Monday, July 21, 2014

HomeschoolPiano {TOS Review}

Homeschool Piano Review

Are you looking for piano lessons for your homeschool?  Are you looking for a way to pay just one set price?  Would you like your children to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of your own home?  Well, I may have found a solution for you - HomeschoolPiano.  HomeschoolPiano is a great online resource for children of all ages and for all levels of piano knowledge and ability.

I was given a lifetime subscription (for up to 5 students) to HomeschoolPiano - Complete Set of Books


It is a very easy to use website.  We have the website saved in our favourites and the login info saved, so we just click and get started!

There are three units and each unit is split into six lessons with each having a bonus lesson.  Each lesson is about 5-10 minutes long, and you have practice time afterwards.  My daughter was able to do more than one lesson at a time because of the shorter videos, and moved on as she understood the new concepts that were taught.  Your child can move through the lessons at their own pace, and easily repeat a lesson if necessary.  There are also quizzes to help see how well the child is understanding the new concepts.


Each unit has an accompanying PDF book that you can print off.  They are referred to often, so I highly encourage you to print them off.  I put ours in a binder, but have seen others have had them spiral bound which I like better.


To give you an idea of what you learn during a lesson.  In unit one you learn how to properly grab the piano keys, quarter notes and rests, rhythmic vocalization, and much more.


homeschool piano lessons






Their method follows a 6 step cycle: technique, rhythm, ear training, reading music, song, and improvisation.  This six step cycle works with the National Standards for Music Education.  If you are at all interested in this program, I highly recommend you follow that link and read more about the 6 step cycle.  I tried to do my own explain of it, but they do a way better job as I don't know all the technical words.  :)





If your child has never had lessons you just start on the first lesson.  My daughter skipped through a bit until we found a lesson with new concepts.  This didn't take much time, and gave us a good grasp of how the program works.


I like how the video shows the teacher's (Willie  Myette) hand placement on the keyboard.  We would put our iPad where the music books go on the piano and my daughter could easily follow along.  I felt the teacher spoke in an easy to understand manner, and didn't use over complicating words.

Homeschool Piano Review


What you will need for this online course...
- a computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone
- a keyboard with at least 61 keys
- the books you print off from the website

Sign up for a free lesson!  Click here.

Homeschool Piano Review

I think the only downside to this program is that you do not have a live teacher being able to pick up any mistakes that are made.  I can read music and play piano, but I'm not very good and missed a lot of theory.  My daughter has had lessons off and on the past few years as we were able to find a piano teacher wherever we were living, so she has some foundation.  She enjoyed this because she could do it at her own pace and because we're on school holidays, she did it whenever she was in the mood to do it.  Which was more often than I had anticipated!

HomeSchoolPiano has two payment packages and the pricing is as follows:

1. Success Package (One payment of $299)
Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.

2. Payment Plan (Payments of $99.97 per month for three months):
Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.

Depending on what you have had to pay for piano lessons will determine if you think this is a reasonable price or not.  Because it is a lifetime membership and can be used for up to 5 children, I think it's quite a good deal, as long as you have children interested and can work independently.

We plan to continue using this program and as we start back up from our mid-school year holidays I plan to start them with my son, and also hope to learn a bit myself.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VBS - Day 2,3, & 4

My hubby made balloon hats for Jared (who led songs)
and balloon animals for the kids.

Ms. Lauren on crafts.  She's done a great job!

Game time
Each child took a turn drawing the days of Creation.

Lesson time for 9-12 year olds

Dino Memory Game

Reviewing Bible verses

Minute To Win It Game
Eating a donut on a string with no hands!



Jeff and I decided to show them how to do it.

Jeff won

Snack - bird's nests
This night we talked about God's unique creation.
It didn't just happen, God made them that way!

Lesson time for ages 5-8


Tomorrow is our last night.  We're ending with a sausage sizzle.  We've had a few visitors through out the week, praying for a big last night!



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vacation Bible School - Day 1

Here are a few photos from the first night of our VBS.



No VBS is complete without a silly hat and big sunglasses!


Days of Creation Ferris Wheel



Patrick making balloon animals.

We had a great first night.  Please pray more kids come, and that it will be a great outreach to our little town.




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

Last week we left the kids with some friends and took Rachel and Jeff to the Katherine Gorge to do the boat ride.  I love this place and can't get enough!  Here are a few photos from our day.
















Next time I want to do the dinner cruise!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

JC Epidemic BMX and FMX

Tonight we went to our local YMCA for a JC Epidemic event.  I've never heard of them before, but thought it would be fun.  Plus there was free food and drinks and a bouncy house.  Who could resist.  :)  We had a fun night watching the freestyle BMX and freestyle motorcross.  Here is Jeff and Cody with the two motor cross guys.  Cody loved the show, in fact we stayed for all three shows!  They kept getting crazier!  And below is a video I got of both the BMX and FMX going at the same time.  Insane!  Now to keep Cody from trying some crazy stunt.  He asked me before falling asleep how he could get his bike on the roof!  Ahhh!














Geo Caching

This week Jeff and I took a bike ride and found some geocaches here in Katherine.  I've never done this before and it was lots of fun.  I felt like a detective!  We found 2 on this day.  Hope to get out again soon and find some more.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Territory Day ~ 1 July


It's nice to have Territory Day so close to Independence Day. 
That means we still get fireworks!