Understand the world and your God-given place in it

True knowledge requires interaction with the world around us through inquiring, thinking, and pondering. Studying the humanities gives us the opportunity to do just that—to engage with the world around us. The humanities require us to ask questions like “What was the author thinking? Why did the author write this? How does this make me feel?” or “What emotion was the composer expressing?” It is through this type of analysis and evaluation that we grow as humans—understanding the human condition, evaluating our world and our God-given place in it.

How to study the humanities in your homeschool

The Young Scholar’s Guide series introduces students to the humanities through engaging lessons that include biographies, exposure to the arts, and application of students’ learning. Biographies are sure to mention other artists who influenced the composers (A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers ) or poets (A Young Scholar’s Guide to Poetry), to help students understand that artists don’t create in a vacuum but draw on the work of their contemporaries and those who came before. With activities for every learning style, our

Young Scholar’s Guide series includes timelines, note-taking pages, coloring pages, and notecard activities to cement learning. Each book encourages students to apply what they learn.

A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers provides a YouTube playlist of suggested pieces and guides students to listen for specific musical elements.

A Young Scholar’s Guide to Poetry encourages students as they write their own poems to incorporate the poetic elements learned. Best of all, the clear information in these books guides and enables even those parents who aren’t knowledgeable about these subjects to teach them with confidence.

 

poetry curriculum

Inquiring, Thinking, Pondering

The humanities require us to ask questions like “What was the author thinking? Why did the author write this? How does this make me feel?” or “What emotion was the composer expressing?” It is through this type of analysis and evaluation that we grow as humans—understanding the human condition, evaluating our world and our God-given place in it.

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