Archive Monthly Archives: February 2011

Glissando Note-Reading Game

This is a simple, fast game to reinforce note reading.  The game is based on Parcheesi, with a few twists. Game setup:  Place the flash cards on one of the blue rectangles.  Each player places four markers on their glissando rectangle. Game Play:  White goes first, draws a card and places one of their markers […]

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Toddler Lunch Idea

Yesterday when we got home from church I realized that we didn’t have any clean plates or bowls and my kids were hungry.  It was time to use a snack-time idea that I saw on a video awhile ago and pull out the ice trays.  It was such a big hit that I am going […]

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Musical Stairs

This is a simple project that can spruce up the menial task of walking up and down the stairs.  Turn your stair-case into a singing scale!  The idea for this scale came from the piano stairs in Sweden, as seen in the video at the bottom of this page.  Creating a stair-case like that in […]

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Using color to teach music

I have found many different programs that use color to help teach music reading to children, especially on the piano. Piano Wizard, and Piano for Preschoolers come to mind, but there are many others. Some have even used color to teach singing and perfect pitch, such as the Taneda method. I think that using color […]

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Changing Focus

I have been juggling domains and hosting around a lot lately, and learning a lot in the process.  I had started another website, www.teaching-children-music.com, which I let expire, hosted the content on this blog, and then decided that the information I dream of creating for it just doesn’t fit the scope of professional-mothering.  I had […]

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Piano Chord Wheel

This is a tool that I created for my piano students to help them to learn their primary chords.  Here is the printable: piano-chord-wheel.pdf Directions:Print on card-stock, cut out the circles, and then optionally laminate.  Poke holes in the center with a needle, then poke a paper brad through the smaller circle then the larger.  […]

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Rhythm for Preschoolers

Beginning Rhythm for Preschoolers is my first e-book, written to help my children learn how to read music. Young children and babies are learning how to read. With the ever-increasing growth of technology, it becomes easy to confirm this. I believe that the ability to learn to read at a young age extends to the […]

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Once there was a snowman…

We were recently inspired by a local creative snowmen artist to get out there and make a snowman after our recent blizzard.  Although we are not as creative as the man in the article, it was fun to come up with something for our snowman to do- read the newspaper.  Here’s the challenge: No more […]

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Shichida Research

These recent posts about building memory have been accompanied by a spell of research and a renewal of fascination for what is being done in Asia.  Today I’m going to give myself a break in writing, and just share a few videos that I came across, if you’re interested.  Unfortunately, Shichida’s methods are a little […]

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Memory Magic Review

Note: I am in no way compensated for this review. I am not affiliated with “Accelerated Learning Methods” in any way. I simply love this product and I wanted to write about it. What is Memory Magic?Memory Magic is a computer CD from www.acceleratedlearningmethods.com, designed to help young children develop photographical memory and speed reading. There […]

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