It was so great to start band and orchestra again! Most of us were rusty after a summer of not practicing very much, or not at all, but it didn't take long to get back in the swing of things. We could see and hear improvement with each piece we reviewed. After the people who had band and orchestra last year met, Dennis met with the children who are new to the program. Then he met with the children who were considering taking up a new instrument. He discussed the advantage of sticking with one instrument for at least two years before deciding to change instruments. Some children have decided to add on another instrument to the ones they started last year. I love the enthusiasm!
I have missed our nature hikes. Stella and I took nature hikes all summer, but it is a different kind of pleasure to hike with the Older Group and see the trails through the children's eyes and experiences. Last year, I had purchased some pocket guides of Ohio butterflies and birds, but they were not comprehensive enough to identify much of what the children were finding. I found some much better guides of Ohio butterflies, wildflowers, birds, and trees that will fit in my backpack. I'm looking forward to having them available on our hike tomorrow.