I’ve been thinking about coming back from my little blogging break. I missed this space! But I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. Should I be timid? Lure you all back in with a giveaway? Should I be apologetic? coy? unabashed? Finally I figured, screw it, it’s my blog. So here I am!
We’ve had an amazing summer. I was in Carmen (yes, the opera) in June. It was absolutely amazing. I also designed some educational materials for the opera company, which was a lot of fun. Since then I’ve managed to bomb three (count ‘em, three) auditions and I’ve landed two more chorus gigs in the fall, one in the Gilbert and Sullivan operatta Princess Ida and one in the the opera Norma.
This summer I also had two part-time work gigs. One grading the lit essays for a state standardized test and one teaching science in the local public school’s summer camp program. Yes, I taught science. Stop laughing. Let’s just say that both these jobs cemented certain educational choices I have made for my children and leave it at that.
I’m going to be doing some homeschool teaching this fall as well. On Tuesday afternoons I am teaching a high school American history course. I’m creating it myself from scratch because that’s the way I roll. I’m hoping to use a lot of primary sources and work in music and art. Then on Wednesday afternoons I’m teaching two early childhood classes. The first one is telling folk tales, fairy tales, mythology etc through opera, ballet, musicals, and instrumental music. The second will be a test run of a new early childhood curriculum I’m working on. Then on Friday’s I’ll be repeating the music class and maybe tossing in a Percy Jackson/mythology class as well. I’ve not decided yet.
I’m hoping to teach some theater and/or music classes for homeschoolers as well. I have lots of ideas but am trying to figure out the execution. It’s been an amazing summer (I use the word amazing a lot. I’ve decided that if anyone gets to that, it’s me.)I also get to take part in the Pittsburgh Opera’s Opera Academy and will taking a group of kids to see La Boheme in the spring I’m so excited! I’ve been part of a wonderful choral group singing insanely difficult music. We got together with college friends for a super fun weekend. We’ve taken trips to the children’s museum and the library and the parks. Very low key, but there’s so much to do in this awesome city of ours!
And now things are winding down a bit, but I know it’s just the calm before the storm. I’ve been doing a bit of homeschool organization and lesson planning and am excited for the coming year. Michael will be starting high school (cyber charter) and Katie Grace will be in seventh grade (cyber charter school as well). They’re both hoping to audtion for the arts magnet school. Nicholas is in fourth, and Daniel is in first. The twins have been making noise about wanting to “do school” as well, so we’ll have to figure out how to fit in some time for them. I’m hoping to have some posts sharing what we’ll be using for school. Even though we’re holding on to a lot of the Waldorf ideas, it’s been really refreshing to feel free to try other things as well.
So, how was your summer? I hope it was amazing!