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Learning About Pianos - Mother Goose Time

Let me start with an embarrassing/adorable story.  For our first week of school we were learning about Orchestra.  When we went to church the next time, he QUITE LOUDLY announced "HE HAVE GUITAR!" at the end of the first song.  Then a man next to us put his violin away, and although he managed to contain himself a bit better since I reminded him church was not a good place to be yelling, he was pretty excited to see the violin.

Another fun day of school with Little Guy courtesy of Mother Goose Time!  Thanks to Michael's mom we have an adorable mini piano, which was perfect for today.

There were a lot of interesting things to do today, and all of them held Little Guy's attention really well.  To start with we used some glow in the dark stars that came in our MGT box to make a path on the floor and then tapped them while we counted.  I loved that he made a connection between the stars on the floor and the Christmas book "Little Star" that we read a week or so before.

Next we played Piano Keys, which involved color sorting and then playing a game where you match notes to piano keys.  He did really, really good, except teal through him off since its not one we really ever talk about.  

In our curriculum box every month we get a new storybook!  This month was Mississippi Musicians.  I had read on someone else's blog that they really liked that the books they send usually use a mix of familiar words and new words, and I completely agree.  Hopefully I can get a little better at using the words they introduce into everyday use so they stick. :)

To finish up the day we did Octave Jumping.  I gave a nice (off key) demonstration of jumping from key (dish towel LOL) to key while singing up and down the scale.  Just to be clear, I CAN sing on key, but I need a demonstration, and although it was written down that I could use a xylophone or piano or listen to an online virtual keyboard, I kind of forgot to do that part.  It was pretty cute to hear him trying to sing a scale while jumping from towel to towel.

My son and I receive Mother Goose Time curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our experiences here!  My opinions are NOT influenced by the free stuff, they are all my own :)


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