Wanted to archive their reading achievements this summer. Emma took on a really difficult book that her Tito Fred gave her last Christmas, that was almost 500 pgs. long, but she finished it. Although not all the books were shown, Zi finished 6 books, mostly from the Dr. Seuss series. Her reading & fluency really flourished this summer since I had more time to spend reading actively with her. Emma was also a huge help when I couldn’t read with her. Even though summer was a time to rest and play, I’m really proud their hard work. I sometimes felt guilty making them read every day during the summer, but those tiny minutes during the day really goes a long way in the long run. #youngreaders #summerreading #success #smallthings #readeveryday #twelvesixteen #9yrs #5yrs #drseuss #keeperofthelostcities
Zi: Mamam. Did you like my song? Me: Yes, what is it called? Zi: “I Only Have a Little Bit of My Love.” Me: Why only just a little bit? Zi: Because the husband only loves his wife a little bit. And the wife doesn’t want her husband to leave so she feels like she only has a little bit of love left.” Me: That is the saddest song! Don’t stop writing songs, Zi.
Spring Solo Recitals are always somewhat nerve wracking…ok…for me. Hhahaha. The girls have been working so hard to perfect their solos, practicing every day. This challenge always gives us the opportunity to instill the importance to strive for excellence, but to be gracious despite mistakes; to take control of the song, but to give the performance to God; to concentrate and focus, but have fun and feel the music. It’s soooo tempting to measure up your kids to the next (violinist). I’m guilty of this, trying to find the correct mechanics to improve their technique, but I have to remind myself that they need to be reminded to reach for their potential, but they also have to learn how to love musicianship and music their own way. I can’t draw that path for them. I’m just praying God will lead them the way He’s led Perze and me, passionately, curiously. So, here they are. We’re proud of the both of them. Emma has been playing for 2 years now and Zienne’s first.