Do you remember the words to the songs you learned as a child? I do. It’s likely you remember those early songs you learned then better than any other music since.
This is why I feel so strongly about using music in my homeschool. Having memory verses or the multiplication table put to music is a great supplementary learning tool for your family. Children learn things SO quickly, but even more quickly when the music they listen to reinforces what they’ve learned. Here are a few links to some learning tools I especially like or want to add to our collection sometime soon.
Beyond using music to memorize facts and verses better, exposing our children to GOOD music, studies show, is beneficial for brain development, particularly the part if the brain which is used for mathematics.
We have several classical music CDs which actually pre-date our children. We’ve just always enjoyed it. But now we use them in our home education. And, there is nothing cooler than finding the song they are learning on the piano on one of those CDs. They get very excited about that.
Finally, teaching our children to play an instrument is another aspect of the classical education, a way of teaching discipline, and another avenue to worship their Creator. You don’t have to be musical yourself to make sure your children get a musical education.
Do some research. Find someone who can teach them or learn an instrument together. I recommend the piano as a first lesson instrument, because they learn all the music theory with piano. Once they know that, they can switch or add additional instruments. Daughter is looking forward to adding the guitar in 2009, but she will continue her piano lessons until we feel she has acquired the level of skill we want her to have.
Whatever you choose, the time and money spent is well worth the investment.