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Are you looking for an easy to use classical music curriculum that will teach a wide age range? Look no further then Zeezok! They have produced a fantastic music appreciation curriculum for the elementary grades!
I grew up in a family that loved music. Not just my immediate family, but all my extended family as well. I have many memories of singing with my grandparents and aunts, as well as my mom and siblings (my dad can’t carry a tune so he listened and paid for music lessons!). I have worked hard to pass that love of music on to my own children, and so far all of them adore music! I want them to not just love music, but appreciate the foundations of music and the great composers of the past.
I knew that I would love the curriculum from Zeezok. We had checked out one of the books in the series from the library (an older copy) several years ago. My mom read it to some of my children a few months before she passed away, and these books hold a special place in my heart because of that. Amazingly, I even have a picture of her reading the Beethoven book out loud.
The curriculum has been wonderful for our family, because it has worked for multiple ages and grades. My 10, 8, and 5 year old have all cheered when it is time to read the Bach book, and they all love listening to the music that goes along with the curriculum. Not only that, but they have started looking for music written by Bach when I sit down and play the piano.
While you could just sit and read the books by themselves, the student activity book that goes along with the books is incredible. I can’t imagine going through the series without this book. My children have learned about instruments, studied maps, talked about character traits, answered comprehension questions, and much more.
Included in this curriculum is a lapbook CD. Every book has lapbook pages that go along with it. I have to admit this is the part I was most nervous about. I can sew but I can’t craft. We have never done lapbooks because the thought of it made me nervous. What if I couldn’t fold the lapbook right? What if the whole project ended in tears?
I was thankful the CD provided all the detailed instructions we needed to make a lapbook successfully. I’m not going to say it was my most enjoyable part (because like I said, I’m not a crafter!) but I did enjoy doing something a little bit different with my children, and plan to make all the lapbooks with the children.
There are seven different composers included in this series. If I was the amazing homeschool mom that kept everything on schedule and was not also working from home full time, we would go through this curriculum in the time frame given. Each book is supposed to take 4 weeks. We just are not able to get through it that fast, but that’s ok. That’s the beauty of homeschooling, you can do things on your schedule! I think it is totally doable to get through it in 4 weeks, just not for our season of life.
One of my favorite parts were the music CD’s that go along with the books. As you read through the story you will learn about different songs that Bach composed. It might be a song for the Duke, or a new piece for church. When you come to it in the book, the music is written right there, but it is also on the CD. We always stop and listen to it right then, and keep reading after we are done listening to it. My children don’t want to stop listening, they love it so much!
Another fun thing we enjoy doing is dancing to the music. We all hold hands, get in a circle, and jump up and down. Not only does it help burn off energy, it helps the children connect to the music. For slow songs we are not as silly. 🙂 Fast and energetic songs we can get quite silly and boisterous!
I’m thrilled that we have this curriculum, and I know we will enjoy it for many years to come. I think any type of homeschooler would enjoy this, whether you are a textbook mom or a Charlotte Mason homeschooler!
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Where to get it:
You can purchase the complete curriculum set for $169.00. If you already own the books, you can complete the set by getting the music CD’s and the activity book to go along with them! You can save 10% off all orders through March 21 with the code: ihomeschool
Zeezok Publishing is graciously giving away a complete curriculum set to one winner!
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