shanvan Posted July 28, 2012 Share Posted July 28, 2012 activity, can you answer some questions pretty please? 1. Does your Dc do it b/c he/she has a gift or passion in that area? 2. When did you realize your Dc needed a more serious approach than the average Dc? Or, did you just decide to see how far he/she could take the activity? In other words, how did you decide to elevate the extracurricular to a serious level? 3. Are you rearranging your Dc's schedule or amount of schoolwork to accommodate that interest or pursuit? Are there subjects you have had to drop or tone down to fit in time for commitment to the extracurricular? 4.Are you making financial sacrifices to enable a serious level vs the average extracurricular commitment? 5. What are you giving up in order to accommodate the serious interest/pursuit? This is something I've been contemplating lately, in general as Dc get older and we need to focus on which activities are most important to us. I'm also thinking about it b/c of 10yr old Dd's piano. Any time she plays for people they are blown away. Now, her playing isn't perfect, but she clearly has talent and is drawn to the piano whenever and wherever we see one. She makes mistakes, but the emotional quality of her playing is so captivating that people seem not to notice. She is also very good at covering up if she messes up. It doesn't fluster her like it does Ds. Currently she has lessons with a local high school girl who plays very well and comes to our home and is very inexpensive.....all pluses. But, I've been wondering if Dd could achieve even more if she has a more experienced teacher. However, I am thinking a more serious teacher=more focus and more time, which I'm not sure we have. It also might mean she would have to give up some other extracurricular she loves. My plan has been to keep with the girl who teaches her until the end of this school year b/c the price is right and the commitment isn't overwhelming. Then when the teacher heads to college we can look for a more serious teacher. I'll add that Dd has some issues with timing that need to be straightened out. I sometimes wonder if a more experienced teacher would be able to help her more. Otoh, I have concerns about too much pressure too young leading to burnout. I want her to continue to love piano. Uggh! As if choosing curriculum isn't enough. Extracurricular choices are driving me crazy this year too! :willy_nilly: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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