Monday, February 8, 2010

KinderBach (TOS Crew Review)

My children and I received a temporary online subscription to KinderBach as members of the 2009-2010 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew.  We didn't manage to complete as many of the online lessons as I would have liked with all the holidays and schedule changes, but we did finish Weeks 1 and 2.  Here's what we discovered:

  • KinderBach is a great introduction to music and the piano/keyboard.
  • KinderBach is fun and engaging for preschoolers and kindergartners.
  • KinderBach offers many fun activities to supplement the online sessions.
  • KinderBach is a little too "young" for my two older kids.

The Littlest Princess loved the sessions, but whether she got anything out of it is not clear (after all, she's only 3).  She even requested the videos many times, often a specific segment (the "high and low" apple tree activity was by far her favorite!).  The older kids did learn to play 'Jingle Bells' during the Christmas break with the song supplements they offered for the holidays.

Overall, I believe KinderBach is a great introduction to music, and is perfect for preschoolers, but it is a little slow and "cute-sy" for my older kids (7 and 10).  It did spark their interest in music, though, and for that alone, I have recommended KinderBach to many of my friends (even those who do not homeschool would benefit from this musical education program).  As a totally musical being, I appreciate anything that instills a love of music in my children.

To see what my fellow Crew Mates had to say about KinderBach, click here.

*Disclaimer: a 3-month subscription to KinderBach online was given for the purposes of using and reviewing their services.  This review is my honest opinion, and I have not been compensated for it.

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