Tiny has been loving the easy hands-on activities he has been doing as we have been going through the curriculum by Zeezok Music Appreciation – Book 1.
Easy Hands-On Ideas for Music Appreciation
One of the reasons I wanted to review this curriculum was because of our love of unit studies. Though curriculum providers may not have on their website a product description of their curriculum as a unit study, this curriculum goes above and beyond in fitting my description of a comprehensive unit study.
Beyond having work texts, each unit is filled with hands-on ideas that are easy. Sometimes I know I fuss over hands-on ideas too much, but they don’t have to be complicated. I always have to remind myself of that too. Also though in the music appreciation curriculum other subjects like history, geography and language arts are certainly included.
You know I told you we honed in on a study of Beethoven and one easy hands-on idea suggested was to make Beethoven’s porridge.
We tweaked the activity a bit to fit our need, plus the original recipe I wanted to preserve in the curriculum so I don’t ruin any surprises for you.
We have enjoyed getting to know Beethoven’s lively music personality as he directed from his piano. He would forget that he was a soloist as he became so engrossed in it that he would jump up and begin conducting. We feel kindred spirits with him as he would leap in the air at the loud parts, wave his arms to the skies and even crouch in quiet parts.
Tiny would not ever forgive me if I showed you the pictures I took as he acted that out when reading about those tidbits on Beethoven and listening to his music. The porridge pictures are not quite as exciting, you’ll just have to imagine the other pictures.
Later this month, I will be posting a full review on this curriculum that we are savoring every bit of the way. Because there is no way in one post I can tell you the things we have been loving about our music curriculum, I shared a few other things we have done on this unit below.
Hugs and love ya,
See our other posts about this music curriculum below!