Friday, January 13, 2017

Great Homeschool Steal Alert: The Maestro Classics Music Curriculum

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Educents is having an awesome sale on something I've had my eye on for quite some time! The Maestro Classics is a set of 12 high quality CDs, each with their own activity book. Each CD is themed based on the title track. it includes the piece it's titled after, but it also tells the story the piece illustrates. You can hear guest artists performing the piece in different musical genres, and there are educational tracks that teach about the composer, the history surrounding the piece, and more.

The age range specifies that this is a good course for elementary aged children, 5-11. However, I've got Peter and the Wolf, which we played recently on a road trip, and simply as a music listening exercise, I truly enjoyed it - and I'm almost 30. You will use this again, after your kids are done with the lessons, you can use it as background noise while they work. Classical music reinforces retention!

Titles include:
  • Peter & the Wolf
  • The Nutcracker
  • Merry Pranks of Master Till
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The Story of Swan Lake
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice 
  • Casey at the Bat
  • The Soldier's Tale
  • Juanita the Spanish Lobster

The CD collection stands on its own, of course, but The Maestro Classics offers a complete curriculum guide on their website that allows you to turn the collection into a full set of unit studies, with lessons in math, language, history, geography, and science. This set is regularly priced at $200.00. On The Maestro Classics' website, they are offering it discounted for $148.95.

But if you purchase through Educents, you can get it for $88.00. Considering that you can use this and the free online materials provided by The Maestro Classics to create a 12 week course of unit studies (Hello, simplicity for summer! Less planning means more time on the beach! Let's think ahead, y'all!) $88.00 is a fantastic steal.

This would also make a wonderful gift for a homeschooler you know, or for an elementary school teacher to use as background enjoyment to help his or her class focus.

Don't miss this deal! Educents deals are amazing, and they don't last forever!

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