Friday, February 3, 2012

Music is a Must - A New TOS Review!!

This year I was hoping that we would get another chance to review Kinderbach, since it was such a HIT at our home last year.  And we did!  We were all very excited.

The Product:
This program is designed for ages 3-7 by Karri Greggor, who teaches all the lessons.  Her enthusiastic way of providing the information is infectious.  You can't not LOVE it.  Each lesson  has 4 shorter segments, each about 5 to10 minutes long.  With the combination of Karri and fun loving characters like Frisco and the gang they help to teach not reading, singing, composition, and rhythm. And you can try out the first 2 lessons for FREE!
There are even coloring pages, FREE song pages (including Amazing Grace and others),games and samples available at their site, allowing you to explore the program before diving in (which you will definitely want to do.!  You can also check out You Tube and God Tube for videos and a peek at some lessons.

Currently they have 60 lessons covering 6 levels starting with the basics and going on to the more complicated music theory.  All you need is a computer and an inexpensive keyboard or piano.  They have also recently developed an App which is available for iPhone's, iPad's, or tablets.  Be sure to contact them if you have any questions about this App so they can help you.  So now you can take your music lessons anywhere you go.
Each character stands for a particular note on the keyboard which helps little children connect easier.  The characters are all fun-loving and cute which grab the attention even of "big" kids.  You have a variety of ways that the program can be purchased including an entire year (at a GREAT discount of just $7.99/mo), monthly ($19.99/mo each month paid separately), or by DVD by purchasing one of their many bundles.  They even have a Day Pass!  And what's better - a 30 day Money Back Guarantee!  So there's no reason not to at least try Kinderbach out ... I'm sure you will love them as much as your kids!!

Our Experience:
My children were thrilled to be able to do this "review" again!  I had my older girls go through the beginning lessons a little more quickly as a refresher.  But since my little man is now old enough for 'school' and because he LOVES music I started him at the very beginning.  I was trying really hard to get a picture of him interacting with the program (especially the lesson with High and Lo in Level 1, Lesson 1), but he was doing it while at the table and he was squatting and umping up on a chair and I just couldn't capture it.  Hopefully, I can get him to do it again one time when dad is home so dad can take the picture.
Anyway, Seanan was absolutely enthralled at the program.  And after watching the lesson he asked for more. I am so happy that he loves at as much as the girls did and still do.  Last year I tried to see if you could use the program through the Wii and it worked.  I haven't tried that yet this year, but I'm sure it will still work that way.  I liked that so that we could all be in the living room and experiencing the lessons at the same time.

We also liked to be able to use our worksheets or coloring pages with the lesson as we were going through the lesson.

My Thoughts:
I have been super pleased with this program.  I think it is a solid base to learning music and I love that it was created with the littlest learner in mind.  I love that they teach theory which sometimes is left off from many other programs because they think younger students aren't ready for theory.  Your child will even be playing real songs (like Happy Birthday) within the first month of lessons.
Kinderbach is a great company!  They wanted to pass on to all my readers a coupon code for 30% off on any order for your homeschool, classroom, online or DVD's.  Isn't that exciting??!!  Oh and the coupon is good for ONE FULL YEAR!!  So you can use this code all the way through February 2, 2013!!
Coupon Code = TOScrew2012

You probably don't need much more convincing, but if you want to hear what others thought about the program hop on over to read the other crew members thoughts about  Kinderbach .  You can be sure to reach them on their website, by email, by phone (563-332-0587), and even find them on Facebook!

*** I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2011-2012 Crew and receive free products and services in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of money for any of my reviews. My reviews will always reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences with the products and services that I receive.***

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