This past weekend our little Eli got to bask in the limelight as a Violin Sprout. The city of Omaha just began this fantastic program where they offer free violin lessons (and instruments) to 3 and 4 year-olds. While the lessons are available to all, they are primarily located at schools in under-served areas of the community. Eli began taking lessons in January at nearby Liberty Elementary, just across from the Omaha Children's Museum. After several months of instruction, he and 350 other Violin Sprouts performed with the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Center.
|Just to give an idea of the scale of the venue.|
|A closer up glimpse of the Sprouts and the Omaha symphony.|
|If you look under the "D" on the giant screen, you'll spy Eli and his Daddy.|
|I wasn't sure how Eli would react to the crowds, but as you can see, he was all smiles.|
I am so impressed with the vision and scope of this program. Despite its new beginnings, our instructor is outstanding and the curriculum well-developed and age-appropriate. Even better, Violin Sprouts will continue all the way up until fourth grade when the school orchestral programs take over. Given the program's long term level of commitment to its students, I believe Violin Sprouts will have a tremendously positive impact and become a model for other communities to follow. In the meantime, keep sending sixteenth size violins our way: Omaha wants them!
Here are a few more photos from Eli's Sprouting Up ceremony.
|Despite the fact that he is a violist, Eli's teacher Mr. Jesse did a great job entertaining the kids by playing on a tiny violin.|
|The kids receive a new bead for their Violin Tag each time they "Sprout Up."|
|Eli performs "Rockabilly Blues."|
|Last but not least, a performance by the Caregivers. I love how the program promotes ample parental involvement.|
In the meantime, he loves his Music Makers playgroup every other Thursday, story time at the library, and hanging out with the other kids at the YMCA. Now that the weather is getting better, hanging out with Mom isn't so bad either. Here are a few photos from our trip to the zoo yesterday:
And now for everyone's entertainment, here are some gems that have escaped from Eli's mouth, whether back in St. George or more recently.
Eli's Quote Board:
Loud proclamation during Sharing Time at church: This has been going on FOREVER!
Rebuttal when asked by his Primary teacher to remove his hand from his pants: But I have new Batman undies!
Totally random statement from the back of the mini-van : Missionaries sleep in the same room but not in the same bed.
After reading The Magic School Bus: We have lots of white blood cells, and just one can sink buses!
While discussing his future career: I wanna be a dog when I grow up. Mom: Most people grow up to be people. Eli: Well...you grow up to be what you like, and I'm gonna be a dog when I grow up. You'll see.
While pondering the garage door opener: Where does the magic in the garage come from?
And my all time favorite: Mommy, I'm always right--like Brooklyn."