After a period of letting go of expectations and riding the waves of life, we are using the freshness of a new year to move into a season of more focused academics.
We spend Monday mornings at our Classical Conversations group, and the rest of our week we spend learning at home. I put in a load of laundry, the nine-year-old empties the dishwasher, and everyone gets ready for our day.
Grammar, Latin, geography songs, Bible memory songs, Bible reading, singing The Star-Spangled Banner, spelling (phonogram cards), reading about Haydn and William Blake, poetry memorization, and playing hymns on the piano are all on the line-up in no particular order. The boys read assigned pages in the history encyclopedia, then we begin reviewing our Classical Conversations memory work. The game gets put away, the younger boys watch TV while the oldest showers, and I finish cleaning up the kitchen.
I read aloud a chapter of Little Britches, then turn on a story CD for the boys as they crawl in bed.
I putter around the house and spend some time on the computer before reminding myself that getting to bed at a decent hour will help me be more cheerful when awakened in the middle of the night.
As my day fades into the past and I begin rest for the new day tomorrow, I am full of gratitude for this season of life and learning with four young children. Are any of you beginning a season of more focused academics after a period of laid-back schooling? I am *supposed* to be making a more earnest attempt at hsing my preschooler this year so we can decide about school next year. Just reading to your kids will do wonders for preparing your preschooler and the baby may even like hearing you read. I met a woman this week who told me about what her homeschool day looks like and I COULD NOT GET HER OUT OF MY HEAD. But now, after reading this post, I can see that there are a lot of moms out there like me, doing the best they can, reading books to small upside-down people. I’ve been following along with this day in the life series and found myself thinking, “Where is the screaming? The following are suggestions for doing piano lessons at home if you are willing to take it seriously. Use a small notebook for each child to write down practice expectations and individualized notes for each child. Join us on Facebook, where I share even more Organizing tips, thoughts, pictures, and inspiration. I’ve been doing lessons for my children (4 of 5 take lessons from me now) since my oldest was 6, so for 4-5 years now.
I had trouble keeping myself accountable, so I made arrangements with a piano teacher to alternate weeks. I enjoy reading this article and I am sure that many individuals will benefit after reading.
Many parents have said that they are enjoying their at home experience and having fun while teaching their child to play the piano. My child is only 5 – is it too early to start lessons – might it be a waste of money?
These are all frequent questions asked by parents who are interested in starting their child on the piano. These first piano lessons are a series of short exercises disguised as games, that combine strengthening and co-ordination with note recognition and memory. With this series of easy first piano lessons, parents will be able to assist their own children in the basic, first steps of playing the piano. If you enjoyed this post, come and join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Google + or subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletter for many more musical ideas! Hi Alissa, The note printables for the keys are included in the First Piano lessons eBook, which full of support and tips for young beginners. Hi Lia, The most important thing with young beginners is encouraging them to play as much as possible. The problem is that I didn’t receive the email with the ebook because it was sent to a wrong email, could you please help me with this? It is counterproductive for me to dream of days that belong in a season other than the one I’m in.


As our rhythm has yet to find a steady beat, I’ll share a specific day rather than a general routine. Short lessons covering multiple subjects keep the boys’ attentions focused as much as possible, though there is always a great deal of noise and acrobatics. The younger boys make a fort in their bedroom while the nine-year-old finishes up handwriting and math at the kitchen table. The nine-year-old begins more assigned reading while the six-year-old practices on the piano.
I loved reading about your day (and found much to identify with) … but what I couldn’t get over was how much your baby sleeps! Looking at that top photo and reading your words takes me back to when we visited you guys. I have a 5 year old son, 3 year old daughter, a 22 month old son, and another due in March. I didn’t feel as anxious reading it as I do living something like it with my 7, 4, 4 and 8m old children. Piano lessons from a paid teacher are very valuable! If you can find affordable piano lessons for kids, it is worth considering! I’d also suggest only attempting to teach your children piano if you have a good understanding of music and play the piano yourself. I taught piano lessons for 2 years for other children, and though I loved those kids, teaching my own kids is a lot more fun for me! Take this time as seriously as you would if you had an appointment with a separate teacher.
When one of my children is having a lesson, the other kids know they are not supposed to bother us.
My kids pull out their notebooks when they practice to remember what they are supposed to do. This is not only happy for a little student, but it breaks up the pace of the lesson to be more child friendly. When everyone finishes their current level of books, we are going to have a piano recital and party. I’m all about teaching children accountability, but my kids are still a little young to remember everything on their own. Enter your email in the box on the sidebar and new blog posts will arrive directly into your email inbox.
I was stunned when she began fingering the keys and pretending to read the music books the FIRST time I showed it to her.
Play her a lot of beautiful piano CDs, let her fiddle with the keys on real pianos at every opportunity.
I am looking up The Piano Adventures and there are several revisions… not sure which one to get- is there any way you can post a pic of the front of the book? So I suggest that they should try and learn the piano at their own convenient time and pace. They are presented in a playful and engaging way that doesn’t cause frustration, but hopefully a little satisfaction along the way. This will lay the foundations in a fun and easy way, giving children the incentive and confidence to go on to a piano teacher for proper one-to-one lessons and be in a strong position to learn and make the most of them. The first piano lessons series gets them started, and the eBook although it does include a lot of the same activities, includes much more in-depth teaching support and resources. He is still distracted, so I send him down our very long driveway to bring up the garbage can, hoping the fresh air and exercise does him some good. There she celebrates (in words and images) her journey as wife, homeschooling mother of three rambunctious boys, photographer, book collector, and lover of the little things. I have found my guys learn such a myriad of life-lessons every time we have a baby that they are making up for the lack of intense bookwork… and there will be time for bookwork, just in another season!!! Thank you for the true story of what a day in your home looks like (and the pie and the Dr. I am homeschooling my oldest, and almost every day I have doubts about my ability to mother four kids well. That means don’t schedule play dates and dentist appointments during piano lesson time.


I’ll have the girls dress up fancy like a real recital and then we will Skype in grandparents. I remind the girls each day to practice their piano before they have free-play after school. Play is the best way for little ones to learn, the piano can become a cherished part of her life <3 I did it that way with my kids and now my oldest, age four, is learning to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star not because I picked it to teach to him but because he loves piano music and wants to learn that song specifically. I even told them that while they are learning to play the piano they should also teach their child in the process.
Firstly, it is vital that the child shows a desire and interest in playing the piano, and is happy to sit and concentrate for a short time, say 15 minutes to start with.
Progress will be much faster, and they will be more likely to succeed and develop a real love of the instrument.
When children first start learning the piano they need lots of repetition in order to develop an understanding and strengthen their fingers, so these activities and exercises are an excellent way to encourage them. Do you wistfully wonder how to transform your home into this wonder-land of peace and earnest learning? The nine-year-old has trouble focusing, so I tell him he’ll have to come back to his work later. There are things to do; they get checked off (mostly) and are done in the order that works (which will probably be different tomorrow). By the way, I think you got a ton accomplished on the day you highlighted, academically… kudos to you!
I had three like that too … if I have a fourth, can you guarantee me she or he will sleep like L? I have been able to keep it together because of my homeschool group and some lovely ladies from church.
I think there will be a lot of the “going with the flow” you spoke of for at least several more years!
I set aside approximately 30 minutes per lesson, though I don’t use a timer during lesson to try to stick to a time limit. They are the same books I used when I was learning to play the piano and I think they are still the best! We have set aside practice time-each night while two children are showering, the other 2 practice piano (1 at a time of course), then they switch. It is a lot easier if they can already read a little, so it is probably best to give that a head start, and not to bombard them with too much information all at once! The going rate is at least $15 per lesson and I have 3 girls that want to learn to play the piano! I’m trying out Piano Adventures pre-reading books, which have been fun for my 5 year old. While I don’t feel they progress as fast as they could if they were with a paid teacher, it is an excellent bonding experience for all of us. It also helps if they have strong little hands, although this can be improved with practise, if they have very small hands, it might be better to let them grow a bit! I long for the season of reading books by the creek and barefoot romps in the park and having my husband home. If it ever stopped working to do the lessons at home, I would definitely pay for the lessons because they are very important to us, which keeps me motivated to make our at-home lessons work. My 4 boys (6, 4, 2, and 2 mo.) make quiet poetry afternoons seem laughable, but I have come to love our active, rough-and-tumble homeschool. I only started my 5 year old because she was absolutely sure she should have piano lessons like her sisters.
He looked at me a little funny, but once I, his mom, left the room, dropping him off for his lesson, then came back around the corner as “Ms.



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