Ugh! I am still sick and had almost no voice this morning. I am going to bed very early tonight!! It was a great day anyway. We had our first official piano lesson today. Tom Sawyer loved his first lesson. Having cerebral palsy, it was really hard for him to separate a few of his fingers, but he was determined. His occupational therapist says this will be great for strengthening the muscles in his fingers, and he does seem to love it. Little Red Ridinghood also gave it a try. Separating her fingers was much easier than it had been for Tom Sawyer, but she lost interest quickly. No big surprise there, since she is only 3. I like the books we are using. The series is called Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber. For each level there are three books: theory, performance, and lessons. I like how the child is learning to read music, play a fun performance song and get lessons in finger control all at the same time.
In the afternoon my big teen started his out of the home Ancient World History class with four other homeschooled teens. It is being taught by a college professor who is semi-retired. He loves it. To quote him, "The class totally rocks, Mom!" He talked about it all the way home. This is only a six week course, and then the teacher will decide with all of us if we want to continue with the next period of time. It was nice to see how tickled the teacher was, too. She really enjoyed working with a small group of homeschoolers. We are her first and she says these teens are more interested than her college students!
While the big teen was in class, I took the little ones to a nearby bird sanctuary. We didn't see any birds but we did see a bunny, caterpillar, butterfly, ducks (oh! I guess that is a bird), and lots of frolicking squirrels. We also saw cattails, and the kids really loved those. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera and the nature books, but we had fun anyway.