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Summer is here!

As a homeschooling mom, I've decided to "gameschool" my kids this summer.

What does it look like in my house?

We are playing a new game every day -- or just about every day. :-)

I plan our game schedule each weekend. On Monday, we hit the ground gaming! 

My children and I are loving it. 

Playing games each day allows us to take an entirely different pace than we do the rest of our school year. It comes with the added bonus that my kids are learning valuable life skills without even realizing it!.  

Games help our children learn strategy, thinking skills, social skills and more all while having fun. 

With games on my mind this season, I created a new board game that I'd love to share with you! 

As I began to create the game, I wanted to be able to answer a resounding YES to these three questions to deliver a fun and memorable experience for children: 

Wouldn't it be amazing for children to easily learn musical concepts? 

  • YES! In this board game, children will effortlessly learn the difference between quarter notes and eighth notes. 
  • YES! Children will begin composing with the simple rhythm patterns used to play the game. 

Wouldn't it be great to include some of the wonderful things children love about summer time? 

  • YES! Kids love sunshine, watermelon, popsicles, icy-cold fruity drinks! They can collect these cards along the rhythm pathway. 

Wouldn't it be awesome if kids could work together to get to the finish line to eliminate the anxiety about winning?

  • YES! This board game provides a cooperative experience. Working together can be fun! Everyone wins by helping other players across the finish line, then the composition celebration begins. 

I've combined all of these ideas (music, summer fun and cooperation!) in this free board game for ages 4-9.

"Sweet Beats: Summer Music Game" is free for a limited time ($10.00 Value). Scroll down to get your game board.

We tried it out and it was a hit in my family!

In "Sweet Beats: Summer Music Game," your child will learn the difference between quarter notes and eighth notes while collecting sweet treats and sipping in some sunny summer fun. Your child will also begin composing!

The object of the game is to reach the finish line by saying the beats you land on along the way. Will you get a sweet treat as you go? Whoever reaches the finish line first then helps the person closest to the start until everyone has reached the finish line together. Everyone wins when the last person crosses the finish line! Celebrate by composing!

Educational goal: Your child will learn the difference between quarter notes and eighth notes. Your child will use quarter notes and eighth notes to compose and say rhythm patterns.

Winning! Children become composers at the end of the game. It's an all out composition celebration. 

Click here to get instant access to "Sweet Beats: Summer Music Game."


Hi! I'm Kathryn Brunner! I'm an early childhood music educator and the founder of Musik at Home, LLC. I am passionate about child development and music literacy.  

I'm on a mission to help parents and children make music together because the benefits are boundless! The early years are the most important for musical development, and once these prime years are gone, we never get them back.  

With a Musik at Home membership, you'll have unlimited, digital access to a complete, holistic music education for your child at home, on your own schedule. It's studio quality instruction without studio pricing. One affordable membership provides music education for all of your children from infancy to age seven. 

In our class videos, I come alongside parents to help you incorporate music into every day life with your little one. I offer Musikgarten's developmentally sequenced program to help you savor precious musical moments and give your child a solid foundation on the path to music literacy.  

Since earning my license and certification as a Musikgarten instructor in 2005, I have had the privilege of leading thousands of young children in joyful musical play in my own piano and Musikgarten studio, church and community. I would count it a privilege to teach your child too! I can't wait to see you in class!


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