Do you remember your favorite teacher? If yes then you most likely do so because she/he had a “special way” of presenting the curriculum. Little Composers is more than apps and lessons. We turn moms into music teachers and if you want to become the kind of teacher that a student remembers for ever, then practice the following.
Gifted teachers have a natural ability to always do the five points listed below.
- Ask questions
Take a few minutes before every lesson and prepare yourself with the topic.
NEVER just open the app and let your child fool around. That only wastes time and does not teach.
Instead, read the info we provide on each of the lesson pages and then start the lessons.
NOAH is the only app that teaches children who are still at the pre-reading stage. Therefore, you need to explain each lesson to the child. Just follow the instructions and you will be an amazing teacher.
Sounds easy but sadly, we live in a busy world. Listening takes time so please make time and don’t rush the lessons. Our way of teaching is based on listening to the child not just as it plays the melodies, but also to the answers which we’ll cover in the next paragraph.
4 Ask questions
Asking the right questions is what differentiates the good from the bad teachers. Asking the right questions and then let the child explain/answer is the best way to teach. We will dedicate a portion of each lesson to give you questions to ask as well as what to listen for as the child answers.
Lesson 1 sample questions
Who has a longer nose. The elephant or the camel?
Who is a better swimmer. The dolphin or the elephant?
Make up more questions about strength, weight, color etc.
All of the above is useless if you don’t praise.
You know your child better than anyone else does so praise accordingly. We will always remind you and if in doubt, praise. Children thrive when their progress and efforts are rewarded with words of praise.
Example: While “Little Kathy” listens, tell another “grown-up” how smart “Little Katy” is. Continue on of what was learned today and how amazed you are the she remembered all (or almost all) of the animal names.
Ideally, the other person reacts positively but in disbelief. Would little Kathy be able to explain what she learned today once more to prove that it’s really true?
The above is just one example of how learning works. When a child is motivated, then the sky is the limit.
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