Montessori Elementary Inspired Homeschooling
Has to be William Tell? Wow music appreciation. I didn't know there was music to the story. I've been trying to do more fairy tales in our homeschooling, following Waldorf. It really is wonderful. We need to remember that children just do love, love stories.
There's a whole opera! But I won't make them listen to it. I just want to make sure they know what they are listening to when the Lone Ranger comes up :)Long before I knew anything about Montessori, I always loved starting any music lesson I could with a story. I guess it was no accident I discovered Montessori!
I figure out William Tell with the props, but I didn't figure out the piece until I searched it. Of course with my limited musical training, I had no idea that that piece was written by that composer. I am very familiar with the piece (my mom played EVERYTHING on the record player when I was a kid...from Heavy Metal to Opera to Classical) but not with connecting composers to pieces.So...you are going to introduce the thirty-second note. Kidding of course. :)
How did they like this lesson? What was their reaction?
They really hope that they are never put in a similar situation when MOMMY is in charge. Mommy has no aim. They admitted that, frankly, they don't trust Daddy to shoot an arrow off of their heads either.They love the music and the story! I am giving the same lessons I gave when I taught elementary music, just in a wildly different order. I am taking pictures this week so that I can show everyone kind of what we do sometime this weekend.
Oh, I need to post a video of the boys playing their violins soon. It is always somehow impossible to get a clean video of their pieces (why does everything go wrong when the camera is on?). However, I should be able to get a video that's close enough to show you where they are at. They've been playing 16th notes since the first month or two of violin playing and that was three years ago. I'll let my bragging Mom animal out just long enough to add that Me Too already picked up his violin and played the first phrase by ear for me after out lesson :) They are not exceptionally good at the violin, just normal.
Of course they've been playing 16th notes since the first month. Would I expect any less from YOUR boys? Now my kids, would say,16th, what IS that? Oh, a fraction mommy? Where is my Lego Ninjago book mommy?That is very cool that Me Too has the ear. I am always hoping that my kids will tend in that direction. So far, T and S have very good relative pitch, and are able to sing on key. D...well, he is still young...and not as interested it that sort of thing yet. I was super duper tense today giving him the first bells lesson, since he is still a little jerky in the arm. I was afraid that he'd sweep his arm wide and knock over the entire set. We also worked on side stepping since he was trying to play down the bells while walking backward!!! AHHH.Yes, PLEASE post your boys doing violin! I'd love to take a peek at what they are doing. On the flip side of art, I am getting ready to do some art appreciation lessons with the kids that center on American artists. Now THIS is an area I in which I feel a little more comfortable.