Friday, June 12, 2009

Back to MSU

Two years ago I was introduced grad school and to Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory in a week-long 'workshop' course at MSU. It was a fun week that reawakened my mind and reignited my love of learning. The introduction to Music Learning Theory both affirmed (some of) and reversed (others of) my thoughts and practices as a music teacher. My eagerness to learn more was instant, but my enthusiasm and understanding has been steadily growing ever since. Maybe I'll post about it someday. But next week, I'll begin my first certification workshop in MLT with one of my favorite professors and two of the brilliant teachers that she introduced me to.

I'm so excited.

We all leave on Sunday night. Ryan, Maya, Sophie and I will all be staying with our very generous Uncle Randy and Aunt Jo for a week...or more if they'll let us. Ryan has a week away from work and will spend it touring the playgrounds of Lansing with Maya and Sophie.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

If Anything Ever Goes Wrong At The Zoo

by Mary Jean Hendrick and Jane Dyer
is one of our favorite books from the library right now.

So Maya and Sophie were floored with excitement when I announced at breakfast last week, "We're going to the Zoo today!!"

It was a rare kind of adventure for a mid-week trip without Daddy (who unfortunately had to work). But it was spent with good friends that we've loved for a while...and some new friends that we love too.
With lots of wonderful snacks and lunches packed by our generous friend, Jen, the day was magical and exciting and even slightly relaxing.

(Having a sweet four-year-old companion for my Maya seemed to keep her completely out of trouble...even amidst chaos, crowds, heat, with only a single-parent for the day, and no double stroller!)

So although we've been reading about a catastrophic day at the Zoo....for us, absolutely nothing went wrong at the Zoo.