Thoughts on Teaching Dance

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Teaching children is a life experience I am so blessed to be able to say I've had. Being around preschoolers has connected me with my inner child, taught me to be more patient, and showed me how to love more deeply. When I started back in April I had no idea how much of a challenge it would be. I didn't know because I had never done anything like this before! April came with a ton of happy nerves but nothing like the nerves of June through July. 

I went from teaching one class of five children in April to three back to back classes of some parents and about 20 children split in between those classes. Once I figured out how to run the classes and got familiar with the kids, Tuesday became my new favorite day.

There were a few things I learned. 

A week is a lot of time to forget what you did in each class.
I made sure to write down class activities and new skills learned before class started so I'd have that for the next week. It was easy to forget the skills I've taught every week but having them in a notebook helped keep things in order. Lesson plans are important.

Three-year-olds are very different from five-year-olds. 
Kind of funny teaching them. Three years olds kind of act like they are in space. I noticed I had to get their attention and keep it with activities and minimal standing around time. Whereas, five-year-olds have lots of questions and can listen to instructions. Finding a happy medium for the two age groups is something I still have to figure out.

Children are unexpected.
I didn't expect two of my children to randomly run around, hug each other, then touch tongues in less than five seconds... while the parents were watching. Oh man, I could have reinforced hands to ourselves after that but both the parents shot up out of their seats to apologize and tell their children that wasn't appropriate. Good times. 

Counting down from five is the easiest way to get children to their dot.
It took me forever to get all the kids to their dots and to stay on their dots when I simply asked them soooo I made a game out of it and managed to get them on their dots in about ten seconds. Less time organizing the kids and more time to teach and dance. 

I love teaching dance.

After teaching these children my heart is full. It's the kind of job that I am eager to go to and sad when it was over. These curious little dancers are some I am so thankful to have had in my life as they have helped me grow as a person, just like I have helped them.

100 Days of Sunlight REVIEW

Thursday, August 8, 2019

I've had the pleasure of ARC reading Abbie Emmons's book, 100 Days of Sunlight. If you want to bring some sunshine into your life you need to read this book. It's a must.

Abbie has been one of my blogging friends since I started blogging. I had found her blog years back through the blogging community and ever since then, I have been rooting for her. Abbie is one of the most inspirational humans I know. Becuase I adore her as a person, I knew her book would bring just as much greatness into the world as she does.

I was right.

Here is the book's synopsis:

"When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen. "

The characters are crafted beautifully in this book. I fell in love with each of them as they took me on a journey through their lives. The relationship Tessa and Weston have is something so special. Tessa and Weston as you'll find out when you pick of this book are humans. They are characters that anyone can relate to. (They've become my new favorite fictional characters.)

I don't have the words to explain how much I've enjoyed this book. One of the things I loved the most was connecting the book's cover art to events in the book. Just imagine me going back and forth from cover to story as I read and wondered if that was a detail in the cover art.


From the cover of the book to the story, this book is a true work of art. We must all thank Abbie Emmon's writing and creatively beautiful mind for creating a book that is truly a 5/5!

To order your copy of the book check out the link HERE. To go to Abbie's website click HERE. To go to the books site click HERE!
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