I’m very excited about this recent discovery I made via a homeschooling forum: Classics for Kids from Cincinnati Public Radio. I haven’t explored it very in-depth yet, but basically it’s a short podcast for kids on classical music appreciation and history. There is a composer of the month, with once-weekly audio ‘lesson’, and an activity sheet to go with it. We jumped in pretty much blind today, and I wasn’t sure if it would be at Scout Kid’s level, but we both really enjoyed just chilling out on the bed and listening to it.
This week’s broadcast was about Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Luckily, Scout Kid’s longstanding love of Peter and the Wolf meant he was tracking right along with the descriptions of the various woodwinds (“Oboe! That’s the duck,” etc.) and strings. We pulled out our visual dictionary at the same time, so he could see images of each instrument as it was introduced.
When it was over, Scout Kid instantly asked to listen to Peter and the Wolf, so I put that on (Leonard Bernstein’s excellent version), gave him his Peter and the Wolf picture book, left the visual dictionary open to the orchestra page, and enjoyed a quiet time to myself. All in all, a successful activity, and I think we’re both looking forward to next week’s broadcast!