Christmas is coming, and one of the most wonderful ways to celebrate the season is the story of the Nutcracker. I’m so excited that I’ll be taking my kids to a performance of this beautiful ballet by the 19th-century Russian composer Tchaikovsky this year. But, even if you can’t see it live, there are so many wonderful ways to learn about and enjoy the Nutcracker with your kids this year. Here is a Round-up of the Top Nutcracker Resources for your Homeschool!
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A Round-up of the Top Nutcracker Resources for your Homeschool
A Video of Great Nutcracker Resources
Music in Our Homeschool Lesson
Find a free preview of “The Nutcracker” music lesson from the online course Music of Christmas here. Included are 3 videos, an online quiz, and a coloring page.
The full Music of Christmas course contains 3 years worth of lessons, so you can come back to it year after year!
One of my favorite resources is the Maestro Classics music appreciation CD of the Nutcracker. I learned a lot about the background of the story. It’s a fun way for kids to learn because they hear Tchaikovsky’s music along with a narration of the story. It includes a 24-page activity booklet! The Maestro Classics Nutcracker is also available as a digital download. Read more about the Maestro Classics Nutcracker CD here.
SQUILT, one of the top Music Appreciation companies for homeschoolers, has a Nutcracker Holiday Unit Study. In this unit study, your kids will learn about ballet, the instrument called the celesta, and about Tchaikovsky. There are several notebooking pages included. You can read more about the SQUILT Nutcracker Holiday Unit Study here.
Video Art Lessons
Use art to complete your study of the Nutcracker. Chalk Pastel has some wonderful online lessons that are perfect for all ages! The Nutcracker set of lessons includes:
- Clara and the Christmas Tree
- Sugar Plum Fairy
- Chinese Tea Dance
- Mouse King
Here are a few of my favorite Nutcracker books:
A Few YouTube videos to watch:
Other Resources for Studying the Nutcracker:
- Podcast from Classics for Kids
- Nutcracker Unit Study and 3 Part Cards
- Clothespin Soldier Ornaments
- Nutcracker Ballet Learning Resources (huge list here!)
- Nutcracker printable pack
Free 3-Page Printable Pack Download to Use While Studying the Nutcracker: