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Fine Arts Friday: New Year, New Stuff

Cribbed from The Common Room’s Facebook Page — a thoroughly likable page. (Hint hint.)

“‘Education is the Science of Relations’; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
‘Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.’”

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education, including a brief quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

The turn of the year is also the beginning of a new term for the purposes of our fine arts studies, with new offerings to make continue to build those relations. Although I appreciate Ambleside Online and use many of their offerings, we don’t actually follow their rotation. For example, right now we’re studying American History and are in the mid-19th century, so I’m choosing folk songs, artists, etc. geared to that time period, to facilitate those relations.

The Ambleside folk song is “The Battle of Otterburn” about… the Battle of Otterburn, a 14th century battle between the Scottish and English. That’s great and all, but there are so many great songs from the time period we’re studying that it seems a shame not to take advantage of them. Some we’ve already learned, like “Arkansas Traveler” and “Turkey in the Straw.”  We have this collection of American Folk Songs for Children (af). Well, half of it. I’m missing one of the CDs. American folk songs remind me of my grandfather, who was always singing them.

One of my favorites I learned from him is “A Hole in My Bucket.”

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I love how Harry Belafonte is giggling at the end of that.

The hymn from the Ambleside rotation is “Trust and Obey.”  (The story behind the hymn. Well, the anecdote behind the hymn anyway.)


I love that this version is acapella because that’s how we sing them in our house. My daughter is getting better on the piano, so I don’t know if that will always be the case, but it works for us now. We’ve also got a new artist, composer, and poets this term, whom I’ll explore later. Other fun topics this month: Trees! In the dead of winter! I know!

Happy singing Friday!

One response to “Fine Arts Friday: New Year, New Stuff”

  1. […] own the music for themselves. I noticed that some songs they learned well and can sing without aid (“There’s a Hole in My Bucket” is a family favorite), but for many if not most songs, they can only sing along with the videos. […]

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