In continuing with my recent post about my brave decision to become my kidlets' PIANO TEACHER (you can read about it HERE), and the ONLINE RESOURCES (I've Pinned them HERE)
Today I'm sharing with you one idea I had that has helped me teach my 5 year old.
So I was having trouble Baby Girl how the notes worked on the Grand Staff. In other words, how to READ music. She understood how the notes went on the actual keyboard, but adding onto that idea with the black notes on paper was NOT connecting in her brain.
I found this great idea on The Teaching Studio Blog where she made a GIANT GRAND STAFF! Perfect! Baby Girl just needed a visual, hands-on lesson about it . . . so that's how this idea was born. I hope it helps someone else out there.
So we had:
Cici the Cat (Middle C)
Drooper the Dog (D)
Electron the Robot (E) . . . I didn't have an E animal
Freddy the Frog (F)
Gerti the Gorilla (G)
Annie the Alligator (A) . . . even tho it looks like a lizard!
Bitty the Bug (B)
I used painter's tape to make lines across my area rug for the staff. I told Baby Girl that each line or space was an animal's house. There was a C house for Cici the Cat and so on. The animals could NOT leave their houses, BUT they could move anywhere along that line or space of their house. And if the animals moved to different places along their houses they would make a different song.
I use candy to bribe my kidlets to be good during the lesson--NOT A SHOCKER, I know. Instead of giving them a lot of candy, though, I decided to make it a fun way to get the candy. I use this:
I hope this inspires you to teach your kids something cool and make it fun!
Share your great teaching tips with us!