Saturday, March 23, 2013

Go for it!

This past weekend my son competed in a music solo and ensemble festival.  For months he has been practicing  Weber's Concerto op 26 clarinet, a piece of music that was extremely challenging for him.  Some nights I would be awakened at midnight to the sound of him practicing.  Happily, his hard hours of work payed off and he will go to the regional festival next month.

For myself, Spring means that it is time for me to start thinking of swimming challenges.  I have my sights set on a few open water swimming events this summer, so it's important for me to start now in preparation.  Setting a goal motivates me to "just keep swimming." 

At school I see boys and girls challenge themselves all the time.  In Room F subtracting numbers is a big challenge for some people and for others it's "easy peasy lemon squeezy."  For some, writing one sentence in our journal is a challenge. But each week I see more and more students write longer and longer journal entries.

It's fun and exciting to see what you can do, when you challenge yourself.  

As Dr. Seuss wrote, "You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!"

Have you ever challenged yourself?  
What is your biggest challenge?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013


In March the wind blows down the door
and spills my soup upon the floor
It laps it up and roars for more!
Blowing once, blowing twice
blowing chicken soup with rice.
                     written by Maurice Sendak