Also, upon further reflection, I realized that whenever I get into the Diatonic scale I cannot start on Ni and go straight up to Ni'. If I do I end up with a western major scale. When I first started chanting by ear I found that the common Apichima for Mode 1 of "Ah-na-nes" (Ni, Pa, Pa) was not enough to let me chant Mode 1 correctly. I found that I had to chant that and then go up to Dhi and descend to Pa.
Due to this realization, I will probably switch the way that I teach the scale using the Ni Pa Vou cards. The way I have been teaching the scale has been heavily influenced by my western music training. Really, it was completely influenced by it and I didn't even realize it.
I expect that in the future when I teach the scale we will focus on the lower tetrachords at first (possibly doing the other scales too!). This works well with the Parallage phrases since the first 75 phrases are almost all in the lower tetrachord.
In other news, I started teaching a group of children at my church last week. There were about 10 kids there ranging from ages 6 to about 12. We did the beginning Greek Letter Card games, Ni Pa Vou Card games, and the first 15 Parallage Phrases. It went really well! We are going to meet once a month for an hour on Saturday afternoon and the have a potluck before vespers.
I am still teaching my home school family but probably won't have time to post a recap of our weekly lessons. I will try to do a highlight once and a while when we play new games or use new materials.
Also, I have lots of ideas swimming around in my head pertaining to teaching Apichimas. So I have started working on materials to teach the Apichimas. This is probably because the Apichimas will be good "crutches" for learning the scales.