My daughter Tiffany’s Christmas book has been published! It is a murder mystery surrounded by the fun and festivities of the Christmas holiday and a budding romance.
Several weeks ago I saw a picture of a stack of children’s books that Crystal Paine, the Money Saving Mom, had gotten from the library for the holiday season. One book that caught my eye was Hallelujah Handel by Douglas Cowling. I didn’t know anything about this book but have enjoyed Handel’s Messiah composition since my days in high school when we sang The Hallelujah Chorus.
I decided to look into this book because I figured it might be a good springboard into a composer study on George Frideric Handel. I also thought it might be good to study during the holidays since it is prevalent at this time.
It was interesting to learn about his views on orphans and what he did to help them. Our library system even has a copy of this book and the audio cd as well. I’m not sure, but it looks like the story is told with Handle’s music in the background. It seems like a really neat book and complementary cd.
- If you choose to check out this book and/or the audio, you might want to do a little composer study as well. I found this nice unit study by Cindy Downes with informational links and links to printables.
- There is an interesting book available from HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay entitled, Music Talks with Children which talks about Handel some in chapter XX. I found it by googling the website and the title of the book (just in case it disappears) but click on the title and it should open up the book pdf.
Speaking of HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay, they have some really good looking free audios available now. One such freebie is Old School ebook and audios! Another is The Story of the First Christmas Tree audios and ebook. Oh! and one more while you are there, “All Is Bright: The True Story of Silent Night.” Don’t forget to click on “Older Posts” to see what else may still be available and to your liking.
- Over on YearRoundHomeschooling, there is a small free unit on Handel with some free printables and about 4 book suggestions.
- EnrichmentStudies has some good links too. There are some podcasts, videos, and printables among other things. They have a listening map for the Hallelujah Chorus. I’ve never heard of that before . . . interesting!
- HomeschoolGiveaways has some good links too! There’s also a link to a free kindle book, near the bottom of the page.
Well, that’s it for today! I hope you have a fun study on Handel!
Until next time, God bless,