Monday, September 24, 2012

Music Together Family Favorites ~ Music and Movement


We have had a great opportunity to review a wonderful research-based music and movement curriculum,  Music Together Family Favorites Songbook for Teachers and their Music Together Family Favorites CD.
Tapping toes with egg shakers to the macrobeat  (explained in the Songbook) in Biddy Biddy

What exactly is Music Together Family Favorites Songbook for Teachers and CD?

Let's begin with the Family Favorites CD. It includes 19 of the most popular songs from 9 Music Together collections. It's won numerous awards and includes an informative 32 page booklet that includes a brief introduction titled "Making Music with Your Child" and then "Playing with Your Child", also referred to as musical play. Next, each song has one full page dedicated to one or two suggested activities for the song or further information about the piece - most of the time, it's both. Music Together stresses that no special skills are required of parents, just have fun and find your sense of playfulness. Also included is background information about Music Together and their classes. I particularly like how the booklet is permanently fixed in the middle of the tri-folding cd case. The booklet opens easily in this format and is super handy.

Click here to listen to samples of the songs on the "Family Favorites" CD.

PhotobucketNow let's take a look at the Music Together Family Favorites Songbook for Teachers. It is an over-sized, full color, spiral bound booklet with  a total of 119 pages. It's specifically designed for people who work musically with children. Some ideas of teacher groups that Music Together suggests include, preschools, homeschool settings, early elementary classes, church groups, or clinical settings.

Music Together states: 
This songbook will show you how to create a musically rich environment where children learn to move rhythmically, to sing, and to develop listening and improvisation skills through playful, developmentally appropriate activities.
 Each song is followed by “teacher pages” that outline suggested activities for a variety of settings. All song activities and teaching tips are based on the Music Together teaching practices which have been perfected over two decades by thousands of teachers, parents, caregivers, and children all around the world.
Let's now take a look at the inside of the songbook. Page 1 is titled "How To Use this Book". This is a valuable resource. It explains that the songbook has three sections:

Beginning on page 1, the opening section (with list of required instruments ) describes:
  • The Music Together philosophy and teaching principles. I especially like the SQ principle. We need to develop our SQ or "Silly Quotient". Being playful and fun in a way that is natural to ourselves is key
  • The types of songs and activities used ~such as fingerplay, focus activities, lap songs or dyads, large movents, and vocables to name a few
  • How to work with props and instruments ~ for example, it's suggested to use instruments once or twice in a thirty-minute class. The required instruments for Music Together Family Favorites Songbook are egg shakers, rhythm sticks, play-along instruments such as maracas, scarves, drums and other suggested instruments and props are resonator bells, ringing instruments, balls and parachutes
  • Adaptations for special needs children ~ sensory issues such as auditory, visual, vestibular and proprioceptive, social issues and physical issues. There is a section called adaptive techniques and games with activity suggestions such as Grounding Hug and Push the Wall.
Beginning on page 21, the middle section and core of the program:
  • Includes all nineteen songs from the Family Favorites CD and their music notation pages with CD track numbers
  • Introduces each song with an introduction by developer and researcher Ken Guilmartin.
  • After each introduction, the included teacher pages are organized in four headings adding many helpful ideas and activity suggestions for each category:
  • All ages and settings
  • Infants
  • Preschoolers and older children
  • and Children with special needs
Beginning on page 101, the final section includes:
  • Information on Music Together and its licensing program. (The next paragraph touches on licensed use of the program.) 
  • A guitar reference chart and a glossary.

The songbook is meant to "support and augment the practices of those working musically with children. You may apply the philosophy and song activities to any situation in which you are involved....The "songbook is not a substitute for the actual Music Together program...When using these song activities, you may acknowledge Music Together as your source, but- because of trademark and copyright laws-you many not say that your are offering the "Music Together program" or "Music Together Classes," nor may you call yourself a "Music Together teacher". - p.106

How We Are Using Music Together Family Favorites:
Ridin' in the Car

I typically pick four to six songs on the CD, depending on how much time we have, and read through the exercises suggested in the Songbook manual.  After reading through the introduction page for each song, I look particularly for the All Ages and Settings, plus the Preschoolers and Older Children headings for activities. I typically choose at least two activities, one from each heading. I then read the Children with Special Needs section. There's always great information there and we usually complete at least one of those activities, too.

For our family, we can get thoroughly through about four songs in thirty minutes and roughly six songs in forty-five minutes. We often listen to one or two favorites twice.

We begin each lesson with the Hello song and the last song we sing is the Goodbye song. This gives a predictable beginning and end for the children.There is really no suggested order to follow in the manual, but the order they are already in on the CD works nicely. We typically begin the next lesson at the place we left off on the CD, but always beginning and ending class with the Hello and Goodbye songs. So, for example if we stop at track 8, Palo, Palo before our Goodbye song our next lesson will begin with track 9, John the Rabbit after singing our Hello song.

Playin' in the Kitchen activity

Here is an example of a few of the ways the Hello Song would be preformed in a lesson: 
  • We practice independent singing in this song by having each child sing their own name alone, "Hello, I'm ...."  and the rest of us reply together, "So glad to see you."
  • As recommended, we also practice different ways to keep beat such as clapping and tap and clap sequences.
  • One of the special needs sensory activities we like to do is singing while standing and stomping which is a deep pressure experience.
  • This is a very catchy tune. We enjoy singing Hello to each other at various times of the day, as suggested in the CD booklet.
an example of activity pages in the Songbook

We don't limit listening to our CD just at lesson time. We regularly listen in the car and around the house in general. I often hear the children (and myself) singing a tune from the Family Favorites CD. 

The age range for this product is infant - second grade. Our six and eight year old enjoyed the lessons just as much as the four year old! They all LOVE this music and movement product!

If you purchase the Songbook and CD combo (K0227) together their price is $39.95 this is $5 cheaper than ordering the two separately.  Music Together is also offering a special coupon code for an additional $2 off the above combo. Just enter the code "Schoolhouse" at check out.

Final Thoughts:

We have had a fabulous time using Music Together Family Favorites Songbook and CD combo. This is a great course for homeschool parents who are willing to be a music and movement teacher for their own children. The price of outside music and movement classes are well above the price for this songbook and CD combo. With this in mind especially, I do believe the cost for this physical product is justified.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Savannah, GA and Tybee Island Trip in Pictures

Our Trip to Savannah, GA and Tybee Island in Pictures (Saturday, Sept. 1- Monday, Sept. 3)

Our first glimpse of the hotel. The Westin Savannah Harbor is by far our favorite in the downtown Savannah area!

Taking a ferry from the hotel to River Street

After a full day downtown, we chose to eat at the Shrimp Factory ~ the website has interesting information. C8 traced this whole nautical scene

Later that night, our hotel had The Muppets Movie on the big screen out by the pool.

The pool staff gave each of us s'mores kits! The kids loved roasting their marshmallows and making their very own treats by the outdoor fire.
The next day we all enjoyed a full day at the beach. Daddy and the older two stayed in the ocean for hours. I never did get a good picture of them. We also visited the Marine and Science Center which is on the beach. No trip to Tybee is complete without stopping there!

C8 playing the baby grand in the hotel lobby.

breakfast at one of the hotel restaurants

Guided tour at Ft. Pulaski

The powder magazine storehouse

Lecture about a soldier's life in the mid 1800's

This gentleman (and real life veteran) gave a wonderful presentation of a soldier's life and a demo of a musket firing

Hands on learning - making black powder and lead paper bullets

Being sworn in as official Ft. Pulaski Jr. Rangers.

Receiving their badges for completing the required tasks. We are working towards our Junior Civil War Historian badge and we picked up the Jr. Ranger Discovering the Underground Railroad booklet. Here's the link to the PDF. The Jr. Ranger program is a fabulous free educational resource.
                 A family favorite is the Pirates' House Restaurant. We always get a great history lesson with our meal. J4 especially loves the pirate actors. Last year, they had a red headed Ann Bonny that was also fabulous!  FYI pirate lovers ~they've added a huge gift shop upstairs, too.

We can't leave Savannah without a history tour by horse and carriage. The past three trips we've managed to have the same tour guide! I can't think of her name right now, but once I do I'll be sure to edit this post! ~ R6 didn't want to sit up front. He chose to sit on the second bench between Daddy and I.

R6's artwork while waiting at The Boar's Head

Just before passing through a serious thunderstorm on our way back home...
We had a wonderful time in Savannah. Daddy's spur of the moment idea made for lots of fabulous memories and great educational moments.

 I am linking up with Favorite Resource This Week. This showcases some of our favorite things to do while in historic Savannah and Tybee Island.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

First Stitches

J4 is a huge Jeff Corwin fan. He loves all creatures, especially reptilian and amphibian. Today, he was attempting to show C8 a hiding lizard on our fence. As he climbed, he lost his footing and fell, cutting his left hand between his thumb and first finger on the downspout. No tears.

just before three stitches
So, we cleaned it well with peroxide, dabbed some antibiotic cream on and stuck on a band-aid. I could tell he definitely needed stitches.

Dr. J and his staff were amazed that J4 didn't even flinch during two lidocaine shots. He stayed perfectly still and even smiled! I know this little one is one tough cookie, but even I was shocked! He didn't have to be wrapped up like a little burrito after all.

He got three stitches and is good as new. Little bit did tell me afterwards that the shots did hurt, but J4 didn't want Dr. J to know. J4 didn't want to hurt his feelings. Isn't that the sweetest.

Mr. Michael, J4's nurse, gave him a superhero band-aid while I was on the phone at the front desk trying to find out if J4 was up to date on his tetanus. Michael told me later that J4 told him that God is the biggest super hero of them all! Mr. Michael and the Doc thought that was pretty awesome, too.

We got a Chick-fil-A ice cream cone on the way home and are now watching a Jeff Corwin episode. 

Love my little guy, and I'm praying that his wound will continue to be pain-free through the healing process.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Native America ~ Once-a-Week Unit Study Review


It is not necessary, but do you have a Boy Scout or an American Heritage Girl? Homeschool Legacy offers Once-a-Week Unit Studies that accommodate merit badge requirements for each!

You don't have to have a Boy Scout or American Heritage Girl to enjoy and learn from these studies.

Once-a-Week-Unit Studies are Christian centered and designed for grades 2 - 12 to make learning FUN for the student and teacher! Currently, there are eleven Once-a-Week Unit Studies. They are all cross-curricular and incorporate many subjects while focusing on one main topic. Below is a list of the subjects covered:
Here is a list of the topics currently offered and the corresponding merit badges:

Science Related:
  • Birds of a Feather – BSA Bird Study/AHG Our Feathered Friends Badge
  • Horsing Around – BSA/AHG Horsemanship Merit Badge
  • Forest for the Trees – BSA Forestry Merit Badge
  • Weather on the Move – BSA Weather/AHG Young Meteorologist Badge
History Related:
  • Knights and Nobles – BSA Art Merit Badge
  • Early Settlers – BSA Reading/AHG Book Adventurer Merit Badge
  • Christmas Comes to America – BSA Music/AHG Music Appreciation Merit Badge
  • Native America – BSA Indian Lore/AHG Native American Merit Badge
  • Revolutionary Ideas: the Story of the American Revolution – BSA American Heritage Merit Badge/AHG Dawn of Our Country Badge
  • We the People, Getting to Know Your Constitution – BSA Citizenship in the         Nation/AHG Citizenship and Government/AHG Our Flag Merit Badge
  • Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea – BSA Nature/AHG Nature & Wildlife Merit Badge
"Any four combined Once-a-Week Unit Studies will easily satisfy a full course study of history or science, if you choose to use Once-a-Week Unit Studies as your main source of history or science." ~ Homeschool Legacy, Native America p.11
" All Once-a-Week Unit Studies are appropriate for Grades 2-12, though upper levels will still need their lab sciences."  ~ Homeschool Legacy, Native America p.11
Suggestions by the Author:
The author gives many suggestions on how to use Once-a-Week Unit Studies. She even includes a weekly sample schedule with read-alouds and unit study reading occurring each day (regular curriculum is used daily except Wednesdays). Wednesdays are set aside for continued unit study reading and read-alouds along with the Once-a-Week Unit Study activities. On this day, you would not use your regular curriculum. Hence the name Once-a-Week Unit Studies. It's suggested to use Fridays to study the 3 R's in your regular studies and include unit study reading. Then, use the rest of your day for field trips, family movies and/or games.  The goal is to give you a break from your day to day curriculum and make wonderful memories with hands on projects and activities ~ learning that sticks.

How We Used our Once-a-Week Unit Study: Native America

We were excited to be given the chance to review Native America from Homeschool Legacy. My family has strong Native American roots and we were so excited to be chosen to review Native America.

Native America is a six week course covering The Northeast Woodland Nations, The Southeast Woodland Nations, The Southwest Nations, The Plains, The Pacific Northwest Coast and The California/Plateau/Great Basin Nations. It totals 61 pages. There is an abundance of library books and even movie recommendations in each section. In no way is it meant for a family to read all the suggestions!

The above books are not by any means exhaustive of the titles recommended. There's a lot to choose from! A couple are titles I found while pulling recommended books from the library shelf. Many are requests from different libraries.

All the supplies needed for each week are listed at the beginning of each section. Then daily activities are listed such as independent reading and family read-aloud choice. For Week One's focus, The Northeast Woodland Nations, the family read-aloud choice was The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Waldsworth Longfellow. It's not pictured above because this book is available as a free Kindle download. That's the format we used to read through it.

Rectangular boxes are used to point out merit badge activities.  Once-a-Week activites are clearly labeled, too. Subject areas are in bold type and underlined with a small picture symbol (sometimes there are more than one symbol) beside the subject's name. The activities are then explained in enough detail to be easily understood.
Here is an example page from week one. I like the clean and easy to read format.

I will say that having to waiting on specific library books that we really wanted to read and just the vast number of fabulous books we collected to read through - and we did read through all of them- put us behind "schedule." We spent almost a month just on weeks one and two due to the amount of extra reading we wanted to do. I think that is GREAT! Reading and truly immersing ourselves in Native American history and culture has been a rewarding experience.

Often, we would break up a days worth of unit study activities into two or more days. We worked at our own pace with our eight year old, included a four and six year old with activities such as art, music, life skills, movies and the family devotionals. Really, the only section that the younger two didn't participate in to some degree was the research activities. We LOVED our time spent learning about Native America.

J4 spooning the seeds out of our acorn squash ~ Three Sisters Iroquois Soup recipe (one of two recipes for week one)

Making a wampum beads (week one) - a little differently than suggested. The children wanted to mix many different colors, not just red and blue to make purple. Wampum beads are traditionally purple and white.
Three Sisters Iroquois Soup

Overall Thoughts:
Once-a-Week Unit Studies are comprehensive. I love that all of the research for fine books and activities has been completely thought out and provided within the pages of this great resource. Unit Studies are FUN.  For the price, I certainly think the amount of research and quality of the lessons is completely worth it. 

We have been able to incorporate a preschooler and first grader into most all aspects of the lessons with our third grader. This study has truly been an enjoyable experience for the whole family! We are learning an infinite amount about our heritage and having lots of fun doing so.

Where to buy and how much is it? 
Native America, Once-a-Week Unit Study is available in hard copy format here for $17.95 plus 3.00 shipping/handling.  You can view all of the Homeschool Legacy products here.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

A Cry from Egypt ~ Historical Fiction at its Finest!


A Cry from Egypt is one of the best Christian historical fiction novels I have ever read. I am not exaggerating one bit. Great Waters Press (a division of Raising Real Men) has published a wonderful novel, the first in the Promised Land series.

PhotobucketThe story takes place in ancient Egypt during the time of the plagues.  We are taken into the family of Jarah, a young Israelite girl who is twelve years old.  Her father is Hebrew. Her mom is Egyptian. Their family is enslaved. The dynamic of a father who believes in Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, a mother that believes in the Egyptian gods and Jarah who is unsure who to believe in, creates a powerful and intense drama. As we follow Jarah on her quest for the truth and freedom, we meet many characters that are richly developed. A small sampling of these characters include her oldest brother Eitan, who is a follower of Yahweh and is a very good influence and source of  counsel. He has his heart set on a Hebrew girl, Ada. Ada is the Egyptian queen's personal attendant and many obstacles stand in the way of  Eitan and Ada being together.  Jahra also has an older sister, Shayna, who among other things is a bit flirtatious with the boys. We see Jarah frowning upon her behavior. Personally, I was happy to see this scene played out in the book. It's great to reinforce proper behavior for adolescent boys and girls from a peer's point of view. There is so much more to this book than the brief accounts above.

The way the author, Hope Auer (a homeschool graduate) writes this story is captivating and action filled not only for children but for adults as well. I found myself thinking about Jahra and her family at various times of the day. To me, this is the mark of an excellent book. C8 and I felt as if we were in ancient Egypt during the time Moses and Aaron confronted Pharoh and each plague was handed down upon the Egyptians. The story is told in a way that we could sympathize with the pain and suffering of being a slave. We felt their desire for freedom and were touched by Jahra's search to trust in the one true God. Ms. Auer makes sure to show there are good people amongst the Egyptians, too.

The historical and biblical accuracy is phenomenal. Ms. Auer uses rich language and vivid details to describe the streets, the clothes, their home, the palace, the characters' thoughts and the hardships they face - your imagination will have no trouble being transported into their story. Immediately following the story is a section devoted to the historical research Ms. Auer conducted. I highly value the extra information contained in this section. It's a wonderful resource that can be used to further your own learning and understanding of the time period.

There are two scenes that may be a bit too descriptive of violence for a younger audience. Spoiler alert: one thankfully is a vivid nightmare at the beginning. The other is not. Both scenes had C8 and I on the edge of our seats. C8 was concerned, but scenes did not adversely affect her.

Final thoughts:
I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone aged 8 and older looking for a historically and Biblically accurate read. My daughter and I enjoyed A Cry from Egypt and looked forward to our read-aloud time each day. C8 and I cannot wait for the sequel!

Pricing: At the time of this review, an advanced reader copy is 12.99. You can purchase it here.
The physical book we received has a total of 193 pages; 176 of those being the main story and additional 8 1/4 pages being a preview of the sequel. The others are acknowledgements, etc.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music Review & Giveaway

"To all those moms who want to teach their children music, but feel unqualified—
this book is for you." ~  Marcia Washburn

Music appreciation is something I struggle with teaching. I am thankful Mrs. Washburn and I crossed paths a couple of months ago! She offered our family the opportunity to review her comprehensive, open-and-go, music appreciation curriculum Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music. She is also offering one of my readers a free PDF copy of Beethoven Who? As an added bonus, Mrs. Washburn is  offering, Teaching Your Family to Play the Recorder, PDF to anyone who purchases Beethoven Who? by Saturday, Sept. 22. ~Details under Pricing and Giveaway at the end.

What is Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music?

Beethoven Who? is an open-and-go PDF resource. You can plan ahead as to which element you'd like to study or just open and decide on the spot what you'd like to learn. It is extremely flexible. I believe this curriculum could take at least two years to thoroughly complete! I can see using this resource multiple times throughout the elementary and even into the middle and possibly the high school years as well.

 I also appreciate that she gives many ideas on how to use her curriculum. There is no wrong order or wrong way to introduce the material ~ find what is interesting and go with it. I found her curriculum easy to apply in our homeschool.

Additionally, I love the way Mrs. Washburn writes. She is down to earth and explains everything in simple, easy to understand terms for the average, non-musical parent like me.

This pdf ebook is over 300 pages long. It's massive. I found myself needing over a week to become acquainted with the ebook.

 (The only issue I've had to work through, is once an internal, teal colored link is clicked, I couldn't figure out how to "go back" to the page we were on.  My unbelievable, tech savvy husband figured out three different ways to do this within Adobe! You can read how to navigate back and forth within a PDF here, courtesy of my husband.)

Mrs. Washburn states that Beethoven Who? will show you how to:
  • ·         Unlock the mysteries of musical notation.
  • ·         Grow comfortable using the vocabulary of music.
  • ·         Find appealing classical, traditional, folk, patriotic, and sacred music.
  • ·         Enjoy fun hands-on activities with your children as you explore music together.
  • ·         Tie in music with other subjects and interests.
  • ·         Share your music with others.
and I agree!
How We are Using Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music

I began by introducing the children to the composer of Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saƫns on page 92. We then clicked on the musical link that directed us to a you tube video of that piece with beautiful paintings of the featured animal during 'their' piece. As we listened, the children were compelled to dance and act out the animal parts. This is suggested by Mrs. Washburn and I was pleased that the little ones automatically did this on their own. We listened for the elements Mrs. Washburn recommended such as staccato and lento, which are also defined and explained. We tried activities such as count how many lion roars we hear in "Royal March of the Lion".

She offers three pages of hands on activities for this musical piece and links to a squiddo of even more activities. We took a full week and a half to slowly enjoy and explore the many elements of Carnival of the Animals. Mrs. Washburn encourages parents to tailor the lessons to the individual family.

Next, I jumped to Action Songs. We have enjoyed this section immensely also! If you don't know the motions to  Mulberry Bush, Farmer in the Dell, PawPaw Patch, Pop Goes the Weasel and so many more - no problem. Mrs. Washburn does an excellent job explaining how to perform these timeless action songs. (There's usually a little history on the piece included as well.) Our kids love music combined with movement. These activities are always a hit!

From here on out, we've been jumping around finding elements that apply to our current studies. For example, C8 is playing a Mozart piece in piano. We found Mozart in this curriculum and did the music appreciation activities that pertained to him. I see this program lasting through many years of study. 

I like knowing what's in a book. Here is the table of contents:

  • Why Should I Teach My Children Music? p. 7 ~ This section inspired me and got me excited to teach music. I love the Christian references Mrs. Washburn uses to encourage and inspire. She talks about artistic expression, intellectual benefits, discipline that gives way to contentment and satisfaction, physical coordination, emotional release, and social benefits. 
I love her concluding paragraph in this section:
Music touches us in every area of our lives—body, soul, mind, and spirit. Nothing has quite the same power over us, other than the Holy Spirit Himself. It is a gift that we can take to heaven with us. Let’s get started learning more about this wonderful gift from our Heavenly Father—music! p.12
  • How to Use this Book p.13 ~ There are many ideas and hints on how to present the information to your students
Section I: Listening to Music ~includes teaching tips and links for listening
  • 1: The Elements of Music p.19
  • 2: Classical Music Your Children Will Love p. 26
  • 3: Baroque Period (1600–1750) p.33
  • 4: Classical Period (1750–1820) p.48
  • 5: Romantic Period (1820–1900) p.68
  • 6: Impressionistic Period (1870–1920) p.91
  • 7: Twentieth Century (1890–2000) p.98

    Section II: Reading Music ~ this section also includes activities to teach pitch, rhythm, form, dynamics, tempo, musical terms, etc.
  • 8: Basic Musical Notation p.112
  • 9: Activities to Teach Music Reading p.118
  • 10: Activities to Teach Pitch p.134
  • 11: Activities to Teach Rhythm p.141
  • 12: Activities to Teach Dynamics p.150
Section III: Making Music
  • 13: Our American Heritage of Folk & Traditional Music p.155
  • 14: Action Songs p.159
  • 15: Love & Friendship p.174
  • 16: A Musical Menagerie: Songs About Animals p.190
  • 17: Work Songs p.200
  • 18: Patriotic Songs p.213
  • 19: Sacred Songs p.240
  • 20: Making Music Together p.267
  • 21: Sharing Your Music with Others p.270
  • 22: What Next? p.278
Section IV: Appendices
  • Appendix A: How to Use the Links in this Book p.282
  • Appendix B: Elements of Music Chart p.285
  • Appendix C: Sample Listening Sheets p.287
  • Appendix D: Resources p.289
  • Appendix E: Glossary of Terms p.297
Index p.320

About Mrs. Washburn:

Marcia Washburn holds a Master’s in Music Education. She taught public school music for eight years prior to the birth of their oldest son. She has operated several businesses including a profitable piano studio. She and her husband homeschooled their five sons in rural Colorado for nineteen years.

Pricing, Giveaway and Offer!
This ebook is on sale for 19.99. Regular price is 29.99. ~ If you are eager to get started right away, you don't have to wait to see if you are the winner of this giveaway. You may buy it here. Mrs. Washburn will refund your money if you are the winner!

Also, from Mrs. Washburn ~ "In addition to the special price, anyone who orders Beethoven by Sat., Sept 22 may write me at and I will send them a free copy of my 33-page ebook, Teach Your Family to Play the Soprano Recorder. Even non-music readers can use this proven method."

Entering is easy. Just follow Rafflecopter's directions! Rafflecopter will select a random winner Friday at midnight!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music in exchange for my honest review.