My previous post was about music manipulatives, what they are, and how I use them to teach musical concepts.
You can start using these fun tools for teaching music today in your homeschool. Here is a link to a set of patterns that you can print out and use. I would suggest printing them on card stock, cutting them out, then having your children trace them on black construction paper, or perhaps just trace them out on regular paper and have your children color them in before cutting them out.
Then, play some simple games with them that will help them learn to recognize and identify the different notes and symbols.
Children love these types of activities. After several days of playing these types of fun, exciting games with them, pull out a songbook, hymnbook, piano book, or some type of written music and see how quickly they are able to identify the symbols in the written music. I know of no quicker or more thorough method of teaching music symbols to children.
Try it out, and let me know how it goes!