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  1. Camus wrote interestingly about the French Revolution in The Rebel. Possibly for high school! It's not exactly a history text. Have you also recently covered the Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment? (I'm not fishing 😉 , just curious if you're going chronologically too and interested in approaches after early/mid-elementary. We were until I recently decided to bail out of studying the 20th Century. We'll get back to it, but we're going to take a detour first.)
  2. Recognizing that there is plenty of discussion about the definition of classical, and the "why" follows from the definition, I think there are two main aspects to classical ed, and that is where the appeal lies: 1) the dialectic, i.e., your studies are based in dialogue as the fundamental way that humans teach and learn, and 2) texts that have proven themselves across time as being repositories of ideas worthy of thought. So the answer to your second question follows naturally—it’s never too late to begin! 😉
  3. Yes, it has pictures of paintings, plus some sculptures and architecture, and Vasari’s text. There are many images and they are very good quality. I bought it for the pictures. It’s a big, heavy book (probably 14 in tall), and some of the pages fold out. The ISBN is 0-88363-302-7. Less than $4 is a great deal! However, if you really want to read Vasari’s text, you might also want a book that’s easier to hold in your hand. But apropos of the other thread, the dust cover is The Birth of Venus, and she’s there in all her resplendent perfection, as are many others. 😉
  4. David definitely is not, not even the complete figure. 😉 A framework for thinking about this question with a child might be: Does the image in question appeal to what is transcendent in man, or what is animal? It’s a common experience that some things tend to move us toward the transcendent and some tend to move us in the other direction. Art is part of humankind’s search for truth. We are capable of reaching into transcendent truth but we are also capable of dwelling in the purely animal. Meaningful art will extract us from the purely material by directing us to a higher purpose. David i
  5. This is really nicely done. Thank you for sharing! If you're looking for more art to look at by the artists you've identified, Vasari's The Great Masters (the one I have is printed by Beaux Arts Editions) is a lovely book.
  6. My first thought on short ballets is one of the acts of Jewels by George Balanchine. “Diamonds” is probably the place to start if you’re just doing one. But there’s no story to Jewels, and I think that is a deficiency if you’re using it for an introduction to ballet. If you go for Jewels, the version that has Ulyana Lopatkina in it is excellent. Other short options might be a graduation performance from the Vaganova Ballet Academy or a production of Peter and the Wolf (which is pretty frequently done as a children’s ballet, although it was not written for that). If you might consider
  7. Betsy-Tacy has an infant death in it--chapter 8, "Easter Eggs"--in case you want to preview it. It's a short episode, but sad. For testing the waters on talking animals, I'd try Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner. Or the Robert Lawson books Lori mentioned.
  8. I think you're thinking along the lines of art appreciation/viewing rather than art creating, yes? For viewing, the Riverbend Press prints are really nice: https://www.riverbendpress.com/shop-artist-prints Memoria Press has poster sets that have an assortment of images, some of which correspond to the Middle Ages. We also checked out those large-format art books from the library for more pictures. There are lots of good options for Middle Ages/Renaissance art! My goal for viewing art in elementary is to learn to carefully observe (this is true for the art-creating part too), and
  9. Re: pacing, it sounds like you might be able to cut back on the review portion, but I'll tell you what we did, to give you an idea of one approach. We did more or less one lesson per day as suggested, but sometimes I broke the lessons up into two (this was in the first half of the book). We skipped the first 26, as we covered the basic alphabet prior to starting on the book. Also, we rarely did the two review thing unless there was some indication that the prior lesson didn't sink in. When we did a review, it would be more along the lines of me pointing to a line or two from the prior page and
  10. Oh yes, I totally agree with those too! We're building a (small) boat and naming it The Floating Bear ("Sometimes it's a boat, and sometimes it's more of an accident."), mostly so that I can shamelessly copy Shepard's picture onto the hull. 😉 If there's a separate picture book thread, I'll join in!
  11. To answer the original question, I'd have done the same -- do our own thing for nearly everything -- but with more confidence. I think that's the key thing that tends to be in short supply when starting out, and I wasted too much time feeling like I was missing something. Also, if someone was selling patience in a jar, I'd probably buy some of that. 😉
  12. On the theme of how to find good picture books, my strategy is to seek out things by illustrator. When I find an illustrator who did stories that I particularly like, I track down as many other books they've done as I can, and it's usually the case that they're hits too. The artists I love tend to also do lots of stories I love. Spirin's in a league of his own. 💛
  13. I know this isn’t quite what you asked, but I also highly recommend watching them in the garden. We have milkweed in our garden, and we’ve seen three separate sets of Monarch and Queen butterfly eggs and caterpillars just this year. Finding a chrysalis after they’ve left is tough, but that’s by design. Watching the role the plants play (which you might miss in a controlled habitat) is incredible—the caterpillars strip them clean, flowers and buds and all, and then they grow more. Another advantage of watching them in the “wild” is that you can see how they react to things like changes in the w
  14. These aren't in a single room, but are in various strategic places: - National Geographic World Map - other maps (U.S., state, some individual country maps, some marine maps too) ... we like maps! - a frame through which I rotate the MP art posters and some of these: https://www.riverbendpress.com/shop-artist-prints (I like these better than the MP posters because the print quality is superior and they don't have a crease down the middle, but they're smaller and more expensive) - framed art prints from the National Gallery of Art and other art museums. I can vouch for the q
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