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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bowling Pin Art (Process) - Virtual Refrigerator

I am so sorry I have been missing from the virtual refrigerator. I am working on being more organized and revamping my schedule. Since my days are in progress I though why not share some art that is in progress too. My boys are decorating bowling Pins for our 4H fair. They are to do a Super Hero theme.

Although my older son (14)  got permission to do a star wars theme. This is his start to that...




 The boys decided to work an hour a day until they are finished with them.


Spirit (age 8 ) is doing Superman. This is the start of that of his. He is working on his base coats of paint.  










I promise to Share next week their finished products.

Good News. Jennifer the Creator of the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop has created a pinterest board of our Art. So now you can go and see all of our past art projects. Yeah... Thank you Jennifer !





Check out some of the other Bloggers co-hosting this fun Hop each week.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

J = Junket ( A Trip or a Journey)


One thing you can do for your kids on your educational journey is to go on a Junket defined as a trip or a journey. We have this amazing freedom in home education. A freedom to really immerse ourselves into the culture of pretty much anything we are studying and even things we are not just because they are interesting or we want to know about them. Perhaps even the kids are just squirrely of late and its time to get out of the house. (Hee hee)


You don't have to go on a long trip to experience something new. A lot of really neat trips are right in your local area. Below are a list of some of the places we have visited here in PA most were less than an hour to two hours drive from our house. Some even were a shorter trip. Perry Dell was 15 minutes away. We often shop there for our milk.

*Hershey's Chocolate World
*Hershey Zoo
*Lancaster Amish
*New Freedom steam engine ride
* Gettysburg Battle field
* Explore and More Children's museum
*Baltimore Aquarium
*Baltimore Science Center
*Gettysburg College neurology department
*Pretzel Factory
*Perry Dell Farms Dairy farm
* Alpaca Farm
* Sight and Sound Theater
*Washington DC
* Penn States Theatre
* Fruit Farm and Pumpkin patch
*York Fair
*Nixon Park Museum
*Codorus State Park Educational center
(We dissected Owl pellets)
*AutoHarp in the Park (not really a trip but a great opportunity in the park)


This is just a few I am sure I could name a few more with all of our 10 years of home educating. The thing about these trips is that you don't have to over think them. You don't need this exceptional plan you just simply go, enjoy and explore. If you are worried about spending money start local first.

*Many factories and restaurants will offer free tours. If not free then at least discounted if you can get a few other homeschool friends to come with you. Our area is known for snack foods. They offer tours on a regular basis. We also have a once a year factory tour day. Where a whole bunch of factories in the area offer tours and discounts.


*Another place to look for events is your local parks system. They offer great educational opportunities and are often overlooked but are loaded with value and fun. Doing a search on your local parks will help you become connected. Simply search your state and parks. The list of activities offered might surprise you. Our parks system has connected with our library system. You might want to try your local library for more information on anything new at your park.


* Newspaper- Another place to check is in your newspaper. We have a paper her called the Merchandiser. This newspaper shares area events each week. It's a great place to look for inexpensive trips for the kids.


*If you are still having trouble type in the search your state as if you were a tourist and request your states tour guide. This will offer you hours of ideas.


*Bigger trips out of state are an option as well if you have the financial means. It is nice to plan a big trip once in awhile and it can be a part of your family vacation.


*If you do travel make sure to pick up brochures on area activities. Even on our hour away trips I might find other activities at tourist attractions.


* If all else fails and you can't get out of the house . Check for virtual trips. I started a Pinterest board of Virtual Tours.


Before I leave you I wanted to share my sons trip to Frontier Town Western Theme Park. This has been a tradition for him when we head to the beach for the summer. It is near by and gives him a reprieve from the sun and salt water. It is a great educational activity to really immerse himself into the time period.  You start your day there at 10:00 and go through various activities by the hour.

One of my favorites is visiting the Native American show. These are actual Native Americans who dance for us. The speak about their dress and the meaning of the dances. They do many of these dances at competitions around the world. Very impressive.














My son gets to see and explore a tradition Teepee.



The Theme park has a mini town for the kids to check out and right in the middle of town a enacted bank robbery takes place. You will also find a post office, Chapel , livery,  leather shop, and much much more.







My son also got a chance to pan for gold. He finds that isn't not as easy as you might think it is.




He has the option to ride the stage coach...



Or go on a train ride. On this particular ride he is holding the box of gold under his seat. He is to keep it from robbers. So cute he was picked.





I think the robbers are on to him.

 


This experience with the wild west in this form will be remembered. When we get home and read the stories of the west and learn about it in his history book. He will have something from his life that he can relate it too. This is an experience that you can't get staying at home.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Carole P. Roman Book Reviews)




Welcome to Todays book Review. I was recently approached by Away We Go Media about Reviewing More of Carole P. Roman's books. Since introduced to the series in November 2013 I have been in love with these wonderful , educational books. At that time I was able to review If You Were Me and Lived in .... North Korea, Norway, Mexico and France.


Today I want to introduce to you a few more of her books (in Paperback)  in the series.

If You Were Me and Lived In .... Portugal - $8.99
If You Were Me and Lived In.... Australia - $8.99If You Were Me and Lived In... India- $.8.99If You Were Me and Lived In...  Russia -$8.91


Carole P. Roman is a former teacher and businesswoman. She runs a family business with her husband. At this time she loves being a grandmother to her grandchildren and currently lives in Long Island. She has received several awards for her book. Including the Pinnacle Award in 2013 for the Best in Children's Non-Fiction for the book "If You Were Me and Lived In... Mexico."  The book "If You Were Me and Lived in ... France" is a finalist in the Foreword Review Best of Juvenile Non Fiction. What a wonderful accomplishment. It is so exciting to see that these books are being recognized.

The first I'd like to share with you is IF You Were Me and Lived In... Australia



The Book begins with a outline of Australia and continues with a little bit of mapping information. The kids can then check on their world maps and locate the country we are about to learn about.

You will Begin to immerse yourself in the culture and learn common names of children that live there. Finding out that Mummy isn't a person in a tomb but the name of your mom!

You get to go on a journey visiting various areas of interest such as the Market and Great Barrier Reef. You will learn about the most popular sports, about favorite foods and Celebrations of this particular area.

The book is 23 pages in length and is for Young Elementary children. In the very back of the book you will find the proper pronunciations of various words in the book.  Parents you might want to test yourself on these first before you read to your child.
(All of the books have this feature.)
The next place we were able to visit in our Cultures book was Portugal. 



The Portugal book begins just as the other one with mapping. Each one of her books are set up in very similar fashion, which is great for comparing the difference in the areas you visit. We made a chart of each of the areas and filled in the information as we found it. It gave my child a nice comparison.

In Portugal you will visit the Capital City Lisbon and Azores (a volcanic island) Just as the other book you will learn children's names for this area , delve in to the types of foods they eat, the sports they play and the celebrations that are celebrated.

The Portugal Carnevale photos reveal the people in costumes. I have a tub in our attic of fun masks and costumes so we dressed up after we read about this custom.

My sister in law is from Russia . I hope to show her this book and see what she thinks of it when she comes to visit.



My young children found this one most interesting because they have family from this area. Their cousins chat with them via facebook. We learn in our book that Russia is famous for being cold. Perhaps why our cousins love to visit in the summer and head to the beach. We get to see the beautiful buildings and capital city of Moscow.

The drawings in our book are childlike but accurate and endearing. The kids love how colorful the pages are of these books. The colors draw them in.

The children learn many of the same things as the other books and can compare them to their chart... Food , celebrations, sports, and famous landmarks.

My kids intently learned some of the language. So much fun.



The fourth book I was given is on India. I have always had a fascination with this county.




 

We again begin with mapping and the Capital, New Delhi. We learn all about the culture by exploring the names of mom and dad, the food they like to eat, the sports they play and the celebrations.



How we used it...

I read these to my younger crowd ages 4 and 8. It was a bit of a reach for my 8 year old as these seem fit more for little ones. In Kindergarten my kids take a trip around the world and learn all about different cultures. My 4 year old isn't quite ready for that yet but it was a nice introduction to it for next year. Some ideas to go with this ...

*Make some of the foods mentioned. I am sure you can find the recipes online.

* Color a map as you read about each area. The area usually is a specific color in the book. For example India is Orange so we might color that area Orange on our map. We could use thumb tacks to mark it . Another thought is to Velcro laminated paper car and move it around the world as we travel.

* Dress up and act our their celebrations.

* Make models of the landmarks.

 * Make a paper doll of a child from that area. Including the sort of clothes they wear and you can use one of the names of the children and name your doll.

* Make a graph and compare the countries.


There are so many things you can do with these great book. So pack your bags and lets get exploring.





My thoughts:


I have to say that I am so grateful for being able to review these books. I was asked to choose one and was sent four. You are very generous thank you to Away we Go Media. I can't wait for more. I have been saving things for our study next year and will show you more of what we are doing with these when the time comes. (I thought we would be doing that this year but found My K student needs another year in Preschool)  Until then I will be searching for ideas to go with these books so we can visit the world.






Warm Blessings,

Nikki


Disclaimer:

I received a Free copy of all three of these books from Away We go Media in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are mine or those of my family. I am posting this in accordance with FTC Regulations.


Monday, July 28, 2014

I= Internet...


Safety

The Internet can be a great wealth of information. It is a tool that I feel every homeschool should have in their home. There was the day where it was important to have a set of the encyclopedia. Now it has it's place too but for many of us that space can be used more wisely. The argument might be that garbage on the cyber world might outweigh the acceptable. Truth be told and all of you know it there is a lot of unacceptable material on the web. We surely want to protect our children from that. There are ways that students can be safe online but we have to make sure we monitor it just as we do everything else in their lives. Keeping your computer equipment in a center location helps you do that. You should also give them rules before they get online. Be very specific about what can and cannot be done according to your values and beliefs. Make sure you post those rules as a reminder. I went as far as to have the teens sign a usage agreement. Using parental controls helps the parent keep a watchful eye on content , However do not solely rely on these services. Things sometime leak in with out your knowledge and kids often figure out ways around them. If I want my kids to research a project often times for the younger crowd I might do the work ahead of time and locate websites that I am comfortable with them viewing. I simply bookmark them to a folder for my child's use. This way I can read the content and ensure it aligns with our values and check for unwanted visual ads that I might not want my kids viewing. Another option might be
diigo.com. With diggo you can search weblinks and save them to a specific folder within your diggo account. So you can label them for each child/each topic. You can also highlight text you feel is important and write notes to your student with sticky notes. This is an amazing tool one I will come back to another day and explain for you in more detail. Until then you can go look around yourself . The video tutorials are a huge help.   As my children became/ become older I allow them more freedom in research. We have had the  talks and lessons on what is good information for our eyes and hearts to see and I have to trust they make the right choices. (Although electronics are all still in a general household area it never hurts to check on them)


Research

Before you have your kids jump in and do the research it is important to teach them the tools of how to use the internet. When you use a search engine on the web you are getting the websites that that search engine wants you to see. Which isn't always what you want to see. Some tips for searching are outlined below...

*Use keywords

*Don't use small words like to, a, the etc..

*Put quotes around phrases to get the exact wording

*Be as specific as you can

*When doing a search look for words in the results that you can use to do another search for more results

*If your word has more than one meaning such as the word Mullet and say for this meaning you want to look up the fish mullet. You can exclude all the searches having to do with hair if you put a hyphen after it like this...
mullet-hair

As I mentioned these search engines are great but they only allow you to see what they feel is important and perhaps you want to do a deep search. Often times your local library will offer a search on their website. This search is typically a deep web search. It is just another source for your kids to look into if they are lacking the resources for a particular project.


Discern the Truth

The next problem we often have online is finding the truth. There is a really great bible study on this very topic but having to do with bible truth. However I think the two could be nicely put together to make a wonderful lesson for kids. The study comes from the
Who is God- What We Believe Series from Apologia. It would be lesson 2 if you have the book. I always like to put bible truth with every day. The lesson talks about how we can tell if something is truth or if it is a false. There are some fun Science activities to go with it to help you realize how easy it is to be fooled. The internet is no different in that foolery. Below are some tips for finding truth ...

* Check the date of the material make sure it is recent.

* Does your url end in net or org if so it is usually pretty reliable content but still use your judgment wisely. It is still a purchase domain. The best sites are gov and edu which are educational sites.

* Read over the material first and check to see if it seems as if it is the authors opinion or if it is filled with facts.

*Research facts to see if they align. However even with cross referencing if its a common misconception you still might get the wrong information. You can research the opposite as well to help you discern the truth.


*Verify the author. Email the organization associated with the writer to make sure they are actually in employment there or better yet call. IF they are a professor or other professional it can take a bit of time to check but if you need accurate information it is a way to check your sources. Great lesson for the kids too.

*Pray over the material. Ask God to show you the truth on whatever topic you are learning about.




Time management
Before I go I wanted to talk a little about time management. The web can really take your time if you allow it to. You can research and research finding no end. Be specific with their projects. Include how many sources they are to have so there is an end to surfing the web. You might want  them to work a specific time each day for so long on the project. You can set a timer and that is how long they get. Avoid going off to social media and strictly stick to the project that you are working on. Yes moms this goes for us too. (hheem or to me. )


I know the internet can be a time waster and can be full of things we don't want our little ones hearts and minds to see but there are things of value there. It is our job as parents to locate that material. If you do come across things of questionable nature this is the perfect time for another lesson. This one on why we feel the material is wrong.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki




Nutrition Monday My Diary- Begin again




Well here I am to tell you that last week was an in and  out week with my nutrition. I didn't do all I could have or should have done. I hate that I go in and out like that. I can be so on and then so off. I want to work harder and smarter so today I am back on it... cautiously. When this happens I start back with the basics... Drink lots of water, exercise and portion control. The exercise alone is enough to get me back on track. I find if I get up and get going I don't want to waste that hard work.

All the kids summer activities have wound down. So I can focus on school planning more. I am beginning to stress a bit with 4 kids to plan for and only 4 more weeks till we start . Well our planned start. I might have to move it back a week and just do some light work that week . We will see. Maybe I can accomplish  more than I think. This sort of stress causes me to not stay on plan. I know this but sometimes it happens. The Flourish book I just read ,I think will really help me with my stress because I will have things planned out. I really thought I had them planned out but not like that . It may just be the reason nothing is really being accomplished.  I have more work to do with that but I am encouraged by the ideas within. I have all these great ideas to do but they never seem to get off the ground. Just like wanting to read the Trim Healthy Mama book and starting with some of the drinks. I have yet to do that. I have to pencil it in and work smarter toward my goals. Yet I have to make those goals first. I seem to have no direction.

I know this organizing talk might not seem like its related to my nutrition goal but for me it has everything to do with it. Certain feelings cause me to quit/ give up for a time. It's emotional eating. I really want to get in control of that. Getting other areas of my life together I think that this too will fall into place.


Warm Blessings all... Have a good week,

Nikki




Friday, July 25, 2014

Random 5 On Friday - Accomplishments



1. My little Sweet Pea (4) finally put her head under the water. She has been afraid to do so and often has floaters on her arms and pool noodles too. Today was the day!! She put her head in over and over again. I am so proud of her. Looks like next year we will need to tackle swim lessons.








2. Next accomplishment is also water related. Spirit took a beginners swimmers course. He was terrible afraid of the water. You should see him now. He is up and under the water all over the place. I am so proud of my swimmer.






3. Unfortunately I never got any pictures but today the boys completed their last Tennis lesson of the summer. They are sad to see the time go by so fast and wish they had more lessons. Each year our local area offers free lessons and each year we take them up on it. The boys just love the friends they make and the games and exercise.

4. It has been two weeks since our beach trip and I am so missing it. It went by to quickly. I have not gotten to share with you any of our excursions and activities. They will be forth coming.




5. While we were at the beach Heart took Senior photos of Princess. I can hardly believe this will be our last year schooling her.  More Senior pictures when I get them all.  



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Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flourish Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate - Book Review

Flourish Book Review


Flourish Balance for Homeschool Moms By Mary Jo Tate  $15.00 for a Softcover book from Apologia Educational Ministries .


Flourish Book Review

Flourish Balance for Homeschool Moms was written with YOU (the homeschool mom) in mind. The book is for those of us who try to juggle it all, including moms, Homeschool moms, at home business moms, and the single mom. Mary Jo Tate shares with us many strategies and ways to helps us to become more organized and to help us move forward where we are right now and FLOURISH.  Including these Chapters...

1. Introduction
2. Change Your mind to Change your time
3. The FREEDOM toolbox
4. Where did my time go?
5. Aim High Setting Goals
6. What Do I do Next? Seven Essential Planning
7. We interrupt this Program
8. It's time for an Attitude Adjustment
9. Oxygen masks and Monkey Bread days
10. Training your Children
11. Making Memories
12. Managing your home
13. All of Life is Learning
14. Solo Act: Flourishing as a Single mom
15. Home Business
16. Moving Ahead


The book is 288 pages in length with 16 chapters that are listed above. Mary Jo shares many of her struggles and life stories to help you understand that she has been there too. This is more than I expected to find and was pleasantly surprised to receive the authors personal insight. It felt like I was conversing with a friend about homeschooling, organizing a business and managing the home. Grey boxes on the page draw your attention to various quotes from well known authors and other parents just like you and me.

After Each section you are encouraged to "Take Action" This section provides you with important questions that you can ask yourself to really think about what you just read. It was a nice way to balance out my thoughts. Some of the Take Action questions refer you to the back of the book which has various worksheets that you can fill in and complete. We were also given Pdf files of these same worksheets which made it much nicer than writing in the book itself. Although I found my copy rather rough looking at the moment and I bent pages to save things I wanted to read again.  It isn't another organizational book . Mary Jo takes you beyond that.






My thoughts:
  Flourish is  Mary Jo Tate and about all of us really . You will be able to find a piece of you in there even if you don't have your own business to mange with homeschooling and even if you are not a single parent, which is all a part of Mary Jo's life.   She wanted to  continue to homeschool and spend time with her kids, So she started her own business. A single, homeschooling mom with an at home business can surely give all of us advice.

 The book is also about time management and ways to manage your time, such as cleaning out things to save time but it also talks about managing the different hats of motherhood and finding time for your business. (including time for homeschooling)

One of my big AH HA!!! Moments was this one...
She talks about being in "crisis mode". How we can get by by just doing the minimum . Do top priorities first she says to get you through the crisis. Now here is the thing a few years ago. (Yep Years) I was in this "crisis mode" and since then I have been floundering around trying to find my balance. The problem with "crisis mode" is that just as Mary Jo states it works for a little while but eventually you burn out. This is so where I am, Right now. I have been in crisis mode for so long that I'm now burned out and I can't seem to get out of that mode of doing things. I have all these mini projects going on and am really not doing anything well. She suggests writing out what you do per half hour for a week and see where your priorities lie. Where can you change and be more efficient? She talks about those things you must do that are a given . Those things that you want to do that are non negotiable and those things you can pass out to others and those that you need to let go.
This was that great moment where I said yes this is the problem. I have to discern what is the priority. I have been wanting to start an at home business. I have all these ideas for it for some time but have not done anything because I feel so disorganized already.

Now I am a list maker so I could relate to the idea of making lists and organizing my weeks and days but what I have been lacking is the goals. Now no worries all of this is explained in the book. Including how to create your goals and begin making your lists to organize your day.  I might have a plan for each day which like I mentioned kept me in that crisis mode but I wasn't really meeting any of my goals because well I didn't have any and because of that I couldn't get past just surviving and get started on my business.

Mary Jo also shares a Tool box of things we can do to get ourselves together using the acronym Freedom- Focus, reflect, educate, Eliminate, Disciple, organize and multitask. Many of these tools I was already using but it helped to hear them again. I learned that I do have a Schedule but I'm more of a routine type of gal. I always thought I was scheduling but the truth is I am not bound by time.

We looked at managing our time as well. Now a huge time waster for me is the internet. As much as I love you guys I often get sucked into social media. I plan to get on to do the simplest of tasks and instead I'm reading Billy Joe Bobs post about his sister. I really have to manage that better and that would help me to be able to focus my time to my kids, home and business ( the one that is only ideas right now)

There was so much I took away from this book that I don't want to give it all away but I do want to tell you about a few more things. There was a section on managing your school time too. Now this area of my life I feel I have down. It is the one area that is organized. It's just putting it all together that seems to be the issue . Meaning Home, school and business. There is so much to do all the time but I really think the goals I have created for myself will help with that issue.

  I loved the section on Training your children too. At this point I have teenagers and they are doing much of the work on their own at this time. However I do have two younger children too . I needed some reminders about getting them to become more self sufficient and stepping back some so that they can flourish. I realized I need those chore charts I used on the older kids many years ago for the younger ones to establish habits that last. I was also reminded not to expect perfection.

Then in Chapter 15 we discuss the home business. I have had ideas for some time now but have not taken steps to complete any of them. It's time to add that to my goals and start taking steps toward financial stability. I have been reading and learning . Now its time to start.


Moms, I highly recommend this book to you. I LOVED IT!!. I have notes all inside and pages dog-eared. Definitely a book I will be referring to for some time.


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Warm Blessings,

Nikki
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HomeSchoolPiano-Complete Set of Books - Review


My family loves the arts. We tend to lean toward creative arts and Music over all other things. Time and other constraints have kept us from participating in music lessons of any sort. I do have a limited knowledge of music. I played in the band when I was in school but it's been a long time. I don't always remember all of the things that I was taught. Its not like riding a bike for me it hasn't all come back.  My kids are always tinkering with various musical instruments and so we tried ...


Homeschool Piano Review


I was given a lifetime Subscription for up to 5 students from HomeSchoolPiano. This includes the complete HomeSchoolPiano - Complete Set of Books.

 
HomeSchoolPiano has two payment packages :

1. Success Package (One payment of $299)
Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.

2. Payment Plan (Payments of $99.97 per month for three months): Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.
HomesSchoolPiano is for all Ages. Everything you need to learn piano is online except of course the piano itself. Your child will become a piano player that can create music and read music.


Additional Supplies: Keyboard or Piano
Printer,  Printer paper and a laptop, computer,
tablet or mobile device.

 
Homeschool Piano Review


The LessonsEverything you need to practice is in the subscription of this online package. There are four books in the complete set. Your skill can be determined by the book and level from the descriptions.


Core Piano-   The first lesson is the basics. There are 33 lessons in the Core Piano section. You will be working on learning the terminology of your keyboard , Posture and beginning to know the names of various notes and finding your way around music. Included is a download pdf book that you will need while working on your lessons as well as jam tracks that you can play along with or listen too on their own. The pdf books need to be printed for easier use with the piano.

Below is a description of each of the books that are included once you have completed the Core piano. Each one of the books comes with a pdf to download and print while you work on your piano lesson and Jam tracks like above.









The lessons are taught by Willie Myette, a musician, clinician and graduate of Berklee College of Music. Willie via and onscreen video presents the Piano lessons up close and personal so that children will be able to follow along. You are able to clearly view Willies hand positions.  Each video is about 5-10 minutes so it is easy to do a few at one sitting. You can go at your own pace speeding up or slowing down as needed. You can also go back and redo a lesson if you need a refresher on something.

As the parent admin you can add up to 5 students giving each child their own individual log in. This log in will ensure that your child can work along at their pace and HomeSchoolPiano will track their progress and start them right where they left off each time they log back on to the lessons.

Homeschool Piano Review




HomeSchoolPiano uses the six step approach through out the program...
Homeschool Piano Review


Technique- You will learn to use the instrument properly and Build the right foundation. You will learn dexterity and speed.

Rhythm- Teaches the process of music through Rhythm one of the main components of music. HomeSchoolPiano uses a vocalization approach to teaching rhythm.

Ear Training- Listen and distinguish melody, harmony and rhythm. You will practice using your ears to hear and then be able to turn around and improve using what you learn.

Reading music- Sight reading taught in a step by step approach.

Song- Teaches with Songs. You will be playing right in the beginning.

Improvisation- Express your creativity and make your own music.




There is so much that you will be doing. It is a full music curriculum!!!
*Sing along with Others.

*Preform

*Improve



*Compose

*Arrange Music

* Read Music

*Listening Skills

*Understand music in relation to History
Culture and the Arts






 



 

 
How we used it:My 14 year old tried HomesSchoolPiano. There was little or no help needed from me at his age level. He sat down with his laptop and keyboard. He would work along with Willie and through his workbook. We worked three times a week sometimes more. Although my son has some music background from past courses we decided it was best to start with the Core course first so that he was able to learn the correct vocabulary and to solidify what he already knows. We have worked in music a bit in the past on Rhythm and listening. There were a few things that were new to him but overall it was a review.

Before I knew it he was learning to play songs. You are started right off in book one lesson one with music you can play. This is very encouraging to a child. My son was able to soon create some of his own music. He even taught himself a few songs from grade school by playing by ear. It was rather impressive. The simile he had says it all.

The Curriculum itself is very clear and concise. There was no confusion on our part as to what we were to learn or do next. This step by step approach made it easier to follow along as opposed to a general guide.

Since HomeSchoolPiano my son has had the keyboard along for many rides in the car and even to the Pool!











What I thought:I often hesitate with teaching music online. It just doesn't seem possible and yet here we were playing music and creating our own.  Often my kids want to try things such as learning the piano that can cost us quite a bit of money and then they stop short and you have lost all of our money on something they don't want to do anymore. I like that HomeSchoolPiano lets us try Piano out. It gives us a taste for playing the piano and gave us change to our music course.  The online course gives us a chance to try our hand at music from the comfort of our home. It is a wonderful alternative for those that prefer to keep running to a minimum. It is also affordable compared to private lessons. I think it is a great way for homeschool families to implement music into their day. I do feel if you want to continue on to do more with your piano lesson after this point then you might want to consider a one on one teacher.


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