Today, I’m going to take a little creative license. I’m on the 24th letter of the Alphabet in my 31-day writing challenge.
I remember learning to read around 4 years of age. My mother used Phonics to teach me. My workbook contained letters of the alphabet with words under each letter. There seemed to be no shortage of words for each letter of the alphabet until we go to the letter X. I only remember two words: X-ray & Xylophone. I didn’t understand why Xylophone started with the letter X when it clearly sounded like it started with the letter Z.
The word Xylophone stuck in my mind ever since; I’ve never forgotten it’s meaning. A version of the Xylophone is one of the first instruments that a baby pounds on in an attempt to make noise over music. It is a tuned percussion instrument with notes laid out in a similar fashion to the piano. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to garner much appreciation by others although it is often played in a symphony orchestra. The site, DSO Kids allows you to listen to the sound it makes, hear it play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and hear it play in the orchestra.
Seeing as how the Xylophone is a bona fide musical instrument, one that kids love, and because I’m attempting to teach my children the basics of reading music, I decided to make simple musical note cards. These cards are designed for young children with little to no knowledge of music. It visually teaches the notes on the Treble Clef C scale from low C to high C and simplifies terminology in an effort to help them retain the beginning basics.
There are 11 cards in total. You can see a preview below. You can download and print for FREE as a subscriber! These are a great tool in homeschooling.
This post is Day 25 in a series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles click here.
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