“It’s hard to explain how natural learning works, but I trust that it works because I can see that it works.” The above quote is from a Scottish unschooler – Maryanne Jacobs. Time always tells. Our observations are one gift we have with our children at home. From Barcroft TV: No school for my kids: radical unschooling […]
Blog Buzz:Too much of a good thing? via Online Education For Kids
The controversy about education continues to rage in our country. As we, in our complacency, continue to rank lower than most modernized countries around the globe. As a proponent of homeschooling, many would tell me to mind my own business. Yet, as a patriot of our great republic I want to see America’s children grow [...] Read more at Online Education For Kids…
I am happy to be posting this week’s carnival of homeschooling, but since this past week was thanksgiving weekend, alot of our regulars were off giving thanks and didn’t submit posts. But never fear, there’s still plenty to share. We’ve found a couple of new bloggers to add to our carnival, and I want to introduce you to some of my favorite homeschool vloggers, and encourage you to give that a try too.
The United States has never ranked at the top of international education tests, since we began comparing countries in 1964, yet has been the dominant economic and innovative force in the world the entire time. Despite this fact, a popular annual education report has once again stoked fears of America’s impending economic mediocrity with fresh stats on how far the U.S. “lags” behind the world in college attainment, pre-school enrollment, and high school graduation.
There are few people who really know what they’re getting into when it comes to getting married. We all have an idea of what marriage is all about. We have hopes, dreams and expectations of what it will look like. We watch movies, TV shows and even observe marriages in the world around us to try and get a glimpse of this thing we call holy matrimony. But we don’t really know until we’re there, do we?
Why Homeschool? Patheos (blog) My wife and I are not exactly fire-breathing homeschool zealots. Homeschooling is not for everybody, and we have friends in Waco whose kids do just fine in public and private schools. But for us, and for many paleo evangelicals and their fellow …
My middle son will be graduating in the spring and we took advantage of obtaining dual credits to fulfill both his high school requirements and accumulate some college credits as well. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time or money to continue with his private piano lessons. He loves playing, and was a bit heartbroken to give up his weekly private lessons with his favorite teacher.
We’ve tried some different things to keep him challenged and playing and when eMedia offered us a free copy of their Piano and Keyboard Method software to try, we thought it perfect timing. This would be my son Benny’s first experience with a “virtual” instructor.
Benny has been playing for six years so we chose to review the Intermediate level CD ROM that works on both Win/Mac (he has a MacBook Pro). The software is initially installed on the computer taking up 534.5 Mb, after which the discs are not needed. If first impressions were a prediction of how well Benny would do with eMedia, we were golden! He liked it immediately. He got started right away with the first lesson (there are 150+) and was playing Rachmaninoff beautifully. eMedia selected to teach some wonderful pieces by many of music’s elite composers: Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Berlin, and Mozart.
Here’s Benny’s thoughts:
This program is very easy to use, and extremely informative. Everything is broken down in to simple terms and phrases, so even those with only basic piano knowledge will be able to understand. The pieces are just the right difficulty for the recommended level (intermediate), and I never found the selections boring to play.
If a student is having trouble with a piece, sections can be highlighted and played at a normal or slower tempo to help master the troublesome areas. Everything from the theory to the tonal shading is well explained. I found the instructor Vadim Ghin (a graduate of Juilliard) to be insightful and a great teacher. This has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with piano, and I would eagerly recommend eMedia’s Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method to anyone wanting to continue with piano instruction using a non-conventional method.
I would add that the ideal student for this type of instruction is one who is relatively independent and doesn’t need constant reminders to do his lesson or practice. Although Benny did enjoy his experience, he is more driven to play pieces of his own choosing. If he hears a song he likes he will find the music and teach himself. We will hear him play the piano for an hour or more, tirelessly practicing till he gets it perfect. I guess we learned he is not really at intermediate level after all, but something more.
He is advanced. He is passionate about music, and happy he learned in elementary school to play the piano.
You will be impressed with the amount of material that is included in this program. It has digital recording capabilities, a digital metronome, orchestral accompaniment, and other cool add-ons. The price is very reasonable ($59.95). That was what 2.5 lessons with our private instructor cost me. Let me send you now to eMedia to find out more about what, and how your student will learn using the Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method.
Alert! eMedia is offering my readers a special 25% off discount now through 12/31/13. Just use coupon code EMD-HM1 when checking out to receive 25% off your order. Some restrictions apply. Valid on all eMedia branded products.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product for this, my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed here are my own, and my son’s own. We disclose this to you in accordance with the FTC regulations.
Blog Buzz:Homeschool Guide to Teaching Reading via momSCHOOL
As a homeschool mom, I think the scariest thing to teach my kindergarten children was always reading. Yet, I love to see the light come on when they finally are able to read! The problem is… it’s getting to that point that really can be overwhelming. I am currently on my last and final version […] Read more at momSCHOOL…
Blog Buzz:Good teaching is telling stories via Penelope Trunk Homeschooling
I am certain that you cannot teach via test and that all people are teachers, not just Teachers. But I am constantly refining this thinking by asking myself, "Why don’t tests work? Why is the practice of teachers and schools inherently limiting?" I think I’ve found the answer in the idea of stories. 1. Math… Read more at Penelope Trunk Homeschooling…