Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Check out our New Video for The Three States of Matter Song!

Hey Guys!

Just like the title says...check out our NEW video for the Three States of Matter Song! If you like it, or more importantly, your kids like it, please subscribe to our youtube channel, leave us a comment, and wait for more great, SILLY, fun, and free educational music from Silly School Songs (which just happens to be my husband and me). :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Moving Beyond the Page 7-9 Year Old Level (3rd to 4th grade level)

Hey Guys!

MBTP 8-10 year old Level
At this point, I can not say enough about the Moving Beyond the Page Curriculum. Upon first glance a couple of years ago I had a haunch that this curriculum would fit my family. It is based in conceptual learning, and like most children, both my girls are very imaginative. They are both also very musical. They have natural musical gifts passed down through talents primarily from my husband's side of the family.

My youngest is a ball of fire, like most "youngest" children in a family, and my oldest is very much a
"thinking" and "feeling" type of kid. The oldest gets bored with lecture in 20 seconds flat. I heard this complaint from her public school teacher as well for the 5 months that she was in public education. My youngest just can't sit still for lecture. I know you're probably thinking ADHD...close, but no cigar. She's just an active, uber-energetic six year old with a metabolism that runs just as fast she does.

At any rate this brings me to the Moving Beyond the Page curriculum. There are plenty of hands-on projects included in the curriculum that keep my little lecture-averse children engaged. It is so amazing in that it teaches practical concepts in a conceptual manner and my kids just "get it!" It's really pretty awesome. I also love it because this is my first year really adding in Science and Social Studies to our curriculum, and MBTP covers them both effortlessly and comprehensively. The activities are engaging to my child and wonderfully effective. For instance, for her weather unit she had to build and use several weather instruments including a barometer and a rain gauge. She learned how to determine the speed of the wind not just the direction. Her final project was to do a comprehensive weather report for three consecutive three days. It required elements of everything that was taught in the unit including written and oral skills. It also included a rubric so that she knew exactly what was required of her. Below is a video of her efforts for one day of the final project.
I lost the video where she was looking up at the camera periodically, but the most important thing is her understanding of the weather, what causes it, and how to communicate it effectively. 

From the language arts unit, she was taught about the elements of a story, writing summaries, and a reinforcement of the weather and environment unit. The final project there included graphing a story, writing a letter, and writing and acting out a skit all based on the chapter book that was the focal point of the unit that all of the concepts were centered around. It also has a very strong vocabulary list that doubles as a really good spelling list.

I think it is a plus that MBTP is designed at each grade level with the core requirements in mind so I don't have to "worry" about that part of it. This excites me because I am the type of home schooler that wants the learning environment to be relaxed and free, but effective. MBTP accomplishes this for me.

Well thanks for reading, and don't forget to check out Moving Beyond the Page to see if it is right for you.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Next Level for Silly School Songs

Hi Everyone!

I remember when we first wrote and produced the first three Silly School Songs, you guys were very supportive in listening and giving your feedback. My husband and I are so thankful for that.

We are finally ready to give this project the attention that it deserves. Phillip produces all of the music, and we write them and sing them (sometimes with the kids) ourselves.

You can find them for free on youtube. We have uploaded the first three songs with some preliminary videos (bare with us), but our hope and desire is that these songs bless and enrich home schools all over.

We are currently working on the BEST 50 States song EVER! We are about halfway through with it.

We endeavor to make songs that are sing-a-long quality because we believe that musical repetition is an effective way for children to retain useful information. Although there are many educational songs that have been written throughout history, the best ones are those that are catchy, easy to learn, and that had us learning before we even realized it. That is our goal with Silly School Songs. Please subscribe to our youtube channel and tell us what your think about the songs, and hang around as we load more.

Most of our songs will be for k-5 grade level children, but we will create some songs for older grade levels as well.

The Three States of Matter Song:

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