Learning about music and the great composers has always been important to me. Sadly, we often don't get arounsd to learning about the composers. We just listen to their wonderful works of art in the car, when we are cleaning, or when we are creating our own works of art. Well, today I get to tell you about a wonderful music program called Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades from Zeezok Publishing LLC. We have been using this fantastic program for the past few weeks. It's amazing! It has everything!
There was no way we could get through all 7 in a few weeks, so we focused on Handel.
George Frideric Handel
We read a chapter (or two) a week about the life of Handel. We had no idea he was such an amazing composer at such a young age. He was a talented young boy and extremely dedicated to learning all he could about music. He would practice in a cold, drafty attic. We listened to the suggested music tracks while enjoying this charming tale. The kids even listened to the CD when they were working on their science biome boxes and artwork for the week. We worked through the student workbook together. Since the program is geared for the elementary grades, I had Therese work through the book. We did most of questions verbally so Michael could join in. Michael just listened and answered questions when we discussed a topic from the book. Therese would work on filling in the answers in the book. Along with the student workbook, the set comes with a lapbook Cd.
Both, Michael and Therese worked on the lapbook. They have enjoyed making lapbooks in the past, so this was nothing new to them.
The lapbook Cd has a lapbook fro each composer. The lapbook is very easy to do. It's really just cutting and pasting. It would be great for children in the lower elementary grades. M kids found the lapbook rather easy. It was a little young for them.
What we thought of Music Appreciation Book 1?
We really enjoyed the Handel story we read and reviewed. The story was interesting and the kids learned a lot of information about Handel. The chapters are a little long for younger kids, so I would recommend breaking the chapters up into a few different sessions. We can't wait to read the remaining books. The student workbook is great. It has so much in it. For younger kids, you could easily build an entire homeschool curriculum around the different composers and the student workbook. You could have language arts, geography, history, music, and more all wrapped up in one curriculum. We felt the lapbook was a little young for us. I have a 5th and 6th grader, so they were on the top age range of the program. It would be great if they could offer a more detailed lapbook for the older elementary aged kids. Having them write some of the information into the booklets would make it a little more interesting for them. The lapbook as it is, is a great visual tool for younger kids.
Overall the program is great. Zeezok Publishing LLC is already working on a program geared for older kids. I can't wait to see what they come up with.
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