|Campster tries out the trumpet|
I am learning a lot from Jon, the "teacher". He will make suggestions to the kids about a rhythm to play or to try doing it "like this". And the kids sometimes will do what he says. But sometimes . . . well, sometimes they blow him off. And the prideful mommy that I am - I feel ashamed of my kids. Or is it of my parenting? There, I said it. I feel like they "should" obey him.
Each week I see improvement, not only in technique, but in willingness to try new things and enjoy the process. If we are afraid to make "mistakes" and feel we have to it perfectly, it really takes the joy out of it. I am reminded of John Holt's experience of learning the flute as an adult, which he writes about in How Children Fail. He would get so tense and stressed at the expectations of the teacher, that he became unable to think and to remember how to play. The only thing that relieved this was to make the very mistake that he most feared making.
|Jor Man learning chords on his electric guitar|
I try to remember this when I am tempted to "make" the kids learn. It is counterproductive. Kids learn best when they are free to learn, what they want to learn, when they want to learn, and how they want to learn it.
Sher Bear has a "microphone" that she employs as she sings out her original lyrics. She worships with abandon. She is a witness for Christ to the "teacher". Not because she shares theology, but because the passion of her heart is Jesus.
|Big Dad letting the neighbors know we're here.|
I would like us to work on a song to present at worship - perhaps a David Crowder song? But I also don't want to hijack what is already working so well. Perhaps I will learn my part, and invite others to join in as they like. Now I want to decide: do I learn it on the piano, or the guitar? High-class problem, I know. There are so many wonderful ways to worship the Lord!
Wish you were here!