Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Church History Museum

This President's day we went on a family trip to The Church History Museum. I loved the Friend magazine exhibit. I thought the children's art was wonderful, they had 1700 entries and about 100 on display.
This is a picture of my girls learning spanish dance at another exhibit. We were also privileged to get a visit from Abraham Lincoln himself that night, oh actually it wasn't Abraham Lincoln it was my brother, but the resemblance is striking.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Princess Box Violin

Box violins are a fun way to get beginners started. This one is a paint stick and a macaroni & cheese box. We covered it with her favorite princess and clear contact paper. She has a wedge shoulder rest and a rhythm stick for the bow. We like the ribbed stick because it makes a good sound when she plays rather than no sound at all. This was the first time she ever picked the violin up, this is a good "before" shot. After this picture was taken we added stickers to the right of Aurora's head to remind her where her left hand fingers go and we added another rubber band to the body to create a bowing lane.
This was a week ago. She's been practicing bow hold, posture, and rhythm everyday and is having a lot of fun. She likes to play "mississippi hot dog", and "tinkerbell is very tiny" the best.