We’ve got big news here at our homeschool, my husband and I decided that the kiddos and I are going to tag along on my husband’s work trip to Nashville this year! We are so excited! When an opportunity this this pops up, it dramatically changes our homeschool plans. We are totally dropping everything else and switching gears to Nashville, Nashville, Nashville! I went directly to the library card catalog and got us started with the following ideas and resources.
Nashville is known as Music City, and we know next to nothing about the big stars who have performed at the famous venues there. We are going to learn about some famous musicians using books from the “Who Was…?” series.
Update: we ran out of time and we only listened to “Who Is Dolly Parton?” and “Who Was Johnny Cash?”. Both books were fantastic and we listened to many of the songs referenced in the books.
We also watched Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors made-for-TV movie. The movie was very good, but please know that one of Dolly’s siblings was stillborn and that was a major theme of the film, as well as how babies are made. It was done very tastefully but if you haven’t already had “The Talk” with your kids you might be having it after you watch this movie! The still baby scenes were extremely sad, and I was totally chocked up. I definitely recommend previewing it first before watching it with your children.
Nashville also has a replica of the Parthenon, and since we probably won’t make it to Greece anytime soon, we’re going to try and check that out too. We want to have a bit of background information about the Parthenon before we go.
I snagged a classic novel by William O’Steele set in Tennessee. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to read this one before our trip. It’s on our list now though…
We already had an American Girl book, “Tenney” set in Nashville, Tennessee. We really liked this book a lot and we bought the rest of the series to read later.
We really enjoyed these two picture books about people from Tennessee that we hadn’t learned about before, William “Doc” Key and his horse Jim, and Sequoyah.
🎶 Are you from Nashville or have you visited Nashville?
🎵 What should we do while we are there?
🎼 Do you have any other resource ideas for us?