“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen. This is big reason why I want to be adding music into the lives of my children, but when they are kids, you have to make it fun! That is when I turn to Maestro Classics! Last week we spent some time with The Nutcracker and I can’t wait to tell you about this!
What It Is
We had the chance to review the physical audio CD of The Nutcracker with music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and storytelling from Jim Weiss. There is over one hour of fun with a retelling of the story, made with kids in mind.
Not only do you get the physical audio CD, but you get a fun little insert that tells you about the history of the ballet, the harp and Pyotr IlychTchaikovsky. There is a fun word scramble and cross word for the kids to work on.
But that is still not all, you also have a fun curriculum guide that you will be able to use to turn this fun little story in music into a complete unit study for your children to learn from! This curriculum guide comes with everything you need, history, math, science and language just to name a few subjects.
How We Used It
I love this kind of music for the kids. They love to listen to the story, and the music adds to the effect in their brain. We listened to the CD during lunch to start with. I took the curriculum guide and decided what we did or did not need to use (the benefit of homeschooling!).
The kids did not know that we were learning from half of the activities that were suggested on the curriculum guide, but they all helped the kids in one way or another while all relating back to The Nutcracker.
After 2 days of listening again and again while working on the fun projects, we spent some time and found some YouTube videos of The Nutcracker. Now, this changed everything for Ray Ray and Little Miss. They did not realize that this was a dance…and they are both in dance. The next time we listened to the CD, both kids decided to dance with the CD until they got tired.
What We Thought
My mom always had music playing when I was growing up. I remember listening to many stories in music and loving them, trying to dance to dance with them and just having fun with them. That is what I want with my kids, but I want the music to be quality stories in music, and I found that with Maestro Classics. I love the music that they have and the activities that go with them are an added bonus! This is what I was looking for since I was a kid!
My kids love the music, and that makes me happy. They love being able to listen to the story that is being told, and they love dancing with the music. Being able to find something to keep them busy with learning, movement and music all in one is hard, but I know that whenever I look at Maestro Classics I will be finding something that I love.
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