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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Composer Study is simple. Pick a composer to listen to over some time. Every once in a  while, play a composition by him. Listen to it. Think and talk about it. This month, we are listening to compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed for all sorts of instruments, choirs, and orchestras across Europe. Biography: … Continue reading Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Simple Beauty for April 2022

In Simple Beauty for April, expect to learn something new about El Greco, meet Henry Purcell, learn about life in the Arctic, read more fables, learn the words and story of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, and discover invertebrates who live in your yard or a nearby creek.

Nature Study Invertebrates

Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in a National Park. Don’t make it hard.  This month, We are going to look for spiders. You’ll be able to find pictures of these items and many others online to explore with your children. Remember: … Continue reading Nature Study Invertebrates

Aesop for April

Fables are short stories that have a moral. Aesop, who lived in Greece from 640 to 564 BC, gathered many ancient fables into a collection to share with his community. We’ve chosen a few for you this month, and they are linked at www.hsok.org/beauty. Read some or all of them with your students and talk … Continue reading Aesop for April

Life and Times of the Arctic

Let’s explore the ancient world. We’ve chosen folk tales, myths, biographies, and documentaries from a few of the many areas of the Arctic, and we have maps for you to download and trace or fill in also. This month we have all sorts of information about the Arctic for you! Map Study:  Map Study is … Continue reading Life and Times of the Arctic

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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 of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” to enjoy and a link to download the sheet music for … Continue reading When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Henry Purcell

Biography Henry Purcell was a British composer whose pieces are still played today. Born in 1659, Henry was the son of a Westminster Abbey choir director. He spent his early years hearing the choir. His father passed away when he was five years old, and he continued to grow amidst tragedies such as the Plague and … Continue reading Henry Purcell

El Greco

Biography Doménikos Theotokópoulos, known as El Greco, lived from 1541-1614. He was one of the last members of the Italian Renaissance. He was born in Crete, where he was known for painting religious icons. Then, he lived for a period in Rome, where he developed a distaste for Michelangelo and didn’t make many friends. Eventually, … Continue reading El Greco