Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 2

I am loving our new upstairs arrangement. The “lounge” is such a relaxing, naturally lit, peaceful place to read, work on the computer, watch frogs and learn. Everything has a home now and cleaning up after lessons is a breeze.

Today was day 2 of our summer-term lessons and even with a lightened schedule we are accomplishing many things. Lilah learned how to do three digit addition and has completed two lessons in her Singapore Math workbook. Grace is working out of a 4th grade enrichment program and today we all learned what a nomograph is. Well.....we learned what one looks like. We tried to google it but the definitions were so technical I could not understand it, let alone explain it to a nine year old! Grace has made a new blog entry and is typing her third. They have both made journal entries. Grace finished a book, The Fairy’s Mistake and is working on finishing Where I’d Like To Be. This was huge. She was so happy to just be able to finish a book. We are putting The Year Of Unfinished Work behind us forever. Lilah has begun Julia Gillian, a challenging book for her, but one with a great message.

Lilah has been very upset by the oil spill. We cannot watch the news. She is terrified it will make its way up the east coast and settle in Long Island Sound. I reassure her that people are working to stop this from happening but for now, we keep the news off so she does not see oil soaked birds and reports of dead sea turtles. It is too much for even me. Anyway....the point of Julia Gillian is that there are things in the world that are upsetting. We can run from them and hide or we can face our fears, live our lives and look for the positives in the world. I think she needs to hear this message over and over again.

I am enjoying this introduction to homeschooling two children. I can see we will have challenges, good days and bad but I love being with my girls. I love eating lunch together, reading together, watching them work, listening to them play, hearing their laughter (and the arguments, which thankfully are not frequent these days) and growing with them. I still have things to figure out, especially for Grace (reading and math) but I will figure those areas out. I have to trust in my abilities and follow my heart. I am thankful every single day for this opportunity.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

L.E.N.S. Photo Challenge - Animal Friends

Jake. Our buddy, our heating blanket, our goofball, our best friend, our dancing partner,
our protector.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Feeder Fish

Lilah and I just got back from Petco where we purchased 4 guppies as feeder fish for the frogs. I was not sure how my vegetarian-want-to-be daughter would handle this. She said she did not mind. Wow! She must really like these frogs. We also bought some plants to make their setting look more natural. It is funny how each frog has its own personality. One is more aggressive, eats more, swims more and is larger. This is Taylor. Ralph is more timid, hides more, is smaller. I worry that Taylor is eating the majority of the food and at some point may try to eat Ralph! I don’t know if that would in fact happen, but I plan to find out before I learn the hard way.....

Lilah has taken quite a liking to these two frogs. She watches them, talks to them and is the one that is taking on the responsibility for their care. She collected river rocks from our landscaping, washed them and placed them in the tank to create natural hiding places. She is now arranging the plants just so. She is concerned if the frogs like the fish and asked me if I feel badly for the fish. How do you answer that?? No, I said. It is the cycle of life and part of keeping these frogs is giving them what they would eat if there were in the wild. (this was one of my hesitations when I discovered they were not dwarf frogs). She accepted this. So, for now, it seems we have a balanced ecosystem in our aquarium.

Well...just checked. In ten minutes, two fish gone already in one big gulp.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Friendly Takeover

I think my girls are trying to take over my blog! They have been furiously writing in their journals with topics they would like to blog about. Grace is moving away from her comfort area of book recommendations and is now writing about events, like yesterday’s violent storm. Not to be outdone by her sister, Lilah is walking around pencil in hand, journal open writing away. Her entries are more human interest, like how we found a displaced baby bird on our “damage assessment walk” after the storm and were trying to figure out how to rescue it when we realized it was old enough to fly.

They want their own blog space but they are young. I know this is an era of computers but should they have something on the internet that is permanent when they are so young? I look at the benefits: meaningful writing experience, sparking an interest in journalism or creative writing, building computer literacy, practice with their new typing skills, the connections that can be made through blogging (which is also a negative for a child), self expression and encouraging a possible new passion.

There are controls. I will have the password until I feel they are old enough to sign themselves on independently. I will also have to monitor all comments. I will also have to have conversations as they grow about what is appropriate to write about and what should be kept private.

For now, there will be more guest posts on my blogs. I am having fun watching them wake up and rather than want television, they want to type. Lilah told me she will make a list in her journal of things as she thinks of them so she can go back later and write about them. Grace wants to learn how to import the picture she took of the fallen tree limb in our front yard. They are both thinking of titles for their blogs.

The creativity is catchy. It seems my girls have caught the blogging bug! We’ll see if this is a passing phase or the beginning of something pretty amazing.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Guest Blogger - Grace's Book Recommendation #2!

Do you want to read a humorous story? Then read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. This book is about a fourth grader who just so happens to have a little brother,

Fudge, [ Farley Drexel ] who is annoying. He has a birthday party. And it is hard work.

Fudge’s brother, Peter, and his friend, Jimmy, and a girl, Sheila have to watch Fudge at the park, and his two front teeth fall out jumping off a play set trying to fly!

So as you can see, Fudge can cause alot of trouble!

Books in Order

1: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

2: Super Fudge

3: Fudge - a- Mania

4: Double Fudge

Also: Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

This book is a Realistic Fiction book. And there’s more than one book. So if you like it, you can get more.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Yesterday we brought home two frogs from Grace’s school. I was planning for two African Dwarf frogs. My generous friend over at Frog Creek, loaned me her unused filter, pump and aquarium light as well as the water conditioner. Since I have been promising the girls we could get frogs since Lilah completed her unit study back in February, I felt this was a blessing as well as a gift.

Upon peeking inside the coffee container I realized they seemed a bit large for dwarf frogs. Mind you, I have no frog experience, only what I learned from internet sites. I learned that dwarf frogs have webbed front legs and these two frogs clearly did not have webbed toes. That means they are African Clawed frogs. I went into a mild panic. This was not what I planned for and I did not want to commit to a big cost, difficult care and aggressive frogs. Just as I was about to post them on freecycle, my friend talked to me and calmed me down.

We set up the tank. Lilah collected river rocks and built hiding places. We fed them frozen blood worms. Because we know they can escape, we have the top double protected but I still get anxious when I look in and can’t find one. The last thing I want is a missing frog in my house!

The frogs are now named Taylor and Ralph. They live in the learning lounge. The girls are very attached to these creatures and while I can’t say they are “cute”, not as cute as the dwarf frogs, they might be growing on me.......

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guest Blogger - Grace's Book Recommendation!

Have you ever read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? It's about an eleven year old boy named Harry. His mom and dad died when Harry was just a baby. Lord Voldemort had killed the parents but not Harry. Somehow Harry weakened Voldemort. Harry goes to live with his rotten aunt and uncle, and his cousin, Dudley. He does not know that he is a wizard

until this giant, called Hagrid tells him. He goes to Hogwarts, a wizard school. He is famous just because he survived Voldemort. Wizards are afraid to say his name.

Does he meet any friends? Does he meet up with Voldemort? Does he meet an enemy? Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to find out.

(you will understand the title)

L.E.N.S. Photo Challenge - Summer

This was taken on a trip to TN at the Dollywood Water Park. She was mostly asleep in my lap and I took her picture upside down. There is something about the smell of summer on your child that I wish I could bottle and save for the cold winter months. This was one of those days - sun, sunscreen, cholorine, fried chicken, love, mmmm.....summer.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

No Regrets

Yesterday I met with our Principal to discuss withdrawing Grace from school. At first I was very skeptical of this meeting, unsure of the intent behind it. In Connecticut we do not have to sign a letter of intent, an agreement between the Board of Education and homeschooling families that states what subjects will be taught and agrees to an annual portfolio review. My opinion on this differs from many families I know in that I would agree to a review-- if asked. I am so very proud of our accomplishments, that I would be willing to share them with the school. However, I do see the concern that in allowing this oversight, the door could be opened for increased regulation in terms of standardized curriculum, testing and reporting, things which many of us opted out of public school because of.

I digress.......I was leery about meeting. The Principal and I have openly differed on several policy changes: removal of the Halloween parade, removal of Patriotic Song of the Day, removing recess from the schedule if the day is damp or if there is one spot of snow on the ground. I have disagreed with extending the school day. I have disagreed with the policy of using the fence for punishment. I have disagreed with the current dismissal policy which keeps my daughter in her classroom at least ten extra minutes a day. Needless to say, I have been quite disagreeable over the years.

Since I did not have to meet with her, if the meeting was going to be confrontational I was prepared to leave. I received a bit of great advise yesterday from a friend. She said not to talk first. Let the tone be set, then act accordingly. So begrudgingly I went, out of respect for the position of Principal, and to give her the benefit of doubt.

She welcomed me, thanked me for coming and acknowledged that we have held differing opinions about many things. She told me that she could understand why Lilah came home but she was surprised that Grace was coming home. I told her honestly that it was not about my opinions on the above items. I explained that it was because of the amazing experience Lilah has had and as a result, our family is having, that Grace wants to try it. I explained there was a long thought process behind this decision involving list making, interviews and numerous conversations. Our belief is that school will be there waiting if she wants to return, but the opportunity to have homelearning is finite. We did not want her to look back someday and wish she had given it a try. I explained that my daughters most likely will have two different educational experiences. I told her not to expect Lilah back, but that Grace very well may be re-enrolled for sixth grade.

We discussed the many opportunities Lilah has had over the six months. She asked many sincere questions about what curriculum we were using and how our day is planned. At the end of our half hour long talk, she told me that since I am able to provide the learning environment I described to her to both my girls, how could Grace not come home to try it? She said if things change she welcomes her back but she also understands that the opportunities that await her are valid, exciting and educational.

I left feeling good about leaving our elementary school with a positive experience. Having the support of the Principal was validating in some ways. As we embrace every opportunity that comes our way, I will not have the nagging feeling of “I wonder what is being said about what we are doing”. Most talk stems from ignorance of what homelearning is really like. Today was a true teachable moment. I have peace of mind in knowing that should it not work for Grace, she and I can go back to our neighborhood school with no hard feelings, no animosity and know that we will have no regrets.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Plan Is Complete!

What a day! We had the blessing of having Greg home most of the day and because of this we were able to put the finishing touches on our plan for a learning room. Yesterday Lilah and I emptied out her bedroom and moved her bed into Grace’s room. It looks wonderful. They have spent a great deal of time playing, decorating and organizing. Now and then a sad look will come across Grace’s face and she will say that it feels weird that it is not “her” room anymore. Hopefully that feeling will fade as we redecorate the room with new pictures, new bedspreads and make more play room by removing her desk.

Before: Lilah’s room emptied of its contents. We gave it a good cleaning and prepared to change the function of the room.

Now both beds are seperated by their nightstands. None of the furniture matches but it gives the room an eclectic feeling. Cozy, intimate and for the moment, clean!

We renamed this room The Learning Lounge. Our leather chair, a drop leaf table, new rug, bookshelf and white board complete the room. I cannot wait to start our morning in this room. Lilah’s room has always been my favorite room in the house.

I think the best part is that we were able to move a bookshelf into the hallway closet. Now I have all my learning materials conveniently located next to the lounge. Best part, at the end of the day we can close the door! Bring on learning!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

At the Breakfast Table

Some families have dinner together and that is where their best discussions take place. For us it is the breakfast table. It has always been just the three of us, Greg having been long gone on a southbound train to New York, sitting at our round table in the dining room. This is where the good stuff happens. This is when we talk about friendship troubles, things we are doing, how we are feeling and what our upcoming day looks like.

I have long resented school for interrupting the best part of our day. We can be in the middle of a great chat and I notice it is creeping closer to 8:00am. The girls are not dressed, the lunch box is not packed, the folder is not in the backpack and teeth still have to be brushed! Our wonderful conversation is hastily pushed aside in favor of the mad-dash to be out the door by 8:30. I wonder how many other families were similarly interrupted, inconvenienced and how many thoughtful, meaningful, important conversations were put on hold, perhaps never to be revisited and even if they are, the authenticity can never be replicated.

I am looking forward to the release from this. I can wait until my children naturally wake from slumber. The dogs greet them at the bottom of the stairs welcoming them to the start of a new day. My house can be filled with the aroma of french toast, eggs or just plain Cheerios and milk, but the start of our day will not be interrupted by the start of school. I find the thought so liberating. I find it so exciting. I wonder where our conversations around the kitchen table will take us now that they don’t have to be cut short......

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Making it Official

After months of debate, wondering, worrying and deciding, it is official. Grace's Letter of Withdrawal was sent via certified mail to the Superintendent and Principal today. In four more days I will be homeschooling both my daughters!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ping Pong

Something knocked me on my butt this weekend. 102 fever, migraine headache, ear pain, muscle weakness followed by upset stomach. No fun at all. Especially on Greg’s 40th birthday weekend! I am going to make it up to him on Father’s Day. We do birthdays big here and I blew this one. For his 35th I threw a party and invited his college friends for the day. He did not want a party this year, but I feel like we let him down. I gave him a watch that is very similar to the one he gave me last Christmas that I adore. It did not work and had to go back.

the cake Lilah baked from scratch for her Daddy:

What he really really wants is an outdoor ping-pong table. I told him to get the credit back on the watch and apply it toward the pool table. So far he thinks he knows the brand he wants, but he would like to actually see the table first and we are having a hard time finding a retailer who has it.

I don’t know when he is going to have time to use this ping pong table. Maybe the flood lights we put in for the pool will illuminate the driveway at 9:00pm when he gets home from work. Maybe it will be an incentive to get on an earlier train and play in daylight (who am I kidding.....) I don’t know where we will store it when it rains or during the 9 months we will not spend loads of time outdoors. We do not have a finished basement or a game room. But it is what he wants.

Some guys turn forty and buy a car, sell their house, take up golf and are gone all day, decide they want a “man room” or worse. All he wants is a ping-pong table. For all he has given me, it is the least I can do.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Project Limulus

Thursday the Brownies and Daisies had the unique opportunity to have a class with students from Sacred Heart University who are part of Project Limulus, a scientific study of horseshoe crabs. The purpose of the study is to understand if harvesting crabs can coincide with conserving their numbers. After a lesson about horseshoes crabs, the girls were able to capture, tag and release two horseshoe crabs back into Long Island Sound.

One of the things that has amazed me with about homeschooling is the quality of programs available to the children. This program was scheduled by their Troop Leader after she attended a lecture at her local library. My experience has been that groups are very willing to schedule times and provide opportunities for children during the day. As a result, Lilah’s spring has been an emersion in nature studies and ecology. I know for her birthday she will be getting quality nets for exploring.

I have also benefitted from her classes. I have acquired new knowledge not only of nature but of places in my local community I have not had the opportunity to visit before. When I reflect on my family life prior to homeschooling it seems we were overly structured. We had school 8:30 to 3:00pm. Then it was homework. Most days had a lesson, piano, dance, basketball, art, religious education workshops to name of few (not at the same time but always something!) Dinner around 5:00 and bed at 8:00 so we could get up and do it all over again the next day.

We are changing how we view our family life. We explore more now. We make time every Saturday to leave the house and venture to someplace we have never been. I have relaxed about bedtimes. For my own sanity, I like them upstairs by 8:30 but if they want to read before they turn out the light, I am okay with that. Knowing that Grace is coming home also helps. She has four full days and two half days left. I have taken her out when she cried over having a less than pleasant substitute and took her out to accompany us to the Botannical Gardens.

We are starting the see the outcomes of slowing down, relaxing and increasing our quality time together. My girls are getting along better. Today they are volunteering at the Garden Club’s Annual Tea at church. They showerd together, dressed in similar style dresses, and did each other’s hair! When I was too sick yesterday to get out of bed, Greg commented that the time the three of them spent together was wonderful. My life was wonderful before but it feels even better now.

Could this occur without homeschooling? Sure. But not having the limitations of rushing in the morning, rushing in the afternoon and the serious imposition homework makes on family time, it is certainly much easier. It just has to be conscious.

I am not a toy, I am a boy!

One of my goals for my family is to get out and explore Connecticut. Despite the fact I was not feeling well, we ventured to Litchfield County to Southwind Farm in Watertown. They were having an open house and graciously invited us to play with their 55 alpaca. We met one of Lilah’s friends from Two Coyotes, and her family there since it was practically in their backyard! It was certainly worth the ride. We learned that alpaca are related to camels, are social, many know their name, and can range from $500 pets to $200,000 show animals. Their coats were recently sheared and are being turned into yarn that rivals cashmere. They love the snow but must be protected from the heat.

For some reason they reminded us of our big goofy dog Jake. The long legs, plush coat, same coloring, same goofy personality I guess. MacGuire was on of the alpaca we visited with. He was playful, curious and took a liking to my friends son who is four. At one point he knocked him down thinking he was just a plaything. Fortunately her son did not seem to mind. He said I am not a toy, I am a boy!

After we left the stable area we went inside to look at the yarn. I choose a beautiful tricolored nautral yarn to make a scarf. The girls chose less expensive yarn for their weaving and knitting. It was a great experience, a visit we will not forget.

** this is a personal reflection of our visit to Southwind Farm. I was not paid or compensated to write about our visit.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In Terms of Planning......

I have been thinking about how to plan our year. I don’t want to take the whole summer off. I want to do a light term which would include math, lots of pleasure reading, journaling, science, some handwriting practice since Lilah is making such great progress with cursive and a fun geography study of our state (we would do this on rainy days at the library). My girls are not opposed to this because they enjoy the spontaneous opportunities that homeschooling brings; like extended playdates, trips to the beach, outside classes, nature walks, and the ability to be free from a schedule.

I am thinking of doing quarters with the summer quarter being a lighter load. Our year would look like:

Summer Term: July - September with last week of September and first week of October off.

Fall Term: October - December with Last week of December and First week of January off (which will be great to visit with school friends).

Winter Term: January-March with last week of March and first week of April off

Spring Term: April - June with last two weeks of June off to coincide with school ending for their school friends.

That will give the girls eight weeks off - similar to what public school children get off but our blocks of time will be spread out over the course of the year.

I am also keeping a daily checklist of what days are filled with learning and thus constitute a school day. Last Saturday we went to an art festival where the children listened to performances (music appreciation), painted a mural and made paper from pulp (art), experimented making the biggest bubble possible (science). I counted this as a half day. Being in CT, we are free from mandated reporting, but I feel like I should be accountable for their learning. If they choose to return to school, I want to show the administrator how their learning was accomplished and what was covered. I enjoy keeping a portfolio. Not only will it give me the proof of education, looking at accomplishments made over the term makes the challenging days seem minor.

The larger scope of homeschooling encompasses so much more than just “school at home”. I am continually amazed. When I try to school at home, I am met with resistance. I like to start at 9:00 each day. Rather than always starting with math, which is what we have done in the past, I now ask her what she wants to start with. I know she will be invested in the learning and more open to the work. Today it was science. We are learning about muscles and bones. We made a paper model of the bones in the arm and used string to represent the muscles pulling and pushing the bones. While I feel more comfortable doing math in the morning, clearly she does not. I don’t think her brain is available for computation and fact practice until at least noon!

I will just have a handle on Lilah as a learner and then Grace will come home!

Years ago when I was teaching I heard that a teacher was third behind an air traffic controller and a doctor in terms of jobs that require the most decision making in a day. When you modify that to teaching-mother, imagine the enormity of choices we are faced with every day! Some days it is thrilling to know that I have such a direct impact in my child’s education. Other days it is simply exhausting. Always thinking. Always planning. Always feeling. Always loving. Always growing. Always.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Train Hopping

I have been to New York City many many times with the girls. We think nothing of packing a backpack and jumping on a southbound train. We are fortunate to have a train station a little over a mile from our house. Today I learned how to navigate the trains. I have never taken the train other than a direct trip to Manhattan. The girls and I went to the New York City Botanical Gardens as part of Lilah’s Brownie Troop. It was a perfect day. The weather was just right. The flowers were in full bloom. The children were well behaved.

It took three trains to reach our destination. First we had to get from our town to Stamford. That was easy: get on, get off, wait for the next train to come and take that train to Fordham -- where I had planned on taking a taxi to the Garden because I did not know how to get from there to the Garden stop. A very helpful Conductor gave us a pass allowing us to ride the one stop from Fordham to Botanical Gardens for free. He showed us how to cross over the tracks and which train to take - take the blue one or the silver, not the red! He told me which schedule to take so that I could get us back when it was time to go home. So from Fordham, we rode one stop to Botanical Garden. Upon exiting the train, the garden entrance beaconed to us from just across the street.

When it was time to return home I used my handy dandy schedule and after realizing I was reading it incorrectly, found the correct time table for trains headed to New York and was able to navigate all senen of us home again. Five kids, six trains, one day. Whew!

Who says homeschooling is only for the kids!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Spotted at the Audubon

Today was such a peaceful day. Grace was allowed to stay home from school because she was able to present a good case against going. Her teacher is out for three days due to her son’s graduation and the substitutes that Grace has had lately have been a challenge. The yelling, strict policies against talking and lack of organization leave Grace feeling frazzled and anxious. Since she was being taken out tomorrow (from a field trip) to attend a field trip to New York with Lilah’s Brownie Troop anyway...I figured one more day would not make much difference.

Our morning began with two girls doing math, writing in their journals, working in their geography study guide for our town, and listening to a book in the car. At the Audubon we were treated to a wonderful hike through swamps teeming with damsel flies, across a meadow that could have been the setting for Twilight’s meadow scene, and through the woods. When the children overturned a log, they found this truly amazing salamander.

Our guide told us this was a rare find. Usually salamanders of this size only come out in early spring for mating season and return to their homes two feet under the ground. This one was the size of a leaf, approximately four inches long and an inch and a half wide. Stunningly beautiful.

We ended our day with friends at the beach were we took another walk to explore the mouth of a Housatonic River tributary. Grace was proud to share this special space with a friend for the first time. She carried herself with a confidence I have not seen in some time. I eagerly await the opportunities that Grace will have with homeschooling to find her true self.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

To The Children of The United States

To the Children of Takaimura

The world is going to end soon, my husband likes to say,

For the people that inhabit earth will make it go away.

The mother’s fury, the children’s rage, too powerful to deny,

Will consume us and exhume us and soon will make us fly.

Today I might believe him, might give credence to his call,

For in this world, we justify the means to it all.

We forget our fragile mother when we focus on her strength,

It would be wiser to ponder if our actions give her length.

The children of Chernobyl and those of Three Mile Isle,

Are joined now by another group who cannot ever smile.

Wake the children, let them out, it cannot be too soon,

Look above us there is rising a beautiful new moon.

Our mother is crying softly, how can it be that you can’t hear?

Listen very carefully, or we might just disappear.

I wrote this poem over 10 years ago after a nuclear accident in Japan, but with recent events in the Gulf of Mexico I have been thinking of it again. This disaster scares me. The fragile balance between consumer’s needs and nature’s ecosystem has been disrupted. I have no faith in our government to handle this crisis. How much longer can this continue before the scales are tipped to a point that life in the Gulf will be forever changed? How can we do this to our Earth, our home, our children’s home? I am scared. What are you doing to decrease reliance on oil? For not only is this BP’s problem, this is our problem too.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Life is Not Always Fair and Fair is Not Always Equal

Last night was the spring band concert at school. It was a hard night for me. All year long I feel as though I have been distancing myself from school; first with working full time and not being able to physically be in the school building, then by removing Lilah from the school itself to my continual disdain at the way school operates in general. Sitting there in a crowded gymnasium, it hit me that this may be my last experience with school for some time and quite possibly my last in the school my daughters attended since they were five.

In addition to this, I had a moment of uncertainty about Grace. She loves band. She enjoys playing the flute with her friends. Performing brings her joy. I worried about how much she will miss it. I watched her carefully. She did not look happy. She played her songs with pride. However, Grace is a year ahead of the material she was expected to learn in fourth grade. She has taught herself how to play and can easily keep up with the advanced band students. Despite this, she was not allowed to play with the advanced band because this is her first year. She was angry and I was angry for her. I have always told her life is not always fair and fair is not always equal. This was not fair and there are times when not all students should be treated equal. If she is capable and could have auditioned (like she had to for her solo), why then could she not audition for the opportunity to play with the advanced band for just one song? We will never know.

I realized she may miss band. I am trying to arrange flute lessons with the music school she currently attends for piano. She will be participating in our church youth choir this fall and the music director at church was the music teacher at school last year. He knows Grace and I think if she asks him, he will incorporate her piano and flute into the choir. She will have opportunities to perform. Her lessons will continue. Life may be unfair at times, but we still grow from these experiences. My moment of uncertainty was fleeting.

I enjoyed watching her play. Even though I could not rotate the video upright, hopefully you will too!


Don't You Just Stay Home All Day?

It’s funny because last night at youth group some of the kids friends were discussing homeschooling and really truly felt that we stay home...