The major fundraiser of Grace's school PTA is a 5K race and and 1-mile Fun Run. We ventured out early this morning - just girls - to check it out and for Grace to participate in the Fun Run.
This was what Grace looked like before the race. For the Fun Run the kids were encouraged to choose their own bib number and to decorate it any way they wanted. Grace chose a rainbow and raccoon paw stamps.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The end of February marked one year that Grace has been taking music lessons. Her teacher, Ms. Nancy, is a former elementary music teacher who now is one of the few teachers in Ohio that participate in Music For Young Children. MYC currently has more than 24,000 students annually, 900 teachers, and is taught on 3 continents. Their curriculum is very structured and comprehensive, exposing children to singing, listening, rhythm ensembles, keyboard instruction, reading music, conducting, and composition. In the 1-hour class each week, Ms. Nancy changes activities every few minutes to keep her four students (all 5-6 years old) engaged and interested.
One day in the car, Grace and I came up with the rainbow after the rain idea and some basic words to a song, and then Kyle took it from there. This is what her song looked like when it was submitted to the contest.
Her song was sent to MYC in Canada where she competed with other students from the United States in her level class (called Sunshine II). Overall, 9,500 students from 8 countries submitted pieces. They were put into groups based on regions and the level of students. The regional 1st place winner for each group was then judged internationally. The judges spent weeks playing the music submitted by children from around the globe.
We were AMAZED to find out that Grace's piece won 4th place in her level and region! She (and Kyle) did a fantastic job together. (I looked up the international winners for Grace's class level and her song wasn't that different. Mostly they were longer and a little more complicated.)
A friend who is a music teacher posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago:
The same can be said for why children should study music. Admittedly, some days it is a struggle to get her to practice, but, overall, I know Grace is getting so much out of it.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Grace school called tonight's father-daughter dance a "Red Carpet Gala".
The house is quiet with them gone and I can't wait to hear all about their special evening when they get back!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
|This is supposed to be a bird. To me it looks like a lion inside a cornucopia!|
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Back in 1759 a 12-year old girl named Mary Campbell was kidnapped from her home in western Pennsylvania by Native Americans who took her to Ohio. She lived with them in an area near our house for about 5 years until she was eventually returned to her family in 1764.
We took a walk this afternoon along the gorge trail to Mary Campbell Cave. It is hard to imagine how she lived in this spot for 5 years, but at the same time, you can understand why the Native Americans settled here. There are fish in the river, other animals to hunt (back in those days), and a good vantage spot to see if anyone was coming.
Mary Campbell Cave is more like a rocky overhang than a true cave. But it probably provided the shelter they needed to sleep and cook. It overlooks the river and could provide a good hiding place when the trees are full of leaves.
One of the great parts of this trail is the man-made waterfall that used to provide power to the local area. Kyle said that, like many of the dams and waterfalls on the Cuyahoga River, there are plans to take this down and restore this part of the river to its original state. I suppose that is best for the environment, but the waterfall brings a lot of visitors to this walking path. There were tons of people - and dogs- out today!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
There are a lot of reasons to "jump for joy" about our spring break trip to Florida. We got to see family, the weather was perfect, and Grace boogie boarded at the beach and swam in the pool at every opportunity!