For live links, click to: riverhouses.org/2019-guaraldiThe origins of some seasonal classics are lost in the mists of time, but for others, we know just when and where they arrived on the scene. That's the case for Vince Guaraldi's instant American classic "Christmas Time is Here," one of the musical favorites from the ...
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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! 😊
“Dark and dull night, fly hence away, / And give the honor to this day, / That sees December turned to May.” (A modern Christmas masterpiece, with ancient words by Robert Herrick and new music by John Rutter, for Homeschool Holiday Music Month.)
“How do you capture the wind on the water? / How do you count all the stars in the sky? / How can you measure the love of a mother? / Or how can you write down a baby’s first cry?” (Introducing the work of the great modern carol-composer John Rutter, for Homeschool Holiday Music Month.)
“I want the tree full of toys and tinsel, / I want the wreath on the red front door, / I want the elves in the yard and each sentimental card / Dripping glitter on the floor.” (The great Nancy LaMott wishes you a Merry Christmas.)
“Past three o’clock, / And a cold frosty morning, / Past three o’clock; / Good morrow, masters all!” (Welcome to Homeschool Holiday Music Month! Enjoy a sprightly late-night carol, and learn the traditional call of the winter watchmen, too.)
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.
“If I had a thing to give you, / I would tell you one more time / That the world is always turning / Toward the morning.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Gordon Bok, for October’s end.)
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 — the beginning of the Norman Conquest of England. Why not use this occasion to introduce your homeschool students to one of the most famous objects that has survived from the Middle Ages: the Bayeux Tapestry.
If you have comics-mad kids in your homeschool, why not take educational advantage of their interests with some help from the Library of Congress.