On Sunday night I smiled to realize something: Directly following our crazy-busy weekend was…two full weeks of swim camp.* I smiled because what else can I do but deal with it? That is, after all, what we busy moms do best.
Now then. Because we have a half hour of drive time both there and back, I lean heavily on CDs of all sort to see us through. Music soothes the savage beast and in my case, there are six of them! (Not counting me. Ahem.)
Well, I’ll tell you. Making Music Praying Twice is going to see us through the next two weeks! I love these CDs, and you will too.
Making Music Praying Twice is a music curriculum that focuses on the liturgical year. I received a sampler CD at the homeschooling conference three weeks ago and we listened to it nonstop. I have since gotten the full 5-CD set (the homeschool edition) and couldn’t be happier. This program will be perfect for my family.
There are 95 songs total. Each disc is a compilation of sacred and secular music. It’s great! We go from “This Little Light of Mine” to “Jubilate Deo”. [grin] We began our study with the Easter-Pentecost CD because of its summertime theme—lots of bumblebees & birds & all—and plus, learning about the Resurrection and the Holy Spirit is always relevant.
We’ll start the Fall/Ordinary Time curriculum in early September.
What else? Well, the vocals are crystal clear and very pleasant. In fact, one of my favorite musicians is on board! The music is as diverse and entertaining as it is edifying. There’s Native American music, traditional tunes, folk, spirituals, Japanese and Latin.
I don’t know about you, but I need these bursts of Gregorian chant to boost my morale and remind me—again and again and yet again—of who I am and where I’m going.
My children, too, need these reminders.
If you’d like to learn more about this music program, you can visit their website and request a free CD. (Here’s the link for that.) You can also click on the image of any one of the five CDs (they’re at the bottom of this page) and listen to numerous samples.
Even if you’ve already finished your planning for the new school year, these CDs are one of the easiest things you can add. Trust me; they’ve even made Baby Anthony smile…
…and that’s something to sing about.
There’s one last thing on this hot & sunny Tuesday and it’s a giveaway! I have an extra copy of Making Music, Praying Twice (The Easter/Pentecost edition). Would you like it?
Leave a comment on this post in answer to the following question: How do you make room for music in your home and/or curriculum? Or perhaps you don’t currently make room for music in your home and/or curriculum, in which case you should leave a comment saying, “I really need this CD!”
The giveaway ends at 10:00 p.m. Central Time. I’ll pick a name and announce the winner tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: The giveaway has now ended! Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on bringing music into the home.
All for the greater glory of God,