“Long long ago the world begun, / With a hey, ho, the wind and the rain. / But that’s all one, our play is done, / And we’ll strive to please you every day.” (Shakespeare helps us bring the 2019–2020 Christmas Season, and our Homeschool Holiday Music Month, to a close.)
🗓 Homeschool Holidays & Anniversaries (Post Archives)
Great homeschool teaching ideas, resources, and little lessons on history, holidays, anniversaries, and notable events from the River Houses Homeschool Network. Print your own homeschool calendar for the whole year on our main River Houses calendar page and follow along with us, and add your name to our free River Houses mailing list to get posts like these delivered right to your mailbox every week! 😊
“Let’s merry be this day, / And let us now both sport and play, / Hang grief, cast care away, / God send you a happy new year!” (An ancient new-year carol sung to the tune “Greensleeves,” by the great countertenor Alfred Deller, for Homeschool Holiday Music Month.)
Take five minutes today to teach your students the story of Archbishop Thomas Becket, whose murder on this day in the year 1170 has loomed large in the Western imagination for nearly a thousand years.
Herman Melville reminds us that even on Christmas Day, somewhere in the world there are sailors setting out to sea.
Want to know when your Christmas presents will arrive? Don’t ask Amazon, ask NORAD!
Take a few minutes out of your homeschool schedule today to celebrate Beethoven’s Birthday!
“He ate and drank the precious Words — / His Spirit grew robust.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Emily Dickinson, for her birthday.)
Enjoy some happy celebratory music in your homeschool this week from Cherokee singer-songwriter Michael Jacobs — it’s just the thing for a big family weekend.
Take a just moment this week to introduce your homeschool students to a beautiful four hundred year old Dutch folk tune that has become a Thanksgiving classic.
“Through the air there’s a calling from far away, / There’s a voice I can hear that will lead me home.” (Some lovely music and words from Stephen Paulus and Michael Dennis Browne, for homeschool Thanksgiving.)
Why not give thanks in your homeschool this Thanksgiving week for the life of Thomas Tallis, the grand master of early English polyphonic music, who died on this day in 1585.
“What place is this? Where are we now?” (Marking the 156th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, with help from Carl Sandburg.)