For those that are currently taking piano lessons, how is practicing going? Practice is good. Ava is still really at the basic level of learning. She just moved to the 2nd level of books and is moving to 2 hand play. So there is some frustration at times with practice; mainly because she hates not being perfect.
Do you have a set time every day? Our practice is right after homework right after school.
How long does DC practice? She goes through her lesson (piano homework) 1-2xs per day which typically takes 15-20. We are good to practice 5xs per week. The weekends are too hectic!
Do you have to sit with them to make them do it? DH sits with her. He reads music and can play numerous instruments. Unfortunately I cannot so I am no help!
But she has been playing the Charlie Brown Christmas song like a pro and I've been her biggest cheerleader!
GL - I hope Emily loves it. I love seeing Ava's tiny slender fingers gliding over the keys! So sweet.View Thread
I agree. IMO losing is a much more important lesson than winning. Plus not sure about your daughter, but my Ava is a lot like me. She HATES to be told she 'can't' do something because she's not good enough, etc. Her teacher told me at the beginning of the school year that she'd quickly learned that Ava enjoyed being pushed and thrived with it.
But the tears would have broken my heart. I think the fact that she was able to shake it off and compete shows a lot. Perhaps this will push her.
Or maybe she'll realize swimming is not the activity for her. I think we all have to accept that sometimes as well. I am constantly analyzing that with Ava and her piano.View Thread
I 2nd Haylen's suggestion. We put our older 2 in a 10 day session. It was at an indoor pool taught by a University swim team. They was a 1:2 teacher student ratio. I really wish I'd had the option for 1:1. Ava did SUPER! Wil did pretty well. They were both fish 2 weeks later as we continued our daily summer pool routine. Their confidence levels soared and they were quite good. Prior to that, both my children were sinking rocks in the pool.
I was just thinking I needed to sign them both up to ensure they don't 'lose' it all over the winter.View Thread
Ava, Wil and I will be going after Ava's piano lesson. Ava has hearned a lot about the process as well. Her teacher is a huge political advocate. She taught her class to all go home and thell their parents "GO VOTE!"
Their school also had a visit from the Secretary of State (not a position up for election this year) came in and held an assembly explaining the voting process. They then held mock elections. It was quite funny the voting stories Ava came home with.
She is so excited that today is the day 'WE' get to go vote. View Thread
Wally Hermie appears after Thanksgiving during our Thanksgiving break as well. Last year he wrote notes in toothpaste on the various bathroom mirrors which drove me nuts. Ava is anxious to see if he'll repeat this antic this year.View Thread
Our meal is in stages. They get their main course with veggies first. If that is eaten, they get a fruit. If they are still hungry after fruit they get a yogurt or a small dessert depending on availability.
We have no snacking in our house. And DH and I limit dinner time. If we have everything cleaned and put up and they are still pushing the first stage around their plate, dinner is over.
I really got tired of the complaining as well. My older two have now over the picky stage and eat pretty well. Ava even surprises us from time to time and tries something new. But Mia boycotts food more time than not. But I think hers is just a 2yo thing.