Teaching Children Music

I am pleased to welcome a new blog sponsor and share a fabulous new website all focused on Teaching Children Music!

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Tamsyn and her husband are launching a brand new membership website all focused on teaching children music.  How cool is that?

FREE Music Activity eBook!

Tamsyn is offering an incredible 60 page eBook, Music Games and Activities,  to give you a FREE sample of her work.  You can download this for free here!

Music Games and Activities

 

There are several different options with the Kickstarter, the best one in my opinion is the $30 option. During the Kickstarter campaign the $30 option will get you access to all the materials in the first two products {Beginning Rythym eBook & The Solfege Train eBook}, PLUS everything added to the membership website during the first SIX months!  The first two products alone are valued individually at over $35, what a great deal!

Get a quick peek at the entire plan for the Teaching Children Music membership site through this short video!

 

I asked Tamsyn what she had in store for the membership site and what we could expect as members.  My main question was focused on how the site will help the music illiterate parent feel comfortable and know where to start. She has several things in the works which are mentioned on the Kickstarter site, I asked her to give us more details about these so we would know what to expect.

Here’s what she told me…

 There will be several mini-courses.

  • For the recorder lessons, I will assume no musical background.  It is for the absolute beginner.
  • The sight-reading videos are sequential and will be great for beginners because they can learn the songs by rote (ear), and pick up the note reading skills as they go along.
  • I do have a course outline in hand for the music theory and ear training materials I’m making, based loosely on my college syllabi.  These will start easy but will progress rapidly and assume some music background.  My goal with this is to make advanced, college-level theory accessible to children.
  • The chord reading/play-by-ear course is not a traditional approach to piano, and would be good for an absolute beginner as well as one who has had lessons but does not know how read, build, and play chords.
  • The story books will stand independent of everything else, as will many of the games and printables I will make on the side.

If you’ve been looking for materials to really teach music literacy, this just might be for you!  be sure to take a peek sometime this month so you can take part in the Kickstarter and get the amazing start up deal to the new membership site.

Tamsyn is available to answer questions, to clarify how to use the materials, and so forth.  You can find contact info at the bottom of the Kickstarter page!

Homeschooling Tots

    Homeschooling Tots is something I write about a lot.  Early childhood education is a passion of mine and empowering parents to feel confident to explore early learning at home is where the depth of my passion lies during this season of life. This is why I chose to write a chapter for The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas entitled, Homeschooling Tots.

    {disclosure ~ affiliate links are used in this post}

    My tots were very different, as you can see from the photo collages below.  Krash was my mover and we rarely had any sort of a plan. Ladybug was my sitter and I couldn’t keep up with her requests demands for more school work. Thus, my need for a plan with her during the Tot School years.
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Ladybug's Tot School

 

The cool thing about the early years is that you can be totally flexible and follow the lead of your child. It is exploring through play and having fun with your tot during these fleeting years!

One of my favorite memories with my daughter was going through our Animal ABCs together.  I developed this program for her based on her love of all things school and all things animals.  We used it as a launching board into much hands on fun together when she was 2-3. I am giving away a copy of our Animal ABC Bundle to one winner! 

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Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 10/31/14.

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Read my chapter and over 100 more in The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas. Right now you can grab it for only $8.99 {this is a $2 discount} using the code: homeschool

Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas

Want even more?  There’s a special bundle including 23 MP3s AND the eBook for just $15. 

Studio and Big Book Bundle


This post is a part of The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas Blog Tour.

Yesterday, LaToya Edwards from Learning to Let Him Lead shared. LaToya is the author of the chapters Homeschooling Elementary Aged Boys, and Single Parent Homeschooling.

Tomorrow, Shannen Espelien from Middle Way Mom will be sharing.  She is the author of the chapters Getting Started with Credit-by-exam, Where to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum, and Transitioning to a Virtual School from Public School.

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Draw, Write Now Book 8 Printables

I am finally done with all 8 sets of Draw, Write, Now printables!

Draw, Write, Now Book 8 Printables

Book 8 features Animals of the World, Part 2 ~ Savannas, Grasslands, Mountains & Deserts. If you aren’t familiar with Draw, Write, Now, you can see the post I wrote when we gave a set away and learn more about them!

You may remember me sharing Book 1, and the printables to go along.  These printables are exactly the same, two different options.  One for tracing, one for copying.  Both have the same drawing space.

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Click here to download this set and sets for books 1-7 also.

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Thanks to Barker Creek Publishing for their permission to share these with my readers!

Fall Theme Kindergarten Fun

Fall Theme Kindergarten Fun


 

She was immediately drawn to the fall songs, which I had displayed in our mini pocket chart.

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We have enjoyed these leaf songs countless times during the past two weeks, tossing leaves all around!

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The silk leaves were from the dollar store years ago and have been great.  I put some in a glass jar and added a clothespin for some fine motor work.

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The bowl of leaf and pumpkin gems {from Target dollar section last year I think} has been sorted numerous times.  We have also made patterns together, and counted our piles many times.  Such natural learning with engaging and simple materials.

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Below you can see her sorting.

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We got out our Scarecrow printables and enjoyed reading together! Story retelling is a favorite with these printable characters.  We put magnets on the back and use our cookie sheet.

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We also had a notebook full of coloring sheets and printables for her to choose from.  Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of her in action!  Everything in the notebook is pinned on our Fall board!

Linking to ~ PreK and K Community

See more fall ideas!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Fall Theme on Pinterest.

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 93

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 93



Life with a Tot is ALWAYS exciting! Everything they do and say is a source of delight! This past week a friend of mine was thankful that her Tot had taken the initiative to practice his handwriting on his own this week – and was also thankful she had purchased the fabric protection for her furniture! I LOVED her thinking! What has your Tot done this week? Be sure to share the fun you and your Tot experience throughout the week through the linky. You may just inspire another Mama and her Tot!

Do you have a Tiny Tot? Some Tots, especially if they have older siblings, are anxious to “do school!” Check out the activities that Tot Vito enjoyed over at Pinay Homeschooler and see if maybe your Tiny Tot might enjoy them!

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Over at Learning with Mom, Mama Jasmine helped her Tot explore the letter C with a Biblical emphasis on Joseph and his coat! Head on over and see the fun activities that she put together to emphasize this theme.

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Have you made a trip to the pumpkin patch? Take a look at Spark and Pook and the trip they enjoyed as well as the activity used to emphasize counting!

Spark and Pook

 


Tot School on Pinterest

Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!

Love Tot Trays™? Check out our Tot Trays for Tot School Pinterest Board!

Using Tot School Printables?  Visit ourTot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pinterest link so you can pin to this group board!

Our Tot School Ideas Board is filled with ideas from all around the web, maybe even some of yours!

See ideas by ages below!

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Were you featured?

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!


Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this!

Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).