Do you remember the yellow school bus?
Eventually, kids will no longer remember the yellow school bus because the trip to the nearest school will no longer be seen as the most effective way to educate our children. Many parents have begun to question the systems that have been in place to educate children for so many years. Amid the many studies showing the excellence of alternative educational paths, parents are searching. Oftentimes questions about our current educational systems effectiveness lead parents to the notion that children can often be educated in a way that is more suited to their own talents, and in a manner that will encourage greatness, by staying in their own home for formal education.
When parents choose this path they will sometimes question their own ability. What if you are not trained in foreign language, higher level mathematic operations or music? How will you educate your intrinsic learner without possessing the skills of a seasoned professional in these areas? A few clicks of your mouse will yield innumerable resources for these areas and allay many fears that you child would miss something if homeschooling is the path that you choose.
Let us take music for example. Music is one of those mediums that affects our energy level, our state of mind, and our memory recall (counting and alphabet songs anyone?) There have been countless studies performed on the effect that learning an instrument has on mathematics and literacy. An article in Time Magazine recently even stated the following:
Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids.”
This can again be intimidating if one is not even able to read music, how will you teach it? Let’s take a look at a groundbreaking concept that allows children to not only learn the fundamentals of music composition but also can teach them how to sight-read music. During the foundational years of preschool and early elementary school, this skill can aid in the acquisition of many other learning concepts as well.
The concept is the brainchild of an Austrian-born composer who saw a need for the availability of a digital concept that allows children to not only be exposed to, but also integrate music composition into their education. Thus, little composers was born. Possibly the most intriguing element about this concept is that it is available as a free app to the public and your child will be enticed to compose, play and learn music composition all while requiring minimal parental guidance. What could be simpler than that?
Little composers can help you solve the questions about where to begin with your child’s music education, just knowing that such apps and concepts exist may just stave off any feelings of inadequacy on the part of a parent. When parents feel empowered they feel confident and that in turn can lead to greatness and beyond for the newest “little composer.”