Using Music to Enrich your Homeschool (Ep 29, 4/14/13)

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In this episode the moms talk about Biddy Bedtime Stories, more family-friendly game recommendations, and ways of using music to enrich your homeschool.

Links in this Episode:beckie-carrot

Biddy Bedtime Stories

Coffee Dough Fossils

Salt Crystals

Root Viewer

Sakura Quick Math

Books in this Episode:

Magyk by Angie Sage

Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

Snake and Lizard by Joy Crowley

Stuart’s Cape by Sara Pennypacker

Bethany the Ballet Fairy by Daisy Meadows

A New Beginning (Magic Puppies #1) by Sue Bentley

The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull (about Dr Seuss)

William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki

Redoute: The Man Who Painted Flowers by Carolyn Croll

My Napoleon by Catherine Brighton

The King’s Day: Louis XIV of France by Aliki

Paris 1789: A Guide to Paris on the Eve of the Revolution by Rachel Wright

Neversink by Barry Wolverton

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Seventh Moon by Marius Gabriel

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Breathless by Dean Koontz

How to be a Medieval Knight by Fiona MacDonald

You are Stardust by Elin Kelsey

Knights and Castles by Philip Dixon

Charlotte in Giverny by Joan MacPhail Knight

          Fairy School Drop Out by Meredith Badger

The Royal Diaries, Marie Antoinette by Kathryn Lasky

          Draw 50 Cats

          Draw 50 Monsters

          Draw 50 Flowers

          Fire Truck Factory by Catherine Anderson

          Big Book of Airplanes by Caroline Bingham

Messenger and Son by Lois Lowery

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Garriger

Links in this Episode:

Games that were suggested in comments:


Forbidden Island

Spot It

Sleeping Queens

Space Math from NASA

Tips for Teachers: How to Incorporate Music into Teaching and Lesson Plan

10 Ways to Help Kids Become Enthusiastic Learners through Music

Extending Songs as Teaching Supplements


Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

Rolling Stones Video and reading about the expression’s meaning here

Ten songs inspired by real places

Music as One of Your Classroom Strategies

Music Timeline

Music History 102: A Guide to Western Composers and their Music from Middle Ages to Present (supposed to have recordings, but I couldn’t find them…but still great info there)

Medieval and Renaissance instruments (great pictures and descriptions! Some pages have sound files too!)

Here’s a video on the Evolution of Music

Here’s another video on the evolution of music…2 guys, a violin and a cello Popular Songs from American History.

Here’s a great webpage about music and art together

History for Music Lovers

They Might Be Giants ~ Here Comes Science

Here’s a song about volcanoes

Teacher and the Rockbots –multiplication songs

Googol Power –multiplication and addition songs

SteveSongs –songs on all sorts of topics (mostly preschool topics…look for his PBS songs)

Steve Weeks –alphabet cds, alliterations

They Might Be Giants Here Come the 123’s & Here Come the ABC’s

Rachel Buchman–recommend Sing a Song of Seasons and Hello Everybody

Jim Gill –Recommend ALLLLLL his music!

Raffi –Recommend EVERYTHING by Raffi!

Dragontales music

Laurie Berkner

Greg and Steve

Schoolhouse Rock (Covers Grammer, History, Science and Math!)

Games with music

The Ultimate List of Online Music  Provides free music recordings, sheet music and more learn about classical music and have fun and (the blog)

Musical Arts Make Sense!

This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at

10 Responses

  1. Megan

    Wow! What an amazing resource for musical inspiration. Your podcast is such a pleasure to listen to while I fold laundry. I anxiously look forward to the notes afterward like a dessert. I just selfishly wish there were a more weekly issue to be inspired by for the next week’s curriculum. You both are so inspiring and a joy to listen. Please stay healthy and inspired. Looking forward to your next installment.

    • Tinamama

      Thank you Megan! How sweet! Dessert, huh? Now I want chocolate! 🙂

      I wish we could pull our lives together better to do weekly again…but right now that’s just not possible. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t eventually get back there again! We are just taking it day by day! Good to hear that you want to hear more from us, though! 🙂

  2. Georgiaberry/Sunshine for Dinner

    I love your podcast, and I was waiting – PATIENTLY lol – for a new episode, and when this one came out, I was like, bleh, music enrichment. Great, yeah, composer study, I got it.

    BOY WAS I WRONG! So glad I finally got around to listening to it because you two really opened my eyes not only to new ways to use music, but to the ways we use music already but I just hadn’t thought about it as being an enrichment exercise.

    Great links and resources for this episode. Thanks so much for all the hard work that went into it. I will never doubt you again!


    • Tinamama

      LOL, Georgiaberry! You made my day! I love reading comments like this!!

      That’s exactly how I’ve always felt about music study…WHY do they only cover classical when there’s such a hugely diverse array of music available out there, even across the centuries!! Fascinating stuff! Glad we could help open your eyes!!
      And you know what you just made me think of something!!! Because I recognize your name from the Amazing Race Facebook group…I’m going to take my kids to the library today and get country music for the countries we’ve been to with the race!!! FUN!!

  3. Elly Phillips

    Thanks for the recommendation of ‘Here comes science’ by They Might be Giants. I found it at our library and borrowed it. There were enough familiar and beloved topics to catch my son’s imagination (dinosaurs and space) and now he’s started singing about the elements and the ‘blood mobile’ , too. I really liked the ‘why does the sun shine’. It’s a shame the first version is wrong, as I can’t imagine a better line that ‘the sun is a mass of incandescent gas’!

  4. Mary S

    I know this is way late, but I just had to add Symphony of Science to your list of educational songs. Older kids will get the most out of them, but even my preschoolers like watching the videos. You can find them at or on YouTube.

  5. Lisa Brown

    Great show! I just wanted to add one more – mostly for the younger crows – Barenaked Ladies – Snack Time. They have some really fun songs & lyrics…

    “Crazy ABCs” is cute – “A is for aisle, B is for bdellium, C is for czar
    And if you see him would you mind telling him?

    Okay, hang on a second, yeah aisle, bdellium?
    Yeah, aisle like a, like a theater, alright, okay and bdellium?
    Bdellium, it’s a gum like tree resin, it starts with a silent B
    And then czar? Yeah, it’s uh like a Russian czar

    You know everybody knows apple, ball and cat
    I wanted to get into some, you know some stranger words
    Right, I see what you’re doing…”

    Anyways – fun stuff! Check it out! 🙂

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