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Today was jam-packed with preschool "homeschooling" activities (aka normal stuff people do with their preschool-aged children). In the morning, we made and played with play dough and went to the "twosies" program. That's sort of a typical library storytime, with a craft project added in and no more than 10 kids. The children's librarian runs it 3 or 4 times a year for a month on Wednesdays; I suppose this might be our last time through it.

In the afternoon, Erika and I made fish collages ) while Karl was napping. Erika is in this phase where she really likes to copy whatever I do with art projects.

This evening, Erika had her first piano lesson with dad, using the My First Piano Adventure book we got from Amazon. It seemed to go pretty well.

To keep Karl busy while they did that, I played Mighty Mind with him. I really wish that product didn't have such annoying marketing, because it's a great game! I actually recently ordered "Super Mind" from the same company, so we'd have two sets of tiles and some more advanced puzzles.

The only thing in there that I really think of as "homeschooling" is the piano lesson, because that's something we probably wouldn't have thought of doing at home if we hadn't decided to homeschool Erika next year.
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Erika wants to learn how to play the piano, so we'd thought of enrolling her in piano lessons. I was talking with her about this the other day, and she said something along the lines of, "I don't think I need a piano teacher. I want you and daddy to teach me how to play the piano."

Well, of course! Why didn't I think of that? Ok, the reason I didn't think of that is because it never occurred to me to do anything other than enroll my child in piano lessons if she wanted to learn to play the piano, just like it would never occur to me to do anything other than enroll my kid in gymnastics or swimming classes if she wanted to do those things. That's just what you do, right?

We ordered a beginning piano book for young children, and John is going to start teaching her when it arrives. I thought this particular series of books looked like a lot of fun. In the mean time, I'm teaching her how to play the melody to "Bruder Jakob." The whole thing is kind of making me want to pick up the piano again. Perhaps I am far enough from my own horrible childhood experience to enjoy it now. I have no idea where I would find the time, though!


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