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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HomeSchoolPiano-Complete Set of Books - Review


My family loves the arts. We tend to lean toward creative arts and Music over all other things. Time and other constraints have kept us from participating in music lessons of any sort. I do have a limited knowledge of music. I played in the band when I was in school but it's been a long time. I don't always remember all of the things that I was taught. Its not like riding a bike for me it hasn't all come back.  My kids are always tinkering with various musical instruments and so we tried ...


Homeschool Piano Review


I was given a lifetime Subscription for up to 5 students from HomeSchoolPiano. This includes the complete HomeSchoolPiano - Complete Set of Books.
 
HomeSchoolPiano has two payment packages :

1. Success Package (One payment of $299)
Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.

2. Payment Plan (Payments of $99.97 per month for three months): Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.
HomesSchoolPiano is for all Ages. Everything you need to learn piano is online except of course the piano itself. Your child will become a piano player that can create music and read music.


Additional Supplies: Keyboard or Piano
Printer,  Printer paper and a laptop, computer,
tablet or mobile device.

 
Homeschool Piano Review


The LessonsEverything you need to practice is in the subscription of this online package. There are four books in the complete set. Your skill can be determined by the book and level from the descriptions.


Core Piano-   The first lesson is the basics. There are 33 lessons in the Core Piano section. You will be working on learning the terminology of your keyboard , Posture and beginning to know the names of various notes and finding your way around music. Included is a download pdf book that you will need while working on your lessons as well as jam tracks that you can play along with or listen too on their own. The pdf books need to be printed for easier use with the piano.

Below is a description of each of the books that are included once you have completed the Core piano. Each one of the books comes with a pdf to download and print while you work on your piano lesson and Jam tracks like above.









The lessons are taught by Willie Myette, a musician, clinician and graduate of Berklee College of Music. Willie via and onscreen video presents the Piano lessons up close and personal so that children will be able to follow along. You are able to clearly view Willies hand positions.  Each video is about 5-10 minutes so it is easy to do a few at one sitting. You can go at your own pace speeding up or slowing down as needed. You can also go back and redo a lesson if you need a refresher on something.

As the parent admin you can add up to 5 students giving each child their own individual log in. This log in will ensure that your child can work along at their pace and HomeSchoolPiano will track their progress and start them right where they left off each time they log back on to the lessons.


Homeschool Piano Review




HomeSchoolPiano uses the six step approach through out the program...

Homeschool Piano Review


Technique- You will learn to use the instrument properly and Build the right foundation. You will learn dexterity and speed.

Rhythm- Teaches the process of music through Rhythm one of the main components of music. HomeSchoolPiano uses a vocalization approach to teaching rhythm.

Ear Training- Listen and distinguish melody, harmony and rhythm. You will practice using your ears to hear and then be able to turn around and improve using what you learn.

Reading music- Sight reading taught in a step by step approach.

Song- Teaches with Songs. You will be playing right in the beginning.

Improvisation- Express your creativity and make your own music.




There is so much that you will be doing. It is a full music curriculum!!!
*Sing along with Others.

*Preform

*Improve
 

*Compose

*Arrange Music

* Read Music

*Listening Skills

*Understand music in relation to History
Culture and the Arts






 



 
 
How we used it:My 14 year old tried HomesSchoolPiano. There was little or no help needed from me at his age level. He sat down with his laptop and keyboard. He would work along with Willie and through his workbook. We worked three times a week sometimes more. Although my son has some music background from past courses we decided it was best to start with the Core course first so that he was able to learn the correct vocabulary and to solidify what he already knows. We have worked in music a bit in the past on Rhythm and listening. There were a few things that were new to him but overall it was a review.

Before I knew it he was learning to play songs. You are started right off in book one lesson one with music you can play. This is very encouraging to a child. My son was able to soon create some of his own music. He even taught himself a few songs from grade school by playing by ear. It was rather impressive. The simile he had says it all.

The Curriculum itself is very clear and concise. There was no confusion on our part as to what we were to learn or do next. This step by step approach made it easier to follow along as opposed to a general guide.

Since HomeSchoolPiano my son has had the keyboard along for many rides in the car and even to the Pool!











What I thought:I often hesitate with teaching music online. It just doesn't seem possible and yet here we were playing music and creating our own.  Often my kids want to try things such as learning the piano that can cost us quite a bit of money and then they stop short and you have lost all of our money on something they don't want to do anymore. I like that HomeSchoolPiano lets us try Piano out. It gives us a taste for playing the piano and gave us change to our music course.  The online course gives us a chance to try our hand at music from the comfort of our home. It is a wonderful alternative for those that prefer to keep running to a minimum. It is also affordable compared to private lessons. I think it is a great way for homeschool families to implement music into their day. I do feel if you want to continue on to do more with your piano lesson after this point then you might want to consider a one on one teacher.


You can also connect with HomeSchoolPiano on
Facebook.  Willie Myette on Twitter and JazzEdge Team on Pinterest.

 
 
 
 

 
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Warm Blessings,
Nikki

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Build Your Own Bundle SALE !! It's HERE!!


It's Here it's Here!!! The Build your own Bundle Sale. Check out all that is on Sale. So many choices. Where to start.





Homeschooling Curriculum On Sale for up to 92% off - One Week Only!

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This bundle features Wordsmith Apprentice from Common Sense Press, a Cathy Duffy Top 100 Pick! Included is a science curriculum teaching Geology, also from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 Picks.

You will also find "Mapping the Word With Art", a highly acclaimed curriculum that has a blend of history, geography, and art. There is more: Bible, handwriting and copywork resources, writing guides, timeline cards, ancient history notebooking pages, creative writing for both boys and girls, and an editable weekly homeschool planner for Mom - all for one LOW PRICE!
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Your middle school students will tour the classical world and develop academic excellence using our Middle School Bundle.

This bundle features Learning Language Arts Through Literature and two science curricula, one from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, as well as your choice of volumes from "A Child's Geography" - a complete geography and history curriculum!

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Your high school students will develop academic mastery and intellectual maturity using our High School Bundle.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Plan It ! Review

 
 I'm a planner type of girl. There is just to much going on in a day that I can't possibly go without things planned ahead. If I don't have my day planned it feels hectic. I like to have my meals planned, my to do list written out and most certainly when school is in for us I have to have their lessons planned. I'm NOT a fly by the seat of my pants type of girl.  I like to know what is next. I don't like surprises. Sure I can be flexible but if I have a plan and a back up I feel so much better . I can put it on paper and let it go. It relives the stress of things for me.


I'd like to tell you about a new Editable Planner created by Alecia at Learning to Walk. 


Plan It A Editable Weekly Homeschool Planner
At a very reasonable price of $5. and if you get it before July 31, 11:59 EST using the code REVIEW1
you can purchase it for $3.50!! THAT is a GREAT DEAL !


The planner came to me as an excel file. It is set up like the screen shot below. The tabs to the left are color coded. Math and English are represented. However you can click any of the tabs and fill in your headings such as Science, History , Art, Music, Read aloud time, Calendar or any other option that you might like to add. The planner represents a weeks worth of lessons Monday- Friday. You can change any of the dates to show the current calendar time period.  Going across the page you can place in the lessons for the matching color heading. There is a check off box available so that when your child completes the activity they can indicate that on their planner page.  All you have to do is click the space and you are able to fill in the assignment for that particular day.








Below is an example of how Alecia has used this planner with her family. I like that I can add in spaces and highlight things to make them stand out.
You are able to move things around to fit your specific needs. I like that I can type things in and make them fit. Often I have so much to write it doesn't all fit into the spaces. It was really easy to add a line or two to make it work for my particular need. Typically I make one for each of the kids and write in the lessons. This way will work some much easier as I can type it in and print. I think it will save time. I possibly even can email the kids their plans and have them use them visually on their laptops to save printer ink. This idea I like a lot. Anything to save.




A very basic planner but it has all the needs for any homeschool mom or student.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki

I was given the Plan It Homeschooler planner in exchange for my honest review. I receive no other compensation for sharing my opinion other than the planner itself.






Monday, July 14, 2014

Nuitrition Monday - After Vacation BLahs




Our Vacation last week was so great. I really needed time with family and to just leave all my problems behind. The only bad thing about leaving them behind is that when you get home they sort of hit you like a brick wall. For a few days it felt really heavy and took me a few day to get acclimated back into real life. I'm still working on adjusting but it is starting to go more smoothly than when I first walked in the door. There is so much I do in one day that it just felt well... Hard. I began adding things in a little at a time. It didn't help that the house was a mess after dropping our stuff in it, we had a storm go through and have a big tree to deal with that fell down, Spirit started swimming lessons and the grass seemed to grow fast in one week than it ever has. (course I know that last statement isn't true. Ha ha)
I know this might sound silly but I almost felt depressed about it but as the days went I'm beginning to feel ok. I still have a ton of issues floating around that have to be resolved but life goes on.  I hope I'm not the only one. Does anyone else get the After Vacation Blahs...


Despite all this my diet and nutrition plan has been continuing. I do not have to focus on it anymore it just happens which is a good thing. I have not gained any weight nor have I lost any. Not gaining is always a good thing. Some things I want to work on in the next two weeks.

 I  want to try some of those Trim Healthy Mama drinks that I have been hearing so much about.

and

After Vacation I need to get back into exercising.
It's hard to do that on vacation with a room full of family.


That is where I am today. Much to do too before school starts. Starting to think about what else I have to shop for and lesson plans need to be filled in. Much to do.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki


Friday, July 11, 2014

Pre- Sale Giveaway!

The first ever "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition sale is almost here!

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You can enter to win $100 towards your purchase to use when the sale goes live on 7-21-14! Enter now through 11:59PM EST on 7-20-14. The winner will be announced the day the sale starts!

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This Bundle includes products for little ones:
  • Character Training Resources
  • Handwriting Curriculum
  • Preschool & Toddler Activities
  • Bible Curriculum
  • Full Preschool Curriculum
  • & More!

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Bundle

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  • Math
  • Science
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  • Handwriting
  • Character Training
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  • Art
  • Math
  • Bible
  • Keyboarding
  • Writing Guides
  • Handwriting andCopywork Resources
  • Timeline Cards & Notebooking Pages
  • Customizable Homeschool Planner

Middle School Bundle

This bundle features a full language arts curriculum from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks and two science curricula, one of which is also from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, as well as:
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  • History Timeline/Book of Centuries
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  • Creative Writing Course
  • Math Materials
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  • Introduction to Psychology
  • A full year of math curriculum
  • Resources for World History and Geography
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  • Home Economics
  • College Prep Tools
  • Grammar
  • Creative Writing Course
  • Anatomy Science Unit study from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, and more!
You will receive enough materials for a full year of high school!

Charlotte Mason Bundle

This bundle features a complete curriculum using the Charlotte Mason Methods for:
  • Language Arts
  • Handwriting, and Reading
  • Geography
  • Nature Study
  • Artists Study
  • Poetry
  • And a variety of "extras" just for mom!

    Learn all about Charlotte Mason and enjoy a special bonus (a $90 value all by itself) of great, classic audio books!
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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Bundle Just for Moms!

Save money, strengthen your marriage, and streamline your schedule using our Mom Bundle. Find the encouragement you need and the insight to speak to your child’s heart (even that difficult child!). Whip your home into shape and train your children to do their chores effectively using a popular book "chores program".

This bundle brims with useful tools to help you bring calm to the chaos. Get them all for just $10!

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Our "Build Your Own" bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hanging At the Beach ...





We are at the Beach. Hanging out and enjoying the kids. This night we played mini golf. It is so nice to have all of them together. :)  Be back blogging soon.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

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