Rembrandt Biography for Kids
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Rembrandt Biography for Kids

Hello! Do you know who I am? I am Rembrandt! Have you heard of me? I am so famous I only go by my first name. My name is really Rembrandt van Rijn, but just call me Rembrandt! This is the Rembrandt biography for kids! Let’s investigate my life and art! I was born in Leiden, Holland (now known as the Netherlands) in 1606. You may recall that a group of Separatist Puritans came to Leiden a year after I was born and lived there during the time I was growing up until they left in 1620 to form a…

El Greco Biography for Kids
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El Greco Biography for Kids

Hello, my name is Doménikos Theotokópoulos. But people call me El Greco. It is Spanish for “the Greek.”  I was born on the Greek island of Crete. You know where Crete is in the Mediterranean Sea, right? I studied painting as a young man at a monastery so my first artistic influences were creating Byzantine style religious icons, which are pictures of saints in churches. These paintings look kind of flat and lacked expression. Later, I went to Italy to study and learned to draw the human figure like Giotto so that my people were three-dimensional. Then I studied Renaissance…

Michelangelo Buonarroti Biography for Kids
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Michelangelo Buonarroti Biography for Kids

Ciao! I am Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni! Most people just call me by my first name. Have any of you ever heard of me? I should think so! I am considered by many people to be the greatest artist who ever lived! I was born near and grew up in Firenze, Italia, or as you say, Florence, Italy, which is the center of Renaissance. People at this time were interested in architecture, painting, poetry and sculpture – and of course, I am good at all of these! I grew up with a family of stonecutters, since my parents couldn’t…

Albrecht Dürer Biography for Kids
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Albrecht Dürer Biography for Kids

Guten morgen! I am Albrecht Dürer.  I grew up in Nuremburg, Germany during the Renaissance era, a time when many people were coming up with new ideas and inventions. My father was a goldsmith, so I learned from him how to use gold in jewelry and sculptures and how to engrave. More than goldsmith work, I loved to draw and paint so I became an apprentice to Michael Wolgemut. I had the opportunity to spend some time in Venice, Italy and study art. Then I returned to Nuremberg, and I opened my own workshop and was able to draw and work…

Fra Angelico Biography for Kids
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Fra Angelico Biography for Kids

Ciao! I am Fra Angelico, an Italian Renaissance artist who lived from 1400 to 1455. My name may be a bit confusing – I was named Guido by my parents, but then I became a Catholic monk, or friar, and changed my name to Giovanni, which is Italian for John. So I am Fra Giovanni or Brother John. And then some began to call me angelic, so now I am known as the angelic friar or Fra Angelico. You can call me Fra Angelico. Let me tell you about my work as an artist. I lived in the 1400s, and…

Lorenzo Ghiberti Biography for Kids
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Lorenzo Ghiberti Biography for Kids

Ciao! I am Lorenzo Ghiberti! I was born and grew up near Firenze, Italia, but I guess you say it Florence, Italy. My father was a goldsmith, so I received my training in goldsmithing.  In 1401, I won a competition to design a new bronze door for the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence. Can you believe that my life work was creating beautiful sculptures on a door of a baptistery, the place where they baptize believers? Really, I spent most of life on this project.  You see, after I won the competition to create the doors, I spent years…

Giotto di Bondone Biography for Kids
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Giotto di Bondone Biography for Kids

Ciao! Hello! My name is Giotto di Bondone, but you can just call me Giotto, (pronounced Zhot-toe) for most people only use my first name. Let me tell you my story. I was born near Firenze, Italia – but I guess you say, Florence, Italy. Florence was known as a fine city for the arts soon after I lived, but when Rome fell to barbarians in 476 AD, they destroyed all of the art of the Roman Empire. It took awhile for art to come back into style. It mostly came through the Catholic Church … … in paintings and…

Seven Reasons To Include Memory Work in Your Child’s Education

Seven Reasons To Include Memory Work in Your Child’s Education

We live in a world where we have information at our fingertips. We can “Google” anything, right? But, in reality, despite all the technology and resources to just “look everything up”, we still need to memorize many things. While rote memorization gets a bad name, the fact is, that in order to learn and develop a body of knowledge, we must memorize many basic facts. Here are seven reasons to include memory work in your child’s education: 1. Memorization and repetition are the way children learn. When my children were really young, they wanted us to read the same book…

Teaching Children How to Listen
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Teaching Children How to Listen

Listening is essential! In our highly visual world where both adults and children spend hours focusing our eyes on televisions, computers, video games, and electronic devices, we distinctly overlook how important it is to listen.  Listening is the cornerstone of development. A baby first orders its world through sound, since one is unable to see in the womb and since a baby’s sight is unfocused at birth.  Yet a baby is able to hear and distinguish his or her mother’s voice in the womb.  Next, in order to communicate and develop language skills, a child must learn to listen.  And…

10 Reasons to Study the Orchestra, Composers and Music Appreciation
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10 Reasons to Study the Orchestra, Composers and Music Appreciation

Music appreciation means that everyone appreciates music in some form. But many parents are hesitant to have their children study formal music appreciation – that is, the orchestra, composers and classical music – because they think their child is not interested in this kind of music. Certainly, classical music offers more depth than your regular country or pop song, so it can take a little longer to understand and appreciate it. Also, many pieces – like symphonies –  are as long as 45 minutes, so attention span can be an issue. However, when children are exposed to all kinds of…

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