Music: Violin Practice

Miss 4 loves music, and she’d been begging us since forever for a “pretty little violin.” I did a lot of research, and last year, she started taking violin lessons. While I know that she enjoys her violin, sometimes lessons are a struggle (as anything at 4 could be expected to be).

Do your children take music lessons?

What do you do to get them to practice?

(I’ll write more about the Suzuki method of learning music soon. For now, happy Friday!)

Throwback Thursday: The Cat in the Castle

In 2012, my oldest built this castle from a kit as we studied the Middle Ages. Our family cat (well one of our cats) decided that it was the perfect spot for her to lounge, so lounge she did. This castle found a home in my husband’s work office for a long while.

One of the awesome things about homeschooling is how fun the projects are for the whole family. This is still one of Mr. College’s favorite projects he put together.

What projects have you done that have been a lot of fun? 

TinkerSketch May Art Challenge Courtesy of TinkerLab

I’ve been a fan of TinkerLab’s art, science and STEM projects for some time, but for some reason, I didn’t realize they had this monthly challenge. I think it will be a lot of fun to undertake this challenge with the kids! Head on over to TinkerLab to learn more about the May TinkerSketch art challenge – and follow me on Instagram to see what we come up with over the course of the month. 

It’s going to be fun to dig out the sketchbook and create art with the kids. Will you be participating in the challenge?

Penmanship Practice

How strict are you when it comes to sitting properly for penmanship practice? Princess Boogie, 4, is just learning how to write, so I haven’t been a stickler about having to be 100% about her posture (In fact, I’m not sure I was strict about it with College Boy, 19, either). Right now, it’s student-initiated. She wants to learn to write, but she’s also a wiggle worm. (The book is Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Level K – I’ll write more of a review of their products soon). So: Sit down feet firmly on the floor or kneel at the coffee table/wherever else she happens to be when working on her letters?