Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean: wash me and I will be whiter than snow…..Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
You will study the composer as a person.
You will introduce the music and listen to it daily to make it familiar.
Play the music often: in your car, over lunch, during bath time, etc.
Listen to the composition here: Symphony #1 in B-Flat Major, “Spring” – Robert Schumann
You can read more about it’s structure here: Symphony #1 in B-Flat Major
You can find our more about our composer here: Classics for Kids – Schumann
The poem this month is a fun one that touches a bit on the cow, which is the nature study focus this month. It also speaks of the arrival of spring. ThoughtCo. described it best in this way:
When the lines come together, the full picture is painted. The reader is transported to the farm in spring, the new life, and the chores the farmer doesn’t seem to mind whatsoever.
It is much as we might feel following the pains of a long winter. It’s about the ability to get out and enjoy the season of rebirth, no matter the task before us. Frost is a master of reminding us of those simple pleasures in life.
You can find the poem here: The Pasture by Robert Frost
Read more about the poet, Robert Frost, here: robertfrost.org
The artist chosen for this bundle was an American painter named Charles Curran. He is best known for depicting women in various leisurely settings. Breezy Day, the art of the month, won a prize for oil paintings in 1888. It is a very pretty depiction of two women laying linens out to dry
To view the art click here: A Breezy Day
For a biography of the artist click here: Charles Courtney Curran
To view other art pieces by Curran click here: Paintings of Women by Charles Courtney Curran
The scripture focus of our morning time bundle this month is Psalm 51:7-10. Included are some cross references you should explore when memorizing this verse.
Psalm 51:7-10 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Psalm 32:1-2 & 11 “A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile…Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”
Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”
Jeremiah 32:37-41 “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
Cattle are the focus of this months study. Cows have been one of my favorite animals for years. Growing up we lived next door to my grandparents and shared much of our backyard with them. Around 8 or 9 years old, my parents went together with my grandparents and purchased two small calves. We raised them from the bottle feeding stage to full grown. The memories I have of feeding and caring for them are some of my favorite. I can even remember the smell of my grandpas barn when we brought in fresh hay and feed.
I hope you find this month’s study as interesting as I do. As always, we will use The Handbook of Nature Study to help direct our learning. The nature study sheet will guide you through this.
The Dairy Alliance has an assortment of virtual field trips you can take here: The Dairy Alliance. They have everything from the nursery, to the feed barn, to the milking parlor, to milk transport. Their website says you need to click on the selections to watch the field trips. I found it works better when you scroll down and click on the video you wish to watch.
Echoing our message of cleanliness and touching on milk from the cow, this months craft covers it all. This month you will prepare a Lavender Milk Bath. This is a simple craft that requires only a handful of supplies. Once completed, it promises a relaxing reward for any who wish to use it. Be sure to make extra!
You can find “The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents” section on Rutherford B. Hayes here:: The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents: Executive Retreat (begin around 20:00).
You can view his biography and take a virtual visit to his home here: Hayes Home
Find out what happened to Hayes birthplace here: Atlas Obscura
Finally, one of my favorite parts of the morning time bundles: the recipe. This month’s recipe is a special one to our family. It is the one that my mother-in-law bakes for us when we visit her home in Illinois.
In keeping with past March morning time bundles, the recipe includes the use of lemon. I have always loved lemon in the early spring. They smell and taste clean and fresh, senses that, to me, evoke a feeling of spring. I hope you enjoy!
The morning time bundle also includes a guide to help aid you in the implementation of this study. It includes 4 weeks of suggested learning rotation that will help you cover all of the topics included over the course of the month. This is simply a guide. You can add to or take from it as you wish and as your learning leads you.