My Daily ipod playlist inspired by "Nurtured by Love" by Dr. Suzuki
As I read this book, I decided to put my ipod to work. I thought of the things that I most wanted my children and myself to be exposed to on a regular basis. I made a playlist called "Daily Morning", and then I pushed play each morning. When my children have learned the songs on the "Daily Morning" list, I update them with different songs. We have songs, poems, scripture mastery verses, Italian, Spanish, and even Latin that play in the background each morning as we get ready for the day. What we are exposed to on a daily basis make up who we are.
I pick a couple mp3 files from each. I add new ones when we're ready, or have memorized them.
1. Classical Music- 5 finger songs easily played
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization, by Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing
3. Scripture Mastery (Links below for website that has many mp3 files available to download)
“I suggest that you memorize scriptures that touch your heart and fill your soul with understanding. When scriptures are used as the Lord has caused them to be recorded, they have intrinsic power that is not communicated when paraphrased. Sometimes when there is a significant need in my life, I review mentally scriptures that have given me strength. There is great solace, direction, and power that flow from the scriptures, especially the words of the Lord” —Elder Richard G. Scott
5. Language: Why so many languages? Children have a gift to learn language at an early age. We are just exposing them to it, and giving ourselves opportunities to keep our skills up.
Spanish: Aserin, Aserran, by Erica Busch (I speak Spanish)
Latin: Classical Conversations, and Latin for Children Chant CD
6. Random Songs
States & Capitals by Macho Nacho & Mouth Trumpet, Musical Stew
Classical Conversations Math Songs
Linking Verbs & Helping Verbs: My daughter sang them to a tune suggested in our curriculum, and we recorded it to help us learn them better.
Early Bird by Shirley Temple
The Beautiful Briney from Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Un Marito Per Cinzia- Bing, Bang, Bong, by Sophia Loren
7. Classical Conversations Cycle 1, 2, and 3 Audio CD's.
We also listen to the weekly History, Science, Math, Grammar, and Latin songs/recitations once a day, either while we are driving around town, or as we are getting ready for lunch. They are very useful, and I have found they make a great "learning spine" on which you can plug in everything else you are learning. We focus on one CD a year, then rotate through. I love their website online tutorials. They are expensive, but you can download all you want, and it goes right along with what you're learning from the CD's. You can sign up for a month or two, and then quit when you're done. I put all the info that I download into plastic sleeves and into a binder. I also printout the tutorials and laminate them, (kindof like the Veritas Press Cards), and we display the new one for each week on the wall at home.
Veritas Press Timeline Cards for Classical Conversations:
There's an inside to my repetition that helps me and my children learn.
Summary of Nurtured by Love
by Julia Bentley
In the book Nurtured by Love Dr Shininchi Suzuki uses his biography as an
outline for a series of examples to confirm his theory that ability is not
inherited but is taught in the same way that each child learns how to speak. He
believed that people are what they are as a result of their specific
environment, and that a baby is not born musical but can become so through
suitable environmental conditions. Throughout the book Suzuki provides
convincing evidence that, with the right nurturing, any child can develop into a
talented and exceptional human being. He firmly believed that talent is no
accident of birth and that we are all born with the natural ability to learn.
As children are mainly educated in the home, parental involvement is very important.
The purpose of ‘talent education’ is to train children, not to become
professional musicians but to be fine musicians and to show high ability in any
other field they enter. Suzuki concludes his book by declaring that we are all
born with high potential, and if we try hard, any of us can become superior
human beings and acquire talent and ability.