3s to play with your child.  You learn about the different instruments in the orchestra, about Russia, and animals. I can't wait to dig into this!

In this story, a young boy named Peter disobeys his grandfather and climbs over the garden wall. When he encounters a wolf, with quick thinking and the help of his friends – a bird, a duck and a cat – Peter captures the wolf and it is taken to the zoo.
"Peter and the Wolf," by Sergei Prokofiev, is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, narrated by YADU, and conducted Stephen Simon in this award-winning production from Maestro Classics.
This set contains over 1 hour of beautiful music with a 24-page activity book and extra audio tracks featuring:

  • A biography of the composer, Sergei Prokofiev
  • Music lessons with the orchestra's conductor.
  • An instrumental track of the entire Peter and the Wolf without narration.
  • A Russian trio performing on traditional folk instruments.
  • A dance-along track to the most famous Russian folk melody.

8. Famous Artists 

The cool thing about this course is that the teacher encourages the family to work on this together! I think that's pretty neat, although I can't guarantee I'll be producing a lot of art, I'm sure Rosie will. I will enjoy the reading portions though. 

Study the lives and styles of famous contemporary and modern artists with the interactive, web-based Famous Artists (Vol. 2) Online Unit Study. Apply what you learn by creating your own masterpieces and a virtual art gallery exhibit.
Online Unit Studies integrate multiple subjects for multiple ages of students. Students access websites and videos and complete digital projects. With Online Unit Studies easy-to-use E-course format, no additional books and print resources are needed. Just gather supplies for hands-on projects and register for online tools.
Artists studied include:

  • Grant Wood (American Regionalism)
  • Norman Rockwell (Illustration Art)
  • Grandma Moses (Folk Art)
  • Jackson Pollock (Abstract Art)
  • Andy Warhol (Pop Art)
  • Frank Stella (Minimalism)
  • Bridget Riley (Optical Art)
  • Fernando Botero (Postmodern Art)
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (Street Art)

9.  100 Delightful Classical Music Pieces
This is an online music course!
My mother was an avid classical music lover!  She would quiz me in the car about what was the name of a certain piece or who was the composer. 

Unfortunately, mom hadn't really taught me any of those things directly. I guess she was hoping I would pick it up by osmosis. Eventually, I did, especially as I progressed in my flute studies. But this seems like a much easier and more direct way to tackle that!

More than one hundred videos are included in this mini-course! You and your students can listen to these wonderful musical pieces and songs of Western music tradition, from the years 1450 to the present era.
A printable pack is included so students can critique and keep track of what they have listened to. Also included is a set of Composer & Musical Era Flashcards to go with each of the composers included in this course.
Musical Eras Included:
  • Baroque
  • Renaissance
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Modern