Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Seven Continents Song

Hello Everybody!

We are super excited again to publish our latest song, The Seven Continents. This song was another fun one to do. Anytime we can bring the girls in on the project it gets really fun really quickly. They are very musical little ladies, I guess you could say they get it naturally. Madison plays piano quite well and Chelsea is a very flexible dancer. In fact, Chesea's ballet teacher told us that she was a musical kid and it shows when we ask them to say some things in our songs. They are able to match the beat with no problem. So this is a family project and that makes all the more enjoyable.

So the song chants the 7 continents in a easy to remember cadence and the verse gives some very memorable learning aspects of each continent. The song also defines what a continent is as well as what oceans and seas are.

I do hope that you guys enjoy the songs and are able to incorporate them into your home school. If you do, please let us know here on the blog, or on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/sillyschoolsongs.


We are excited that our human ear model came in the mail today. It is a little smaller than I thought but it matches the size and shape of a 9 year old's ear perfectly.

Now here is the 50 States and Capitals project that Madison has been working on for about a month. We are just taking our time with it. She has already learned all 50 States with their capitals and initials. In this project, she traces the outline of the state, maps the capital and any prominent lakes or rivers, she draws and colors a replica of the state flag, and draws and colors the state bird.

I love it for several reasons, one main one is because she does it first thing in the morning which gives me time to work with Chelsea first thing. Here is what we have affectionately called her "wall of accomplishment."



Oh an yes, I drew each state FREE HAND in pencil onto poster board. Not bad if I say so myself.

Thanks for reading and listening!
Steph

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Elements of a Story Song - It's Here!!!

Hey Guys!

We are excited to share our latest song The Elements of a Story Song. This little song is great for helping children to memorize what the four basic elements of a story are. We cover the plot, the theme, the characters, and the setting. It will also aide in navigating writing assignments. It has helped our daughter. She has this concept down now thanks to adding a little educational music to our school week.


 We do hope that our music is effective in your home school and enjoyable to your children.

Give it a listen let us know what you think of it. And if you like it subscribe to our youtube channel. Our next song is about 75% complete!

Now here is a little story that I have to share that happened this week. It has been a while since I've talked about the girls. But if you remember, we have two girls one just turned 9 and the other is 6. The 6 year old is this little spunky, firery little thing. She's very respectful, but full of energy and has a strong will. I have seen posts about the strong willed child and pretty much how to let them have their way. Now of course the posts aren't worded that way, but the more you read them that's pretty much what is being said.

Well, our 6 year old has a strong will of which we can do nothing about. However, we can and have taught her how to obey her parents, consider God's word, and to be respectful. So if you have a strong-willed child don't buy into the idea that you can't do anything about it. God's word says: children obey your parents so that your days will be long upon the earth. It is the first commandment from God that has a promise attached. It is our job as parents to teach our little strong willed darlings how to obey, respect, and honor us and God. They are not born knowing how to do that.

ANYWAYYYYYY on to the story from this week. So I've been in a cleaning frenzy as of late. I've been throwing away A LOT of stuff that we don't need. This venture eventually found it's way into my children's bedroom where the mother load of things to throw away exists. 

I walk into the room and this kid:
Full speed ahead on roller skates at the skating rink


Had this apparatus in her hand:
Old toy hand vac with a jump rope tied to it


It is a hand vac that they've had for about 5 years. It was part of a vacuum cleaner that they each got for one Christmas. Well the oldest sold hers in a yard sale for $3.00, and the hand vac is all that is left of the 6 year old's vacuum.

So, when I walked into the room, I quite naturally, said to her "that goes in the trash", and she QUITE NATURALLY said to me, "but this is an anchor that's keeping my bed boat in its place. And after quite naturally looking dumb founded, befuddled, and interested all at the same time I quite naturally said, "oh, o.k."

And she proceeded to anchor her boat bed to the book shelf so that she doesn't...I guess...float away in the middle of the night:

The end.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The NEW 50 States and Capitals Song...BY REGION

Hey Guys!

Phillip and I have been working on this song for about a month, and I am pleased to say it is READY!!!

We have a 3rd/4th grader in our home, so quite naturally she started learning the 50 states along with their capitals this year. I decided to take them 10 states at a time and completing the majority of the task in about 5 weeks. It's just easier to take larger learning tasks like this in smaller chunks. It helps to get the mind around the task and allows the student the time and space needed to process the big picture of the task.

Funny how taking something in SMALLER chunks helps with getting the BIGGER picture!


After looking around on youtube we noticed that every song we listened to started with Montgomery, Alabama, and moved all the way across the nation to Juneau, Alaska then zigzagged all over the nation until the song was done. All of the songs sounded great, but for ease of learning, and for mentally getting a hold of what you're learning, these songs were ineffective (for those reasons specifically)...in our opinion.

Therefore we decided to tackle the job from a different perspective. BY REGION! We started at the very top and moved in a methodical manner until we'd covered all of the states and their captials...and that is exactly what we did!



It took us close to a month to complete, and it is our hope that every home schooling family and educators in general of 3rd graders and even highschoolers will listen, like, benefit, enjoy, and share our version of the 50 States and Capitals song!

Thank you for listening!
Stephanie

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