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This month, as many people are getting back to school (or are already back to school), I want give you lots of ideas so you can incorporate scholé into your homeschool days as well! Can I tell you a secret? I am not speaking as an authority here. I am going to be learning about this right long with you! Part of my reason for this series is self-serving. I am determined to make my homeschool more restful this year, and I need accountability! I have already structured our day to facilitate this type of learning, but I need your help!
Will you join me in a month of Scholé?
Each weekday this month I am going to give you a simple idea for how you can add restful learning into your day. You can read the idea and then implement it the following school day. That is what I am planning on doing!
Today my encouragement to you is to...
Start Your Morning with Classical Music
I don't know about you, but music calms me. No matter how stressful my day is, if I think to turn on music, the stress begins to melt away. Think of the mood it would set for your day if your kids walked out of their rooms and entered the kitchen to the sound of beautiful music.
I am committing to do this starting tomorrow! The hard part for me will be getting ready and being in the kitchen when my kids get out of bed. Usually I am on the computer working for an hour before my kids get up, so when they get out of bed they come find me and will often ask to watch TV. I hate that, but I cannot blame them. It will take me being more disciplined, but I know it will change the tone of the morning from the start!
Are you thinking, "Uggh, I don't like classical music, and I'm sure my kids won't either!" Dr. Perrin said that if you say that, it just means that you haven't listened to enough classical music to find something that piques your interest. Just keep trying until you find something you enjoy!
Where to Find Classical Music
I promise that nothing I suggest this month is meant to be difficult or costly. I surely am not asking you to spend all your money buying new music. Here are some ideas for how you can get great classical music to listen to:
- Search YouTube for 'classical music', or the name of a specific composer. Play it on your computer or smartphone. The point is not for your child to watch the video, though. Turn the screen off and just enjoy the music as you get ready for the day or eat your breakfast!
- Check out your library's selection of classical music CDs.
- Play a classical music station on Pandora
- Search the internet for other free classical music websites. Classics for Kids looks like a good one!
- I put this app on my ipod and have enjoyed it! Classical Music I
- Check out amazon for really cheap CDs and downloads like this one: The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music
- Be on the lookout at garage and library sales for super cheap CDs
- If you are musical, play the piano, violin, or whatever you are good at as your children wake up.
Here's a little something to get you started =) I'll try to share other pieces on social media throughout the month (so make sure you're following me!)
If you are purposing to incorporate scholé into your home this year, I'd love to hear from you! Share with me what you are doing or how these ideas have impacted your homeschool and I can compile your stories in to a post. I'd love to even have some guest bloggers if you'd like to write a whole post about how you are using scholé in your homeschool this year! Contact me and let me know how you are doing!