Story and Song
Elementary school is a good time to incorporate stories and songs of the great composers. There are a lot of ways this can be
done. You can probably find free resources
for this at your local library.
Never stop singing with your kids; one
of the easiest ways to fit this in is to sing
together in the car. As they get older, you
can move on to songs with more complex
rhythms and more words. We have used
many of the Wee Sing books, from
Christmas to America to Nursery Rhymes. I have
also used and enjoyed the Singing Made
Easy series published by IEW.
As with any subject, there may come a time
when your child is just ready to learn more
than you can teach. Or maybe they are interested in an instrument you simply are not
ready to tackle. One blessing we have in this
modern world is many professionals sharing
their expertise for free. You can find good
beginning lessons for just about any instrument on You Tube. I am not suggesting this
as a permanent replacement to having a
music teacher, but it can be so helpful when
your child is in an exploratory stage.
If you have a child in the double digits who
is really showing a deep interest in music
(practicing every day because they love it,
not because you told them to), it may be
time to consider passing the torch on to
someone who can lead them into a deeper
understanding of music.
Another option as they get older is to
find a homeschool band they can play in,
or if you are in a state where you can sign
up for school classes, you may want to
consider joining a band class. This lets the
child bring their skills to another level, with-
out the cost of professional music lessons.
A Music Lifestyle
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of incorporating music into your homeschooling
lifestyle. We do not need to be experts to
explore and share the basics of music with
our children. It is not our job to teach them
everything there is to learn, but to guide
them in learning the basics, exploring their
world, and discovering what they love.
Marla Szwast lives in Marietta, Georgia
with her husband and six children. She is
passionate about teaching children in a developmentally appropriate way, nourishing
their mind, body, and heart. She is the author of Stepping Through History: Starting With You!, which can be found on the
SchoolhouseTeachers membership website.
She writes about homeschooling, child development, neuroscience and education history
on her blog at: www.jumpintogenius.com, or
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