Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry is a simple thing to enjoy. Pick a poet. Read a poem for the enjoyment of it. Listen to the rhythm of the words. Hear the music in them. We’ve picked a few poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge to share with you this month. Biography Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a Romantic poet who lived from 1772-1834 in … Continue reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Amazing Grace

Hymns are beautiful truths poetically told, hung on a rhythm, and held in a melody. This makes them memorable. Hymn study is extremely simple. Sing the hymn once a day. We’ve provided links to different versions to enjoy and a link to download the sheet music for the hymn. Some of this year’s selections are … Continue reading Amazing Grace

Simple Beauty for January 2023

Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for January, with a focus on beautiful words, sounds, and places that are old and beautiful and a focus on European artists, composers, and English poets, as well as a classic hymn and some beautiful Bodies of Water.

Eugene Delacroix

Picture Study is simple. Look at the picture with your children for a few minutes, and then talk about what you saw. Try to remember as much about the piece as you can. Enjoy the beauty of it. Art is not a chore; it’s a pleasure.  We’ve chosen some works by Eugène Delacroix for this … Continue reading Eugene Delacroix

Robert Schumann

Composer Study is simple. Pick a composer to listen to over a period of time. Every once in a  while, play a composition by him or her. Listen to it. Think and talk about it. This month, we are listening to compositions by Robert Schumann. Pieces by Composer:  Biography:   Robert Schumann was a Romantic … Continue reading Robert Schumann

Joy to the World

Hymns are beautiful truths poetically told, hung on a rhythm, and held in a melody. This makes them memorable. Hymn study is extremely simple. Sing the hymn once a day. We’ve provided you links to different versions to enjoy as well as a link to download the sheet music for the hymn. Some of this … Continue reading Joy to the World

Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetry is a simple thing to enjoy. Pick a poet. Read a poem for the enjoyment of it. Listen to the rhythm of the words. Hear the music in them. We’ve picked a few poems by Robert Louis Stevenson to share with you this month. Biography Stevenson authored many books as well as poetry.  You may recognize titles … Continue reading Robert Louis Stevenson

Simple Beauty for December 2022

Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for December, with a focus on words, sounds, and places that are old and beautiful. This month, we will study Gainsborough, Schumann, Stevenson, Winter Birds, and “Joy to the World.”

Thomas Gainsborough

Picture Study is simple. Look at the picture with your children for a few minutes, and then talk about what you saw. Try to remember as much about the piece as you can. Enjoy the beauty of it. Art is not a chore; it’s a pleasure.  We’ve chosen some works by Thomas Gainsborough for this … Continue reading Thomas Gainsborough