Friday, March 20, 2015

Week in Review: First Lessons

This post was originally published on my old blog. 



We began BOB Books Set 2 this week. There are a lot of new words to sound out and she wants to grab Set 1 again just to get her reading done but I told her that she needs the practice and to move on to the next level. I have every bit of confidence that she'll catch on to this set the same she did with the first one.


Bridget had her first "formal lesson" this week. Well, as formal as it can get being taught by her mother. She took it very seriously this time (we attempted the piano a year or so ago and I felt she was not quite ready). So far, we are working on finger placement and getting her fingers used to playing by doing some exercises hitting notes C-G using the correct fingers 1-5. (I have no idea if that sentence makes sense, but that's what we're doing!) We are doing the same with her left hand, but of course in the other direction. The first day was a struggle but she goes to practice on her own each day since. She has picked up speed and does a great job. The notes seem to flow nicely and I think she notices the improvement. Because these exercises were not enough for her, I did teach her to play Twinkle, Twinkle. This needs more work but she studies the keys until she gets it right (all on her own).


We are still reading Alice in Wonderland. This book is taking a lot longer than the others because it is so... unreal. Bridget has a lot of questions and seems to think that every character in the book escaped from the looney bin (they did). As the reader, I am not enjoying the book. It is not my kind of story. I asked Bridget (hoping she'd say yes) if she wanted to stop this book and read another one but she wants to continue. So continue we shall. We are almost done with the first story and then will be starting on "Through the Looking Glass" in the second half of the book. Perhaps when Bridget is older and can read the book on her own, we'd both enjoy it more. George is completely lost with the story so he instead plays quietly while I read. 


Chocolate Mousse Pie
Southern Chickpea Salad
Southern Black-Eyed Peas
with biscuits and collards

Final Thoughts

We're all excited that Spring has arrived. I am so tired of the cold weather. I am not looking forward to the allergies. Some years I am unaffected, and in other years I am down for a week. We'll have to see how this year goes (although since switching to a plant-based diet, they have not been nearly as bad as they used to be).

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