From our “World Religions” unit – we are reading from the Usborne Book of World Religions, last night finishing the chapter on Hinduism. How can our favorite Hindu deity not be Ganesha (the elephant-headed god in charge of removing obstacles)? GANESHA STOP HERE! We have obstacles aplenty that need removing.
Math Concept Check – we reviewed fractions, percentages, and ratios last night with the help of jillions of Legos. So much fun! Did my son like this? Well, he went to sleep clutching a Lego tower. I am taking that as a yes.
Current Events – we dipped our toes into current events, using “The Economist” magazine as our resource. We found two articles of interest – first, an update on space probe “Philae” (which had us spellbound in November, when it landed on comet 67P – way way way way way far away). And, since we just finished a unit on cats, we also read about the latest census of wild tigers in India (numbers way up last year!)(Good show India!).
Last night’s music theme was “Classical Broadway” – we listened to a few American musical comedy songs that were either embellished or inspired by particular classical music compositions:
- “Rosemary” from “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (Frank Loesser, 1961) references Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor” (1868).
- “Baby Face” from the 1967 movie “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (although the song was actually a MAJOR hit in 1926) includes a bit of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” (1742). (spoiler alert – the music is perfect, but this is one of the lamest youtube pages ever)
- “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” from “Evita” (Rice/Webber, 1976). A significant musical phrase in the chorus certainly must have been inspired from Johannes Brahms’ 1878 “Violin Concerto in D minor”, movement 3. (Have a listen, it is glorious!)
(the Brahms) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOx0eKhD9f0
(Don’t Cry) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d01NpclvlE
Welcome to the best part of my day!
– Jane BH