Appreciating Classical Music

appreciating classical musicLet’s Talk About Appreciating Classical Music with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #193

Is appreciating classical music a priority in your homeschool? Our family has enjoyed many wonderful unit studies surrounding this topic, the children learned how to identify the sounds of the instrument and many of the composers. This has not only expanded their minds but encouraged them in their study of music. Whether you are a classical music fan or a newcomer to studying classical music you will find many ideas and tips for teaching your children about classical music.


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Show Notes: Appreciating Classical Music

For the kids – Printable Appreciating Classical Music Music Appreciation

Why Study Classical Music?

  1. It is enjoyable
  2. It evokes emotion
  3. The lives of the composers are interesting
  4. It is complex
  5. You might learn the sounds the different instruments makes
  6. It may encourage you to attend the Philharmonic or performing arts center near you (yay! Field trip – add that in the “book”_
  7. You can learn to identify pieces to the composers
  8. It helps you become engaged, you don’t tune it out like you might other music
  9. It is a form of escape – a break from reality
  10. IT may spur your child to learn to play an instrument and create music of their own!

Music Selections Played in this podcast on appreciating classical music:

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Jesus Joy of Man’s Desiring
  2. Bach -Tocatta and Fugue
  3. Beethoven – Fur Elise
  4. Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
  5. Brahms – Lullaby
  6. Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  7. Mozart – Rondo A la Turca
  8. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
  9. Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Waltz

Suggestions for studying classical music for appreciation–Classical Period 1750-1830

  1. Composers – take a week and focus on each one and several of the composer’s more famous pieces
  2. Watch video of composers – stories on youtube etc.
  3. Great Classes – composers series
  4. Music appreciation
    1. Composition and beat (I have a link on this podcast – beat meter and form – https://www.giamusic.com/pdf/Z142BeatMeterForm.pdf
    2. Theme **
    3. Instruments
    4. Placement of instruments in an orchestra
  • **Different forms are:
    theme and variation
    rondo
    sonata
    concerto
    symphony

Theme and Variation is one thing to learn how to identify.

A theme is a small group of phrases that make up a complete musical idea
then several or altered or modified variations of the theme – the general music is changed by changing tempo, pitch, tonality, meter, texture, rhythm or overall emotional expression. The composer can select one or several variations.

Best Exercises

best exercuses Let’s Talk About The Best Exercises For You and Exercises That Work with Felice Gerwitz

What is the BEST Exercise for you? There are exercises that work and exercises that don’t – and in this podcast, Felice discusses the absolute best exercises when trying to maintain your weight loss as well as some great tips for continuing to exercise and making it part of your routine. In this podcast she asks many questions and works you through possible responses to find the ideal work out for you! Felice is a reluctant “exerciser” who recently decided to change her sedentary habits and turned to exercise as a way to begin… she shares her progress on weight loss and her exercise regime as well!


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Show Notes: The Best Exercises For You

  1. The best exercise is the one you will do consistently
  2. The best exercise is the one that fits your schedule
  3. The best exercise is the one that will be your life long companion

 

Questions to ask:

 What are your options? 

  1. High impact – Pilates cycling, running/jogging, weight lifting, exercise machine such as a thread climber, stair stepper, running marathons, etc.
  2. Low impact – swimming, jumping on a trampoline, walking, etc.
  3. Average impact –weights – 1lb-3lbs,  stationary bikes, etc.

What is the BEST Exercises for you?

  1. Do you have physical limitations?
  2. What are you doing now? Welcome to the club? I only began exercising recently
  3. What time do you have?
    1. Look at the your schedule?
    2. What are you doing now?
  4. What can you do as a family?

How do you continue exercising through the days, weeks, months and years?

  1. Select an element of exercise you like
  2. Make it a routine – begin with three times a week – two times or at least one time. Typically if you try to create a routine and are only doing it one day it will easily be something you will drop, so try for at least two days.

Habits take time to form – to make a routine a habit try for a least 21-30 days – until it becomes part of your day! And a new you.

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Last thoughts –

                We schedule doctor appointments, lessons for our kids – and all the important things we have to do – how can we not set aside time to be healthy? I never wanted to exercise because to me exercise was sit ups and crunches – I hated it so much I avoided it most of my life. Now I can see the importance of doing a physical activity for my future mobility and health to take care of my family.

 

 

 

 

Is College Right For You

is college right for youIs College Right For You? And Lame Excuses That Keep You From Going

Episode #50

Is college right for you? Often many students have reasons or excuses for not going. In this podcast, Jean Burk explains how some of these excuses can be overcome with some serious thought.

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Five reasons to go to college

  1. Give you the opportunity to continue your education experience; some jobs require a degree
  2. College opens doors to exciting opportunities like college abroad
  3. Change careers – because of extra courses, college experience
  4. Allows you to have freedom with little responsibility
  5. Allows you to meet new people of different cultures

 

Five reasons to postpone college

  1. Not motivated enough to do the work that is required
  2. Career focus does not require college
  3. If you have previous family obligations that require immediate attention
  4. Take time off to pursue another a passion. A gap year, take time off to go on the mission field or work for a time-period. Explore various job professions. Time off to do internships. Get pilots license.
  5. Once in a lifetime opportunity right after high school

The recommendation is to take your SAT while you are in high school – your scores will be held for you.

Seven lame reasons not to go

  1. Too expensive
  2. Too hard
  3. Grades are not good enough
  4. Don’t know what to study – testingroom.com
  5. I have something better to do
  6. No one in my family went to college
  7. My friends are not going to college

The Real Kathy Lee – Momfessions

real kathy leeLet’s Meet The Real Kathy Lee Momfessions – with Felice Gerwitz and Kathy H. Lee

Podcast 191

Meet the Real Kathy Lee “momfessions, and discuss her awesome podcast, when she joins Felice Gerwitz to discuss homeschool successes, do-overs and what she wish she had known when she started homeschooling! Kathy was involved in public education and was often in front of other educators discussing how to engage early learners. However she always knew she wanted to homeschool … and she did, all ten of her children. Learn more about Kathy, what she shares on her own podcast [Momfessions here] and how to use the great advice she shares.


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Don’t forget to follow us on iTunes, Google Play, on this website, or download to your computer. Do you have a smart phone? Either an apple or an adroid. Use any podcast app and search for “Vintage Homeschool Moms,” or the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. There you will find this show as well as many other shows on this network, such as, “Momfessions with The Real Kathy Lee” … and please leave us a comment – below and on iTunes, etc. 5-stars please!!


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Show Notes: Meet The Real Kathy Lee Momfessions:

We discussed:

The need to savor every day. We discussed how quickly it (homeschooling) goes by! Also, that every single day isn’t critical.

Homeschool Success: According to Kathy it was the ability to allow her children to play and discover learning during play. In addition, she allowed her children to study according to their areas of interest.

I asked if she could do something over again, what would that be? Homeschool Do Over: Trust my instincts – intuition said it wasn’t best for a specific child and it wasn’

Kathy Lee’s curriculum: The Homesgrown PreSchooler 

When pre-schoolers kids say they want to do school, what this generally means:

  • I want to be big – let the children role playing – setting up pretend school – as a play station…
  • Rotate kids – older child can work with the younger, doing a sensory activity or art project
  • Do together – let the little ones sit there doing something tactile – while you do the read aloud activity with the older children.

Find many more ideas and tips in Kathy’s book as well as on her website. The links are above.

Yearly Evaluations

yearly evaluationsLet’s Talk About Yearly Evaluations with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #190

Do you worry about yearly homeschool evaluations? Each year homeschoolers are required by law to provide evidence of an increase of knowledge. Depending on several factors including location (where you live) and legalities – your state’s policy or homeschool support or “umbrella school,” requirements your stress level can soar! Don’t worry, veteran homeschool mom will help you overcome testing anxiety with practical tools such as understanding your options or identifying which method will work best for you.


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Show Notes: Yearly Evaluations  

Standardized Tests

  • Standardized Tests –for yearly evaluations
    1. Know deadlines
    2. Retest or not
    3. Prepare your kids to sit and bubble in
    4. Don’t cheat
    5. Don’t teach the test
    6. Scores –
      1. Percentile and rankings
      2. Stanine
      3. Grade equivalent

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  1. Don’t freak out
    1. Keep results in perspective –
    2. Remediation – BrainCoachTips.com and  littlegiantsteps.com
  • Yearly Evaluations – special issues or not
    1. Evaluation is when a teacher (certified) looks over your child’s work progress – typically a portfolio evaluation
    2. Who will you get to do the evaluations?
      1. What to ask evaluator
      2. Simple tests – can be administered
      3. Should get the evaluation on the spot – (I recommend) a letter saying nothing specific goes to the school board
      4. Send school board a basic letter that say your child has made progress.
      5. Don’t like the results? You have the option of turning it in or not.
  • Portfolios for Yearly Evaluations
    1. Simply a 3-ring binder with work progression
    2. A collection of the beginning, middle and end of the year – papers, videos, picture albums, collection of math or writing papers, any tests, or samples of work, list of field trips, books you’ve read as a family and the child individually – any curriculum you’ve used, name and publisher – with of course work samples – I liked to slip sheet some stellar work to highlight in their notebook, lapbooks, etc. – again depending on what is required by law
    3. Your child may be required to be in attendance and most kids love the evaluations so they can show the person all they’ve learned.
    4. Umbrella school requirements –Umbrella school may require attendance
  • Ways to alleviate parental stress:
  1. You don’t have to use the test scores
  2. You can give the test again – or seek a different approach
  3. Seek an evaluation
  4. Start early with fun review
  • Safeguards to ensure that your kids are on track to make progress
  1. Beginning, middle and end of the year check up
  2. Evaluate your year as you move along
  3. Change curriculum or remediate
  • A review process that is fun and effective
  1. Play educational games – low stress for kids
  2. Be relaxed.
  3. Use manipulatives to teach difficult concepts or struggling learners.
  4. Creative teaching: Cooking– to teach fractions, etc.
  5. Look at your curriculum –use assessments as practice.

Related Podcasts

Empower Kids To Learn

empower your kids to learnLet’s Talk About… Empower Your Kids To Learn with Felice Gerwitz and special guest, Jodie Oare

Podcast #189

Have you thought about ways to empower your kids to learn? Join us as I interview Jodie Oare, a successful volunteer, child advocate, and teacher. She wears many hats, mainly that of mom, girl scout leader, preschool teacher, Preschool Director, Bible study volunteer, substitute teacher and so much more! Jodie is my husband’s sister and my amazing sister-in-law. She is always talking about these topics when we sit around and discuss kids and grandkids (what else!).  Now for the first time – ever – Jodie shares her insider’s secrets with you!

 

 


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Show Notes – Empower Your Kids To Learn:

  1. Create a space and atmosphere where teaching and learning are to take place that supports and confirms the educator’s participation and the learner’s participation by visibly establishing the concept of “WE”.
  2. Communicate to the learners that learning is an adventure (expectations) and that you know where we are going and how to get there because you have planned and have methods/ways to help us enjoy the adventure and to get where we are going (the next level of education/skill).
  3. Establish and communicate routines, schedules, rules, and behavior strategies to encourage engaged participation. Consensus is encouraged.
  4. Present topics/instruction/themes in a variety of modalities/senses. This is the adventure that we are taking, the skill work should be included in the adventure, as well as interesting fact finding and knowledge acquisition. Tangible evidence of the learning adventure reinforces knowledge and provides an opportunity for mastery (owning).
  5. Affirmation of effort supports the engagement and participation of the learner from where they are encouraging continued effort which will create a sense of trust, empowerment, and possibility leading to improvement and advancement.

 

 

UPDATED: You Knew It Yesterday – What Happened on the Test?

You Knew It Yesterday - What Happened on the Test?You Knew It Yesterday – What Happened On The Test with Dr. Jan Bedell

Have you ever had that frustrating experience where you were certain your child grasped an academic concept, and then the very next day, she couldn’t recall ever seeing it? Well, it is not just a frustration for you.  The child is often upset as well.  In this episode, Dr. Jan tells her story of inconsistent recall and the frustration it caused her after studying hard only to be unable to recall the information when under the pressure of a testing situation.  The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to life can change all that if you are willing to think differently about education. The brain controls everything that you do. Thus, when you’re applying a solution for a learning challenge, the brain is where you must start. The brain needs to be organized like a container built for storing information instead of a sieve-like structure where everything leaks out. Many children miss developmental steps for good organization of the brain. The good news is that a child who is struggling to learn or who has a learning label like ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s or Autism can go back and develop this part of the brain.

 

Not only must the brain have a good, organized foundation, but it also needs a well-developed auditory and visual short term memory.  For more information on how strategic auditory processing is to overall function, refer back to podcast #14. These functional abilities include: staying on task, maturing to a proper level, socially appropriate interactions, following directions, comprehending and more. A link to free test kits for auditory and visual processing are in the handout below.

 

After the initial part of the brain’s foundation is established, the next area to consider is dominance.  As neurodevelopmentalists we consider having the same side dominance for hand (you must start here because the hand is genetically predisposed to be left or right),  eye, ear and foot to be most efficient when it comes to retrieving what you have learned. If  a person does not have same side dominance (for example, they are right handed but left eyed or eared or both), one of the most common symptoms is inconsistent recall. One day they know the information and the next day they don’t.  Other symptoms that sometimes accompany mixed dominance include: lack of an analytical thought or logic, extreme emotionality, erratic behaviors, anxiety (test or otherwise), phobias, depression and shyness.  People with mixed dominance often have low self-esteem as many things seem difficult and they relate it to intelligence or lack thereof instead of inefficiency in the brain that can be changed.

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The handout with this episode will give you the progression of neurodevelopmental programs that can make learning easier and retrieval of information second nature.  Even beyond that, The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to Life can be effective for more involved situations like those with syndromes (Down, Williams, Fetal Alcohol…) as well as sensory integration issues.

 

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Music 101 In The Homeschool


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Let’s Talk About … Music 101 In The Homeschool with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis

Is music 101 the focus in the homeschool? Do you use music in your homeschool? Do you realize the mathematical, emotional and focus as a musician? In this podcast, Felice and Meredith focus on several points to introduce you to thoughts of placing music in your home. Your child is never too young to learn about music!

Podcast: # 188

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Show Notes: Music 101: In The Homeschool

  1. Music is mathematical (talk about math in music and how music helps math)
    1. Helps to understand the foundational mathematical element
    2. Helps our children to excel in math
    3. Music may come naturally to children who are mathematical
  2. Music is emotional (a great outlet for emotion in a positive way)
    1. Different types of songs
    2. Rhythm, count – musical instruments
    3. Dance
  3. Studying the Composers
    1. Studying different compositions
    2. Studying musical instruments
    3. Classical music appreciation
    4. Listen to a live performance
  4. How to grow from playing and instrument to being a Musician
    1. Piano lessons
      1. Simple scales
      2. Moving through several octaves
    2. Start with piano
      1. With weighted keys – you can learn music theory
    3. Guitar – a little more tricky
    4. Voice
      1. A voice is an instrument
      2. Develop and grow your voice
    5. A musician:
      1. Practices all the time.
        1. Scales, fingering, drills
        2. Set aside practice
        3. Practice makes permanent
      2. Grow in their gifts
        1. Struggle with one or two things
        2. Take care of their instruments
        3. Learn new things on their instruments
        4. Listen to other players
        5. Performs

Diet 101 Eat Well Lose Weight

diet 101 eat well lose weightLet’s Talk About – Diet 101: Eat Well and Lose Weight with Felice Gerwitz

Episode 187

Everyone needs to lose a few pounds from time to time but it is never fun. Or is it? How about eating well and still losing weight? Yes, it can be done. In this podcast, Felice shares her weight loss progress, exercise and how she eats to lose weight. Many great tips and advice on how to shed pounds and still eat what you want.

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Show Notes: Diet 101 Eat Well Lose Weight:

So, here are some quick tips on how I’ve been able to shed some pounds –

  1. Don’t starve yourself – if you are hungry, eat a few nuts or energy shakes are great – 4Life.com has a wonderful protein shake – or eat part of a protien bar
  2. Don’t deprive yourself of ALL snacks
  3. Give your taste buds a reboot
  4. Look at what you are eating and when –
  5. No processed foods!
  6. NO diet foods
  7. No low fat foods
  8. No zero calorie foods

SO – how do I lose weight and keep it off – as I shared earlier it is a mindset.

  1. Eating smaller portions
  2. Eating salads and proteins
  3. Eat smaller portions – don’t eat just carbs – add a protein and go light on carbs
  4. Eat stir fry or veggies –
  5. Eat slowly – I realized I eat fast!
  6. Push back from the table.
  7. Put the food on the stove and dish it out – no food on the table within reach

 

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Caution – Career Path Ahead

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Podcast #49

It’s time to think about college and now is the time to think about the different career paths. While there are many different paths, the main ones will be covered in this podcast with Jean Burk – “Caution – Career Path Ahead.”

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Three main career paths after high school are discussed in this podcast on selecting a career path and planning.

  1. College
    • Internships – opportunities before high school
    • Costs can vary a few thousand to several hundred thousand for four years
    • Basic degree- BA in Business you should take on another degree.
    • Two Year Degree –Jr. College
    • Different types of jobs requiring 4-Year Degrees
    • Different types of jobs requiring a Master’s Degrees
  2.  Workforce: Vocational Degrees
    • Costs approx.: – $1 to 12-15K
    • After high school may have a job lined up.
  3.  Military: Different branches in the armed forces
    • GI Bill – pay college
    • Officers – for law or medical
    • Top Military school – West Point or Annapolis
    • Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines
    • Enter ROTC program in college

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