Saturday, October 20, 2012

State History for Homeschoolers

History is one of my favorite subjects. I think I might enjoy it, simply because I love antiques and historical homes. Yet, part of this is a fascination with all things from a previous culture. I like to learn how they dressed, what they ate, how they lived... it is so interesting. So, teaching history at our house likes to include visiting historical places.

What better historical places - than those right in your own backyard. The study of state history can really come alive when you study it in conjunction with historical places that you can visit. This is an awesome way to really capture your state history and make it come alive. Use the internet as a resource for great field trip ideas, and bring it all together with a visit. You can even tie it in to a literature study and review some great books about historical places in your state.

I'll bet that you'll discover some incredible things about your amazing state!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Using Music for Education

Have you ever been somewhere and heard background classical music playing quietly? Doesn't it relax you? When I was a teenager, my husband (boyfriend then) would come over and I would practice the piano while he sat and listened... almost every time he would be so relaxed he was yawning. Not every classical piece of music will yield this result, but many of them do.
There have been many studies of how classical music relaxes students and actually helps them learn. Yet, there are also studies that show that students who are involved in learning how to play their own classical type instrument are more likely to do well in their school studies. There is a definite link to good music and learning!
Next time the kids are stressed out - or are stressing you out... take a minute and turn on some quiet classical music or maybe even find some music games for them to play. I'll bet learning will pick up and you'll be able to watch the tension melt away.