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Title: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on May 29, 2008, 04:46:46 AM
As promised, here's a sneak peek at our upcoming software - Little Math and Little Musician.

LITTLE MATH

There are 2 main sections to this - Learning Numbers, and Learning Math.

For Learning Numbers, the program will help you teach your child the concept of numbers.  This will help the child link together the concepts of QUANTITY (eg. showing numbers of dots), NUMERALS (ie., 1, 2, 3, 68, 92, etc) etc.

Like Little Reader, it will be highly customizable, eg., the icons used, and you can import stuff created by others.

For Learning Math, this is basically teaching arithmetic concepts - addition, subtracting, multiplication, and division.  It will be so easy to use. No more spending ages just trying to pre-arrange your math dot cards in order to show equations! :)

We hope to get the first beta out by October.


LITTLE MUSICIAN

Little Musician will teach a child:

Notes & Pitch - ie., the relationship between a note (in terms of pitch), and the representations of the note (eg., the musical staff notation, the letter of the note (eg., G#)).

Rhythm - This aims to enhance the child's sense of rhythm.

Sing Along - This is essentially a baby karaoke, letting them sing along to nursery rhymes.  The best part is, this will also really help a child learn to read too!

And this is Felicity's favorite! You can see her singing Head Shoulders Knees and Toes here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBDsyhX-slE

(If it says "This video no longer exists", just refresh the page and try again.)

We hope to get the first beta of Little Musician out before the end of this year.

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Hope that gives you some info on what's coming up next!  Stay tuned for more!

If you have any suggestions as to what we can include, please let us know!

KL


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: lawrencelb on May 29, 2008, 05:01:44 AM
wow- Little musician sounds so great!  I am amazed at how attune to music my kiddos have been since day one (actually even in utero I really felt they were both connected to music!) and am so excited for a system that would allow them to start understanding the mechanics of music better - how different tones are visually represented and how different rhythms are notated...how exciting! 
Maybe it could also expose them to the terminology associated with the dynamics of music - how music is played... staccato/legato or the intensity or changes in music...crescendo, etc.  I know that my four year old has picked up just a few of these from tv programs and it has been helpful in softening her voice in quiet places!  Rather than telling her "be quiet" during a church service or in the library, I can say "diminuendo" or "pianissimo" and have her change her ways.  :)
Looking forward to it for sure!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: nhockaday on May 29, 2008, 05:11:18 AM
Yeah! I already plan to bring my son to Kindermusic when he gets older, but this will be great to start beforehand!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: raindrop lila on June 11, 2008, 05:32:07 AM
I'm so excited !  :biggrin: I can't wait until it's released!! I've been searching for some tools to teach my baby music! yay!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: akgard on August 06, 2008, 01:05:15 AM
I'm excited to see the Little Math.  Our little one seems to be really into the little reader and I'm hoping to broaden his skills to math!  Please keep us up to date on when these programs will be available!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on August 06, 2008, 02:20:51 AM
We're hoping to commence Beta sometime in September! Fingers crossed.... :)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: heyblue41 on August 06, 2008, 04:06:00 AM
Beta on Little Math or Little Musician in September?  Will Little Math be capable of teaching higher order mathematics like algebra and calculus?  I can't wait!!!!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: nhockaday on August 06, 2008, 04:09:25 AM
Geez. I need that.  :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: heyblue41 on August 06, 2008, 04:21:53 AM
I need it also, but they say it is easier to teach little ones higher order math than is to teach it in highschool.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: anushyam on August 06, 2008, 04:52:18 AM
It would be great to have a software that could help teach our kids math and music. I can't wait for the beta version...  :D

Anushyam


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on August 06, 2008, 06:38:24 AM
The September date I mentioned is for Little Math.  We are aiming for September, but should have it out by November latest in any event.

It will just help us teach numbers and arithmetic, not algebra, calculus or quantum mechanics...  Those would be reserved for when we do "Big Math"... ;)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: akgard on August 06, 2008, 08:54:02 PM
Wow, September!  I can't wait.  Teaching my little one to read has already become so much easier I'm positive the Math and Music will be a big hit too!!  I was already worried about making sure my child was ready for school and he isn't even in pre-school yet, but now I am sure that he will be ready because we will have all these awesome tools that you are creating!!!!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: nohayo on August 11, 2008, 06:10:31 PM
Oh, do I get from that that there is a recommendation for teaching algebra, calculus and so on for little kids? All I've heard about till now is just quantities...


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: haydee on August 31, 2008, 08:23:07 PM
i'm sooooooooooooooo  excited..i know my little liana will love it too.  :)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: TABS on September 17, 2008, 06:29:08 PM
Hi KL, this is wonderful news!!!  Wanted to ask if you will be doing the Beta Testing on Little Math and Little Musician.  So looking forward to hearing and seeing more.  You guys are doing a fantastic job!!! 

TABS :)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: DomanMom on September 17, 2008, 08:05:32 PM
It would actually be very easy to teach at least simple algebra to little babies... such as 5 + y = 7. Fractions (i.e. 1/2 of 10 = 5), square roots, and sequences (2,4,6,8...) are also very easy to teach with the dot cards. I don't know if those types of things were going to be part of Little Math, but it would be neat if they were and not very difficult to make.

Of course, this isn't quite calculus, but a lot of kids from the Institutes are doing geometry and high school algebra at four and five years old, so introduction to these sorts of concepts would sure get them on the right path to doing advanced mathematics long before typically taught.



Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: dawnn on September 17, 2008, 08:13:26 PM
Hi, This is good news. My son loves music, we are looking forward to hearing the Little Musician soon.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on September 18, 2008, 04:55:09 PM
It would actually be very easy to teach at least simple algebra to little babies... such as 5 + y = 7. Fractions (i.e. 1/2 of 10 = 5), square roots, and sequences (2,4,6,8...) are also very easy to teach with the dot cards. I don't know if those types of things were going to be part of Little Math, but it would be neat if they were and not very difficult to make.

Of course, this isn't quite calculus, but a lot of kids from the Institutes are doing geometry and high school algebra at four and five years old, so introduction to these sorts of concepts would sure get them on the right path to doing advanced mathematics long before typically taught.



Well, I was kidding when I mentioned algebra, but I guess we might be able to work something in.  I'll be sure to ask you again for your ideas when we get to Little Math!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: NBailey on October 27, 2008, 04:42:42 AM
Are there any further updates as to when Little Math and Little Musician will be available to try? Little Reader is so great that I can't wait to try the others.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Diana_UA on October 27, 2008, 12:08:34 PM
I am looking forward to Little Math and Little Musician release as well. You've spoilt us already :biggrin: We've got used to Little Reader and now it is next to impossible to do without it. It's become the part of our everyday life and I hope that we'll have mathematic and music parts pretty soon. :biggrin:


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Tanikit on October 27, 2008, 06:53:05 PM
Also can't wait for Little Maths and Little Musician. Little Reader is being so well used in this home at the moment.

By the way loved the video of Felicity doing Heads and Shoulders - I have been singing that song to my daughter since she was 3 months old and she just loves it so it was so much fun to see Felicity doing it.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on October 28, 2008, 09:53:55 AM
Now that LR has been released, we are focusing our resources on Little Math, so hope to have beta out sometime in December! Stay tuned!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: ZaJa on October 28, 2008, 11:18:39 AM
How exciting KL! Looking forward to it :) Your Felicity is such a cutie :)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Sapna1322 on October 29, 2008, 12:01:43 AM
Hey that's really a good thing.But ont u think that Dec is too far for Little Math..............................

Sapna



Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: kmum on October 29, 2008, 02:32:59 PM
Oh I can't wait.  We've been doing a  little math & music, but i really need some organizational help! lol


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Seema on November 17, 2008, 04:38:57 PM
Hey i am excited to get new products ie. little maths and little music.

By what it will be launced.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: c4andy20 on November 17, 2008, 06:03:28 PM
I am so excited. I can't wait. My kids love music and my husband plays several instruments so he is looking foward to this as well.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: katyj on November 19, 2008, 02:22:36 PM
How different will Little Math be from the math we have with Little Reader?


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on November 19, 2008, 04:28:16 PM
Much more powerful, much more dynamic, much less work.  We're working hard at it now! :)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: akgard on November 24, 2008, 09:26:48 PM
Our computer went down and we spent a month not being able to use LR.  I'm so excited to hear that Little Math will be coming soon!  Will you be doing a beta with it like with LR?  My little one absolutely loves using LR now that the computer works again!!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: patreiche on December 31, 2008, 07:29:10 PM
This sounds so exciting, is the beta out yet? Have I missed it. How do i down load the e-book three little pigs for LR?


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Kimba15 on January 01, 2009, 01:12:23 AM
This sounds so exciting I cant wait to start using it!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: linzy on January 01, 2009, 01:56:37 AM
patreiche, I think I remember eading the beta will be out in Jan.  I can't wait either these are two subjects I really struggle to teach and my son loves music.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on January 01, 2009, 03:46:12 AM
Little Math beta is on track to commence before the end of January. Stay tuned for the announcement.

Patreiche, the 3 Little Pigs e-book is a PDF download. We'll have the LR version released very soon!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: ad on January 01, 2009, 08:42:30 AM
gr8 news...just looking forward to these.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: fatima786 on January 01, 2009, 11:18:51 AM
this is absolutely fabulous!!!!
in the process of making dot cards and ive spent so much already!
ive got about 40 more to make and i cant find those red dots that ive used anywhere! i dont want to use another brand because they wont be the same or look the same.

im so glad that u guys are making this. absolutely wonderful.
Sa'ad and i are looking forward to this.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: linzy on January 23, 2009, 11:31:53 PM
I was just thinking about how much I am looking forward to little math, and wondering if the beta is still set to come out this month?


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: k.k on January 24, 2009, 12:07:56 AM
sorry a stupid wuestion, but what the difference between Little Reader and Little Math?? Isn't the Little reader also can play the Math dots??


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: nhockaday on January 24, 2009, 12:23:22 AM
I was just thinking about how much I am looking forward to little math, and wondering if the beta is still set to come out this month?

Everyone has been working really hard to get it done, and I think they are just trying to iron out some little things before releasing it...very soon!

sorry a stupid wuestion, but what the difference between Little Reader and Little Math?? Isn't the Little reader also can play the Math dots??
Yes, you can show dots with Little Reader, but that is about it. You can't really do equations and other fun stuff with the dots.

LITTLE MATH


There are 2 main sections to this - Learning Numbers, and Learning Math.

For Learning Numbers, the program will help you teach your child the concept of numbers.  This will help the child link together the concepts of QUANTITY (eg. showing numbers of dots), NUMERALS (ie., 1, 2, 3, 68, 92, etc) etc.

Like Little Reader, it will be highly customizable, eg., the icons used, and you can import stuff created by others.

For Learning Math, this is basically teaching arithmetic concepts - addition, subtracting, multiplication, and division.  It will be so easy to use. No more spending ages just trying to pre-arrange your math dot cards in order to show equations! smile


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: linzy on January 24, 2009, 01:19:04 AM
Thanks you guys. I know you are working really hard, I just can't wait to see what you have cooked up.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on January 24, 2009, 02:33:08 AM
I was just thinking about how much I am looking forward to little math, and wondering if the beta is still set to come out this month?

We might just squeeze it in before month's end (next week). If not, certainly the week after that!

God-willing! ;)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Ayesha Nicole on January 24, 2009, 03:17:49 AM
Dear All,

This is excellent!  I received the IAHP Math Kit and was happy.  However, because I am math-challenged, I have not read the book yet.   :unsure:  Perhaps I will start with the Math Lecture on DVD first to get my toes wet, and then dive into the book next.

And ya Fatima!  No need to worry about the red stickers.  Please use DomanMom's excellent resources online for Math, until Little Math is released, insha'Allah (God willing):

http://worldsbesteducation.org/math.aspx

And another thread about her successful experience with Doman Math that I find very inspirational > http://forum.brillkids.com/teaching-your-child-math/anyone-get-results-from-doman-math-method/

Oh how I hope that my children will take from my husband his math abilities.
 
- Ayesha





Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Chris1 on January 24, 2009, 02:17:40 PM

Looking forward to Little Math and Little Musician-am sure that it will be an excellent product.
Chris.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: jallison25 on April 21, 2009, 05:53:50 PM
i have the little math and really like it!  I'm super excited for the little music to come out!!! :biggrin:


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: ed on April 21, 2009, 07:35:57 PM
i have the little math and really like it!  I'm super excited for the little music to come out!!! :biggrin:

how can I print icon sets from Little Math?I've lost the print window? lol
ed.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Aguh on April 22, 2009, 06:50:17 AM
Now I have only LR Lite, but like to buy all of your products which includes Little Reader, Little Math, and Little Musician. The funny thing is I have not  much money and want to buy them also cheap :biggrin:.

So my question: Could you tell what the (planned) incentives are for buying all three products together (if L Musician comes out)? Will I able to buy Little Musician cheaper with certain amount of points? - I am thinking of wether waiting for Little Musician to buy all three together or buying your first two products with 15% discount immediately.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Skylark on May 12, 2009, 08:33:01 AM
Just wondering, if Little Musician still in works, and if it is, will it be coming our way soon?

I am  curious, because my husband is planning to prepare guitar notes, cords mini course for our little one, because she is really interested in music since birth, and follows my husbands hands with her eyes every time he plays guitar, no matter how long  :)

So we want to introduce these to her pretty soon, since she is so mesmerised by music. But if Little Musician will be coming soon, we will wait with making our own materials. Cant wait to see it being released!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on May 12, 2009, 08:45:34 AM
So my question: Could you tell what the (planned) incentives are for buying all three products together (if L Musician comes out)? Will I able to buy Little Musician cheaper with certain amount of points? - I am thinking of wether waiting for Little Musician to buy all three together or buying your first two products with 15% discount immediately.

Yes, I'm sure there will be bundle discounts, but nothing finalized yet.

Just wondering, if Little Musician still in works, and if it is, will it be coming our way soon?

Will be focusing on LMs as soon as we finish launching the new system for LR and LMt!  Hopefully beta by Aug/Sept!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Joha on May 12, 2009, 12:17:45 PM
OMG! I didn't know you were working on a Litle Musician. Who would believe I spend hours a day in this website  :wub: I can't wait for the release. Please count me on the beta testing!!!  :yes:


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Questers on June 05, 2009, 03:34:06 PM
Sorry for the ignorance. But I would like to know whether a parent with almost zero knowledge in music can use Little Musician to teach the baby?  :unsure:

Questers.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Skylark on June 06, 2009, 12:05:00 AM
LITTLE MUSICIAN

Little Musician will teach a child:



Sing Along - This is essentially a baby karaoke, letting them sing along to nursery rhymes.  The best part is, this will also really help a child learn to read too!

......!

If you have any suggestions as to what we can include, please let us know!

KL

Thank you for working on it! Great great idea.

Would it be possible to use the songs of our choice in a "baby karaoke" style, like you mentioned about nursery rhymes? For example to have a possibility to import our MP3 file of the song, and then to type in words line by line in a LM editor of sorts, which would make it easy to synchronize them with the music? What about option of having a recorder incorporated so that parents who are musicians themselves can possibly record a song for a child with their own voice and make it in a "baby karaoke" style? Personalization is so important, so it will be great to have this option!


Or a possibility to enter a simple sequence of notes ( melody) and play it back with the note that plays at the moment being highlighted or followed by an arrow.  (Entering can be done either by a mouse on the “virtual keyboard” in the program; or through the assigned keys on the PC keyboard, or trough plugging in the actual keyboard to computer.. I am not sure which would be the easiest to incorporate … just ideas)

Would it be possible to have notes and combination of notes played by various musical instruments? (EG, guitar, violin, piano, chello, trumpet, etc.), this way it will be possible to: introduce child to different musical instruments, teach musical recognition, keep lessons and learning individual notes fun and interesting, since there will be variety of sounds for the same note. Also it will possibly work to have a preset option, where we can chose combinations of notes to play, which musical instruments we would like to use for that, etc. Similar how in Little Math we have presets with the voice reading numbers in different languages, but then we can use those pre-sets in indefinite number of ways – equations, progression of numbers, random, etc. This way there will be lots of possibilities for using it.

It will be nice also to include photos of different musical instruments, possibly with short bits of information about them

Will be great to have a diagram of a piano/guitar with the notes, showing how notes relate to the piano keyboard/guitar… Possibility of printing out those diagrams to post on the walls or use as flashcards possibly can be a useful option

When the notes are introduced, it will be nice to have an option to show the child  where these notes are located on the piano keyboard/guitar ( etc.) and how they sound (possibly picture or animation), how they are played in full notes, half notes and quarter notes.

Basic scales and chords progressions, it will be nice to have an option in pre-sets to highlight the notes that child is learning or learned so far, while showing scale or chord, or chord progression, so  they see it, hear it and see how the notes they just learned or are learning  fit into certain scale….

Another things that go more along with learning to read and recognize music and beginning playing

Symbols for a whole note, half note, quarter note, and an eighth note; introducing a measure and a bar line; the staff and grand staff symbols; the sharp, flat, and natural symbols, how these symbols affect the notes and keys that are played; the Treble or G Clef and the Bass or F Clef, showing which hand to use to play which notes on a keyboard; rests, showing where notes are not played; concept of a beam to tie notes together; key signature, which shows you what keys are played as a sharp or a flat; time signatures, which shows the child how many beats are in a measure, and what note is equal to one beat; etc…

These are just some ideas... What do you think?


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on June 06, 2009, 06:11:17 AM
Sorry for the ignorance. But I would like to know whether a parent with almost zero knowledge in music can use Little Musician to teach the baby?  :unsure:

Absolutely.  You just need to know how to install it and press PLAY. :)

Skylark - thanks for all those suggestions.  We'd rather not say too much about it now, but most of what you mentioned will be features in the program.

:)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Questers on June 06, 2009, 06:36:07 AM
Thanks KL, thats great news for me!  :D

I am planning to accumulate as many points from now on to get good discounts on it.

Who would be selected for beta testing? Any criteria for that?

Questers.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Skylark on June 06, 2009, 06:44:20 AM




Skylark - thanks for all those suggestions.  We'd rather not say too much about it now, but most of what you mentioned will be features in the program.

:)

Excellent! Now I am really looking forward to it! I think it also will come in perfect time for my baby to start using  :)  :)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: octaviaorca on June 07, 2009, 03:14:59 AM
ooo... we are so excited for little musician.  i know nothing about music but can tell that dd is ready to learn!  she already love the files people have made having to do with music!  great work with everything that you have/are doing!!!


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Seema on June 09, 2009, 01:15:21 AM
hey my kids love music  and he tries to sing the song...................now im      eagrly waiting the LR music ...................as the same would boost his interest for music.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: tobias8 on July 09, 2009, 04:24:37 PM
Is there a target date for the release of Little Musician?


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: KL on July 10, 2009, 04:28:22 PM
Not really, but just 'ASAP'...  More resources will be going to finishing up Little Musician probably next month, so hopefully can get beta out 2-3 months after that.


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: purplefungi on July 10, 2009, 08:38:35 PM
I can't wait! :)


Title: Re: Little Math and Little Musician - a Sneak Peek!
Post by: Skylark on July 10, 2009, 09:21:28 PM
Such a good news! Looking forward