Megan wanted to share a sweet surprise today. Here it is in her own words.
I surprised Daddy by asking him if he could teach me how to ride my bike. And I surprised him by showing him how good I was doing on riding my bike.
The girls and Mark taught me how to ride my bike without training wheels. We have been practicing a few weeks sneakily with out Daddy knowing. I wanted to surprise him. I surprised him a lot!
He was like “how do you do it so well without practicing?”
It was hard to learn to ride. I was scared of falling and I wanted my sister to always hold me. Sometimes they would let go and I would fall. Then I wanted to stop! They would make me get on my bike and try again. I would pedal and steer and my legs got stronger and I got better. Yesterday I could ride just a tiny tiny bit without help. Today, I did very very good. I could even ride down the hill.
When I learned how, everybody rode their bikes with me to celebrate!
It has been very sweet watching the kids work together to teach Megan. I know that she will still “hitch” rides with them on their bikes, because they can go so much faster, but I love that they all worked together to encourage and help her learn.
Yesterday we had the privilege of going to the Lerner Theater to listen to an Anna Hagen concert. She plays harp, but not necessarily “harp music”. Anna shared a wide variety of genres and many hymns. My favorite was the baroque flamenco!
The nice thing about homeschooling, is that you do not have to stay at home to learn new things. You can play with your cousin and talk with your friends while writing your journal. You can listen to live band music while working on math if you want to also. You can dress up and help put on a mini show for your grandparents’ friends.
But usually, it is more fun just to play with your cousin while listening to your Grandfather play his french horn during a band concert. And count it as child development with music appreciation.
Today, my dad’s band played at a nearby elementary school. A few months ago, the conductor asked if Mark would help with the piece, “What’s Up at the Symphony.” Mark recruited Megan to help him.
Mark was dressed up as an oversized rabbit. The costume he wore was hard to see through, so Megan became his “seeing eye carrot”, making sure he did not trip. She also got to dance and skip around with Mark.
They did a great job and the students enjoyed them very much. I wonder how many little ones wished they could be Megan and dance with the super tall rabbit!