Music Enrichment: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
This supplemental book helps you expand on the music mentioned in the Memoria Press curriculum guides for K-2. This book gives some background information, instruments used in the piece, composer information, and more, on each piece of music. A few questions for discussion are included and links to Spotify and YouTube playlists for listening to selections. ~ Donna
If you have enjoyed the music enrichment sections of our grade-by-grade Enrichment Guides, you will love our new supplement devoted exclusively to music. For each piece of music scheduled weekly in our Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Curriculum Manuals, Music Enrichment gives a short backstory on each piece and biographical information for its composer, as well as a few questions for discussion about the music being studied. Teach your child more about what the song is about, interesting facts about the instruments used in the song and how they work together, interesting aspects about the song's structure, and why the composer wrote it.
Purchase of this bookalso includes links to Spotify and Youtube playlists where you can listen to the selections we have chosen, as well as iTunes links if you would like to purchase them.
The Kindergarten level provides instruction in reading, correct pencil grip, letter and number formation, and basic arithmetic counting, adding, subtracting, telling time, and counting money. Children ages 4-6 can use the program if they are reading ready, have the ability to count to 10, print their name, recognize most letters, rhyme words, and segment sounds.
Memoria Press now offers complete Curriculum Manuals and grade-level curriculum packages for PK-10 using the classical methodology. Recitation is used in every level for memorization of basic facts, systematic phonics and good books are used for reading education, copywork is used for teaching Bible truths, and music and art are included for enrichment in the early (K-3) levels. Each Curriculum Manual contains complete lesson plans for a one-year course of study.
The Curriculum Manuals are well-formatted and easy to use. In the front of each book you will find a checklist of the materials needed at that level, an explanation of this curriculum, instructions for lesson implementation, a recommended schedule and blank schedule for your own planning purposes, and 33 weeks of detailed lesson plans. Lessons include assignments from the books used at each grade level, as well as activity suggestions. The appendices include a variety of material for that grade level, and may include: prayers, letter activities, recitation, memory verses, read-aloud book list, poetry list and selections, and a paintings/music list for kindergarten and first grade. These pages are reproducible for family or classroom use.
Although most of the guides have been available for several years, the curriculum was restructured in 2015, with many of the programs originally included in 3rd grade now with a slower pacing to span 3rd and 4th grade. Guides for grades 3 and up have been modified to reflect this change, while the lower-level guides have only had minor changes. If you are already midway into the program with the original guides, you can still continue in that track with the older guides, now titled Acclerated Classical Core Curriculum Manual. You can find these along with the complete list of curriculum resources used with them on our website.
We have complete grade-level resource packages, consumable packages for “refill,” new user packages for levels that reuse resources from a previous level, read-aloud packages for each level and science and enrichment packages for the early levels. Curriculum resources are also listed individually (see website for specific contents of consumables and read-aloud packages). Please note that several of the programs include First Form Latin and Classical Composition, which should be completed in order, regardless of what is in the grade level package.If you have a student entering the program after fourth grade, you will need to start them in Classical Composition: Fable Stage and/or First Form Latin instead of what might be in the package.
This series is for the parent who wants a good classical curriculum which is outlined and ready to use. Simply open the book and follow the instructions. You will be well on your way to a quality education for your young ones. ~ Donna
This music enrichment is very easy to implement. I use it as a guide and pick and choose what we listen to and sometimes find other videos rather than the ones Memoria Press links to – sometimes the "video" is actually just the music playing, whereas we really like to be able to see the musician and/or the orchestra and its instruments. But it is a great way to include music in your lessons and much easier than trying to come up with a list of famous/important musical selections on your own, and can be used for older children as well, not just up to 2nd grade.
over 4 years ago