I love music. Classical/instrumental especially, but I enjoy a large variety of music styles. I can not draw realistically to save my life, but I have an appreciation of great artists. This is something I want to pass on to my children. I have bought books we barely or never used. We have done the rare project that took so much more time to set up and clean up than the actual doing itself that I wondered if it was worth it. I attempted to instill culture and art appreciation with my Tea Parties which they loved and still ask for more to this day. But got derailed by co-op and general exhaustion and depression. In fact, I'm pretty sure the only thing "art" related that they have ever completed is the Follow Directions & Draw It Yourself workbook that I printed out a page and left at the table for them for when they woke up and had breakfast. And from what I have heard from other homeschooling parents, I'm not alone in this. When it is a matter of time, "regular" topics are going to be covered before "extras" like art and music.
|Early Bird "Composing"|
Early Bird on the other hand is further along in the book due to interest and his own initiative to practice every single day. And he's been working faithfully for over a month now. But I am teaching him the way I wish I had been taught as a very young but initially excited child. At least once a week Early Bird comes to me with a new melody piece from Little Einsteins that he wants to learn. He hums it or tells me the name of the piece and/or the composer, then I find the music online and print it out. I bought Keyboard Stickers when we got the piano (if you buy these be warned that there are not quite enough for a full piano) and put them on them on the most used keys. On the music selection print outs that Early Bird requests, I write the note letter above the line of sheet music. I play it for him, and then let him take over and figure it out how he will do it. The kid (in my non-professional opinion) has a terrific ear and a natural sense of rhythm. He works at these pieces until he gets them right. There are sometimes (often) perfectionism meltdowns over not getting it right/perfect the first day, but it is great practice persevering.
If you have young kids (Builder Boy is almost 9!) I highly recommend introducing them to this show. Even if it's just background noise during quiet time or craft time. Kids will pick up a lot more from it than you would think, and it can help you feel like you haven't quite failed them in the art and music department after all.
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