It has been quite a while since I last talked about music in our homeschool. Things are going really well for the kids. Right now we’re using a number of fun Christmas music activities to help the girls learn the notes and symbols.
We’ve been playing Susan Paradis’ Christmas Light Bingo to keep reviewing the various music symbols:
Although ED learns to play pieces pretty quickly on the piano, she still struggles to read music. She is working really hard on that. We’ve been using this ornament printable for her to work on identifying the notes quickly: Susan Paradis: Ornament Note Activity
This activity has been fun for ED too, it’s a Music Note Bingo. What’s great is that this is now pretty easy for her! 🙂 Progress! This is Susan Paradis’ Ornament Bingo.
D’Net over at Layton Music has a cute Musical Christmas Tree File Folder Game to match the letters A, G, C with either the note, the keyboard or the key signature to the ornament on the tree. Thanks D’Net!
We still really love the The Big Book of Music Games, Grades K – 5 (affiliate Link) and have been using a lot of material from there. Right now we’re using the giant music note cards to help ED learn to read the music notes.
Meanwhile, the girls have been learning a lot of new music as well. ED is learning the piano. She’s playing Rudolph, the theme from Harry Potter, and Silent Night. She is using Teaching Little Fingers to Play Christmas Carols: A Christmas Book for the Earliest Beginner (affiliate link). These pieces are perfect for beginners.
You might want to check out some of the free Christmas Games, Music and Printables here and Christmas and Seasonal Music Printables here from SusanParadis.com. There are a ton of wonderful music resources! Thank you SO much for sharing your hard work, Susan! We’ve used We Wish You a Merry Christmas (very easy version) and Away in a Manger, and here’s Silent Night.
I also found some easy Christmas piano music over at Layton Music on the Primary Music page. I found simplified piano pieces such as Oh, Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger and Joy to the World.
You will also find some easy Christmas music for violin (or other instruments) at this website. It has pieces like Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Joy to the World and others:
DD is absolutely loving her flute lessons. She has learned so much this fall! She’s now learning several Christmas songs, Happy Birthday, William Tell Overature and things like that. Not bad for someone who couldn’t blow a note three months ago! Her teacher is fabulous! She takes lessons via Skype and that is working out wonderfully for our family!! 🙂
That’s about it for this week. Below I’ll link to some of the other posts in our Music Curriculum Series.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.
You might also be interested in this post: Free Beginner’s Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and More! I put together a 10-week curriculum to help the kids learn to read music and to learn the various music symbols (forte, crescendo, flats, sharps… etc.) There are links to tons of free activities we’re using this semester!
- Music Curriculum: Week One — See what we actually did during the first week with photos.
- Music Curriculum: Week Two
- Music Curriculum: Week 3 in Pictures – Music Note Identification Game and More
- Music for Elementary: Music Symbols (Week 4)
P.S. You might be interested in these related posts. These are also free!