The Nightly "Ni" that I had been using turned out to be too long and hard to remember (not just for my students but for me too!). My first revision attempt was to cut out everything except for the part above the arrows (Pa to Pa). I found that that was a little difficult too--too many hand signs and pitches right away.
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.
The Ni Pa Vou cards, Greek Letter cards, and Interval Playing cards are getting really close to being done. I have been working on the guide cards and cards with game directions for each set. I hope to send out the final draft to teachers testing the materials in the next two weeks.
I also hope to put them up on the website for sale in the next month or two. I just want to make sure that I'm not making any big changes to them before I put them up for sale.
In addition to this, I have two new teaching opportunities. I started to teach some friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan via Google Hangouts. It's my first time trying to teach over the Internet so I hope it works. They will go at a much faster pace than children, so this will be a good motivator for me to keep developing the Parallage Phrases and other materials. I am also going to teach the children at my church once a month. I have a few families interested so there should be at least 4 - 6 kids there. We are having lesson at 4:30, a potluck at 5:30 and the vespers at 6:30. This will let me see how the games/materials work with bigger groups of children.
SAHM by day; ByzB curriculum developer by night. My career was in teaching: kindergarten, first grade, bilingual reading, Suzuki piano, and Music Mind Games. Now I paint icons and spend lots of time making materials on the computer. My greatest joy is directing my students in their learning. This blog documents the process and provides a space for my other ramblings as well.