I have decided to put a category on our weekly planner called "Fine Arts." In this category we are going to do units on composers, artists, poets, and a Shakespeare study. We will take breaks for our extra readings and activities for Advent and Lent. The schedule looks like this:
August 22 to September 29 - Artist Study - I am going to choose artists during the mid to late 1800s since we are studying that time period in History this year as we read through "The Little House on the Prairie" series. I'm thinking about Emanuel Leutze (1816-1868) or perhaps take a look at some Native American artists like Seth Eastman. Picture study is something NEW we are going to implement. I think we have done it a little bit without even realizing it (if that makes sense), but this year I want to be more intentional about it.
October 3 to November 10 - Composer Study (So far we have studied Mozart, Beethovan, Bach, and Handel).
November 27 to December 25 - Advent
January 2 to February 9 - Poetry
February 13 to March 8 - Shakespeare
March 9 to April 23 - Lent
This is my plan and there is room to be flexible and I feel a great amount of peace and excitement having this part of our schedule mapped out!