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  1. Oh, I've had this for years and I love it! Of course, you could always go with this version of Walk Like and Egyptian:
  2. Totally agreement about the shelving. Put toys into cheap, clear plastic shoe or sweater boxes - up on the shelf. When one is put away into its container and ready to be put away, then they may ask for the next. I organize by types of things that play well together. My daughter loved tents, so before moving I bought her a little circus tent and she was to us that for her little messy items, like her Littlest Pet Shop toys. The tent contained the toys, and even if she had them scattered inside the tent, everything else looked nice. Pet nets are helpful, but put them up high where frien
  3. If memory serves, I have some old homemade cabbage patch doll clothes that fit a build-a-bear. I think you can still find cabbage patch doll patterns. If not new, try ebay.
  4. Yep. That's what we did, with a few exceptions. I did save our nice mattress, but I could get rid of it if I need to. I kept a few indulgences because we had a space on my parents' property, but if they sell this place, we will have to rent, and I guarantee I will manage somehow to get it all into one of those 5x8 spots. Just enough for winter/summer clothing swaps, precious memories (already secured in only 2 large, sturdy plastic tubs and kept to a minimum), and books to swap out now and then. That's it. I missed something maybe once in the last month. I got over it and now I don't reme
  5. Well, I "officially" live in a 300 sq ft converted bus. (For the moment, it is parked on my parents' property and we use their house often, but that will change in January when we take off.) I do not love the fact that it still needs some renovation. I need more shelving hung and organizing. That said, so far (only lived this way for a month) I really appreciate having so few items, less area to clean, and having to prioritize. Everything I own must be scrutinized for a proper location - one that can be stable when driving, so just stacking things is not an option. For someone chronically
  6. It would be better than a DVD. A skype teacher can at least get an idea of correct intonation and technique that needs adjusting. It can take some time for a teacher not used to working with video to learn how to express things verbally that need to be conveyed, since it's visually more limiting, and you cannot help adjust positions in person, but we are gradually figuring out how to work together. I am there for my son's lesson, so if he needs a gentle hand on the shoulder to avoid lifting it at times, or other in-person things, I can help. I have found skype lessons very effective
  7. Violin is best in person, because there are a lot of small movements that it's important to be in the room with a good teacher. That said, my son is taking virtual lessons from someone in another state, but it's because he wants advanced fiddle from someone who is also Suzuki trained, and there just wasn't anyone around and I couldn't travel one more place a week any longer. My son went through most of book 4 in Suzuki before moving to this, and the fiddle teacher is making sure he maintains his learned technique while studying fiddle, in case he goes back again to classical, but I'm not
  8. Here are my questions: Can he hurt his hands/wrists/fingers playing this much? Probably not, if using decent technique. I have a daughter who plays sometimes for an hour, then we have up to 2 hour programs in the evenings on an acoustic bluegrass guitar, though she uses some jazz techniques. I know of players going up to 4-5 hours a day. It will hurt your fingers, but my daughter has some Popeye calluses right now. I make her show them off. Pretty young fingers with massive Popeye calluses. :tongue_smilie: Just watch for carpal tunnel on those young wrists. You should get some advi
  9. It's hard to say. If your daughter sings lightly as sort of a childhood idea in her head of what quiet and pretty sounds like, but in other situations has a much stronger voice, perhaps it's just an encouragement to sing out. I have hold my youngest to sing out before, when she is just being coy and quiet, but that's because I know her voice and what she's doing. (She is definitely not a quiet kid, but likes to experiment and play coy, iykwim.) However, it could be more than that, and the pushing for volume and Broadway type sound is a very common thing with musical theater, and what others ar
  10. :iagree: I seem to remember reading an article (ambleside online?) that explained the advantages from an educational standpoint. In my opinion, it's easier for a child to get used to the KJV vocabulary than for an adult. I know many adults who won't even use the KJV as an alternate translation because the wording intimidates them. I hope to avoid this with my children from earlier exposure.
  11. :iagree: Great advice, and exactly what to "watch for" if you do seek voice lessons for your younger child. Any teacher should tell you up front that he/she will only focus on things like this if that teacher knows anything about the voice of a child, you shouldn't even have to ask. I personally love seeing a child follow anything into music he or she is passionate about, regardless of the age... *if* you have a teacher who understands the limits and how to work with that child to build long-term skills, not just what will sound good for the moment. Worse than this, I knew a you
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