I’ll admit it! I’m not a huge culture buff. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy attending cultural events, visiting art museums, and attending the occasional orchestral concert. But, these events have never been everyday occurrences for me. However, since becoming a parent, I make an effort to incorporate cultural activities and events into our family’s schedule. We are very lucky to live in the metro DC area, where cultural arts events are practically in our backyard. We have the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center to name a few.
An easy way I have found to introduce culture into my children’s lives and to build background knowledge of all things cultural is by reading to them (that seems to be an easy way to do anything, if you ask me!). If you are looking for great books to introduce or reinforce art or music look no further:
Art Books for Children
The series of Mini-Masters board books such as A Picnic with Monet (Mini Masters)
Monet (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) (Be aware that some of the books in the series may have content that you may find inappropriate for small children)
Music Books for Children
Musicals for Children
These are fantastic musicals for children. If these programs are coming to your area, I highly recommend a day at the theater:
It’s easy to incorporate just about anything into your family (and ours!) with the right book!
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