Effective lesson planning varies greatly depending on the size of the Suzuki class. While having a small class may be easier in some aspects, it also presents challenges in keeping the Suzuki students motivated and engaging them. Here are some ideas that can guide you as you prepare for a smaller Suzuki class.

Tips For Teaching Small Suzuki Classes

1. Plan for more activities
In a large group, the kids tend to feed from each other's energy. In a smaller group you will not have that natural energy or "fun social factor" created just by the numbers. Also the activities will take shorter time due to the number of kids. So you will need to prepare for more activities and change the activity often.
This especially important to know if you are teaching as a guest or if you might have students missing. The difference in size will greatly affect the way the lesson will go. Being mindful of that as a teacher will lead to more successful and engaging group classes.

2. Work on different repertoire
Teaching a small class is a excellent way for a teacher to explore different types of instruction.
Teach them a round, find a nice trio or duets to the Suzuki pieces, incorporate note reading and sight reading at the end of each group class.

3. Engage Suzuki parents
One way to make the class bigger and more exciting? Add the parents. Engage them in the lesson by actually having them do things with their children. Parents can be asked to:
1. Work with a child on a specific problem.  This is especially helpful when working in mixed level classes.
Game:  everyone finds their parents, play a piece working on moving left elbow while the teacher walks around and checks.Then play a different piece but find a different parent to work on a different technical element.
2. Be funny. Have the parents add to the "fun" factor of the class.
Game:  ask one student to play out of tune or something wrong on purpose. Instead of the students finding out who that students is, the parents can be engaged in finding out "what is wrong".
3. Pre-Twinkle:
Game: ask the parents to play a song (for pre-Twinkle and dep. on parents level of playing) Ask the students to find a certain "fault" in their parents posture-whether they had soft hands, if they moved their elbow, etc.

4. Add mini recitals as a part of Suzuki group class
Having students perform as much as possible is an important part of Suzuki education. Performing in a small group is an excellent way for the students to gain confidence in a supportive setting. While having a mini recital within a huge class can be overwhelming, adding that element in a small setting will be a great opportunity for your students to gain confidence while in a small and supportive setting. If you feel that the students are timid, start with the teacher modeling. Play one piece for the students in a "recital" mode at the end of every class. After a few classes, see if a student wants to present their piece. Always be very supportive after a students plays for the class.

5. Master class within the group lessons
Following the previous idea, master class can be a good group class structure at any stage of development. Try it once a month or more regularly. For younger students, add a fun element to it. students can learn giving each other positive feedback after it. They could play something "silly" for the class right after having a more serious master class lesson. Or they can finish the master class group classes with cookies and refreshments that all parents would bring and share. Incorporating master class within the group lessons is very valuable experience to more experienced students who may be feeling the need for different instruction at the upper book levels.

Wondering about activities you can do at the beginning of the school year in your music class? This time of the school year is quite tricky. Students are developing first impression and relationship with their teacher. At the same time they don't have that much to work with as they have not developed repertoire or a set of skills yet. Teachers have to be quite creative at engaging the students while they are getting into school year.
Here are some ideas for activities centered around:

  • Getting to know your students
  • Developing better relationships between the students
  • Setting the base for team work
  • Asserting classroom rules

Musical Story

Either Introducing the Teacher through Music or Exploring Students Musical Heritage Through Music

Making a musical story to introduce yourself or the rest of the students in class  is a GREAT idea to start a class at the beginning of the school year or to use as one of your activities at the beginning of the year!

Students are very excited to get to know their teacher. They want to know who the teacher is as a person. This activity will help you break the ice, develop a connection with the students, and connect the introductions to music. You can also use it to introduce yourself, and give the students an overview of the things they would be learning during the year. It will also take the boredom out of the first class when the teacher would naturally talk more.

What it is? The teacher will simply create a story about herself. They would follow up with music. Think about the most important things you want to teach this particular group of kids. That could be care about the instruments, singing, elementary instruments, different music genres, etc. Then think about your own path as a musician. Then, combine the two by creating a short introductory "story followed by music".

For example, I may talk about my home country followed by a short folk piece. Then I would talk about when I learned to read music, followed by giving them an example of musical notation, then I would make a joke about practicing one passage over and over, I would go into pieces I have played while their age, etc. The possibilities are limitless. 

This activity can become a favorite with elementary and middle school students. If done with a bit of humor and lightness, the students have a good time with it.

You could use this as a starting point for the students to also start sharing their personal story through music, making this a short unit, or feeding into your lesson plan for the next day. 

As I am an orchestra director, I use my violin for this introduction. In a more general music classroom you can use recordings as well. I wrote a bit more detail about this activity in this post.

Team building

Interest Sheet
As the students are walking into the clasrom they are given a sheet asking them about their favorite things (sport, spare time, pet, etc). Students are instructed to fill out the sheet but not to put their names on it. This is a great activity to fill out the "empty time" as the students are finding their way into the music classroom and waiting for the second bell.
The sheets are collected and then each student gets a sheet that belongs to someone else. They make a guess who that person may be. Then they have 2min. to go around the room, check to see if they got the right person and to find who the sheet belonged to if they were incorrect.
The firsrt students to find the right answer line up in front of te board. The first three win!
This is great activity fro students to get to know each other. They also have great fun with it because it gets them moving. The same activity may be used for teachers during the school year to brake the classroom pase, or for students to share their opinion after concerts.

Family Sheet
As the students are walking in the classroom I like to give them something to do as they are waiting for the class to begin. Often I use that time to give them sheets with questions about themselves. Examples:
 What do you family do together for fun? Do your parents support music?
These questions give me a great deal of information about the students in class and what situation they face at home. This activity is not shared with other students. It is more pesonal and it is just for me to get to know them better.

Student Questions
Students form teams of 3-5 and sit together with their teams. The teacher gives them a few questions (questions can be written on the board or typed). The students go around in a circle and each team membr needs to answer each question.  This is a great activity for the stdents to start getting to know each other. The same activity can be repeated on a diferent day as the teams members switch. This way students get to interact with diferent students in class.

Please, see post Team Building Resources for different team building bingo games and ideas.

Learning to give positive feedback
Students need to learn the correct way to interact with each other when working together. This needs to be taught from the very beginning. I like giving students a very simple activity to work on at the beg. Slowly, over time, when we start working on more difficult things they feel more comfortable.
Students for teams of three. One student acts as student and the other two act like teachers. They could teach about  bow hold, rhythms, parts of the instrument. etc. Students are given very specific instruction on how to lead the activity. The two "teachers" need to schedule the feedback as a "sandwitch". The students needs to receive positive feedback, then ideas from improvemnt, then another positive comment.
Insisting on the "sandwich" feedback model gives students the structure they can use during the year. It also build better community by teaching them the proper way to interact when the need to be critical to one another.

Games About Rules and procedures

Guess the rule
The teacher has a bag with small candy. Teacher asks students questions about students' responsibility in a classroom. Examples: Where do you get your instrument? What assesories do you need along with your instrument? How long do you need to practice daily?

True or False
Teachers asks a question. If correct, the students need to raise their hand or do something silly.

Line game
Put a piece of duck tape on the floor making a line. The teacher makes a statement. If the statement applies to them the students need to step into the line. If not, then they step back. The same activity could be done while students move to one part of the room if they agree and the other if they dissagree. The teacher asks a student to take over and make the statements.
The statements can be related to their school year and getting a feel for what the students want to do. I have also used it for new classroom to get a feel of what they have been doing the previous year. This activity is good for older students. It helps the teacher get a feel for the students in class.

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Are you bored with the same potato dishes? Do you want something easy yet different? This delicious, super quick potato recipe is a favorite every time I take it to parties or when I have house guest! Summer is a great time for cookout and this potato recipe goes great with all meat dishes. 
I have started developing easy recipes that can be made for under $5. This potato recipe is a great candidate! I love making it for dinner. I make a bunch, then during the week simply add a piece of chicken or fish on tops to complete the meal. It is also excellent choice to prepare on a Sunday enjoy to dinner and pack leftovers for lunch during the week! The recipe is just about right for getting 5 individually sized lunches. It made 5 of the containers below when I added some greens and about 4 (very big) containers by itself:

Of course you can simply use 1/2 of the ingredients and prepare this for just one meal. But it is so delicious, you would want to have leftovers...

7-8 medium sized potatoes
1 large onion
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon coriander
salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil of your choice
parsley (optional)

Total Coking Time: 20-25min.
Serves: 4 as a main meal, 6 as a side


Chop the onion. Cut potatoes on cubes. Peel potatoes if needed. Place 2 tablespoons oil of your choice. Cook onions until golden brown for about 5 minutes.
Add all spices and salt to taste.You are looking for a nice yellow color. 
Add the potatoes. Add water just so that it reaches the top layer of potatoes. The amount of water will depend on your pan. I used 1/2 cup. Make sure you don't overdo the water. Turn heat on low, cover the pan and let simmer for additional 15-20min. until the potatoes are soft. Turn off heat and let the flavors sit for another 10min. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top.
Take a moment to share the recipe, then Enjoy!

I love lentil salads. They are easy to make, very inexpensive, healthy and so filling at the same time. What is not to love? This easy, healthy green lentil salad is a favorite of mine to make in just a matter of few minutes when I need something quick with no fuss. It can be a great healthy but inexpensive addition to your weekly meal planning. If you have guests and you are looking for something to complete the menu or running to a potluck and looking for something quick and inexpensive to bring last minute-there you have it. 

I have been developing recipes that only take up to $5 dollars to make. Each recipe would make enough for about 5 well sized lunches during the week. This is the first recipe of the series. The idea is that it is possible to spend only $5-$10 per person a week on lunch. This is one of the recipes. Sometimes it takes some thinking to plan healthy meals and trim your budget at the same time. So simplifying a lentil salad to just three ingredients came to the rescue. I love making this lentil recipe for the whole week, then either pack it for lunch, throw piece of fish or chicken on top for diner, or simply have in the fridge for the times when I feel hungry and want to have something healthy around instead of reaching for the cookies. 

And the price for this dish? You cannot beat it! All of this makes a ton of food and leftovers for 5 big individually sized lunch containers (as shown above).

Note: I shopped at Sprouts where both items are on sale at the moment. 

1 lb green lentils
1 large lemon (or two smaller ones)
2 green onions
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/12 tablespoon vinegar
salt to taste

Serves: 5-6 as a main meal, 10 as a side
Cook the lentils. The ratio is one cup lentils to two cups water. Simply put both in a pan on high heat till the water boils. Reduce the heat and let simmer. It is ready when the water gets absorbed. It will take about 15-20min.
While cooking the lentils, chop the green onions. Mix both together. Squeeze the juice of the lemon. Add the olive oil, vinegar and salt to taste.

Note: it is better to use a lighter vinegar such as white vinegar. Balsamic is a bit heavy for this dish. Since the lemon and green onions already add sour taste, you can also omit the vinegar altogether. Taste as you add the ingredients. See how you like it best.

What recipes do you use for the summer heat?

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Lowering our food bill can open up room for many exciting things. In the process we might learn how to be more disciplined about caring for our families, eat healthier and afford more in other areas of life.

The summer just started. You are probably thinking of different ways to enjoy that time with your family. Imagine saving $400-$500 in the next few months on food and groceries. Here is your next years' vacation!

In the process of developing this post I wanted to "play a game" with my finances. I needed to check if my ideas worked. I wanted to see if I can save $200 within a month for a plane ticket to a much anticipated vacation without tapping into my savings. And it worked! Here is how you do it too!

Do you make these mistakes while shopping for your family?

You have all the ingredients ready for a healthy dinner. You come back home so tired that you end up ordering pizza or fast food.

You run to the store last minute to buy some garlic. You end up spending $30 and come back with a full bag of groceries.

You buy groceries that don't get used up. At the end of the month you throw things away.

You go to the store without a shopping list. You come back with a huge bill and lots of items purchased spontaneously.

We are all guilty of these at one point or another. If you have done one of these four things, keep reading!

First, look at your bank statements carefully. Where do most money go? Do you have habits that you need to change before we start? Your ways of spending and taking care of your family will be different from others'. Examining your habits and realizing where you need to cut is the first step to making a change.

Plan your meals every week and cook from scratch as much as possible.
The difference between planned meals and random eating is the difference between making your dollar go far and wasting money. Most people who spend too much on food are random in their spending habits. The ones who can handle a tight budget are careful about planning and cooking. The next tips will help with that.

Pack up your lunch to work! Spend one hour on Sunday to make something that will last (rice, couscous, pasta dish, etc) then pack 5 individually sized portions for the week. You may find that you are actually eating better this way and you will save up a ton. Making this shift has helped me make a huge difference in lowering my monthly food bill. I have started a series of posts with lunch recipes that are easy and delicious-each makes just about 5 individual portions for $5. I will be adding a new recipe each week. Check it out for ideas.

Pick one day of the week to do most of your shopping and cooking.
Think about all the ingredients you will need and try to purchase them in one time while having a list with you. This will prevent additional purchases and compulsive shopping. Some people like to shop for one or two weeks, others like to do the bulk of their shopping for the whole month. Experiment to determine what is best for your schedule. Once you determine that, do not go to the store without a shopping list. Most money we waste is on impulsive purchases, not on what we actually need.
Then pick a day of the week to do more of your cooking so you have ready meals during the week when you are more likely to be tired. Even if you don't like cooking, spend  a few hours once a week to prepare for most lunches and meals that can be enjoyed later. More specific details on that later in the post.

Do not go to the store when hungry. Period.

Have a theme of the week. Most ethnic cuisines use common ingredients. You would buy the same spices and vegetables if you cook a few themed dishes. For example, summer is a great time to have Mexican inspired taco meals. During the winter, when you need something to warm you up you can try some Thai soups and curries. Experiment with different recipes and pick a couple that you can prepare well and make a staple at home. Have fun with it.

Focus on one or two ingredients to guide your meal planning. Similar to the idea above. Scan the weekly adds and plan your main ingredients around the sales. Focus on one protein and/or starch. For example chicken and rice. If I see that chicken is on sale two for the price of one, I will buy it and pick up some greens and potatoes to complete the meals. Now, during the summer lots of vegetables go on sale. I would buy those, then pick up some rice for stir fried rice and side salad. Thinking this way makes for a very easy meal planning. You will not get bored with this meal planning because it is only for a week- you can change it the following week.   Focusing on a main ingredient and using weekly sales not only saves money but makes shopping and cooking much easier.

Cook with seasonal vegetables.
Eating within the season is better for you and it is much cheaper. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also priced better. Scan the weekly adds, after choosing your main ingredient, choose appropriate vegetables and fruit on sale to complement these meals. For example, you can buy melons for less during the summer and cook a lot with pumpkin in the Fall. If I know that bell peppers and eggplants go on sale around the end of the summer, I would plan a few recipes that involve these ingredients. Here is a post on what to buy in June to help with that.

Buy things in bulk (read though not always). This will create convenience and you will save a ton of money. Things like rice, beans, oats can be bought from stores like Costco for a fraction of the price you would pay purchasing them in a smaller packadge. Stoke up on items you enjoy cooking with, then have those available at all times. For example I LOVE cooking with quinoa. I have plenty of simple and easy recipes for the summer. I am now waiting for it to go on sale in one of the stores I shop at and will stoke up as soon as I see that happen. All I would need to do after is buy fresh produce to complete the meals.
However, be careful!!! It is easy to start purchasing things just for the sake of them being on sale. Don't purchase extra just to stoke up on items that may not get used up-buy items that are staples in your kitchen. Also, visit your local stores and be mindful of their difference in price. Some items may make sense to purchase in bulk, but others may actually be discounted at a regular store. Do your research, especially with the items you use most.

Buy less quantities of items that get spoiled. 
While stoking up on items that do not spoil, be careful with the quantities for all others. This is mostly true if you don't have a big family. Sometimes we tend to purchase more than we can use up.  I used to go to the store for some fruit. Because it is healthy, you know...I would return with enough fresh produce to feed the whole block for a month. Naturally things would starts spoiling before I can eat it all. Think about your needs and that of your family. Spend accordingly.

Invest in a bread machine. If you have kids at school and prepare for lunches daily, there is probably a lot of bread you go through. Although it is not as expensive, it does add up. Making your own bread at home can lead to huge savings. Plus you will always have fresh bread available. If you have the time, you can learn to make your own bread in which case you may start here. But you may also be too busy for that. Bread is actually very cost effective. It only takes flour, yeast and water. Bread machines run around $90.00. If you go to Costco and also purchase flour in bulk, you would have spend $100.00 for the whole year! Then, think about savings in the years to come!

Involve your children in cooking. Your children can be of great help when cooking or preparing for meals ahead of time. You are not only having them help, but you are also developing habbits they can use later in life. Soon your baby will be off to college. They will need to know how to stay within a student budget and not break the bank.

Be most careful in times of stress! You will want to spend more simply because of your hectic schedule or give to emotional eating. You need to be very careful to stay disciplined in these periods. It best to pick ONE tip and make sure you stick with it when overwhelmed. Also, when you have too much on your plate, keep things simple on the dinner table. A simple healthy recipe like this one handy that can be used up for lunch on the busy days is better than running to order pizza last minute.

Don't be alone on your journey to cutting your food bill. 
Talk to friends, respond to this post, chat with your husband about it. Make sure that other people keep you accountable. This is the very reason I wrote this post. I knew that if people are reading it I would have no choice but to practice what I preach.

Which one of these tips are you already doing? Over the next month, see if you can pick just two other tips to add. Share in the comments which ones have been helpful to you.

Now, let's look at specific families that have been successful at making it work on a set food budget. The extra tips found on different blogs will add to the above list and provide specific examples of people saving money while caring for their families.

Using what is already available
One of the main reasons we spend so much on food in the US is ...well...because we can. More or less we are spoiled in comparison to other countries. This is why it is good to have reminder from time to time. This blog post offers a great challenge in this respect. The challenge is to eat up what is in your pantry twice a year. Instead of going out and buying new food, use up what you already have. Remember at the beginning of the post when we talked about saving extra for that vacation. This is where you want to start. Check it out, it is good!

Saving on Cleaning Supplies
Household cleaners can add up quite a bit to your monthly bill. Lowering this cost can help your budget and savings significantly. See how this article offers help lowering your cleaning supplies cost.

Meal Planning And Use of Apps and Spreadsheets
The purpose of this post is to help you save money, not spend more. Yet, some people do better when they have resources to keep them on track. So here is a book you can check out with spreadsheets and lots of helpful tips on saving money. Here is also another app for for meal planning. This site also provides ideas for meal planning and a downloadable meal planning calendar.

Feeding Your Family for $20 a Week
Want to squeeze family meal plans for $20 a week? Even though a bit extreme, the host at Frugal Farm Life Blog is successful at that. She posts exact menus, grocery lists and tips on how she does it. If your family budget is tight and you have to make it work, here is where you start!

Feed Your Family For $35 a Week
I love this post! It has great tips that all families can incorporate to different degrees. See how this family eats for $35 a week in the Portland area. Great ideas you need to check.

Spend Only $60 a Week in The Most Expensive City
This New Yorker spends about $60 a week for two people and prepares all his meals. He cooks once a week to prepare seven balanced meals for lunch and dinner amounting to about $3.00 per meal. All meals and recipes are then put on Instagram. Other wonderful recipes on the blog as well.

How much do you spend on food per month and where do you live? 

Thank you ALL for being here, reading and interacting with the blog!

Thank you to violinist.com for collaborating! If you visit from that site, please drop by again! Don't be a stranger!

Most of you should be slowing down and finishing the school year. I hope you enjoy your summer and get the rest you deserve! During the months of June and July I will have lighter articles on the site. Around the second half of July I will start posting articles about beginning of the school year prep-organizing classroom, beginning lesson plans, assessment in classroom, developing beginning posture in students. Later I will post about bow hold and adding on the articles about developing left hand posture. Stay tuned for that.

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear what you would like to read about. This would give me a direction.

Guest Bloggers Wanted
If you are an aspiring blogger or a teacher who would like to share your ideas please contact me. I will be very busy in the months of September-November and would love to add some guest posts. Topics should include music parenting or teaching as well as stories about being a parent or teacher. Why not combining the roles?

We will continue our Kid Lit Blog Hop during the first Wednesday of every month where you can get plenty of wonderful ideas about books for your children. We will also have parenting tips coming during the summer. I have quite a few recipes coming your way in the month of June. As always, I would love to hear you feedback on what YOU want to read on the blog!

If you are like me, you need a quick recipe that you can prepare and have ready for lunch or for a side dish. This year has been so busy, planning for meals and cooking has been a challenge. So when I have a bit more time during the weekend,  I am trying to quickly put things together get a few meals ready to last for the week. This has been working well espesially making quick and easy lunch dishes and taking them to work. It has been convenient, better for my health, and better for my budget.
This couscous recipe is very easy to make. It only takes four ingredients. It is done in 15 min. It makes a great lunch, side dish, or potluck addition during the summer. Make a bunch, then use on top of greens for a more filling salad entree, eat by itself, or serve as a side. It is filling, healthy and a great recipe for your weekly meal planning .
 I love love love making this for lunch to take to work. The recipe makes about 4 lunch size containers. More if you add greens with it. I spend 15 min to make it on a Sunday, then I have tasty lunch for the the whole week spending only about  $5.00 for lunch the whole week! Not bad at all! Note: Items purchased at Trader Joe's, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prices will vary for different states. Herbs go on sale during the summer as they are in season, price for chives will be different during the winter.
About the ingredients- couscous is a tiny wheat pasta used a lot in the Middle East. I like using Israeli couscous (sometimes called also pearl couscous). It is a bit bigger and I like the texture and taste better. You can however use any kind. You can buy it at any store. I buy mine from either Trader Joe's or Sprouts where the price is lower. You would most likely see it in the stores like this:

 You can also experiment with one of the main ingredient-the chives. The dish could also work well with chopped fresh basil, spring green onions, fresh cilantro. Get creative according to your taste and what you have available.

Fresh chives (may substitute-see above)
1 can corn (8oz)
1 medium lemon
8 oz Israeli couscous (about 1 cup)      
2 tablespoons of Olive oil (or oil of your choice)

Total Cooking Time: 15min
Makes:  2 (large) entree servings or 4 to 5 side servings

Cook the cous cous according to package directions. The ratio is 1cup cous cous to 1 and1/4 cups water. Similar to rice, it is done when the water is absorbed. Heat up the pan, put two tablespoons of olive (or other) oil. Put the couscous in. Let it fry at the bottom of the pan for about 5min. Add the water. Bring to boil then let simmer. It cooks very quickly, it will be done in about 15 min or less. 
While waiting for the cous cous to cook, chop the chives in fine pieces.
Simply combine all ingredients together. Squeeze the lemon on top (depending on the size, I use half if I have a large lemon or a two if the lemons are tiny). Salt to taste. You may add an additional tablespoon of olive oil on top to bring the flavors together. Stir well. Enjoy!

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