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Review: 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation

Do you want to engage your older students with music that they already know something about? 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation begins with the marches of Sousa and ends with movie scores of the last few decades, showing a breadth and flow of music history that will resonate with teens as well as children. […]

Field Trip: Fort Henry

We are not travelling across the country to visit relatives this year, but we do want to fill our summer with fun and good memories.  So recently we packed up the troops and headed out to explore Fort Henry, a monument to Canada’s past relations with the US. Fort Henry in Kingston was built as […]

Review: Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

It was 1737 and life in Germany was becoming too dangerous for the Amish.  They were going to travel to the new world; surely that would solve their problems. Anna Konig, however, did not think so.  She saw no reason to leave her grandparents, her sheep, and the village she loved so much.  Yet she […]

Review: Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

  It was 1941 in Manila’s Santo Tomas Internment Camp.  Irene Reynolds, living there with Anita the missionary aunt who adopted her when her father disappeared, worked for the Japanese censors.  Usually she passed on censored parts of messages, but this one time it did not seem important. Rand Sterling, a former wealthy night club […]

Review: The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond

  Even though many of his hymns are still loved and sung, Isaac Watts himself, the ‘Father of English Hymnody’ is not well known.  Who was he?  Why did he write his hymns?  What influenced him? Is his work still important today? Douglas Bond, who attributes a deeply emotional conversion experience to Watts’ hymn ‘When […]

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