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🎨 🎵 Homeschool Arts & Music (Post Archives)
A collection of great homeschool teaching ideas, resources, and little lessons on arts and music from the River Houses Homeschool Network. Add your name to our free River Houses mailing list and get posts like these delivered right to your mailbox every week! 😊
❡ Holiday Music Month: This Homeschool Arts & Music collection also includes our special series of December Holiday Music Month posts. 🎅 🎄
A new guide to K–12 music education resources from the Library of Congress will point you to hundreds of educational treasures your can explore with your young music students.
“Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, / In full glory reflected now shines on the stream — / ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave / O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Francis Scott Key, for Flag Day.)
“Loudly sing, cuckoo!” (Our ancient homeschool poem-of-the-week, anonymously, for the beginning of our summer term.)
“Bind me not to the pasture, chain me not to the plow, / Set me free to find my calling and I’ll return to you somehow.” (Our poem-of-the-week, from Marta Keen, for homeschool graduation season and the beginning of summer.)
“Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! / The thoughts of men shall be / As sentinels to keep / Your rest from danger free.” (Little homeschool lessons in literature, history, geography, and music, for the Memorial Day weekend.)
After a busy week, calm your homeschoolers down with the beautifully peaceful “Alleluia” of American composer Randall Thompson, born on this day in 1899.
Teach your students to recognize one of the most famous artistic symbols of the American Revolution: Daniel Chester French’s Concord Minute Man.
“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 everyone staying at home this week.)
Take a few homeschool minutes to introduce your students to a tiny masterpiece by one of the world’s great composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, born on this day in 1685.
Expand your students’ auditory imaginations with dozens of top-quality documentaries on music and music history.
Download a whole year’s worth of free educational coloring pages and booklets from major libraries and museums all around the world.