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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #1 of 4

We have been homeschooling since my oldest was in Kindergarten, and soon he’s going to be a sophomore in college. This fall will begin our fourteenth year. And while I don’t consider myself a “model” homeschooling mom (in fact, I could make a long list of all of my mistakes), there are a few things I’ve learned along the way. #1: Homeschooling Isn’t Easy

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Schooling Through the Summer

Every year, I have the best intentions of finishing up in a timely manner. Sometimes we start after Labor Day; other years we start in the middle of August. But no matter when we start the school year, we never finish by June. Unexpected life events seem to throw us off “the schedule” each time, no matter how prepared I am. So now, it’s part

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Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach

Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach Sometimes when I meet others, and they find out we homeschool, they say, “I’m so impressed! I could never homeschool my children. “ It’s usually at that time that I confess that I often don’t feel like I’m very good at it, even after 13 years. That’s when eyebrows go up in surprise, and I know

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Piano Lessons

Three things to consider when determining if your child is ready for piano lessons are academic skills, emotional maturity, and natural musical abilities. Learning to read music can be daunting. Piano students not only need to know the alphabet from A to G, but they also need to know those seven letters in reverse – G, F, E, D, C, B, A. Addition and

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School of Rock

A new School of Rock location opened near us. I instantly wished my son was musical. He’s not. And he doesn’t like performing either. But if your child blossoms on stage, it seems there is no better program for him than this. The School of Rock is a franchise company that has 90 locations nationally. The various locations train kids to fine tune whatever

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Reading Music

Listening to music is one of my son’s favorite pastimes.  The other day he asked me how music is made. So started a good conversation about notes.  And how reading music is a lot like reading books. I know a lot of people who can read music and its always seemed like a skill that can lead to new and wonderful things in the

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Teaching with Songs

In homeschooling, we must be creative teachers or facilitators to help our   children achieve all they can.  In our home, that has meant using music to   teach content in the curriculum – essentially using music to promote my  children’s learning. One of the most effective ways to engage my kids in  homeschooling is with music coupled with movement.  I have based my  continuous use

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Making Music

The relaxed days of summer are a good time for children to try new things. If you’re child has an interest in learning a musical instrument, this might just be the season to start. Studies have linked listening to music (particularly Mozart’s compositions) and playing music to an increased ability in spatial reasoning, the type of reasoning used when working on math or drawing.

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