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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Homeschooling in the Merry Month of May

Welcome, May !

May is a beautiful month -- flowers bloom, grass greens, birds build nests, trees grow leaves and flower and we celebrate our mothers. May is like a breath of fresh spring air just waiting to be sampled. May is like a pretty new party dress just waiting for romance. May is warm and sunny and just absolutely delightful. To me, May just sings out, Celebrate!  And, there is sooo much to celebrate. May is not only a time of budding natural beauty, it's also the subject of many beautiful poems, songs and paintings.

So, skip along with me and let's celebrate the merry merry month of May :)

Poetry Study


 Joyce Kilmer

"The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings."

                                Song on a May Morning                           

                                        John Milton

           Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
           Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
           The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
           The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.
           Hail, bounteous May, that doth inspire
           Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
           Woods and groves are of they dressing,
           Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing,
                                                    Thus we salute thee with our early song,
                               And welcome thee, and wish thee long.


    Henry Sylvester Cornwell

Come walk with me along this willowed lane,         
Where, like lost coinage from some miser's store,
The golden dandelions more and more
Glow, as the warm sun kisses them again!
For this is May! who with a daisy chain
Leads on the laughing Hours; for now is o'er
Long winter's trance. No longer rise and roar.
His forest-wrenching blasts. The hopeful swain.
Along the furrow, sings behind his team;
Loud pipes the redbreast -- troubadour of spring,
And vocal all the morning copses ring;
More blue the skies in lucent lakelets gleam;
And the glad earth, caressed by murmuring showers,
Wakes like a bride, to deck herself with flowers!

Pippa's Song

Robert Browning

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in His Heaven --
All's right with the world!

The Butterfly

Clinton Scollard

Up and down the air you float            
Like a little fairy boat;
I should like to sail the sky,
Gliding like a butterfly!

The Flowers

Robert Louis Stevenson

All the names I know from nurse:                      
Gardener's garters, shepherds's purse:
Bachelor's buttons, lady's smock,
And the lady hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,'
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for the tiny dames --
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny treetops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.

Music Appreciation

Many melodies have been inspired by the pretty month of May and have"sprung up" in all sorts of ways -- the very traditional While Strolling Through the Park is an all-time favorite. This famous ditty has appeared on stage and screen, has been a longtime friend to barbershop quartets and a more child-friendly version was created by Kidsongs. And, zoom, zoom, zoom, it's off to the moon we go...on NASA's Apollo 17 mission, astronauts sang their own little zero gravity version..."I was strolling on the moon one day..."

So warm up your voices and sing a song of spring! 

In the Merry Merry Month of May by Stephen Collins Foster
It's Spring by Pam Minor

Artistic Pursuits

Spring paints a lovely scene on the merry May canvas! Some of Vincent Van Gogh's best paintings were inspired by the beauty of May.

Farmhouse in a Wheat Field

Landscape With Couple Walking and Crescent Moon

Still Life Majolica Jug With Wildflowers

Sketching and painting is a great way to capture the beauty of May! May is just bursting with color --
bright blooms popping up all around, vibrant green grass and wildflowers reveling from April's showers, happy-go-lucky bumblebees buzzing about in hopes of satisfying their sweet tooth, and songbirds flitting from branch to branch. Or, if you need a little more inspiration, please check out my article entitled, Artistry Abounds, in Home School Enrichment Magazine. Happy creating :)

May is chock full of inspiration for learning. So, savor the beauty of this gorgeous little snippet of spring with beautiful poetry, music and art -- read, listen, create and appreciate.

And, "may" you happily enjoy the merry, merry month of May!

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