Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Composers Activity-Pak - Crew Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Home School in the Woods provides a wide variety of products that can be used as supplements to any homeschool curriculum. For this review, I was given a digital download of there Composers Activity-Pak for grades 3-8. I am always looking for a way to add hands-on activities and projects to Isabelle’s studies and we have completed many lapbooks to reinforce subject matters. You will notice we did not follow the assembly instructions to create our Composers Lap Book because we have our own methods; but if you have never created a Lap Book, these instructions are included in the digital download.

The Composers Activity-Pak includes six activities to complete an entire Lap Book. Projects includes are Periods of Music, Keyboard Vocabulary, Collection of Composers, Composers Timeline, Pieces with a Purpose, and Music Appreciation. Periods of Music introduces your student to 42 composers from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Each period offers a brief description and facts or contributions that made the period distinct. Keyboard Vocabulary offers a unique way to display musical terms and their definitions. Students learn musical terms related to theory, history, form, and technique. Collection of Composers allows students to use books or the internet to research each composer and record facts and music in personal profile booklets. Composers Timeline helps students visualize the period of music in which the composer lived. We did not have time to complete this activity; but I will share the instruction sheet below.

Pieces with a Purpose explores the purpose behind each musician’s piece, whether out of passion, to make a living, or just by request. Students create several mini books to add to their Lap Book – CD player, hymn book, money purse, crown, flag, and opera program. Music Appreciation allows students the opportunity to listen to a variety of pieces from a handful of classical composers while they list some interesting facts about the piece or composer and draw their thoughts in the box on the sheet. MP3 music files are included in the digital download. The Composers Activity-Pak also includes a list of books, audio, and video resources to aid you in your composer study.

Music may not be your subject; but Home School in the Woods has many other resources available, like their US Elections Lap-Pak which would make a great unit study with the upcoming elections. You can learn more about Home School in the Woods through Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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1 comment:

  1. I like the way you folded your lapbook. We used the Artist study, and my daughter loved it. Great review. I was going to try the Composers for her next.