Piano 9-26-14

Today S10 and I had our regular piano lesson in Canfield. We decided to switch to Fridays since that would give us Monday and Tuesday completely open. I would rather have Fridays open, but with gym on Friday evening anyway it makes more sense this way.

S10 is almost finished with her second set of books. She started using a supplemental book called Fingerpower to improve her dexterity and build strength. She is working on a new performance piece and also played a duet with Nelya called “The Old Castle”, which has a spooky feel to it. She likes playing duets. We also discussed the possibility of a piano-violin-cello trio at Federation next March.

I went next. I worked on two pieces from a new book called Accent on Classical. There are two selections that I am considering doing for Federation, if I am able to participate. (The National Federation of Music Clubs has an “adult” student category, open to non-professional adult students, but our local Club has never had any adult participants. Tina and Nelya are working to see if I am able to open the category.) Anyway, the two selections are “Barcarolle” and “Homage to Chopin”, both of which I love and would enjoy learning by memory. I am also polishing the fifth and sixth variations on “Nel cor piu non mi sento” (Beethoven). I can finally play the sixth through, but it is very rough and has a couple of tricky parts that memorization will definitely help iron out. I also started B-flat major scales & arpeggios.

In the evening, S10 went to gym. O8, who was up sick much of the night before, skipped this week and actually fell asleep in the van instead.


Piano and Gym

Today S10 attended her regular piano lesson in Canfield. We had rescheduled from Tuesday because Nelya was getting over a bad cold. I did not take a lesson this week.

After piano, we grabbed dinner and then headed to gym for the girls’ Novice class.


Intra-class Gymnastics Competition

Every year our gym holds an “Intraclass Competition”, designed to give kids in the recreational classes a chance to experience what a meet is like.  It also serves as a sort of recital for family and grandparents.  This is S10’s second year competing.  Last year she was new to the gym and was in the beginner category; this year, she’s advanced to Novice.  There were 6 girls in her bracket, and she competed in all events except Bars.

  • Beam: 2nd place
  • Vault: 1st place
  • Floor: 1st place
  • Trampoline: 4th place
  • Rope climb: 3rd place

The vault was the first award announced, and her first place ribbon was super-thrilling for our little spotlight-seeker.  😉


O8, who opted not to compete this year, was much more low-key.


The vault was interesting. They judged two jumps: the first one had the athlete run the track and use the springboard to land on the vault, then stop before doing a simple forward flip dismount; the other jump was onto a large mat and did not have a stop.



It was fun to watch the kids in such a supportive atmosphere. Everyone clapped for all the kids and congratulated each other.  Gotta flip, gotta fly, let’s go, OGI!












The coaches really made this a great event.


As did the athletes, of course.



And while it’s definitely not about the ribbons, S10 is very proud of her haul.

Gymnastics ribbons

Gymnastics 10-16-13

Tonight after Art Class we went to our regular gymnastics class. S9 was very excited because we received a letter in the mail saying she had been moved up from Beginner to Novice level. Tonight was to be her first class as a Novice. She joins her sister and both are excited about it for different reasons.

S9 was a bit disappointed that the staff did not do the traditional moving-up ceremony for her. I suspect it is because I just called them the night before to move her into the next class. In any case, she was pretty bummed about it. So, after dinner, I brought my laptop and speakers into the kitchen. DH moved the base from our end table over by the back door. We started the music (John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare, of course!) and asked S9 to make her way up to the “podium”. As everyone clapped, we welcomed the newest member of OGI’s Novice class! She teared up a little bit and gave me a very long hug afterwards. Of course, we celebrated with ice cream.

Plaster Action Figures Class 3

Today was the 3rd of 4 classes in this series at the Butler, titled “Plaster Action Figures”.

In today’s class, the kids finished their 3-d backgrounds and applied plaster (via plaster-impregnated gauze) to their action figures.  We got a peek at their works-in-progress at the end.

O7 started to do a dog-walker, but changed to a cat and person (cat walker?) instead.


Her scene is a trail that runs past a house.


She made sure to point out the detail of the people inside the house’s upper windows.


Also, here is an artist at work in the park:


S9 made one of her almost-famous Kat Kits. Here is Princess, leader of the Kat Kits:


Princess’ cat:


Her uber cool urban background:


After class, we went to the park for a quick run around until lunchtime. Then we headed over to Chipotle with A and her mom, L, and met my friend G. We dined al fresco in the beautiful sunshine. G gave the girls each a bag full of Nancy Drew and Boxcar Children books. They each started one while we adults sat and talked.

Later, we went to gymnastics. O7 worked on back handsprings in her novice class. She can do one with a spotter. S9 worked on some forward moves during her floor time, and also tumble track and beam.

Zoo School Wednesday Oct 2013

After art this morning, we headed up to the Akron Zoo for the October session of Zoo School Wednesday.

The theme for today was “Tiger Valley”. The objectives for today’s class were:

  • Students will be able to explain what conservation is and how it applies to the animals at the zoo.
  • Students will be able to tell why the animals in Tiger Valley are endangered.
  • Students will be able to list some reasons why animals may become endangered.






After Zoo School, we had our regular 1.25 hour gymnastics class at OGI.