One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible,
to speak a few reasonable words.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As I mentioned before, I'm setting up a composer/artist/poet of the month study. When I was plotting out the schedule, I tried to keep the flow roughly chronological, somewhat connected to the time period we are studying in history, occasionally in context with other activities/studies/holidays, and tied in with our Classical Conversations composers and artists. That was no small task for me, but I persevered. This is what I came up with:
August: Instruments of the Orchestra, Poetry Speaks to Children
September: Purcell, Goya, Shakespeare
October: Vivaldi, Rembrandt, (more Shakespeare)
November: Bach, Benjamin West, Milton
December: Handel, Botticelli's Madonna and Child, (Christmas Poetry)
January: Haydn, Gainsborough, William Blake
February: Beethoven, Morisot, William Wordsworth
March: Brahms, Winslow Homer, Robert Browning (and Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
April: Dvorak, Seurat, Edgar Allan Poe
May: Wagner (opera), Cassatt, Emily Dickinson
June-Aug: Tchaikovsky (ballet), Degas (and Impressionists), Edward Lear (and Christina Rossetti)
September: Debussy, Carl Larsson, Walt Whitman
October: Igor Stravinsky, Edward Hopper, Robert Frost
November: Grieg, N.C. Wyeth, Robert Louis Stevenson
December: (Handel), Norman Rockwell, (Christmas Poetry)
January: Grandma Moses, Puccini (opera), Rudyard Kipling
February: Georgia O'Keeffe, Holst, William Carlos Williams
March: Magritte, Gershwin, Sandburg
April: Dali, Copland, Hughes
May: Pollock, Britten, Edna St. Vincent Millay
June: Warhol, Bernstein, Maya Angelou
Each month, I will attempt to give details about what resources we are using for each composer/artist/poet, as well as how I'm using them. As I add resource posts, I'll link them through this post and try to keep it updated so all the details are available in one place. Any general resources will be listed at the end of this post as I find them.
Classics for Kids ~Free online composer studies. Excellent radio shows, printable activity sheets, and detailed lesson plans. Highly recommended!!
Making Music Fun ~ A WEALTH of free printable treasures. Composer biographies, free sheet music (including simple versions of classical music), music theory worksheets, and more!
San Francisco Symphony Kids ~Free online interactive site. Particularly useful for learning about the instruments of the orchestra.
Story of the Orchestra ~Excellent illustrated hardback book with CD. Covers the instruments of the orchestra and famous composers (and musical periods) listed chronologically. Recommended!
Classical Kids audio series ~Stellar series of audio productions introducing children to the lives of famous composers and their music. Highly recommended!
NotebookingPages.com has free printable art, artist, music, and composer pages available.
Harmony Art Mom ~ Free artist and composer studies, as well as many other art projects. (To find the artist/composer links, scroll down and on the left.)
Garden of Praise ~Free online art appreciation/lessons for children.
National Gallery of Art for Kids ~ (Free online) interactive art activities and projects.
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists ~Series of picture books about famous artists.
A Child's Introduction to Poetry ~Beautiful hardcover book with entertaining illustrations introducing children to the world of poetry. Second half of the book lists a selection of famous poets in chronological order with a short biography and samples of the poet's works. The included CD makes this book a unbeatable resource.
Poetry for Young People ~Excellent series of picture books, each featuring a famous poet. The books begin with biographical information about the poet followed by illustrated selections of the poet's works.