Weekly Wrap-Up: Spirituals

It’s a new month, which means we’ve picked a new topic for our Performance of the Week. The kids picked gospel music, but after doing a bit of research, I decided to override the pick and do spirituals instead, since gospel music developed out of spirituals.

Slave Spirituals and the Jubilee SingersI picked up two books to provide some background on spirituals. They’re out of print, but libraries are good for old books. The first book is part of The Story of Music series, Volume 5: Gospel, Blues, and Jazz. It provides a clear overview of spirituals, including their origins and how it changed into gospel music. I also found Slave Spirituals and the Jubilee Singers by Michael L. Cooper. This has a more specific story of one of the first African-American groups to sing spirituals for Northern audiences.

Finally, one last book for our unit study on the human body. Miss Curiosity has been reading parts of The Way We Work by David Macaulay. (This book is still in print, so if you’re interested in it, click on the cover image to follow an Amazon Affiliates link and help support my blog – thanks!) Macaulay doesn’t dumb down the terminology, so it’s been tricky for her to read aloud. Luckily, there are excellent illustrations that accompany the text so you can see the parts of the body as you’re reading about them. We’ve been reading the skeletal system (good to know for gymnastics to know all the parts being used) and the blood and cardiovascular system so Miss Curiosity understands what’s going on when I talk about my blood work associated with chemo.

And those are the books we’ve used this week. Anything interesting in your week?

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