Study of the Composers Week 2


This week – Music in the Renaissance Circa 1350-1620. I knew it wasn’t going well when Nate got up and sat in the stairwell to finish his worksheet. I asked where he was going – he says – I can’t do my work while “that music” is on.  But – This is the music we are supposed to be listening to.  . . .


So I pushed pause, and loaded the next selection.

This one didn’t go over much better – but – what we did find was fun for Jon and I –

This time, the son is being sung, and at 6 seconds into the song – a drawing of the same bird from our lesson is on the screen.  We were excited.

I think I’m going to re-visit our Composer Studies from Barb at Harmony Art Mom – We had a really hard time today reading through the text – filling in useless blanks, Nate and I were not into it, Jon left to go fishing and we had to call him back in.  I know not everything can be exciting – and exposure is good, but I don’t want to torture them. Well. Not much.


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6 Responses to Study of the Composers Week 2

  1. Pingback: Finding Balance with Academics, Art, Music, and Joy | Petra School

  2. Blossom says:

    One of my kids likes the worksheets while the other doesn’t. I don’t mind them because they would prefer to simply listen to the selections and not pay attention to the learning about the composers themselves. Or why a style was done the way it was. I read it, they follow along and fill in the blanks as we go…if they miss some (for whatever reason) we just go over what they missed. It takes very little time and I like to have the physical result to ‘show’ (if/when I need to). Otherwise, we prefer to just listen and enjoy and discuss. As for the other parts… I want to use the coloring pages because *I* like them but… uh, I’m not sure how well they will get utilized.
    I’m really glad to hear that we are not the only ones 😀

  3. ~julie ~ says:

    and that is what I am trying to avoid. Making it boring for him… ugh… then it is painful for me. So far the reading…. and talking is working well. and the cutting and the pasting…. and drawing. Not really a big lapbook fan, but it holds his creations well… so i am willing to sacrifice the file folder for it….

  4. That’s what we discovered with that series last year. The kids are finding much more fun just reading, listening and talking.

    Overall, I’m beginning to think that kids just want to experience it, not write about it. But, But, But…the public school mommy is yelling at me again. Sigh.

    • pebblekeeper says:

      I was praying about it this morning – and almost knocked myself up the head – Why would I use a Resource as a Slave Master? I can use the Tool to help guide us – but do it in our Petra School Way. Why throw the baby out with the bathwater? I know “how” we learn best – It’s not like I sit down and read the Handbook of Nature Pages out loud to them, or the Math Pages for Mom. . . . Duh.

  5. That is the way we tend to feel about worksheets in general. We just can’t seem to do them.

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