I always feel uncomfortable doing this stuff, and yet I feel compelled if only because I feel so proud for Noochka that she's so cool.
She's got a workbook set from Woolworths - one on the alphabet, and one on numbers. It's actually a great learning tool, specifically because you get to put a sticker on the page when you've completed it! Sticker, now Mummy! But it only uses the numbers 1-20, right?
So she's looking at the page dealing with numbers er, I don't know. probably 10-14, or something. You're supposed to add up the number of ducks in a line by saying the numbers out loud. That's it, really. A few lines with different variations of numbers between 10 and 14. Noo carried on counting past the first line instead of stopping, and at the end of the page, stopped at 57.
Ok. Done with the proud and silent "Look at that, eh? eh? Pretty good!" part of the entry. Er, kind of. well anyway, a while ago we got a piano book and it was way too advanced a few months ago but now it's all looking a bit more sensible given that she's in the middle of a seemingly voracious learning curve. reading, writing, numbers.... *anything*. What's this? how do I say that? Tell me how to do the other? Etc.
given the success of the Alphabet and numbers books I realised that the way in to finding a discipline with her finding out about music is to buy some stickers and mke them a part of her learning from her piano book. The difference is really amazing, I have to say. Today we learned about 4/4 time, the stave, middle C; treble clefs, bars and double lines at the end of songs. Oh, and also that you play middle C with your right thumb. Sounds like an astonishing amount but in fact it's done very slowly and constructively, leading to Noo playing a "song" called 'Middle C Cats' or something, with her plonking out 4 bars of 'C' crochets inn 4/4 time, all written on the stave. We followed the notes with my finger, and I counted out the rhythm, as well as playing an octave higher.
One sticker earned! We'll practice it again tomorrow and I thought the way to get her to practice and go over what she's learned is to give her a sticker for every time she does it that's right. I don't care if the book falls apart under the weight of stickers, you know? If she wants to do it, and we can help her by making practicing seem ok then blimey, I'll do everything I can to support her.
I was just looking on Ebay for cheapo metronomes. I thought that might be nice (got to get ones that I don't mind if they break - er, she breaks them - don't forget, we're talking about a rambunctious 3 year old here).
Meanwhile in other news my back pain is now more excutiating than I have ever known it. It's all muscular, and it's all spasm related but the main question is trying to eliminated the "Why" possibilities. to do that, I have to work on strengthening my back, and losing some weight. So no more cake. no dieting as such, because I can't do that - but a little less red wine and no cake plus cycling to work & back... we'll see. When it hurts, 9 times out of ten it's because I've moved at a very slight angle away from straight forward. Then a specific set of muscles on either side of my spine, in my abdomen region, but on the back side just spasm in to excrutiating pain. the only thing I can do at the time is work with it psychologically and focus my way through relaxing that *specific* area in the fastest way possible so that I can carry on going.
Sometimes I think that it's only the cramped up, fucked up muscles that keep me actually standing, which is why at present I'm loathe to have any back massages or anything because based on past performance, I literally can't even stand up after I've been relaxed fully. Nothing works.
So - core muscles exercises for a while, hopefully leading to a more full on daily regime from my "Managing back pain" book... and the aforementioned lowering of weight (I hope). and we'll see, At least I can eliminate some variables even if I still get the pain.
... in to each life some rain must fall... and too much is landing at the base of my spine, thanks.