Friday, April 5, 2013

STARBASE and a New Instrument

It's been a big week for Cullen!

Tuesday, along with some homeschooling friends, he participated in the first session of the STARBASE program at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. They will meet each Tuesday, from 9:00 AM till 2:30 PM, through the first week in May to learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a highly hands-on environment, with special emphasis on real-world application and careers in these fields.

Thursday was especially exciting for an entirely different reason. Cullen began learning to play the violin! I have video of his instructor helping him through his first notes, but I have been strictly forbidden from posting this online. Here, instead, is a photo of the new virtuoso-in-training as he practices consistently touching only one string at a time with the bow. Not as easy as you might think, folks!

He has not abandoned the piano. Actually, he seems to be more motivated and to enjoy playing more lately. Just yesterday, he informed his piano teacher that he would like to take part in the upcoming recital. Huge surprise! A few weeks ago, just hearing the "r" word spoken aloud would have sent him into a meltdown. The growing confidence and courage make me very proud of this young man.

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