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Harmony Fine Arts for Preschoolers

Preschool Art and Music Appreciation

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Creating a love for beautiful art and music can start from birth. It doesn’t take much effort to surround your family with the great artists and classical composers from the very start of a child’s life. Weave the experiences into your everyday routine by using Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 plans as a framework.

 

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Sample for grade 1– Download a four week sample for Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1

 

The Harmony Fine Arts plans were written to fit a range of ages. Grade 1 was originally written to share the fine arts with children in the grammar stage of learning. But it’s very flexible and can be used with younger children as well, as young as 3 ½ if they’re interested or you feel they would benefit from an early introduction into great artists and classical composers.

How to Adapt Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Plans for Younger Children

Suggested Resources -note these may be Amazon.com affiliate links to products I own and love.

With these three resources and the internet, you can get started with the plan.

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Option 1 – Picture Study

Use the links in Option 1 to view the suggested painting together online. There are instructions in the plans to explain how to save, print, and make the painting your computer’s wallpaper background. You can have the child tell you what they see in the artwork or you can gently guide a discussion of the painting. I’ve created a printable sheet with a few suggestions for talking about a painting with your child. Pick the questions that are most appropriate for the painting and your child. Don’t push for answers but let your child tell you what they see and how they feel about the painting. Keep it simple since their attention span will be very short.

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I’ve written in more detail about picture study on my blog and you may wish to click over and get a little more direction if you’re new to picture study. Read the entry here: Help With Picture Study.

You can download your own copy here: Art Question Cards.

Option 2 – Art Appreciation with Follow-Up Activities

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Using the suggested pages in either the Oxford First Book of Art or The Usborne Art Treasury, share the assignment in a way that makes sense for your particular child. This may include reading the text, sharing the images, and/or completing the activity suggested. Usually the activities are very open-ended and can be adapted for younger and older children. Harmony Fine Arts has always tried to give families the flexibility to offer a variety of ways to present great art. Option 2 will help you enjoy looking at art together with your children and then perhaps create an art piece of your own using simple materials you probably have on hand.

Option 3 – Additional Art Appreciation and Follow-Up Coloring Pages

Using the Child-Size Masterpieces,  in just a few minutes a week, your child will enjoy being able to touch and use the cards to view a beautiful painting, learn the painting’s name, and a little bit about the artist. These cards are appropriate for children of all ages.

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Even if your child is very young, they will probably enjoy looking through the cards with you. I would suggest putting the featured card out for display throughout the week. Repeated exposure is the key to art appreciation at this age so just viewing the painting once online isn’t usually enough to make a lasting impression.

grade 1 sample week -option 2 coloring pageWhen it comes to using the coloring pages in the Harmony Fine Arts plans, you’ll need to decide if they are appropriate for your child. My daughter would have loved having them available during her preschool years but I don’t think my boys would have benefited from them at all. In most cases, the coloring books can wait until they are a bit older.

Music Appreciation

The Harmony Fine Arts plan for listening to composers for Grade 1 can be used without adaptation. The book suggested in the plans can wait until your child is older. View the sample plan for composer study and note that there are links to YouTube for every single selection.

You can see the complete Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 playlist here: Grade One Playlist.

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In summary, if you chose to use the Harmony Fine Arts plans with your preschool aged child, you’ll be offering them a chance to look at some of the most famous artists in the art world. They’ll spend a few minutes a week with you talking about and learning about great art. In addition, they will at the very least, have been exposed to a handful of famous composers in an enjoyable, non-stressful way.

I encourage you to download the sample given above to the Harmony Fine Arts plans for grade 1. Imagine how you can use them in your family and how easy it would be to add simple art and music appreciation to your daily routine.

 

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Harmony Fine Arts Grades 1-4 Artists and Composers List

Download a list of composers and artists included in grades 1-4 of Harmony Fine Arts.

Note: The Harmony Fine Arts plans were written to complement a variety of homeschooling styles: Charlotte Mason, Well-Trained Mind, Classical, Eclectic, Unschooling, Unit Studies, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Organizing Your Classical Music CDs

Organizing My Classical Music with Colored Dots – From My Archives

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As you can imagine, I own a large number of classical music CDs. Between homeschooling my four children and researching and preparing the plans for Harmony Fine Arts, I have quite the collection.

Back in 2008 when I originally shared my tips for organizing music CDs, I had not yet made the leap to listening to music online using streaming or playlists. Things have changed! But, I thought I would repost this organizing idea just in case there are families that find themselves with a growing classical music CD collection.

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As far as storage, I use the GNEDBY shelf from IKEA. It is large enough to hold even my huge collection of music! It historically sat right next to my science shelf (also from IKEA). Now I have it close to my desk so I can pop in a CD while I work.

Using Colored Dots to Organize Your Classical Music Collections

I tried organizing the CDs alphabetically but that soon fell apart as CDs were quickly re-shelved at the end of the week.

I came up with the idea for organizing the music into the four year cycles of history as explained in The Well-Trained Mind. I took my CDs and divided them up by composer time period. I took some colored dots that I had from the office supply store and gave each time period a different color.

Here is my colored dot system:
Medieval-early Renaissance 400-1600 =red dot
Late Renaissance-early Modern 1600-1850 =green dot
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Now all I had to do was to go through and look at the composer’s dates, adhere a dot to the outside spine of the CD case, and then group like colors on the shelf.

Sometimes the dots don’t stick very well so I go back with a colored Sharpie and just make a dot on the spine of the CD case.

This has saved me loads of time over the years. I could usually remember a composer’s time period and then scan the CDs with the appropriate dot on the spine. It’s a simple system that works for our family. Even if the CDs get mixed up on the shelf, I can easily shuffle them around back into some sort of order within a minute or two.

Note I use Amazon affiliate links in this entry to products I use and recommend.

More Classical Music Tips

Build Your Classical Music LibraryThis page shares my tips for building a basic classical music library for your family.

Learn About Composers the Easy Way – This post shares a valuable music appreciation resource that I have used in my own family and in the Harmony Fine Arts plans.

 

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Are you looking for premade plans for listening to composers by time period? I invite you to take a look at my Harmony Fine Arts program to see if it’s a good fit for your family. There are sample weeks under the “sample” tab on the website. You can also download a chart that gives you more details about composers included in each year plan.

Overview Chart -grades 1-12 general descriptions
Artist & Composer List – Grades 1-4 – specific artists and composers
Artist & Composer List – Grades 5-8 – specific artists and composers

Music Monday is Retiring

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts @harmonyfinearts.org Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.

After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to no longer offer Music Monday here on the Harmony Art Mom blog. I have enjoyed sharing music each week with you over the years but because of reduced time available for my online work, I will be eliminating it from my weekly postings.

I will be continuing to host the Sketch Tuesday assignments and slideshows though so please feel welcome to join that at any time!

If you are looking for a plan for listening to great music, you may wish to check out the Harmony Fine Arts plans available for grades 1-8 and even for high school!

You can look at a sample of a Harmony Fine Arts music appreciation plan by clicking this link and then scrolling down to page 9: Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Sample.

 

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