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Musical Memory | Renee Cook

My weekly emails encourage homeschool moms in teaching young children at home with practical tips for real-life homeschooling. Get ideas for simple, engaging, and effective teaching strategies. PLUS tons of short & sweet learning songs... I wrote the only homeschool memory work program that is 100% set to song and homeschooling families with K-5 kiddos LOVE it!

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Get Your Kids Doing Some Work Independently ✅

Do Your Kids Have Lists? We've used several different versions of an independent work list over the years. It's SO nice to have systems in place where your kids can self-direct their time and get going on what needs to be done without waiting on Mom (who may or may not be occupied directing the rest of the circus). Today on the blog, I shared some different ideas for independent lists or work baskets in your homeschool. I wrote about how I set up school-ish type things for preschool and...

7 days ago • 1 min read

Phonogram Question Hi there! This is Renee Cook, the homeschool mom behind the Musical Memory shop & website. I'm curious to know if you use the phonogram chart you downloaded a while back!? Here it is again if you need it. Download Phonogram Chart I'm using phonograms to teach my 4th child to read right now, so it's on my mind. I want to create stuff that is legitimately helpful for other parents! So, if you have a minute, hit reply & let me know whether or not you ended up using it, along...

15 days ago • 1 min read

Do you know about Chinese Bamboo Trees? You must very carefully monitor their water & temperature for the first 5 years, and nothing happens. You have to water often and weed and make sure it stays at the perfect temperature… but you won’t see a single sprout. Not an ounce of visible growth. But in year 5, something crazy happens. Within 6 weeks, the tree grows 80 feet tall. Turns out, during the first 5 years, a deep, vast, root system was growing beneath the surface. You just couldn’t see...

21 days ago • 1 min read

"Oh my goodness this is just the best." A friend who uses Musical Memory shared a great story with me the other day. She voice texted me: "Musical Memory is the best thing ever... my first grader is doing addition with 8s and 9s right now. As you get further into the lesson, they start introducing the reverse of the problems. 4 + 8 instead of 8 + 4. As soon as [6 year old] saw the problem 4+8 , she started singing the Commutative Property song: 'The commutative property works for addition and...

24 days ago • 1 min read

Watching kids learn to read is nothing short of amazing. A baby goes from eating books to realizing that you're supposed to hold them and move those pages back and forth to babbling while they pretend to read to unlocking the mysterious code that is all the sounds their native language's symbols make on the page. It amazes me every time I watch it "click" for an emerging reader. But how do you teach reading well at home...? Is there a perfect curriculum? What if you don't remember all the...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

How to Actually Teach Beginning Readers I recorded a live video workshop with some new homeschooling parents about how exactly to teach your kids to read.... ❤️ Side by side at the table or snuggled up on the couch. 🧒 At your child's ideal pace, without tears. 💰 Without spending hundreds of dollars on curriculum. Because spending hundreds of dollars on a program doesn't mean your child will learn to read without tears. What will actually help your kiddo become a great reader is: You, the...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

How do you do it all? The actual state of my school room is piles of papers, trash, books, etc. Because I can either prep to launch a podcast, care for an extra baby, and watch friends' kids for their overnight getaway OR I can spend time reorganizing for the new school semester. But I certainly can't do it all. And so I don't. Happy New Year! 🎉 Going into a New Year makes me feel like I can do anything, be anyone, reach for the stars.... or something like that. All the ambitions, goals, and...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

December 8, 2023 It's here!! Dearest Musical Memory Reader + User + Cheerleader, It’s official… We have an app for that! The Office Michael Scott GIFfrom The Office GIFs The Apple version of the Musical Memory App is officially available on the App store!! You can download it here and use it freely for a limited number of songs. Once you download it, create an account which will unlock free access for 20+ songs. If you want to try a 1 week full trial, hit subscribe and choose your plan. It’ll...

3 months ago • 1 min read

So Many Updates! Apps, gift guides, and podcasts oh my! Three days ago, my husband said, "Did you know next Thursday is Thanksgiving!?" Haha I informed him that I did. But I get it. We have had a fall, if you know what I mean. It's been full. Some good things - like building the Musical Memory App (it's launching soon!), seeing our oldest fall in love with volleyball, and the most beautiful midwest weather for being outdoors. Some bad things - like finding out the back door was floating over...

3 months ago • 2 min read

October 2023 I've heard it said that gathering kids is like herding cats. Is that a saying? If not, it should be. When 3 out of 4 kids are about ready to join you on the couch for Morning Time, one can't be found. You leave to go find the lost cat child and victoriously return with him only to discover 2 children have disappeared. So what do you do? Obviously, you start yelling through the house... WE ARE STARTING MORING TIME!!! YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO GET DOWN HERE! (I'm sure YOU don't yell...

4 months ago • 2 min read
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