Last year, I had plans for summer. I even named them: SummerTerm. I don’t even remember most of what I had planned; I don’t have the heart to look back at them. What with Siah in the hospital for the month of June last summer, and then his recovery taking us into the autumn, well, we didn’t get any of those plans accomplished at all.
It is beautiful! It came with an instructional DVD, so we’ll be checking it out some afternoon in the near future to see what it teaches. I have my own classical guitar, which has been sadly neglected during my years of pregnancy and nursing, so I think I’m ready for some Mother/Son learning time.
Also, E. has had a deep desire to learn to carve. We, however, aren’t too keen on him leaving knives around (yes, he knows how to use a knife in cooking) while so many of his siblings are still so young (and dangerous!), so we decided to go with soap carving. We got this book:
This book uses popsicle sticks (of which we have an abundance!) to make the necessary tools. I think this will be a good bridge to whittling and carving wood when everyone is a bit older. Besides, I read some of the information on the author, and he set out to teach woodcarving to children, but found that teaching them on soap first was beneficial because soap is so much softer.
I have already realized that this means that I am learning to carve soap. I know this, because I also learned how to tie five different knots last term. I think I’m realizing that even as adults, we like to focus on the things we are best at. Educating our children is broadening my horizons, too.
Maybe I’ll carve a book out of soap.
I also acquired a stack of piano books from a friend, to allow me to read them over and see what I think. I know enough piano to teach my children, but I am still at a loss concerning what a good piano education really looks like. I am convinced that my last piano teacher was my best piano teacher, but I already had mastered the basics when I came to her.
How I wish I could ask her how she taught her littlest students!
Anyhow, I hope that by the time we reach 2011, I’ll be ready to commence piano lessons with my two oldest children. If any of you are aware of how piano is best taught (I’m looking here for a program that focuses on a broad understanding of the nature of music as well as the nature of the piano), please contact me!
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