Thanks, man! The kids seem to crave it, and it reinforces the notion I have that they want explanations to things in their world - metaphorically, spiritually, as well as scientifically. I believe there should be a time in the day for kids to make interdisciplinary connections - connecting science to math, history to english, english to the arts, etc. I have tried endlessly to persuade administration to let me teach a humanities block, to combine literature, history, and the arts, but "there's no money for it."It amazes me to think of the evolution of curricula from when I went to school to the present. In third grade there was a required music appreciation class, where, besides becoming familiar with the basic classical masterpieces, I learned to sight read music. This has profoundly affected the my entire life.
I'm glad you were able to get that music appreciation in 3rd grade. Amazing that class was offered.