Picture Study: Looking with Morisot

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895; French impressionist) Biography
1. Le berceau (The Cradle)
2. Grain field 
3. Le enfant au Tablier Rouge
4. The Bath
5. Eugene Manet on the Isle of Wight
6. On the Balcony


Picture Study: Looking with Degas

Edgar Degas (day-GAH; 1834-1917; French Impressionism; Self portrait 1855)   Biography

1. The Belleli Family, 1862
2. A Cotton Office in New Orleans 1873
3. The Dance Class, 1873-75
4. Place de la Concorde, 1875
5. The Little Dancer, sculpture; executed ca. 1880 or 1881; cast in 1922
6. Before the Race, 1882-84
Further Interest: The Crucifixion, 1861

Composer Study: Listening to Dvorak

Antonin Dvorak (AN-toe-NEEN d-VOR-zhak; 1841-1904; Late Romantic)
1. Symphony 9 From the New World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo1KHr-b-CA
2. Slavonic Dances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcYSGkbCkIc  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWOwZLYYQjA
3. Carnaval Overture (may also be spelled Karneval)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lDbsz_liT8
4. Humoresques for piano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa_qOv-eqpA
5. Quartet in F maj (“American”)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M77kJg4U_c
6. Trio in E min (“Dumky”)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwozYAY3cjo
7. Serenade for Strings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M8dXPfhPrw

Picture Study: Looking at Monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926; French Impressionist)   Biography

1. Garden at Saint-Adresse, 1866, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2. Women in the Garden, 1866, Musee d’Orsay, Paris
3. Jean Monet on His Hobby Horse, 1872, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
4. Woman with a Parasol: Madame Monet and Her Son, 1875, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
5. Tulip Fields in Holland, 1886, Musee d’Orsay, Paris
6. The Waterlily Pond, 1899, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Picture Study: Looking with Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) British landscape artist and portrait artist (self portrait)

1. The Harvest Wagon
2. Mary and Margaret: The Painter’s Daughters
3. William Hallett and his wife Elizabeth
4. Cottage Girl with Dog and Pitcher
5. Johann Christian Bach (1776)

Composer Study: Listening to Brahms

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897; Romantic) (This term’s artist: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot)
1. Variations on a theme of Haydn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsPpYF2FVeY
2. Symphony no 1 Opus 68 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xARnZ6_8bYI
3. Violin Concerto in D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9GU3taDx8w
4. Piano Concerto no 2 Op 83 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AmLmllY31w
5. Tragic Overture Op 81  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBMq7huEGHI
6. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHVaw4FYXCQ
7. Symphony num 4, third movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlbRPGPUqis

Picture Study: Looking with Linneaus

Carl Linneaus (1707-1788) Swedish botanist

1. There are several images here:
2. Insects
3. Floral Clock 

Composer Study: Listening to Beethoven

Here are a few links to some of Beethoven’s most well-known works.

Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827; classical/Romantic)
1. Symphony 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOk8Tm815lE
2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight, Opus 27) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0UrRWyIZ74
3. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor, Opus 73)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EcERd6E0ws
4. Symphony 9 (Opus 125) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuYtRA-TXas
5. Fidelio  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPZXKQXukoE

Picture Study: Looking with Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669; Dutch Baroque)


1. The Night Watch, 1642
2. The Raising of the Cross, 1633
3. Shipbuilder Jan Rijcksen and his Wife, 1633
4. Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer, 1653
5. Supper at Emmaus, 1648
6. The Prodigal Son, 1660’s

The Children’s Motto

“I am, I can, I ought, I will.”

From the beginning of my journey with the Charlotte Mason method, I have been aware of this Children’s Motto.  It is the duty put before parents by Miss Mason to instill it’s principles in our children, “saving them” from great sorrow in life.

At a recent book club meeting, we briefly went through the motto and it came to my mind that I have never actually taught my kids what it is.  Have we implanted these values in our home?  Yes.  But I have read that the children in the Ambleside schools wore the motto as little badges, so they knew what it was and from some writings of her pupils we read that they knew what it meant.

Here is a version of the motto written by Michael A. E. Franklin, one of her students, in a memorial letter about Miss Mason:

“I am, I can, I ought, I will.” This was the motto she gave us. I am a human being, one of God’s children; I can do right by my fellowmen and by myself; I ought so to do and God help me, I will so do.

This motto is key to our children’s minds being connected to God and to us.  This connectedness comes not in the ability to recite the little saying, but in the knowledge of the depth that it has for their character, the magnitude that it carries in all aspects of living in service to others and to God out of respectfulness and love.

In adding her methods over the years, I have not taken on the challenge of implementing the motto itself into my curriculum.  Now’s the time, although I believe that it will take years of living for the children to fully grasp the meaning.  I am challenging myself to have my children commit this motto to memory.  We’ll do it slowly through copywork and recitation, and if I plan well, through devotions to reinforce the meaning behind the motto.  In my idealistic world, we would do some handicraft that shows off the motto and would hang it in a special spot in our house.   I’ll let you know if we get that one in!

Here is a little more from Ambleside Online on the Children’s Motto.