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The "Language Window"
Dr. Maria Montessori called the "language window" is wide open in
pre-school aged children. They learn vast amounts of
encyclopedic information quickly and easily - later conceptualizing
this encyclopedic information. For
example, children don't understand the importance of learning that a
certain shape is called "A" or that it has a certain sound connected
with it. Later they understand the concept of all the
letters and sounds of letters they have previously learned and begin to
Learning to play a musical instrument during this time when the
"language window" is open builds an incredible number of neuron
bridges in the brain which enhance later learning in the fields of
science, math and language for starters! Reading the music
notation is an integral part of learning to play a musical
instrument. This notation is in fact another language - even
has its own graphics! To read music notation well one has to
observe very small changes quickly and accurately and translate a visual into a tactile. Music
notation is associated with sound as well, so even in this beginning EZ
Piano Notes app the visual is connected with correct audio. The
user never hears the sound of a key unless the note for that particular
key is depicted on the screen. All the piano
sounds in the EZ Piano Notes app are from a high end piano and
Using the App
Piano Notes can be used on an iPad or a Smart Board connected to the
iPad or other compatible device. Use the easy game levels with
the children (the green bordered icons on the Home Page). Since
Busy Buzzy Bumblebee and Pointer are always there to help the children,
no assistance is needed. In the Star Games, Pointer points to
each note. (In the higher levels, the last 5 notes are review, so
Pointer does not point to them.) In the Star+ Games, Pointer only
moves slightly away from the note on the staff and waits for the user
to touch the proper key. If this is not done within a certain
time limit, Pointer does go down and point to the correct key.
the user makes a mistake, Busy Buzzy Bumblebee zooms in and erases it!
The children think this is funny, so tend to make mistakes on
purpose to see Busy Buzzy Bumblebee zoom in........soooo, only two
mistakes are allowed before Pointer points to the key and one more
mistake is allowed when Pointer is pointing to the key. At that
point the key plays by itself and the game continues with the next note.
the user touches the proper key, Busy Buzzy Bumblebee flies in and
plants a star. If the user correctly responds to all 20 notes in
the game the icon for that game on the Home Page lights up. When
the user wins the game and touches the forward arrow, the app
automatically goes to the next level game. If too many mistakes
are made in any given game, the app automatically goes to a previous
game when the forward arrow is touched.
On the Home Page the
user is able to go to any game desired. Most children will want
to try a "different color", but tend to go back to Home Page after just
a few tries when the game is "too hard" and choose a lower level game.
Anybody Can Play is considering providing free pdf. flashcards and other manipulatives if there is enough interest.