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1  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child to Read / Re: FABULOUS NEW EARLY LEARNING BOOK on: January 09, 2015, 10:35:30 AM
I don't have anything to add other than I'm glad you're here. It's great to add more like minded parents to our community.  thumbs up
2  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: Thank you to forum contributors on: December 06, 2014, 07:09:50 PM
Miss you Julia!!  stoic   
3  Products Marketplace / Product Discussions and Reviews / Re: Soft Mozart & other Program Questions on: November 24, 2014, 07:59:38 AM
I just found this for you: http://www.pianowizardacademy.com/piano-wizard-app-ipad-iphone/
4  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child - Signing, Speaking, Languages / Re: Teaching Korean to kids? on: November 18, 2014, 09:58:32 AM
A Korean language version of LR does not exist right now and I checked the free downloads area and there are none listed under Korean unfortunately. BUT... maybe some of these links will help: http://www.pinterest.com/monkey0165/korean/ Good luck!

5  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Math / Re: Successful Experiences in Early, Accelerated Math on: November 16, 2014, 06:12:11 AM
We had a lot of progress while my daughter was attending classes. We ended up moving to a location where we did not have access to classes and progress came to a screeching halt. Now, we have since moved again and we just took her to a trial class- she will be starting lessons again in January.
6  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Music / Re: Little Musician - 2 year old refuses to clap along on: November 13, 2014, 07:34:27 AM
 up  up  up   Yes, that! thumbs up
7  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Music / Re: What is next after Little Musician on: November 13, 2014, 07:28:18 AM
Work on manipulatives. Make up a staff starting with the trebleclef and practice note placement. First colors, then move to black. You can use a dry erase board, magnets, paper, whatever.

In a way that is fun but not stressful, play games with the knowledge learned from LMs. Take turns recognizing notes/chords....you place and the child guesses, then the child places and you guess. You can have them choose from two different flashcards too (Can you point to the Do-Mi-So chord? Which one is Fa?) You can color the notes on the staff using the solfege songs. If you have not yet memorized any, that is a very good thing to do. Then replicate them on the staff using magnets/crayons, or on a basic color coded instrument like a keyboard or xylophone.  Just use some office supply colored dots or color some white ones yourself and stick them to your piano, xylophone, etc. You can play with colored legos and put legos on a staff or make a custom lego board staff, play games with m&ms or skittles just for fun. You can introduce the curwen hand signs and have the kids practice singing their nursery rhymes in solfege while signing and print out the chart to have them use as a coloring page...the possibilities are endless.

If you are looking to teach your child how to play an instrument, it might be a good time to introduce it.  As for other programs, I really like Themes to Remember, Piano Maestro is great, Yamaha piano classes are WONDERFUL, and the Preschool Prodigies music program (hand bell based) on kickstarter looks really promising.


ETA: I initially did not realize that you have been doing SM and some of these things may not apply to you or your child may have already mastered them. I am going to leave the post anyway for others who are wondering the same thing.  thumbs up
8  Products Marketplace / Product Discussions and Reviews / Re: Great Results with PreSchool Prep on: November 13, 2014, 07:18:36 AM
I started my DD on them at 12-13 months only because that is when I heard about them. Had I known earlier, I would have started them much sooner (I think I did with my son but I don't remember exactly what age). I would even start somewhere between 3-6 months without concern. They are very slow moving videos and have no plot, yet the graphics are so well done that they are still appealing to older toddlers and preschoolers. Two thumbs way up.

They are probably going to be having a 50% off blackfriday sale, they normally do this time of year so check their website the last week in November or so and perhaps join their email list or Facebook.
9  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Math / Successful Experiences in Early, Accelerated Math on: November 09, 2014, 09:27:10 PM
Let's put our heads together to reverse engineer success in early, accelerated math.  Have you seen a math prodigy on Youtube? Wouldn't you love to pick their parents' brain? Let's invite them to this thread and have a discussion about their overall experience and outcomes. A basic outline of curriculum used, at what age, if they attended a traditional public/private school and how it impacted their school experience, what they would repeat and what they would do differently, etc. Hopefully we can find the commonalities and come up with a few great recipes to recreate with our own kids.

We have some very talented junior mathematicians in our midst already (Ella, Cammie, and Mandy's child in college at 8 come to mind offhand) and their parents' input would be much appreciated, too, in addition to reaching out to non-BK members. smile
10  Products Marketplace / Product Discussions and Reviews / Re: Soft Mozart & other Program Questions on: November 08, 2014, 11:09:06 AM
Do you have an ipad or android tablet? If so, there are lots of piano apps out there. For example, here is one that looks pretty straight forward. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but it's free and might be a good way to get your feet wet. I found it doing a quick search right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTqRwDLNnqw

Piano Maestro is good and you only have to pay after you reach a certain level, then it's $10/month. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/piano-maestro-by-joytunes/id604699751?mt=8 it can do alphabet OR solfege, and it also has "pause and wait," options to play one hand at a time, and so forth.

Kinderbach has an app for only $12 but I don't believe it is "interactive," just videos to follow along with (From the best I can tell, it is not set up to hear you play like the other programs but don't quote me).  It is taught in note alphabet letter names versus solfege so that may or may not appeal to you depending on your preference.

For software that is not subscription based, look into http://www.synthesiagame.com/ although they also have an app now, too. Very affordable at just $30 and they do have a pause and wait feature which I like. It's just not as super child friendly as, say, the kids cartoon piano apps. I believe they also have an option to choose solfege or alphabet names.

There is also the Piano Wizard software. The downfall is that there note scheme is very different from LMs (if that matters to you) and they are on the expensive side. You can do a payment plan through Sonlight homeschool curriculum providers and I believe they are working on an app which would hopefully bring the cost down substantially (but like others, they may turn to a subscription model).  https://www.sonlight.com/piano-wizard.html Honestly, knowing that an app is coming out I probably would not fork out $400 for it right now but many people like it.

It doesn't have images associated with each note, but for what you are looking for (a similar, more affordable concept), Synthesia is probably your best bet.

But also don't overlook plain old fashioned piano books.
http://www.amazon.com/Piano-K-Self-teaching-Piano-Kids-Level/dp/0982311508/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1415445337&sr=8-6&keywords=kids+piano+book
http://www.pianoforpreschoolers.com/songslessons.html
http://www.thetapmethod.com/#!begin/c1ghi

And the new Piano Prodigies program looks really cute. They have some sheet music for a couple nursery rhymes on their site and the colors are pretty much compatible with LMs. http://www.preschoolprodigies.net/

If you have already done LMs, get a book that does not have colors and just color the notes in yourself correctly with a crayon.



11  Parents' Lounge / General Pregnancy / Re: Extremely Proactive - What to do pre-conception on: November 08, 2014, 09:56:17 AM
Start on a prenatal vitamin early, make sure you are getting enough Folic acid and DHA like others suggested, stay healthy, engage in gentle exercise, and think happy thoughts. smile

For during pregnancy stimulation, some things to consider:

http://www.light-hearts.com/Soul%20Bonding%20-%20Prenatal.pdf
https://birthpsychology.com/free-article/prenatal-stimulation-experimental-results#.VF3j-vnF91A (several books are mentioned on this page)

12  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child to Read / Re: Advice to help concentrate toddler on session! on: November 08, 2014, 09:30:28 AM
Let her watch the program during snack time in her high chair! Even as is, she is absorbing more than you think. smile
13  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Music / Re: All Soft Mozart Discussion on: November 08, 2014, 09:25:06 AM
FYI All- For the purposes of simplicity and keeping the boards uncluttered, I have merged *all Soft Mozart discussion* into one post.  Please continue to share all Soft Mozart updates, reviews, information and such in this thread. Thank you for your cooperation.
14  Parents' Lounge / For Guests - No Membership Required / Re: Which program to buy? on: November 01, 2014, 11:13:55 PM
Also wanted to add, some people are confused about the 12 month curriculum. The curriculum is designed to be completed in 12 months BUT the license does not expire in 12 months.  It is a 12 month curriculum but it is yours to use as long as you like without expiration. thumbs up
15  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Music / Re: Which MIDI keyboards or USB pianos will work with Little Musician? on: June 30, 2014, 07:35:39 AM
For piano compatible programs, you might want to look into Piano Wizard like Tamsyn suggested, or the Piano Mania app and there are
Many others out there. You can also memorize solfege songs from LMs and play them on corresponding colored keys on your piano. Just get some rainbow colored stickers (this is how my kids got started). Best of luck!
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