As you know, this December we are studying composers here at the Lit Mama Homeschool. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi…. Tchaikovsky.
Look! Paper snowflakes and salt dough ornaments!
Oh. Yeah. Seeing where I’m going with this?
Because I didn’t.
But my beautiful husband did. And he surprised us with tickets to the Louisville Ballet’s Nutcracker performance. So we are going to be studying Tchaikovsky all week, then going to see his music played by an orchestra while a truly stupendous ballet troupe truly stupefies us.
I am in heaven right now. The Littles are so excited, too. They can’t wait to see the orchestra, and hear what it sounds like when it’s not a recording. And even though they’re 10 and 13 year old boys, they are not cringing at the idea of a ballet. That’s ’cause their mama raised them right!
Martin is so good at romantic surprises for me, but this little field trip is beyond even his usual norm. To know I would be thrilled to take the boys is a special Martin thing–he sees and hears everything, even when I’m not saying it aloud. I’m spoiled. It’s pretty awesome.
We are, indeed, going to count the excursion as a field trip. The Littles have already informed me it means an extra day of Christmas break (Ah! Maybe That’s why they don’t mind the ballet!). If you homeschool, there are so many field trips you could take this month. Go to a Christmas tree farm and make a day of picking your tree, singing carols, and drinking cocoa. So many of our local high schools are doing great plays–The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story, The Grinch–for a couple of bucks, you can take your kids to a play and support other local kids. Littles won’t be able to tell the difference between the very adequate sets of a high school play and the more elaborate sets of a theater. Or heck, take them to the theater. We saw A Christmas Story at Louisville’s Actor’s Theater a couple years ago and it was A. Maz. Ing. Take your littles to a nearby nursing home and sing carols for the
inmates patients. The sick and the elderly will feel so much better for the smiles your littles will put on their faces. A gift in itself. Our local colleges also offer free symphony concerts throughout the year, and December always brings out the Christmas music. Your local library will certainly be holding story times and activities that are holiday-oriented. You don’t have to spend a fortune to give your littles some fun and get out of the house before January hits and the Truly Bad Weather sets in.
Cabin fever is bad enough. Let’s not let it sneak in too early.