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Raising Rockstars Preschool Curriculum – Retail $10.00

Foundational preschool program based on God’s Word. It begins with the foundation
of learning, memorizing and applying a verse each week, taken from the awesome
book, My ABC Bible Verses. Kumon inspired learning with colors, numbers,
and sight words incorporated along with early reading skills.

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We Choose Virtues Bundle – Retail $11.00

We Choose Virtues brings memorable catchphrases, endearing characters,
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Grapevine Studies Bible Curriculum – Retail $28.00

Preschool students will stick figure from Creation to the Tower of Babel.
This unit is traceable, allowing younger students to trace the stick figures,
instead of drawing them. This hands-on Bible study will show how God interacted
with people from Adam to Noah. Your students will study the events chronologically
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figure and memorize verses with each lesson. The teacher book contains lessons
pages, teacher notes, stick figures and review questions and answers.

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Character Concepts for Preschoolers Mom’s Guide – Retail $29.95

Complete, easy to follow instructions for 36 wk of preschool lessons, focusing
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qualities. Also included are suggestions for teaching ABC’s, family
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Proverbs for Preschoolers: Through the Proverbs from A to Z – Retail $12.00

Proverbs for Preschoolers keeps the little ones busy for sure, but
it also does so much more. The little one learns the alphabet as he
learns the principles of the Book of Wisdom. For each letter of the
alphabet, there is at least one full coloring page and a facing page
with the Scripture printed out, as well as a practice penmanship line
with dash-written letters in both upper and lower case manuscript
for them to trace. The pictures to color are simple for little hands
to manage.

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Character Trails Flashcards – Retail $9.00

This set of 12 full color flashcards is designed to help you as you teach
your children to hide God`s Word in their hearts! In order to apply
character to their lives they must first understand what it is with
simple, kid-friendly definitions (illustrated on the front side along
with Bible pictures). On the back side they learn what God’s Word
says concerning this quality (illustrated by pictures from the Boyer
cousin story in Character Trails). In less than 5 minutes a day, children
will learn and soon internalize godly character in their lives.

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Hands-on Character Building – Retail $9.00

Create precious family memories as you dive into projects, activities, and games designed to teach kids obedience, self-acceptance, a forgiving spirit, meekness, hunger for righteousness, and a bold testimony.

Written by a homeschooling family with 14 children, this character-building
“tool chest” overfloweth! Teach obedience by playing a game kids enjoy.
Prepare them to make wise decisions by playing the game of “If’s”,
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Be Thankful & New Testament Bible Reading Journal Bundle – Retail $12.98

This Bible Reading Journal includes 4 different writing lines/templates,
perfect for early learners. These printable journals will help you and your
kids dig deeper into God’s Word. Got kids at multiple stages? All four formats
are included in each set so you can pick and choose as needed.

The hardest part of Bible study is getting started. Be Thankful
is a tool to guide you through the Bible on the topic of thankfulness.
The verses are laid out for you. All you have to do is read the Scriptures
to your kids and guide them in creating a thankfulness journal.

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Character Badges – Retail $12.99

Character Badges is a system consisting of three charts (the Obedience Chart,
the Disobedience Chart, and the Consequence Chart), a series of specially
designed badges, and a set of flash cards which work together to make
character training fun and rewarding for both you and your child.

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Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue: Preschool and Early Elementary Character Curriculum – Retail $8.99

This book provides you with 6 months of character lessons that require very
minimal preparation. 24 character qualities are taught, with a week
of lessons for each of the traits. Provided in the lessons are a definition
for the trait, a memory verse, 3 “I WILL” statements that
relate to applying the character quality in their daily life, games,
object lessons, or role play, and a prayer for the child to pray about
applying what they have learned. There is also a coloring page for
each lesson. Included is a reward chart with a picture for them to
color, and space to display the character badges that they earn each
week.

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1777 New England Primer Manuscript – Retail $2.99

Set of printables that teaches children to form all the uppercase and lower
case print letters of the English alphabet. It comes complete with the same
26 Scripture passages, biblical ditties from the 1777 Primer used by the
Puritans and plenty of dotted lines for practice.

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Creation ABC Coloring Book – Retail $6.50

Talented artist Angela Hilltree created this one-of-a-kind coloring book
based upon two of the Creation Study Guides: Creation Science and
Creation Geology. Your children will love putting these ABC mini books
together. Just cut on the lines and staple! 24 mini books highlight
the Creation Story with whimsical characters entertain your children
while teaching!

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101 Independent Activities for Tots & PreK – Retail $4.99

Often you are busy with something that your children cannot help you with
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activities have been tested by real moms and kids. Most of these ideas
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Basic Shapes for Beginners – Retail $4.99

A hands-on approach to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers. Designed for
ages 2-5 to be completed in 6 weeks. There are 5 activities included
in each week, along with 1 bonus activity for each week. There are
also 3 bonus activities at the end of the ebook that you can use for
kids who are older or ahead. Includes resource list, items needed
organized by week, and printables for designated activities.

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5 Reasons Preschoolers Need Music

 

Preschoolers Need Music

Before my homeschool mom days, I was a music teacher, and I’d love to share with you today why it’s important to give your preschoolers a start in music education even while they’re young.

Below are 5 reasons Why–and to read 5 ways How to “Teach” music to your preschoolers, be sure to head over to the Educents blog where I’m guest posting today!

1.  Most children can be musical talented if they are exposed to a musical environment at an early age (before age 9).  You can help them reach their full musical potential by making their musical environment rich and full.

2.  The vast majority of music that children hear today–on the radio, in apps, in toys, in church, and on TV shows (such as Barney) is very simple in its meter, rhythms, harmonies, instrumentation, and style.  You can provide your children with variety, especially with more complexity than what they are usually hearing.

3.  A lot of children’s music that you can hear on CDs and the internet (YouTube) gives very poor examples of singing.  The childen are doing what I call sing-yelling.  You can provide your children with examples of beautiful, excellent, on-pitch singing which will help them sing beautifully and on pitch themselves one day!

4.  It’s important to help children increase readiness for audiation.  Audiation is the ability to hear the music and beat in one’s mind when there is no music being played.  If preschoolers can start to sing on pitch and feel the big beats of the music, they will be prepared to audiate as they grow.

5.  We want our young children to form as many neural pathways and connections as possible in their rapidly growing brains.  This is one reason why musical children typically do better at learning in many other areas of life.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!

 

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Review of KinderBach: Online Piano Lessons for Preschoolers

Kinderbach Review

Today’s review is of KinderBach, which gives online piano lessons for preschoolers (approximately ages 3-7).  My 3-year-old, 5-year-old, and I have spent the last 6 weeks using KinderBach, specifically The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner.  We were able to complete Level 1 of the 6 levels.  Each level has 10 weeks of lessons, with 4 lessons per week.

The Teacher Corner for Level 1 contains (and we received):

Level 1 Lesson Plan Book (25 pgs)
Level 1 Teacher Aid Book (73 pgs)
Levels 1 to 3 Teacher Guide (24 pgs)
Level 1 Audio MP3s (30 MP3 tracks)
Level 1 Student Book (49 pgs)
Level 1 Goal Book (35 pgs)
Level 1 Certificates

My children found KinderBach very engaging.  We rarely did only one lesson at a time–they wanted to keep on going and going!  And often they wanted to repeat a previous lesson from the time before. Miss Karri who teaches the lessons really connects to the kids well.  She is fun and funny.  :)

There is also a wide variety between the lessons.  One lesson might have a song for them to listen to (with photos or graphics to watch), the next could have them play along with a rhythm instrument or the piano, the next a coloring sheet to go along with a new musical concept, the next a game to learn a new concept, and the next might be a cut-and-paste activity.  I printed out the PDF file of the Level 1 activites and put them in a notebook for each child.

Kinderbach Review

For the mom (homeschool teacher) who will be facilitating the lessons:

All the lessons are found online, so you just need a computer with sound to watch them.  Each week’s lessons begin with a short introduction, where the teacher tells you what to expect to learn that week and what materials will be needed (usually a piano or keyboard, crayons, scissors, glue, and a rhythm instrument.)  You don’t have to worry about having any special rhythm instruments.  She often uses things she finds in the kitchen such as a cereal bowl and a spoon!  You also don’t need to know anything about music or how to play the piano to help your kids with this program.  You’ll learn everything along with them!  The lessons are only about 5-10 minutes each, so don’t worry about being overwhelmed with another curriculum.  You can do as much or as little as you can at each teaching session.

My unique perspective as a fellow early childhood music teacher:

I could see what the teacher was trying to teach to the kids–which are some of the hurdles for early music learners.  I’m glad she decided to tackle these really early on since they are so basic.  The concepts are

  • recognizing the pattern of the piano keyboard (2 black keys vs. 3 black keys)
  • steady beat
  • knowing the finger numbers (labeling your fingers 1-5)
  • quarter notes vs. half notes
  • that half notes have 2 beats, but only one note plays for it
  • strong and weak beats
  • high and low pitches
  • stepping up notes vs. staying the same

One of the greatest things about the program is that she uses really fun ways to get these concepts into the young kids’ hands, ears, and minds.  There is a cute donkey named Dodi who lives at the 2 black keys of the piano.  The Train Station is where the 3 black keys are.  A boy named Frisco represents “walk” which is the way the kids learn about quarter notes.  And the Beat Bugs are lots of fun for helping kids understand stong and weak beats.

Sitting at the computer to watch the lesson:

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A Game to Learn Loud vs. Quiet:

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On screen is the “music” they are learning.  Frisco represents quarter notes:

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Playing steady beat with a plastic container and wooden spoon:

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Finding Dodi’s house (the two black keys) on the piano keyboard.  This is basic for the kids being able to find the notes later on:

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Sometimes, even my one-year-old joined in!

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There were a few things that could be improved upon.  The video of the lesson wasn’t always very clear, but was blurry.  We got used to it though.  Other times the sound wasn’t balanced.  The background music was too loud and we couldn’t understand the words the teacher was singing.  The DVD of the lessons is also available.  It says on the website that it’s much higher quality since it’s not streaming over the internet. I didn’t review it though.  The biggest disappointment for my 5-year-old daughter was that there wasn’t very much actual piano playing in this first set of lessons.  I know why there wasn’t; the kids have to learn all the basics first.  I’m sure there will be more piano playing in future lessons.  I’m going to continue them with my 3-year-old son, who is in fact begging me to go to the next lesson as I write this!

Overall, I found KinderBach a good beginning music program for young children.  I like how it gives the kids a good music foundation and is fun at the same time.  I also loved the activity book that is included with the lessons.  It was fun for them to have a new sheet to look at each day, with something to color or do or even play on the piano!  I’m glad to have more lessons included in my subscription so I can continue with my son and see how much he can learn!

Kinderbach Review
 You can get The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner for the special limited time price of $95.88/year.  That works out to works out to $7.99/month for a year.

* Access to all web lessons (over 240 sessions!) by computer, iPad, Android Tablet, Kindle Fire or Nook.

* Accompanying downloaded PDF activity pages

* Access to all Teacher Corner materials for Levels 1 to 6 PDFs and Audio MP3s

* Download all story books, coloring pages and song books!


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Busy Bag Swap- Part 4

The last set of activities from our recent Busy Bag Swap!

(Also see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 )

Double Trouble Shapes:

Instructions here

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Clothespin Alphabet Match-up:

Instructions and template here.

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Sensory Balloons:

Ours are filled with play-dough, salt, flour, beans, and poly-beads.

Instructions here

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Memory Shape Game:

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Cups and Balls/ Drop and Roll:

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Bean Counting Cards:

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Clothespin Number/Color Matching:

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I Spy Bag:

And, finally, the one that I made!

Instructions here.

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Even my 11-year-old tried this one out!

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I loved seeing all the “littles” involved in an activity!
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We’re planning to do another Busy Bag Swap in August.  I’ve already been thinking about what we’ll make next!  Here’s my Quiet Book/Busy Bag Pinterest Board if you’d like to follow me!

 

Busy Bag Swap- Part 3

I’m sharing a few more of our fun busy bag activities today.

See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

ABC Match-Up:  Put alphabet stickers on templates.
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Road Trip Bingo and Scavenger Hunt:

Find instructions and templates here.

Meant to be done in the car (where we have them now!), but he was “pretending” in these pictures!

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Popsicle Activity Game:  Match up the color printed and drawn on the popsicle stick.

Instructions here.

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Category Maze:   Use magnetic pom poms on a cookie sheet to draw the paths.  The cards include finding pictures for things such as fruits and vehicles.

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Origami:

Ideas found Origami Fun and Family Fun.

One for my 10-year-old to work on!

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Sandpaper Yarn Art:

Instructions here.
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Busy Bag Swap- Part 2

Here are some more pictures of bags from our Busy Bag Swap.  See Part 1 here.

Pinchers, Pom Poms, Paper Clips, and Ice Tray

Instructions here.

This is a favorite of my 22-month-old. Also included in the bag were papers of patterns, as well as the patterns on popsicle sticks.

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Hot Glue Rubbing Plates:

Instructions here.

Included in the bag were some molded crayons!

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Popsicle Stick Puzzles:

Instructions here.

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Build-A-Letter Templates:

Instructions here.  The lowercase templates can be found here.
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Button Snake:

Instructions here.
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Busy Bag Swap, Part 1

A few nights ago I participated in a Busy Bag Swap.  Busy Bags are gallon-sized baggies containing a fun (usually educational) activity for a preschooler or younger elementary-aged child.  Each of the ladies in the swap made one activity times 23 for each of us to fill up a box of busy bags for our homes.  Some ladies wanted two sets so they made two separate activities.

We’ve already gone through the fun things to do.  What’s exciting to me is that the various activities appeal to the different ages in my home.  I’ll be sharing pictures of them all in the next few days.

(Many of these have tutorials/printables online.  I’ve included the ones that I know of. :)  ).

Felt Pizza

Details here.

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Chinese Jump Rope

Included in the bag were a bunch of heavy-duty rubber bands and instructions on how to put the jump rope together.  There was one pattern included, and links to some YouTube videos with many more ideas of how to play.  Yay–P.E.time!

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A Tangled Web We Weave

Instructions are found here.
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Felt Laundry:

Instructions found here.
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Two Free Kindle E-Books

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