Piano University for Homeschoolers

The Piano University online is under the spotlight in Episode #152 of Roadschool Moms. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Familiesbroadcasts from Rozwell, New Mexico. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from east central location Illinois near Peoria. The OTR duo are joined by Connie Cullum, creator of The Piano University online. This episode uncovers all the details of using the curriculum from this tried and true resource. Hit the replay to hear more about why music is an important piece of the homeschool puzzle.

Piano is a Great Place to Start

Connie Cullum, a former concert pianist, has 36 years of teaching experience. Her expertise in the musical field and her passion for piano is immediately transparent. First of all, she shares her thoughts on why music is important and how it benefits roadschool experiences for all ages. Consequently, piano keys are visual and easy to learn on. In addition, the Piano University expert discloses answers to other relevant questions.

  • Who can benefit from music lessons?
  • Why piano is a good place to start for any homeschooler’s music program?
  • How to transition to playing other instruments?
  • What is the recommendation if a full-size piano isn’t feasible at home?
  • Where to start at The Piano University?

Piano for the Homeschool Advantage

As a matter of fact, Connie reveals that music makes kids smarter in many other subjects, including math. As a result, this homeschool elective is proven to actually encourage engagement in students of all ages. For example, Connie talks about the historical time period of George Washington and the composer popular at that time, Ludwig Van Beethoven. Further, making these correlations connect history with music and the world events that surround it.

Color Me Musical is the curriculum written and published by Connie Cullum. Most noteworthy, her character creations aid in the learning adventure of music theory. A special offer exclusive to Roadschool Moms listeners is given in this episode that is good for the entire family. (Email the creator using Roadschool Moms as the subject line to learn more.) Not only do podcast fans receive a discounted price but also get access to all 20 ebooks published by Connie Cullum.

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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

This week on HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

College admissions officers look at thousands of transcripts each year. How can your homeschool highschooler stand out? Fine Arts electives give transcripts sparkle. It’s one way to catch their attention!

Join Sabrina for an eye-opening interview with Dr. Duane Cottrell, Associate Professor Choral Music Education at University of Delaware. Duane is not only a professor at UD but also has homeschooled his own children, which helps him understand and explain what homeschoolers need to know about Fine Arts on the transcript and in college.

Dr. Duane Cottrell University of Delaware Music Dept

Dr. Cottrell explains the current job climate where often:

  • Soft skills learned in Fine Arts make great employees in many areas
  • Right brained skills learned by teens who have studied the arts help build the creativity needed to compete in a career world new kinds of jobs are being invented every year

Dr. Cottrell explains the music major choices  such as (and why a homeschool highschooler might choose one:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (Liberal Arts degree)
  • Bachelor in Music (Music Education, Music Performance)
  • AND whether or not a graduate degree is required for success
  • AND how to find out specifically what your teen’s favorite colleges are looking for in their applicants

Sabrina and Dr. Cottrell also share how to handle Career Exploration in highschool so that they can clarify major choices.

Join us for a real-life, practical information about Fine Arts Electives!

5 Reasons You Need Fine Arts in Homeschool High School

Why Waste High School Credits on Career Exploration?

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Wrap Up a Successful Roadschool Year

 

Wrapping up a roadschool year is a snap with these tips from the Roadschool Moms team. Episode #139 comes to you live from the the State of Washington as well as southern Indiana. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week from the Evergreen State. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher looks back on their roadschool week in the Hoosier State.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources. Both KT and MB use T4L in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

This special season ending episode takes a look back at the 12-episode journey to plan a successful roadschool year.

Summer Sun & Roadschool Fun: Sunglasses are on and homeschool calendars out for this episode. Listen to seven sweet suggestions for planning summer learning adventures.
Vision for a Successful Roadschool Year: Roadschool Mom Mary Jane Williams joins MB to talk about having a VISION for your homeschool plans. MB reminds listeners that “Comparison is a thief” and every family’s goals are different. Listen to the seven questions to ask yourself when formulating a homeschool vision.
Choosing Roadschool Curriculum:  KT and MB take apart their roadschool tool box and talk about the different ways to build a roadschool curriculum.
Record Keeping Made Easy:  Dave from Homeschool Tracker joins this special episode with all the expert advice on keeping track of your homeschool records. KT reminds listeners  “The best system is the one you will use!”
 
Roadschool Moms at FPEA:  The RSM team broadcasts live from the FPEA Convention in Orlando, Florida, from the beautiful Gaylord Palms Hotel. Special guest, Andrew Pudewa joins the show with rich and useful information needed to train your homeschoolers up to be effective writers.
Morning Time by Nature:  A favorite past guest, Holly Giles from The Giles Frontier, joins the show to share insight on using Morning Time for the next roadschool year. The homeschooling trio share their tips and advice on using nature for easy Morning Time plans.
Independent Learners by Nature or by Design:  A podcast filled with specific examples for training your kids to be independent learners by looking at the characteristics in your kiddos:  self-motivation, curiosity, persistence, critical thinking, responsibility.
Growing Successful Readers: Stephanie Simpson, a teamleader for Usborne Books joins the Roadschool Moms team to share top tips for growing successful readers in your rolling homeschool. Lots of great information is broken down into nuggets for emerging readers as well as early, fluent & expert readers.
Experience America the Beautiful:  American history & geography are front & center for this episode.  An up close interview with Charlene Notgrass, the creator of the fabulous curriculum, is the feature for this week. Textbook, maps, timelines, and lesson plans! It’s U.S. History for your middle or high schoolers – Ready, set, go!
National Holidays as Roadschool Opportunities:  An episode that reflects on how to use your surroundings, the time of year, and national holidays to feed your roadschoolers fresh, new information. Take out the calendar, there’s never a shortage of ways to celebrate the day.
Building a Strong Math Foundation:  Dennis “Mr D!” DiNola has all the facts about math. He reminds listeners to keep kids learning the math language.  His best message is “doing math can be like eating vegetables, you might not necessarily like it but you CAN learn to appreciate it.”
Hands-on Science:  Luke Gilkerson, Intoxicated on Life, shares information about his Experience Astronomy curriculum. Luke shares his best advice “to teach roadschoolers how to think” by the process of observing, testing hypothesis, finding a conclusion. He encourages roadschool moms everywhere that science is all around us and is easy to work into a roadschool schedule.
Icing Your Roadschool Cake:  Tricia Hodges gives great tips on letting your roadschoolers be creative. Chalk pastel art projects are so easy and fun to use anywhere, anytime. This episode reveals three things you can easily access to get started today.
The Roadschool Moms breaks down seven steps to wrap up a successful roadschool year:
  1. Celebrate the year
  2. Review accomplishments
  3. Create a portfolio
  4. Analyze interests
  5. Plan summer learning adventures
  6. Record transcripts
  7. Honor family traditions
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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Art & Music Ices a Roadschool Cake

Art and music are two ways to ice next year’s roadschool cake. Episode #138 comes to you live from the the State of Washington as well as somewhere in middle Tennessee. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week from the Evergreen state. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, calls in from on the road in Tennessee. Further, The Road Trip Teacher crew reveals they stopped to call in but still have miles left to travel on their way to the Midwest.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources. Both KT and MB use T4L in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

This episode features special guest, Tricia Hodges, who lives by the words You ARE an Artist! She begins her interview with one of her other favorite mantras, “Creativity is great theology.” The love Tricia has for chalk pastels as an art medium shines through the candid interview as she answers the Roadschool Moms questions. She talks at length about the importance of art as a regular part of your homeschool program. Tricia encourages roadschoolers to take brain breaks with short art projects when facing hard lessons such as math. Her reminder to think of smiles as rewards also encourages homeschool moms to incorporate art whenever possible. Tricia suggests that art for just 10 minutes weekly will make a positive impact in a homeschool schedule.

Another quote from Tricia’s art box is Pablo Picasso’s, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” With this thought, she describes how chalk pastels are a great choice for all ages. Further, using pastels is not complicated. As a matter of fact, you can start using chalk pastels today with only three things:

  1. A good starter set of chalk pastels (soft pastels)
  2. Paper that is on-hand (construction, copy paper, etc.)
  3. Art tutorials (easily accessed online)

MB talks about the Road Trip Teacher crew’s favorite resource from chalkpastel.com, the American Landmarks ebook. Tricia reveals it is one of the courses now offered as an online video tutorial. Using this one resource, this affiliate talks about how easy it is to integrate an engaging art project into destination unit studies or projects.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 140 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Studying Art, Music, and Nature the Charlotte Mason Way

Studying Art, Music, and Nature the Charlotte Mason Way
Episode 8: Studying Art, Music, and Nature the Charlotte Mason Way

Did you know that art, music, and nature study ought to be a priority in your homeschool? These add imagination, wonder, excitement, and discovery that support the rest of your studies for every child at every age. Join the conversation with Lindsey and Richele as they discuss the why and how behind integrating these subjects into your homeschool day.

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Should I Major in Music at College?

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Should I Major in Music at College? with Meredith Curtis and Marla Stevens

Meredith Curtis interviews Marla Stevens, pianist, music major, and speaker at Finish Well. Marla shares how she prepared to be accepted in the music school of a private university, what it was like to major in music, and how her college major has influenced her life. If you love music and are thinking about majoring in music at college, be sure to listen in and hear some great advice from someone who’s been down that road.

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Meredith Curtis interviews Marla Stevens, pianist, music major, and speaker at Finish Well. Marla shares how she prepared to be accepted in the music school of a private university, what it was like to major in music, and how her college major has influenced her life. If you love music and are thinking about majoring in music at college, be sure to listen in and hear some great advice from someone who’s been down that road.

Summer Roadschool Rules

Summer Roadschool Show ButtonIf you’re looking for a list of rules to make your summer roadschool awesome, you’ve come to the wrong place! Our Roadschool Moms team wholeheartedly agrees that we generally steer clear of any set-in-stone, cookie-cutter parameters that could inhibit or stifle our roadschoolers enthusiasm to learn something new everyday. In this episode, Mary Beth and Kimberly use their radio time to talk about the ways they plan to keep their traveling homeschoolers on the learning adventure this summer. Click play to hear more.

  1. One of our favorite summer traditions in the Road Trip Teacher rig, is our summer journals. This is something we’ve been doing for many years (even before we started living fulltime in an RV.) It is a simply constructed journal of paper (lined, colored, blank, or a combination) bound together to be used to document all the summer activities to come. Giving your student a few ideas is a great guide to help him get started such as
  • write or illustrate the weather daily or in a weekly summary
  • make a summer leap list at the beginning of the journal to talk about all the things you would like to accomplish during this season of sunshine
  • use it as a daily diary of thoughts or inspirations
  • make a photo scrapbook of sorts to document one picture daily or weekly that represents the time period

2. Take advantage of travel plans to delve into state history facts and information. This project is even more fun if you will be hitting different areas of the same state so that differences in  Again, by planning a notebook or binder for this state study, it gives your roadschooler a place to record state symbols, cut out the state song to play later if he is musically inclined, investigate the different areas in the way of topography, rivers and lakes, and the different terrain across the area. If your summer travel plans will take you to a specific region of the U.S., these state study guides can be grouped together to represent that as well. This is a wonderful record of time spent that will be referred to time and time again.

3. Sometimes, homeschool plans are so full of all the basics, it’s hard to consistently fit in the extra-curriculars. Summer is a perfect time to take advantage of music, art, or other areas of special interest:

  • There are tons of music curriculum out there that allows a student to formally study the subject. One of our favorite ways to enjoy music curriculum is with Super Quiet Learning Time from SquiltMusic.com.   These are easy lessons with no planning involved that can be enjoyed by all ages under a tree during a picnic or anywhere you please! You might even find that one of your roadschoolers enjoys a particular composer and for that, this fun site has Squilt Spotlight studies.
  • It’s no secret that Art + Outside = Super Summer Fun. There are so many different ways to enjoy art, sometimes it’s overwhelming to pick just one medium. So don’t! Try something new each week of the summer that you may or may not have tried before. A favorite from the Road Trip Teacher’s crew is chalk art pastel drawings.  The Roadschool 101 crew especially enjoyed the lessons from the American Landmarks tutorials.
  • Have your kiddos shown an interest in a particular sport, activity, or musical instrument? Use YouTube videos and plan a chunk of time to further their interests. If you summer travel plans are really flexible, research an instructor or private tutor and block out a few weeks of lessons. This is something that will be a reward long after the instruction is over.

4.  No matter where in the world you are, summer and nature just go together. This is the perfect season to spotlight a nature study. Compiling a nature journal ahead of time so that details of the world around your roadschooler can be written down is an added bonus. Keeping a nature journal for three months so that what she sees and what she hears can be recorded will make her a better observer. As the leader of this trip with Mother Nature, drop in subtle reminders to look for the little things, pay extra special attention to what you hear at night when all is quiet, and note the weather for one place to another. Using a nature study to spotlight your summer roadschool is a great way to cultivate your learner’s senses and enjoy every ounce of what the season is all about.

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.      Job 12:7-10

5.  No matter what the season or direction of your roadschool rig, reading is a great way to keep your learners moving in the right educational direction. Summer feels like freedom so this is a great time to let your readers sample all kinds of material. Download these free reading calendar pages from the Learning Shoppe over at Road Trip Teacher and post them in a central location. See who in your household can fill a month’s worth of reading activities.

6.  Take advantage of the summer holiday spotlight over Independence Day. Let the research begin before you arrive to your early July destination and see what the area you will be visiting has to offer in the way of history, activities, and firework celebrations. If July plans in your rig aren’t firm yet, check out these great July 4th destinations from Fulltime Families.

7.  If you entire summer is up in the air, make your summer roadschool a mystery trip! Last year, the Roadschool Moms shared you their Top 10 Summer Destinations. Use that as a guide to map out all the places your traveling tribe would love to see in the lush, green season of summer. How many can you mark off before the leaves fall later this year?

For information on how you can catch up with the Roadschool Moms duo this summer, check out their schedule for the 2016 season.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s plans for summer roadschool, tune into the May 1st episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

Making Christmas Memories without Sacrificing Your Sanity – FAH Episode 10

Do you ever feel pressured to create a Pinterest-perfect Christmas? Let go of burdensome expectations and focus instead on creating meaningful traditions that you and your family can enjoy year after year . . . without losing your sanity!

In this episode I share some of my own favorite Christmas traditions: keeping Christ in Christmas, decorating the tree and the house, collecting special ornaments, giving gifts, sending Christmas cards, and enjoying delicious food. I also share my family’s favorite Christmas books, movies, and music, as well as funny stories, like the time our tree fell and why we outsource our turkey to Texaco. Finally, I offer encouragement to those who are alone at Christmas, as well as ways others can help bless them.

For a list of the books, movies, and music mentioned in the podcast, along with a couple of my favorite holiday recipes, visit http://flourishathome.com/making-christmas-memories-without-sacrificing-sanity/.

I’d love to hear about YOUR family’s favorite Christmas traditions!

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Enjoy Fun, Food, Fellowship and SERVICE with a Holiday Co-op!

jonathan toomeyWith the holidays often comes a time of stress and commercialization and we often end up dreading, rather than enjoying one of the most important holidays of the year for Christians!  Why not plan a holiday co-op so that your family can join along with others to celebrate while serving this year?  If you begin planning now, you can make this year’s Christmas experience one that your family long remembers.  Listen in as I share a few ideas on how to make a holiday co-op fun and meaningful.

As promised, here are a list of favorite Christmas book titles.  If you visit our Facebook page you can add more titles, or see what others add!  https://www.facebook.com/dpkproductions

The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Hunt
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
We believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury
The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans
Operation Christmas Child by Franklin Graham
The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado
Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Book by Susan Wojciechowski
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
The Christmas Scrapbook by Phillip Gulley
The Homeless Christmas Tree by Leslie Gordon
The Gift of the Magi by O’Henry

Also, Advent Books (which do not work well for a co-op unless your co-op meets daily, but are great to include in your family traditions) are Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage (both by Arnold Ytreeide) and The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.

 

 

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