Cheshire and Linde were due to come for the weekend Thursday evening but because of a big snow storm headed for NYC, Cheshire changed her flight to Wednesday. What a gift! This visit is my birthday gift from these young women and nothing could be better. It is wonderful to have their spirits in the house.
Julia’s first cello concert was last week. It was a class performance and only for other classes — not even the entire school — and parents who could make it during the day. They played about eight tunes — some a line long. I still think that the strings program strives to quantity over quality, but it was great to see about 30 kids playing together. Julia did a very good job. Her aide sat beside her but Victoria did not need to do much queing at all. Julia payed attention to the music and the teacher as she conducted. Divided attention! Something that her therapists and I longed for for a very long time. Her playing was not perfect but when she got behind I could see her skip a few notes to catch up. She did not rush ahead and she did not play during any rest.
Yahoo! I do not think that she is at the bottom of her strings class. She is playing with peers! I am sure that we do a lot more work at home, plus her private lesson, than many of the other kids in her class, but I am so encouraged that she can keep up. And very encouraged that she is interested and enthusiastic about continuing.
The middle school search continues. Conflicting reports from different parents and educators reflecting their own experiences and some of what they’ve heard. Right now, I don’t see any school as being a perfect match and sorting through strengths and weaknesses has not produced a winner.
Last week of the Fundamentals course at Mindfulschools.org. I will skip the next round of the curriculum course and pick that up later in the spring. I need time to digest what I’ve been practicing and also to spend time with the material that I’ve gotten from the woman who I will be doing my final LEND internship with. As that opportunity becomes more defined, I’ll write some of it. Right now, we’ve had two meetings a few months apart, the last one last week with a list of possible tasks for me and a pile of books to read and sort out.