Add a tune – or two, or three – to your homeschool lessons. Here’s are useful tips on how to incorporate music into your homeschool from Educents All-Star Blogger, Annette of Year Round Homeschooling.
There are a number of ways to bring music into your homeschool. Some are simple and easier to integrate and other may take a little more work and planning, but are still doable. As you know, kids learn differently, so music needs to be introduced in a variety of ways for them to learn about it. Some will take an immediate interest, while others will take some time to grow in their appreciation.
9 Ways to Introduce Music
1. Radio – The easiest and one of the simplest ways to introduce music into not only your kids’ life, but also your homeschool is the radio. Tune your radio to a favorite station and listen together. Because not everyone likes the same music and you want to introduce more than your favorite style, search the radio dial for more stations and music to listen to and talk about. Can’t get radio stations at your house? No worries! There are several other options available for you. If you have cable or satellite there are music stations available, depending on your package. On cleaning days I like to put on the Christian or Classical station just as background without a television show. Don’t have either of those? Try using a Radio App on your phone, tablet or iPad to play your favorite music. We have both the K-Love radio app and Pandora on our devices and use them often. What I love about Pandora is that I can create stations of my favorite artists or a category (i.e. Christmas Music, Acappella groups, etc.) and listen to similar songs all the while giving them a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to select whether or not it stays on my station. K-Love also allows you to listen online if you’re using a PC.
2. CD/Records – Okay, I know many people don’t have records anymore, but if you do…the kids will love them! But CD’s – they are everywhere. I know we have a ton of CD’s and my husband has several 6-Disc CD Changer Replacement CD Magazines that I like to fill with various CD’s. Most of the time I fill them with music of one style, theme or holiday. But now that my oldest is ready to really start studying music appreciation, I will fill them with various genres and we’ll test his knowledge in a fun way – “Guess what genre!” There are several ways to use CD’s in your homeschool: in the background while kids are working/reading (if it’s not distracting to them) and as a pick-me-up during the day when kids start getting restless and a way to get the wiggles out. You can also play them while the kids are doing a quick clean-up or some all-day deep cleaning. It will give them something to listen to and keep them moving. Plus it will help the time to pass quicker if they are singing along!
3. Part of a Unit Study – Whether you are specifically studying a music unit or not, music has been around for many years. Do some fun research and find out what music styles were popular during that time period. What instruments did they use? Do they look similar to ours? Do they sound the same? What improvements or changes have been made to the instruments over time? There are so many things you can learn by doing a little research on the music during a specific period of time. I know I’m a nerd, but it really is fascinating!
Check out six more ways to bring music into your homeschooling lessons on the blog Annette contributes to, Year Round Homeschooling.
About the Blogger
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend for 10 years. Together they are raising their four children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her 5 angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES with FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families and she gets her scrapbooking fix in by making Subway Art for herself and her readers. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, gluten- and grain-free recipes, homemaking, the occasional DIY projects and maintaining her sanity. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.