Childhood stands as a pivotal phase in life, championed by numerous experts in psychology, education, and child development for its paramount significance. This formative period leaves an indelible imprint on cognitive, social, and emotional growth, nurturing the roots of perpetual learning and self-assurance. During infancy, the brain's neuroplasticity aids rapid language acquisition, forming connections and absorbing linguistic patterns, as highlighted by Mia Nacamulli.
Are you wanting to find ways to introduce your kids to European Portuguese through song? Learning songs in a different language is a great way to gently introduce the language to your children. There are a variety of benefits - it can help them improve their listening skills and pronunciation, and learn vocabulary and sentence structures. There’s also a 2018 study from MIT that stated that music can be “beneficial in improving language skills, and possibly more beneficial, than offering children extra reading lessons.” To gently introduce European Portuguese to your learner, check out these songs!
Living in a digital world with ever-changing technology, the education system looks – and feels – very different from how students learned 20 years ago. From new devices to increased expenses, this can be an overwhelming change for parents. Aside from this, online school has become a mainstream form of education since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. With this abundance of educational resources and countless new options for learning, where do you even begin? That’s where we come in.
While growing up in Portugal, my favorite TV program was Cartoon Network. I woke up early on Saturdays to watch the Power Puff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends… In English. With no subtitles.
I and many other people my age were exposed to English early on, which allowed us to start getting used to the language while relatively young. This, allied with the fact that it’s uncommon to dub films in Portugal, made learning English a lot easier for a lot of people.
While there aren’t a lot of widely available cartoons made in Portugal, there’s a wide variety of dubbed cartoons. In this article, we’ll cover cartoons for all ages.
Picture this: you have a test coming up. You go to the library or a café to study. You get there early, get your best markers out (the pastel ones), and open your book. There’s so much to do, you don’t even know where to start. So, you read and underline a bit, then get distracted, then stop working, and put off studying, ending up pulling an all-nighter before your assessment to prepare. Does this sound familiar?
Studying can feel like a dreadful chore to many. But it doesn’t have to be. So, let’s look into how to study effectively.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your own musical practice, or unsure how to help your students on their musical journey? Do you ever feel like you're staring at a messy room, not knowing where to start cleaning? Don't worry, this week's guide is here to help! We'll give you some tips on how to effectively practice and stay organized, so you can make the most of your musical journey. So let's get started!
Homeschooling and online school can seem very similar at a first glance. They’re both an alternative or complement to traditional schooling. And while they share some commonalities, it’s their differences that will affect a parent’s choice. So, how do they differ and why does that matter?
Homeschooling is a type of education that is parent-led and home-based, as the name suggests. Parents decide, for reasons we’ll discuss, that traditional schooling is not the best option for them, and take their children’s education into their own hands. There is some freedom for the parent to build their own curriculum, though in some states there’s mandatory testing that will condition what’s taught.
Online school, also called virtual school or cyber school, is an umbrella term that refers to an educational service whose content is shared only through virtual means. This can include public and private online schools, university sponsored-schools, credit recovery programs, and any sort of specialized education that might be hard to find in your area.
This specialized education can include upper education like nursing school and law school, and also education in subjects like language and music.
Teaching music online may not sound like the easiest thing to do. How do you engage students? How do you help them solve problems when you’re not there with them? How can you show them examples when you’re limited to a tiny little screen? While there are some obstacles that we may encounter, there are a variety of benefits that actually make it so that you are able to create meaningful connections with students.
Now, sometimes, it is not an easy feat as we deal with a variety of different students. There are some students that take online music classes because they were ‘voluntold’. However, there are students who are genuinely interested and if you are able to create a meaningful connection, they will stay with you.
Being able to create meaningful connections through music has always been important for me in my life. I remember the first time I was able to make someone smile by playing a piece that reminded them of something they had gone through recently or being able to inspire joy through sound. ‘El Sistema’ was one of the first musical projects that combined the idea of performance with social impact, which has since become a world phenomenon.
I had learned a great deal about its benefits while I had worked for the Philharmonie de Paris Projet Demos that was inspired by the teaching principles of ‘El Sistema’. Throughout the time I worked there, I had worked with great colleagues who helped guide me through the process, the importance of knowing each child’s individual story and why they were there, and have firsthand experience in helping facilitate community building with children who came from difficult home situations.
Did you ever struggle with ear-training? Has it always felt like it was a type of endless chore that you were assigned? Have you been finding it difficult to practice and unsure of where to begin? The different technologies that are available to us have made it possible for us to be able to learn anything online. In this article, I’m going to discuss a hybrid model that allows students to not only use traditional materials but also fun interactive ways that allow them to develop the skills to become self-sufficient so that they are able to approach the exercises independently.
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