Here’s the next letter my series ~ “Letter To Me” reminding myself, and, hopefully encouraging other new homeschoolers, with what I wish I had known when I started out on our homeschooling journey ~
Follow Charlotte Mason’s approach and play classical music in your homeschooling. Just forget about all the formalities such as reading the biographies, writing notebook pages, and over-analysis of the music. If you make classic music a formal lesson your children will sigh and shut down. (Add formal lessons gradually … informally … gently … not every lesson needs to be narrated!)
Simply enjoy it! Let it waft over you all. Let the music fill the room. Quietly let the music evoke a response. Play it in the background, listen to it while cooking or folding laundry or cleaning house together.
Your young kids will love all the “Classic Kids” CDs and the ridiculous and fun lyrics of Beethoven’s Wig, so that is a good investment, but you don’t have to buy all the CDs and books. Gradually add a CD or two to your collection. Simply stream music. Download music. Watch YouTube videos. There’s plenty of free music and music appreciation lessons. Join Barb’s Music Appreciation Monday or Patti’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. They’ve done it all for you — so no excuses!
Now and then, share your own “Best of ….” YouTube videos. We have had the best enjoyment of sharing our favourite singers and musicians from our era. My children were amazed to find that much of the music in animated children’s music (like Shrek) came from original hits of yesteryear.
Importantly, listen to your teen’s music! Enjoy it with them and don’t judge. Be interested in their music, artists and current music styles. Their music is a vital connection to their hearts because music is the montage to their lives. Their playlists connect to all their experiences and open you up to their souls. They have cried to their sad music and danced to the fun stuff! Dance with them. Learn hip-hop and some current songs and sing it with them. It is fun and it forms deep connections and lasting memories.
Without ‘teaching’ the classics, simply expose them to classical music casually. You are building a rich culture and your kids will remember it and appreciate it for the rest of their lives!
With hindsight blessings,
I’d love to hear your views and thoughts on this topic! Please, would you share yours in the comments?
In case you missed any of my previous “Letters To Me” in this series: