Friday, September 4, 2009

Ambleside Selections for 2009-2010

Ambleside Schedule 2009/2010

Term 1:


Jan Van Eyck (1395-1441) Flemish Northern Renaissance (composer Saint-Saens and Berlioz, Early Romantic)

The Crucifixion and The Last Judgement are two of Van Eyck's most important and well-known works; however, they're gruesome, so alternatives have been suggested along with them.
1. The Crucifixion, 1425-30 OR Birth of John the Baptist, 1422
2. The Last Judgement, 1425-30 OR Madonna with Child Reading, 1433
3. Adoration of the Lamb (From the Ghent Altarpiece, 1425-30)
4. The Annunciation
5. Arnolfini Wedding, 1434
6. Man in a Red Turban, 1433


Edvard Grieg (1890) & Jean Sibelius (nationalists)
Listening selections for this term:
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite no 1
Grieg Piano Concerto in A
Grieg Norwegian Dance no 2
Sibelius Finlandia
Sibelius Symphony 1 OR 2 (4 weeks)

Plutarch: Aristides/ Coriolanus
Shakespeare: Finish Cymbeline/ Coriolanus
Folk Song: The Old Oaken Bucket

Term 2:

John Singer Sargeant (1856-1925) American

Liszt, Romantic
Franz Liszt (1855) (Early Romantic)
Listening selections for this term:
Piano Concerto no 1
Hungarian Rhapsodies (esp no 2)
Les Preludes
Liebestraum for piano
Piano Sonata in B min
Mephisto Waltz

Plutarch: Cato the Censor
Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Folk Song: The Jam on Gerry's Rocks

Term 3:


Maurice Ravel (1915) (Impressionist)
Listening selections for this term:
Daphne et Chloe - selections
Mother Goose Suite
Pavane pour une infante dufunte
Piano Concerto in D for left hand
Rhapsody espagnole

Claude Monet (1840-1926) French Impressionist

Plutarch: Romolus
Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus
Folk Song: Farewell to Nova Scotia, Land of the Silver Birch

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Morning Time September 2009

Rembrandt's Self Portraits

Bach's Mass in B Minor

Folk Song:

Working on incorporating these into our morning.

Cymbeline (Yes, leftover from last year)


Bible Time:
Proverb of the day
Psalm 100 (relearn)
Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

Review this week:
I John 4:1-11
Proverbs 4:10-17
Proverbs 20:11

Great is the Lord our God (Soldiers of Christ Arise tune)
Psalm 98 (Book of Psalms for Singing) This is one we actually sound halfway decent on.
I Love Thy Church, O Lord
O, Thou in Whose Presence
Let us With a Gladsome Mind

Read and discuss one poem a day from 101 Famous Poems

Learn Poem from Cymbeline

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan;
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!

William Shakespeare

The Gift by Christina Rossetti
Keep a' Goin'
Be Strong Babcock
Trees Kilmer
How Did you Die?

Miscellaneous Memory:

The US Oath of Citizenship

Ambleside Creed
Presidents Bee
West Point Cadet's Prayer
Apostle's Creed
Contemplate by Sam Adams

Reading Aloud:

Mother Tongue II with all children

Little Boys:

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (Don't let Disney rob you of this one.)
The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Fabulously written book, if a tiny bit blunt. Not for everyone but excellent all the same.
A History for Peter: America is born, America Grows Up, and America Moves Forward (3 volume set) (Some object to Johnson's editorial viewpoint. I just use his opinions as a way to open discussions with the boys.)

These 3 books are all so well-written that our reading time is a joy this year. For some reason this combination of books is one of the most successful combinations I have ever employed in Morning Time.