Learning from Home May Take Some Adjusting
This is definitely a surreal time and one that has made it's way into all of our lives. As I talk to friends, family members and student families, there isn't a family hasn't been affected by this coronavirus pandemic. From work schedules to schools closures, and even entire state curfews, this is something affecting all of us. This includes adjusting to learning from home.
More importantly than ever, we need to join together and offer any help in making this time easier to get through. One of those areas in continuing our children's education at home. However, learning at home, even if it's something you're not used to, is extremely powerful and may be easier than you think.
Fortunately, many schools are already making the transition into remote learning. For example, they are offering students the technology needed to weather this time during school closures. The positive side to technology is that it allows for remote learning to be possible int he first place. With tools such as Zoom, Youtube Live, Google Meet, and many others, online learning is more accessible than ever.
Tips for a Smoother Learning Experience at Home
- Set a Schedule - Setting a schedule may seem obvious, however, without structure, we can fall into the trap of the day getting away from us. Post the schedule where everyone can see it.
- Stick to the Schedule - Also a seemingly simple thing, but sticking to the schedule is just as important as making one.
- Leave Time for Play - Make sure to allow for some downtime. This is key to keeping motivation high and your kids motivated.
- Track Progress - Take attendance and keep track of educational progress just as they would be doing if your children were in school.
- Finally, Enjoy the Time Together with Your Family! - Even though this time is stressful for everyone, it's still a time you get to spend with your family and loved ones, treasure that time together.
Music Education at Home
Here at Color Me Mozart™, we want to be a part of your solution for bringing education to your home. More specifically, we want to help you bring music education to your children. Most importantly, we are indoors for a large portion of the day. Therefore, we need to provide our children with worthwhile activities. Educational activities are key to making this time useful and impactful. Meanwhile, we can bridge this time as they prepare to return to school in the near future.
If you have pre-schoolers, kindergartners, or 1st graders in your home, we encourage you to join sign up for our Parent Music Portal. There you will find video music lessons, activities, worksheets, coloring pages and great listening exercises. Above all, it's something you can share and learn alongside your children. The lessons are laid out sequentially and very easy to follow.
Easy Music Course to Follow
After each lesson, you can print out the accompanying worksheets which include lots of coloring and listening to great music. This adds another layer to your music time and extends it into art time. Then as a family, you can all listen to the great music examples for every instrument. Listening to great music is essential to appreciating music as a whole. It also opens up discussions as to what music each person in the family enjoys.
You can have a great question and answer time talking about why each person likes or dislikes certain styles of music. What instruments are there favorites? What music genres appeal to them most? These open ended conversations are wonderful for critical thinking and give children a voice to their opinions.
Other Great Free Resources
Below you will find a list and links to other great educational resources. They will help you stay busy with fun and educational activities. We'll keep adding to this list as we find additional resources. Also, please share anything you may find valuable for other parents.
Mo Williams – of Piggie and Elephant book fame – is offering art lessons, doodling online classes, and activity pages here.
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