Thursday, March 11, 2010

Week 20, day 4

Thursday: Bible, Music. I'd just like to insert a whine about the badness of writing an entire blog post, previewing it, clicking a link in the preview, and losing the entire thing. Boo hiss.

We went to CBS this morning, where the kids heard the story of the feeding of the 5,000. It was a brunch day, so we all ate lunch at CBS. It made me think, if the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fishes had had a peanut butter and honey sandwich, a cheese stick, and a mandarin orange in his lunch box instead, everyone else would have had that, too, instead of the loaves and fishes. God uses what we offer him. It's neat that what we offer him doesn't have to be rationally anywhere near what's needed to do the job.

Once we got home, we sang "Holy, Holy, Holy" and I introduced a new catechism and memory verse. It was warm, almost hot today (80s) - spring is definitely here. P started out reading her reader backwards: "dam si ssob siH". After sounding out that far, she announced, "That sounds like Arabic. I'm going to read it the right way around." She did so, very well. I wonder if an Arabic speaker would think Arabic read left to right sounded like English. P did her 5-a-day math review with ease.

We read the story of the feeding of the 5,000 in the children's Bible, as well as the story of the prodigal son. I tried to get the kids to act out the feeding of the 5,000, using the bag of loaves and fishes they made as a craft at CBS, but E in particular refused to play, and P was fairly reluctant. I'm surprised that it's so hard to get them interested in doing this.

I gave P another piano lesson. She is now able to reliably put her right thumb on C and fingers 2-5 on D-G, and press the appropriate key when she sees a number from C to 5 (yes, I know C isn't a number) written on a piece of paper. The free piano lessons we're using for now give the kid the option of writing their own 8-note "song", providing C _ _ _ / _ _ _ C. By starting and ending on C, whatever the kid writes sounds pretty good. P was thoroughly taken with the idea that she can write her own music, and happily wrote and played 3 "songs" of her own. I just need to be more diligent in suggesting that she practice.

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