Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania in 1844. She became a well-known Impressionist at a time in which female painters were not widely recognized. She studied in Pennsylvania, in Paris, and in Italy. She was greatly influenced by Edgar Degas, who taught Cassatt how to use pastels. Cassatt produced many works portraying realistic scenes of … Continue reading Mary Cassatt

The Homeschool Meltdown

“What just happened?  School was going really well and suddenly my child is in a puddle on the floor.” If you have been homeschooling for a bit, you’ve probably experienced this drastic turnaround. Your child is frustrated; you are frustrated.  What can you do now? Find the Source of the Frustration Before reacting to an … Continue reading The Homeschool Meltdown

Teaching Younger Elementary Students

How do you get a kid who won’t sit still for five minutes to sit down and learn reading, writing, math, science, and social studies? YOU DON’T. Teaching your young elementary kids can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for smooth and easy days. Learn Through Play Relax, and have fun. When kids are young, … Continue reading Teaching Younger Elementary Students

William Wordsworth

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 William Wordsworth to share with you this month. Poems The Green Linnet I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud   A Poet! He … Continue reading William Wordsworth

How Great Thou Art

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 How Great Thou Art

Gustav Mahler

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 Gustav Mahler. Pieces by Composer:  Symphony 1 in D Major “Titan”  Symphony … Continue reading Gustav Mahler