Friday, January 18, 2013

Orchestra & Composer Guide/Lapbook Review & GIveaway

So... here we go!!!

Now's about the time I sink into desperate curriculum wars and general can't-seem-to-crank-back-up chaos.  I have grown weary and overwhelmed, especially this year with my eye surgery, followed by our bout of flu over Christmas break, and then this week, our middle son's eye injury, but he is now healed, praise the Lord, and I am healing a bit more every day, praise the Lord!

At times like this, I find myself feeling pretty grouchy as we complete our homeschooling "tasks" because it's just not so joyful to feel like you have to "catch up," and what does that mean in the homeschooling realm, anyway?  Still, it's a trap I must guard myself against about this time every year (even when we're trying to cram our IEW writing assignments into 1 to 3 days per week instead of the normal 4... and for those wondering, that's because of another tutorial and 4-H and the doctor's appointments that have been so much a part of our lives this year; the Classical Conversations Essentials Program works so much better when you have a full 4 days at home each week to work on it).

I seek the immense joy of learning and discovery with my children, even though at times it eludes me.   Can anyone else out there relate?

But... then I read this article about how one mom handles the Homeschool Winter-Blues that seem to hit around January or February.  So... even if no one else out there in the CC world gets to this point, I'm relieved to know I'm not completely alone!

And after reading that encouraging article... I decided that something that "makes [me] happy and lifts [my] children's spirits" is Orchestra and Composer Study.  So, we've already started even though it's still 4 weeks until we "get there" in our tutorial.  And I am grateful that Karen at Wisdom and Righteousness sent A Complete Study Guide and Lapbook for the Orchestra with Composers Handel, Bach & Mozart to us at just the right time because we have enjoyed it so much this week.  It has lifted my spirits, just as it did last year.  Now we're all around here humming Water Music this week (mainly because Well-Tempered Clavier is just too complicated for us to hum any of it).  And so... adding in studies like this is how we're going to combat those mid-winter blues.

Stephen once again asked for flowcharts (aka, listening maps) to look at while listening to the music, so I made one for each piece that we're studying this semester.  So, with this in hand, our ears open, and the Orchestra/Composer study guide and lapbook by our side, we dove straight into our study.

(Uploaded to CC Connected, File:  Handel Flowchart.pdf)
Why we love the Orchestra Study Guide with Lapbook:
  • FUN (EVEN FOR BOYS):  First of all, the boys were just plain excited to get started on it because they remembered how much fun we had last year when we studied Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Stravinsky.  And having fun while learning = defeat the mid-winter blues.  They couldn't wait to do many of the linked activities in the Orchestra section (including their favorite Peter & the Wolf activities).
  • WELL-PLANNED:  This Orchestra Study Guide is a well-planned, week-by-week study guide that can be used as a family, as a class, or as a community!  It's useful for both the orchestra novice and the musically-gifted expert!  Each week contains four sections: Scope (an at-a-glance summary of goals), Preparation and Materials, Instruction, and Digging Deeper.  View a sample here.
  • SCRIPTED:  Never studied orchestra or composers before? Don't know anything about the Baroque period? Don't know what a Fugue is?  That's okay because this entire thing is scripted!  Perfect for the homeschooling parent, and a big help for an instructor!!
  • TIME:  You can make this a 30-minute-per-week study or extend it to hours or even semesters of study! The "digging deeper" activities are extensive.  Matter of fact, I am thinking that next year we will spend part of first semester just digging deeper into this resource.  I'm hoping to study composers across the entire year next year instead of waiting until the end of the year.  A couple of weeks for each composer just is not enough for me!  (If anyone out there thinks I'm crazy for saying that, I did not always enjoy composer study, as I have mentioned before...)
  • STAND-ALONE STUDY (or use with Classical Conversations):  Although these are the composers we will be studying in Cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this is a stand-alone study guide that may be used for any family or co-op wishing to do an orchestra & composer study.
  • EASY & INTERESTING LAPBOOK:  This is a study guide WITH a lapbook.  That means: if you have a fear of lapbooking, that's okay.  You can use it with or without the lapbook.  But let me say the lapbook is SUPER SIMPLE.  The base is just one file + one card stock paper total.  So... for those of you with an aversion to lap booking, this is a good one to start with.  And if you don't know how to make a single fold or cut, Karen has included detailed instructions and video tutorials on how to put it together.  The lapbook itself has a great orchestra-seating-charts spinner and covers necessary vocabulary, orchestra families, and musical time periods (focusing on Baroque and Classical).  It includes biography mini-booklets for each composer and even contains a pop-up timeline that super-fantastically feeds my obsession with timelines!  
  • DIGGING DEEPER:  I know I already mentioned it, but there is just so much.  And for those who do not own a copy of Classical Music for Dummies, the study guide has links to free mp3s or videos of the music.  (If you download a copy of Handel's Water Music, note that the flowcharts I have made and uploaded to CC Connected start after the first movement (or does it begin with a prelude? I'm still learning the vocabulary of classical baroque period music!), which is where the music starts on the Classical Music for Dummies CD.) 


And now.... here's the greatest news I get to share!  Karen has graciously supplied me with two copies of this lapbook to give away here at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!

This giveaway ended on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:59PM
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HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post answering one of the following:


Are you facing the homeschool winter blues as you try to get back into the swing of things after the holidays? 
 (Can I pray for you?)

or
How do you handle the homeschool winter blues? What makes you happy and lifts your children's spirits? (I'd love to hear!)
or
What are your thoughts on studying classical music or composers?  (Are you intimidated?  Excited?  Why?)
or 
I normally do not offer this option because I so enjoy the answers I receive to my made-up questions.  I'm genuinely curious about and interested in those who read this blog.  And for non-bloggers, this is the only chance I have at getting to know you!  But... I offer this option for those who fear sharing their thoughts:  Share this post on Facebook or another social media site and leave a comment stating you did.


NOTE:  If you enter your email address in the email address field, I will have it even if it does not display.  Rest assured that your information will not be used for solicitation  - it will only be used to contact you in the case that you are the winner (or if anyone responds to your comment via the comment forum).

This giveaway ends on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:59PM.  Winners will be selected and announced on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Thanks for entering!

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This giveaway ended on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:59PM

And... if you don't want to wait to get a copy:  Visit Wisdom and Righteousness to order an Instant Digital Download. (Go to this site to see sample pages.)  Choose from:
  • Individual or Family Purchase (with authorization to print copies for each member of your immediate family):  $4.99
  • Tutor and Small Groups Purchase (with authorization to print copies for each teacher, parent and student enrolled within your class of up to 9 students):  $14.99
  • Homeschool Community Purchase (with authorization to print copies for each student, parent and tutor enrolled within your Homeschool Community / Co-op):  $50.00
For having it all organized in a logical format, this study guide is well-worth the cost.  But for those wishing to embark on a composer study without the cost (and without the organization), visit our Orchestra & Famous Composers page.

DISCLAIMER:  We received this product in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed herein are my very own and have not been influenced by any outside source.  I just plain love this Orchestra Guide.


60 comments:

  1. I'm excited to study composers just because I don't know much about them. But I enjoy classical music.

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  2. Definitely have the winter blues, especially as we are travelling to away with my 80 year old grandma and care for her before we move out of state. My solution? More p.e. More outdoor time is good for everyone, no matter the weather.

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  3. Ok, I'm not facing the winter blues as of yet - and perhaps I will not - but I agree it's almost inevitable! I'm hoping the month long break from cc and the laid back December schooling will help us avoid most of it this year. If not, maybe this lapbook will help! ;)

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  4. I am not a "follower," though I visit this site often for ideas and encouragement. I only follow 2 blogs, both family, simply because I don't like the extra e-mails or the feeling that I MUST read something I don't have time to read. HOWEVER, I plan to share this post on an homeschool facebook page because I believe many mothers face this, whether it be Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.
    Here is my response to question Numero Dos:

    Not Having It Together, for one reason or another, has been the main theme of many homeschool months, weeks, etc. but not at this current moment. My main goal, coming back to the table after the holidays, has been to diligently guard our school hours. So many of my mornings, this Fall, were given up to insurance paperwork and phone calls, doctor appointments, and out-of-the-house activities. Scheduling appointments for later in the day (even the hour-away-ones), saving phone calls for "when school is finished," and refusing to answer the phone when it rings, has made the last 2 weeks way more fruitful; and allowed us to enjoy more "free time" (and peace-of-mind), because school is actually getting done! Little perks help too, like Starbucks, a trip to the park, fresh books from the library, and a meal plan (I mean that about the meal plan. I sat down with a one-month calendar page off the computer and wrote out 2-weeks of meals, with notes about when to make beans or boil chicken. I went shopping for the ingredients we didn't have in the house, and by keeping it simple, we've enjoyed more variety in our meals, with leftovers for lunch, and a less frazzled mama at dinnertime.)
    There's my 2cents.

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  5. I definitely had the winter blues last year, but I armed myself with Vitamin D and a few good friends this year, and things are going well. :)

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  6. We're struggling to get it all done - not sure it's the winter blues as much as me just feeling like I have more to accomplish than hours to do it in (not true, but something I need better time-management for). Classical music intimidates me so this would be very helpful.

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  7. Kimberly WiltshireJanuary 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Yes, we've been struggling with the winter blues. It's been a hard few months for us. I had surgery in November and am just now starting to feel like myself again. I get tired easily though so our schedule is still pretty erratic.

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  8. I'm not to the winter blues yet, thankfully. I will be if we don't get snow soon though ;) We are in CC too so would love to check this out. Thanks.

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  9. It seems the winter blues hit our house every winter. Part of it comes from the short days, but there is also more time to reflect on how our lives have been spent the previous year, and what we can do the following year. Planning social engagements for the coming year, inviting others over, and fun creative art projects are helping us this year. Aholyexperience.com has been another great inspiration to me in keeping the right focus.

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  10. Definitely an interesting year health-wise for us too. Following your posts and praying for your family as we go through some of our own. As a momma of 4 boys and battling Crohns/Colitis, I sometimes(well, most of the time) have to digress and do studies in my bed. Although we have only done 2 lapbooks in the past, this orchestral study sounds perfect for us - music is in our hearts and on our lips - despite the trials! God is faithful!!!!

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  11. We would love to win this composer lab book series. What a great addition to our CC work!! This is our first time having "winter" somewhere other than Florida and I am finding that I get many things accomplished during this time as it is too cold to head outside all day or too wet. I am thanking God for this time of year to progress and learn more about Him!!

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  12. The winter blues did sneak up a bit on me this year. I would really call it the winter confusion though. Around this time I usually access what is working and what is not working and this tends to lead to me questioning myself and my choices that I have picked for our school year. As my kiddos get older I seem to be harder on myself. Am I doing enough? Am I doing it right? Would they be better off in.......???? I won't even go there :) And yes! Studying composers and classical music IS intimidating. Haven't even thought of how I'm going to tackle that one! Blessings to you.

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  13. Studying classical music is very important. When you listen most modern music, it does not have the creativity or depth that so marks the great composers. I maintain that there has not been a lot of great music written, since Bach died. (I'm an early music aficionado, so that's where I am coming from on this point :-) Playing music does seem to help with the January doldrums around here.

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  14. we are just venturing into CC as a mid-year enrollment, so can't say we have the blues yet... but this lap book looks great!

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  15. I am so excited to learn more about these great composers. I can't wait to learn alongside my kids!!

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  16. I will be tutoring the section in a few weeks for the second time, and I am looking forward to adding these books as a recourse. I feel so blessed to live in California where the sun shines most of the time so as long as we get out and enjoy the sun, the winter blues stay away.

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  17. Here in North Central California, we are coming out of the winter and heading quickly towards spring. To fight the winter blues, we listen to really fun upbeat music throughout the day. A little dancing always helps, too!

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  18. Dear Brandy,

    I haven't experienced winter blues per se, but did notice how hard it was to get back into gear after a long Christmas break. This is my first year in homeschooling our two youngest sons, 12 and 8, while our older three attend public school. We have been so thankful for your posts, supportive resources and links... wow! I don't visit any other blog for such extensive help. Thank you for posting all that you do, and especially with your young family, eye surgery, etc., etc. God has given you an amazing platform to serve and help others... and I am so glad to have this help!! I haven't thought much about our classical music studies in the coming CC weeks, but now I can! My 12 year old has already had some exposure, but my 8 year old has not. We will definitely check out what you've posted and I know I will love learning along with my kids. Thank you for all that you do to help others... I am so grateful!

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  19. This is perfect because lately we've found ourselves listening to a lot of classical music. My girls love dancing to it, or completing their assignments with the music in the background. The music helps relax me as we're winding down the last trimester of our fourth pregnancy, and I completely get a kick of hearing my 3 yr old humming Tchaikovsky.

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  20. I also shared this on my FB page. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. we grew up listening to classical music, so it's been a huge part of my life, and now my children's lives. we live in florida, so there's not a lot of "winter", but it's so hard to get back in the swing of things when you've just gotten over the holidays; i feel like the school year should be almost over! LOL
    thanks for the reminder to keep the faith and keep pressing on - and thanks for the giveaway!!

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  22. My boys and I have been in CC for four years, so this is our 2nd time through cycle 1 (& it will be our last time through). I have been trying to make the very most of every part of Cycle 1 and so far have adequately covered all of the subjects, but I do not have even a plan for covering the music & composers section of Fine Arts. These are supposed to be weeks 19-24, but because of circumstances in our community, we are moving them to weeks 13 -18, starting Tuesday. Since I just found out last Tuesday, I am definitely not prepared! I would put these to very good use!

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  23. CC (Foundations, Ch A, Ch B!) keeps us moving forward, and yes, this time of year I think the lack of motivation starts with me. But this is my favorite cycle of great artists to tutor because they are so varied & the projects are all different, and slowly but surely the wheels start turning. I've learned that I do best to try to focus on what we're doing & not on what next year's plan will be (in this, the season of registration & conferences) or it's easy to not want to finish.

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  24. Winter Blues! We get them! We are in Andrews, NC and it literally rained for a week straight! Our CC group had to cancel because of flood warnings. This week I "coped" by letting my six year study something that made him excited! Volcanoes! We did a core sample last week in CC and he has been intrigued so on this very rainy week - we are going to just enjoy - his enthusiasm for learning something he is excited about. Next week we will regroup and hopefully will be better off had the rain not come!

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  25. We live in Iowa and do get the blues if it is a long cold winter. This year it has been more mild which allows for time outside... Even so, I hear below zero temps are coming very soon... to combat feeling cooped up we go to the indoor rec center, try new recipes, and rent family friendly movies. Sometimes we listen to the Air One Friday night "Club Awesome" which plays a fun re-mix of Christian rock music (5:30 pm central time) and have a dance party in our own home:) Thanks for entering us in the drawing for the orchestra lapbook- I purchased her regular CC lapbooks this year and love them. I really enjoy your blog!!!

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  26. We live in Atlanta, and last winter and this winter are have been unseasonably warm. My kids love the cold, so w/ our "warm" cold, they still play outside. The only thing that gets hard is if it is rainy and cold. No one wants to go outside in that (least of all Mom!) If we get too many days in a row w/ no chance of playing outside, the kids start to go stir crazy. I try to find some active indoor activity to get some of the energy out. I'm usually excited to start back to school in January. By mid Feb, however, I'm alookin for Spring Break! lol

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  27. I am homeschooling 5th, 4th, 2nd, K, and Pre-K. And am just now getting into lap-booking. We go to the YMCA, play in the snow, put on praise and worship and make sure to take Vitamin D to get over the winter blahs/stir crazies...

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  28. hey brandy! i hope i'm not commenting for the 2nd time here....i tried to post earlier today. if i am, feel free to stop reading now : ) ha! We have yet to attempt a lapbook, so perhaps this is the perfect place to start! it certainly looks great & i could always use help! as far as winter blues, i don't feel we have those right now. perhaps it's because we only recently came back from nearly 2 weeks in sunny florida. but, when i do feel us dragging, I think it's usually due to me being not prepared either physically (sleepy, messy home, supplies not ready, etc) or spiritually. know what i mean? quick fixes? a nap or worship music! : )

    i am going to share this on my FB page! obviously, not for another entry...: )

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  29. I grew up dancing ballet, playing flute & listening to classical music on a 33 lp record player, because my mom was smart enough back then to know the importance of it all. As a result, I studied classical guitar in college, appreciate opera and the like, and hope to raise my children with the same respect for music, and culture. We are CCers and appreciate the importance stressed on the arts.

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  30. Hi! Our family lives in FL so my winter blues are more that I wish we could get some colder weather and see some snow like our friends to the north of us! :) We welcomed our fourth child a week before Christmas so I'm just now trying to get back into the routine of school. Some days are great, some are not so great and I am learning to let go and be more flexible and truly give each day to the Lord. To lift our spirits I play praise and worship music and my girls (our new baby is the only boy!) love to sing and dance around the living room!

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  31. I have wanted to do a classical music composer study with my children for some time, but have been somewhat intimidated by the amount of information to cover, not knowing where to start and how to make it fun and interesting.

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  32. Well, we live in FL, so not too many winter blues!! Although we do love the cold weather. :) I love studying about classical composers. We always learn such interesting things about them, their lifestyles, what their time in history was like and how it shaped them, their backgrounds. There is so much information to cover and it's always so much fun. We tend to appreciate their music so much more once we have learned about them as individuals. And it's always fun to hear my children say when they hear a piece of classical music out somewhere, "Oh that's (title of music) by (composer)!"

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  33. I live in Pennsylvania. I am homeschooling 9, 7, & 3 year olds. This is our second year with CC. We tend to be busy during the rest of the year, so taking this "winter time" to have some "down time" is much needed! We play outside, unless it is very cold, riding bikes, roller blading, or hauling fire wood! I appreciate your blog ; ) Thanks for sharing!

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  34. I love freebies! Thanks for hosting. We use music to lift our spirits and change the mood in the house. When we are getting down, I plug in and invariably a girl starts dancing or singing. A walk to the mailbox is another great option, no matter the weather. :) We like looking around on you tube for different variations of the composers that we are studying. We start to get to know the little nuances that each director makes in the 'their' version of the song. mollysmommy97 @ gmail.com

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  35. I just want to say how much I appreciate hearing that many, MANY other seasoned home schooling moms encounter the same difficulties in January and February. I began home schooling when we moved last December, so we were just beginning our home school adventure a year ago. Between unpacking, trying to do some sort of schooling with my two older boys, and juggling our toddler daughter, I thought I was going crazy! Things are better this go-round, but again, I find myself struggling mightily this month. Thank you, Brandy, for taking some of your precious time to blog about your life and to provide the rest of us with such wonderful resources. Your work is a great blessing in my life....thank you!

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  36. I would say I am pretty intimidated in presenting the composers and classical music in general to my kids. I had no exposure to it growing up and didn't discover it really until college. I am very much in the learning stage myself with a lot of it. I have purchased Classical Music for Dummies but even the idea of digesting that to explain to my boys aged 5 and 7 seems daunting to me. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  37. I am not intimidated because I do have a background in classical music but I do tend to get overwhelmed with all that is out there and not knowing where to start! This looks like it would be super helpful!

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  38. I don't face intimidation in this subject a others might- having been trained as a vocalist and pianist from a young age (and being able to read music is a very helpful life skill) but I LOVE creative teaching ideas and we enjoy doing fun projects like this! Also- I have struggled with seasonal depression in the past, but I've learned to ramp up my work-outs, enjoy the "down" time this season has to offer (seriously- after Christmas, don't we all need a break?) and looking forward to fun events in the future always helps, too. (revamping the calendar!)

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  39. I find the composer study very intimidating as well as Lap book study. But my six year old LOVES and seems to have the ear for it (taking violin lessons). Thanks for the give away.

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  40. Expecting a baby in 9 weeks so really hoping to avoid the winter blues! I also read The Core over Christmas break and that seems to have encouraged me to jump in with both feet this semester! CC is brand new to us this year and I love it & feel like I'm saving/redeeming my education!!

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  41. I'm commenting just for fun not to enter the contest.

    Okay, I think you finally convinced me to try lapbooking. Studying composers is the only way to get the boys to listen rather than make the noise so off we go. I'll let you know if we finish :-)

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  42. It's not really the blues here...as much as being distracted by needing to prepare for baby #3. I'm due in just over 2 weeks and have been freezer cooking, and struggling to be prepared and excited for tutoring CC each week. We love classical music and composers (both dh and I were music majors) but as others have said, there's so much out there! I love your story maps for the pieces (we've done that before with In the Halls of the Mountain King by Grieg). The visuals really help the music stick in our heads! I have a Kinder and a preschooler, so all in all, we have a very relaxed homeschooling schedule and expectations. We are using Wisdom and Righteousness's CC lapbooks this year and it's been great review. I'd love to win the Orchestra book and maybe even have our director purchase the community one for our group! Thank you, Brandi!

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  43. My thoughts on classical music and composer is that I am so excited to start that section! I grew up going to public high school in FL and I had an amazing humanities teacher. If it rained while we were in class she would get out records, yes records, and play music from different classical composers. It was so relaxing, listening to the rain and the music and then of course we would have to discuss. Seeing how it rains most afternoons in FL, we listened to a lot of music! I would love to get this lapbook as this is my first year to homeschool and I have never done a lapbook before! Glad to know this is an easy one to attempt first.

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  44. While I simply adore teaching art, I am simply intimidated by anything musical. I love listening to music, but I honestly get a mini anxiety attack when it comes to teaching music. I would be blessed by this. Thanks for offering the chance to try it for free!

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  45. wow, I am really looking forward to this study now that I have read how much your boys enjoy it. I'm intimidated -- by everything b/c this is our first year and I'm always doubting myself that I am not being patient enough, not doing enough, not making homeschool fun enough for my daughter. We have not done a lapbook yet -I have been agonizing over which lapbook to start with and I spend hours online searching. Thank you for your encouragement!
    sherribo@gmail.com

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  46. Wow, it *is* hard to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. Not only because of the holidays, but we're still trying to get into *any* sort of schedule as this is our first year homeschooling, with a 6th and 8th grader. We don't do much other curriculum than our CC stuff (Foundations/Essentials and Challenge A), but sometimes we do extra things. Add to that an ever-changing weekly schedule, from doctor appointments to a (very) part time (sometimes) 1-day-a-week "other" job for me, to our friend with cancer for whom I run errands and such or host her kids for school work on some afternoons, we never have the same schedule twice. :) So it's a challenge, to say the least. I wouldn't have it any other way, however; God has guided us here to the homeschooling world, and we love it. It's fabulous. <3 Thanks for all your posts, they are great. :)

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  47. love give-a-ways!!!

    I never got fully into the routine with school this past fall... Just started around week 11... I thought we would go strong through december, nope. We actually have started up well, and only have a few meltdowns a day "why do we have to do school?... I don't need to learn anything"... Those attitudes don't help me persevere. Still struggling to figure out our daily routine, and I still need to purchase a math curriculum for my 2nd grader... and motivating my Kindergardener to attempt a reading lesson wihtout a mel tdown, and having my preschooler at home this spring and an almost walking baby. Good times. I love the idea of lapbooking, but my kids havent caught on. I think a classical mucic one would be great, bc they can listen with content... I definitely need direction. Thanks for posting on this!

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  48. My homeschool winter blues happened before the Holiday break. Staying away from "hard core" schooling for two months ( November & December) actually helped. We only did grammar, spelling and read aloud. We spend a lot of time reading different children bibles together. By January, we were all ready to get back in track. A break really helped.


    I play music but don't know anything about music history. I will love to try this out.

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  49. I am intimidated to study the composers! I have never had a great love for classical music and the thought of teaching it to my children does not sound fun to me. However, I am excited about the lapbook you mentioned and I pray that if we win it that it'd be a great help in our homeschooling.

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  50. My kids love CC, one of the best ways to battle the winter blues for us is to grab our CC CDs and sing the Timeline song or History sentences. We do family trivia and practice for Memory Masters, it gets the kids excited and helps bring smiles.

    Before seeing how to enter this giveaway I shared on our CC group facebook page and reblogged your post to my blog, my post got sent out to my Twitter and facebook pages. This is such a fabulous giveaway!

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  51. Wow! LOVE the flow charts, Brandy! Thanks SO much for making and sharing them!


    Fortunately, I don't have the winter blues yet. However, last night, to cheer everyone up from a week of sickness, I surprised my girls with glowsticks in the bath tub! They LOVED it, and it was something completely spontaneous and exciting for them (and totally easy for me!). Thanks for the give-away! :)

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  52. I am really excited to study the composers - we started a little last year, but haven't done much with it this year, so I'm so glad that it's a part of CC! Would LOVE to use this lapbook with my kids. And I love your blog!

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  53. We were facing the winter blues but are getting back into homeschool now. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful resources. This is my first year homeschooling and your blog is very, very helpful

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  54. Winter blues hit me worse than they hit my kids! The cold, lack of sunshine, and mud here in KY get me down.....honestly, in my homeschooling life, it is our CC community day that keeps me plugging ahead. I love the fun time together and the accountability.

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  55. I love classical music and always have it on the radio when we are learning. I'd love a resource to help me teach the kids about the pieces we have been listening to.

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  56. I am very excited about the composers this year for CC. I am not a music person - so I have enjoyed learning alongside my children each year. I learn so much with each composer! i recently heard about your website and blog and I am really enjoying it. Thank you.

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  57. I was a music major in college and haven't taken the time to share my knowledge or the joy of music with my children yet mainly just because of being so busy with a 6 year old, 2 year old, and infant. I'm hoping that this revives my passion for music and gives me a chance to share my passion with them. I miss singing in a choir!

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  58. In order to fight the winter blues. I encourage/ force my son to play outside, even when it's cold. I understand the want to stay inside when it is cold out. Getting him outside gives me a little down time and prevents him from getting cabin fever.

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  59. Dear Brandy,
    Just curious, have you completed any other Composer Flow Charts for Classical Music for Dummies? They are just fantastic and have been very useful in my Challenge II class.

    In CC connected I found your flow charts for Handel, Bach and Mozart, as well as, Stravinsky, Debussy and Tchaikovsky charts by other ladies.

    I am looking for Beethoven 5th Symphony Brahms Symphony No. 4, and Dvorak Serenade for Strings flow charts. I think I would do an incredibly poor job of one myself.

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  60. Thank you!  It's so great to know that I've made something useful even for the upper Challenge classes!  I have not yet made any for Cycle 2 composers but plan to do so if no one else has.  However, I won't be able to put those together for a while because of time constraints (and it takes a while to put them together), but I will let you know if/when I do!  Thank you for the feedback - it really helps me to know which things have been useful to others so that I can judge where to best spend my time! Blessings!
    Brandy

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