M is taking lessons with a new teacher for piano. It's really exciting as an educator to see the methods and materials this teacher uses. I feel like I'm back in college going around and seeing what different master teachers do in their classrooms. M's teacher for the past 5 years is amazing and prepared M so well for this next level. And that teacher is doing an incredible job of keeping lP motivated. She is so kind and patient.
The new teacher has M learning more theory and composition techniques. I'm really happy to see her getting these skills. So far M is motivated to plow through the increased assignments and 1 hour lessons.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Sometimes M is actually grumpy and whiny but that just makes me more grateful that in general she is a delight and able to think through hard times.
Posted by Lucky Day at 7:17 PM
Friday, February 16, 2018
Today M and I went on a river clean up trip with the county. They brought kayaks and we paddled up the river with a group of 10 other volunteers to clean up trash.
M and I found 2 big pieces of trash. This big thing and what appeared to be the
door of a mini fridge.
Posted by Lucky Day at 6:34 PM
Monday, January 29, 2018
We learned that a family new to the homeschool group lives in our neighborhood. They moved here almost a year ago and were just waiting to either start school or not, but we didn't know about them until they joined the homeschool co-op. They have a daughter 8 months younger than M. M's 10 and allowed to go around the block by herself. So hypothetically she could go visit this friend all the time. She's never had that kind of access to a friend. I hope they can be friends but I also hope they can each stay true to their families ideals. Having a neighborhood friend can be awesome but it can also be tempting to be best friends when you're actually just friends in proximity.
I hope M will be a good friend.
I hope M will be a good friend.
Posted by Lucky Day at 12:28 PM
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.
Posted by Lucky Day at 7:32 PM
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.
Posted by Lucky Day at 11:30 AM
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.
Posted by Lucky Day at 12:10 PM