Sunday, January 14, 2018
M has taken a new tack in on practicing the piano. She was told by a veteran teacher that she needed to practice longer. We brought this up with her teacher who assigned her specific minutes for each part of her lesson. This was further motivating to M when I told her that I'd grant her double that amount of time on the computer. She has drastically increased her practice time. And with that extra time she's diving deeper into her pieces than ever. Dynamics and articulation are happening. Mom yelling "Do it again slower and with a metronome" has gone extinct! It's really great to see.
Tonight as the girls and I were listening to recordings of their piano pieces we came across some great examples for M's piece "Rage over a lost Penny". We has been impressed by a young girl playing it. Then we found a cool tutorial that showed the music and view of the keyboard very slowly so you could watch the fingering. Then we found a video of a professional pianist playing. Wow. I'm so grateful to live in a time where the kids can watch musicians so easily.
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Today M was playing "Christmas Bells are Ringing". It made me so happy. I'm so grateful she has learned to play the piano and can make me so happy.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
I started this record for M long enough ago that I titled it "Little letter m". Lately I feel like M is unrecognizable from her younger self. She has so much poise and is so lovely. She is so brave and competent. I am amazed by how this year she is the queen of doing her school work. Last year we were struggling a lot and felt like just starting over. In fact we did throw away her 4th grade math book and start a new book.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Last Sunday M played "I believe in Christ" on the organ as a special musical number for Sacrament Meeting. She's very poised about it. She gets up and plays from memory. Then she sits down. I'm so glad she handles her feelings of nervousness and gets the job done.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
M is a great older sister. On the park she's willing to cast her eyes about from her perch atop something/everything when I ask her if she's seen a sibling recently. And occasionally when I can't find a sibling I'll ask her to stay with one of the littles while I go search. I try to not ask her to straight up watch the littles at the park and I am grateful that she still loves to climb and help so much.
Today she unloaded grandma's dishes and my dishes.
Today she didn't let lP get lost in the book sale.
Today she watched out for small children getting pushed at the playground that were not even related to her.
Today she self advocated for fried eggs instead of the rather bad pineapple pancakes I had made.
I love this girl and love being her mom.
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