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Learning and Homeschooling + Giveaway

We want to say a big thank-you to Music & Arts for sponsoring today’s post about our homeschooling journey.

We are getting close to finishing our second semester of our kindergarten year in homeschooling.  That seems totally crazy!  It literally feels like yesterday when we were beginning behind, since the program started the day Miss Bethany was born.

I have learned so much but so have the kids!  I won’t lie, it is so much work.  I get frustrated at times.  I have even shed tears but I wouldn’t change it even on the roughest of days.  There is usually always a load of laundry that needs to be folded and maybe dishes in the sink but the reality is, I love watching the kids learn new things!  I love seeing that spark when the realize they have figured something out on their own.

It is the cutest thing to see Austin reach over and “teach” Addie something he already knows but she may not.

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Since this was our first year really homeschooling and trying the K-12 program, it has been a learning experience.  We decided to block our elective courses and work on just two at a time.  We learned about the seven continents of the world in History along with a few countries in each.  Both children have added new places they want to visit, Austin loves the idea of trekking in Antarctica and visiting Big Ben in London.

We love getting crafty so Art was so much fun!  In the beginning Austin wasn’t to keen on all the coloring.  He loves art but not coloring.  Once we started working on projects though, the kids were hooked!  We mixed paint colors to discover what colors are made from the primary colors, painted masterpieces, created projects loads of fun projects.

Now we are looking ahead to starting two new elective courses soon, Science and Music so bring on the science projects and loads of noise!  I can just see us with a self-made volcano jamming out great tunes, you won’t know what you are missing!

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Bryan is by far the musical one in the family, he plays the piano by ear.  Austin wants to play the violin and trumpet and Addie, well my dear daughter wants drums!  And the piano.  Music runs deep in their veins, they love music.  When the kind folks at Music & Art reached out to us to see if we wanted to work with them to review one of their instruments, Bryan and I decided on a Ukulele.  It would be something that would be the size both children could handle and it wasn’t getting one what they wanted and not the other.

The Kohala Ukulele is the perfect size for the kids to begin with.  It came with a great Taylor Swift music book.  Who knows, maybe I will even learn to read music one of these days too!  Although we aren’t officially starting music quite yet, this has helped get the kids just a bit more excited to.

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Music is such a great gift to give your children.  Music & Arts, the nation’s largest school music company and provider of lessons in the country, invites parents to give their children the gift of music. Music & Arts’ stores, both online and at more than 115 locations around the country, are packed with everything a young musician needs, from instruments and accessories to lessons and sheet music. Their Gift Guide has the perfect present for musicians of all levels, including beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Music & Arts has offered to give one of our readers a $25 gift card to help you give the gift of music!  To be eligible to win you must be a resident of the US and be at least 18 years of age or older.  This giveaway is open until 1/6/13 11:59PM PST.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment answering the following question:

Which instrument do you either play or would love to learn to play?

33 thoughts on “Learning and Homeschooling + Giveaway

  1. My coworker plays the ukulele and accompanies during my storytime programs. I have a guitar tat I have been practicing on and would love to learn to play a little better.

  2. Both my boys LOVE playing the guitar and they both thought themselves and now even play in school bands and private bands … such a wonderful tool to teach them when they are little…. Thanks for sharing

  3. Your daughter looks so cute playing that instrument. Music is so important and I see that Music & Arts offers a large variety of things on their website. I played both the organ and the piano when I was young and my sons took guitar, piano and saxophone lessons.

  4. I play the piano and I would love to be able to teach the kids, but I had to give away my piano when my husband and I separated as I could not afford to take it with me when we moved.

    1. Maybe it will work out for you to get another some day! We sold our antique grand piano when my hubby was going through chemo and he really misses it. We hope to get another one some day.

  5. I play the piano and my daughter plays the trumpet. No one else in our family was interested in learning an instrument although they love listening to music.

  6. I have tinkered with the idea of homeschooling, but my husband isn’t too keen. We’ll see what happens. I played the clarinet in school and my daughter is interested in it as well. I hope she follows in my footsteps, but we’ll see how things turn out! I love watching her learn new things now. We are learning our letters so she isn’t behind at any point. With my help, she wrote her letter to Santa this year! Every letter was by her hand, I just had to show her a few! I am so proud!

  7. This is great. Our family is really into music. I am going to relearn playing the piano when I work on teaching my son. 🙂

  8. I would love to play the guitar. My family is musical. I am the only one that does not play an instrument.

  9. I had to take a musical instrument in school-I chose the recorder–lets just say my parents were kind of happy when I did not have to play it any longer! We had a piano in the house-but was never much good at that either–as for reading music———-uh well—- I am glad to hear that music is part of home schooling-just be glad I do not have to take it or teach it!!

  10. I started to learn how to read musical notes and play the keyboard in highschool. I would love to take a musical class to learn how to play the piano now that I am older.

  11. I agree about the importance of music education for our kids. My oldest takes drum lessons because instruments are not offered in school until 5th grade….and even then, it’s only string & wind instruments – not drums.

  12. I would like to learn to play the piano, but just learned a few notes when I see a Piano I always like to touch it!

  13. I played the clarinet when I was in school. I can pick out some songs on a keyboard. I would like to learn how to play the banjo.

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