This is a post sponsored by TakeLessons in keeping with my philosophy on low impact ways to pour into our kids’ interests. I hope you will enjoy taking a look at what they have to offer.
Pouring into a child’s interests and finding ways to do it that will be most effective for my student with minimal impact on the family as a whole is a family priority at Blog, She Wrote.
It’s a matter of finding opportunities and venues which allow you some flexibility on how you pursue a particular interest.
Finding Unique Opportunities for Pouring into a Passion:
We all want to find ways to help our kids explore their interests. Some of the ideas you come up with might introduce you to a person who can a mentor either right away or sometime in the future.
In addition to people and organizations you know locally, there are many online experiences such as classes, videos, clubs, and forums. There are many formats to fit your learning styles, your needs as a student and the family as a whole, and your budget.
Spending More Time at Home So There is More Time for Pursuing Passions:
I’m a huge proponent of spending more time at home. The more time we are out running kids to even the best activities, the less time our kids have to really explore their interests.
Regular, frequent days of being home allows us the freedom to explore more in our school and in our kids’ passions. Then we aren’t in a constant battle to hit the 3Rs before we run out the door.
Using TakeLessons as an Opportunity to Save Time on Pursuing Interests:
TakeLessons is an option in the effort to slow down and spend more time at home without leaving behind a beloved activity. It’s also a great way to engage your children if you are remote and finding quality lessons is difficult.
They provide In Home and In Studio lessons, as well as Online Lessons. Online lessons are a popular option for busy families – all you need is a computer with a webcam, a Skype account, and a good Internet connection.
The purpose of TakeLessons is to connect students and families with private music teachers, arts instructors, and academic tutors throughout the US. They’ve been around since 2006 and have worked with over 30,000 students. The instructors are safety screened annually and undergo extensive interviews and training.
There are over 30 lesson types available including: guitar, singing, piano, drums, violin, harp, acting and academic tutoring. I’ve had two friends recently tell me they have kids who want voice lessons and they cannot find a good instructor. What a great opportunity if you have a shortage of local teachers or want to play a less popular instrument.
The cost of TakeLessons depends on the location and duration of the lessons. The most popular lesson package is quarterly (book 12 sessions, get 1 free). You can also go month to month or Flex (coordinating lesson times as you go with the instructor).
There are no long term commitments so you can switch teachers and lessons any time and they offer a 100% money back guarantee- if you are unhappy with the lesson, you can choose a different teacher or request a refund. In addition, there are instructors available for all ages and experience levels.
This free ebook “Getting Started with Music Lessons” will give you an idea of when to start music lessons and which type of lesson is best for your child and family- in home, in studio, or online.
How to buy your first guitar– One of the TakeLessons instructors goes through the basics of guitar types and how to know which is the right one for your student. I could have used this when we bought a guitar for lessons back in February!
Finding Your Voice Type– Another TakeLessons teacher shares how to find your voice type.
A special offer for Blog, She Wrote Readers from TakeLessons:
As a bonus for my readers, TakeLessons is offering 20% off music lesson or tutoring packages when you use the promo code: BLOGSHEWROTE at the checkout. The offer is good through July 6, 2013.
Fiercely protecting our time enables us to be more adventurous and it provides the time for us to invest in our children. How does your family discern which activities are best and how you will make the most of an opportunity with the least impact on the family timetable?