My blog is a day late this week because I have been busy learning alongside my children.
When we started homeschooling in 2013 I knew that I would need to refresh my skills, especially my math skills. What I did not know at the time is that I would learn new skills that I had not planned to learn. It started when Keturah changed from learning Irish to learning Spanish — she realized Spanish would be more useful. I decided to really dig into my DuoLingo and learn it with her. I also set up an account for Jude, so that he could learn as well.
Next, Brian suggested that Jude would enjoy mixing music, and if he wanted he should start by learning basic music theory. I found a music theory lesson plan that we are using to learn music theory through the piano. (Free Music Theory Worksheets!)We have been working on piano for a little over a week, and I have retained more than I expected to.
Shortly after Jude and I started learning the piano, Keturah admitted that she was struggling with the app that she was using to learn guitar, and Brian was also concerned she was not focused enough during practice time, so he asked that she practice with me in the room to observe her. To replace her app we searched for an online site. We found Justin Guitar and it seemed to fit the bill of what we were looking for. I wanted to make sure I understood what the videos were telling her to do, so I decided to learn alongside her. I have really surprised myself. I really expected it to be more difficult than it is. I cannot wait to be able to play an actual song!
It is probably not ideal to learn two musical instruments at the exact same time, but I am having fun learning new skills. With that said, Keturah is also learning two instruments, she is also learning ukulele.
I did not expect that homeschooling would guide me to learning new skills, but when a homeschool family decides to be child led, they either spend money on all the classes the children choose to take, or someone should learn the skills to ensure the student is learning in a valuable way. This can either be a draw back if there is no one to learn alongside the student(s), or a positive for the person learning what they did not expect to learn.
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