So, you’ve met The Rock, my darling bespeceled boy on the right. Next to him is his equally darling brother, who I will call Dash. Why Dash, you ask? Well, this child never sits still. Ever. Bless his poor school teacher’s heart. Dash is always on the move – running, jumping, flipping, bouncing,… well, you get the idea. He is something else in his gymnastics class - he is just amazing to watch.
Dash loves music. I keep his lessons short but frequent. One of the luxuries of teaching your own child, I suppose. I assign him 2 pieces at a time. When he has these down, I teach him another two. He is bright, and catches on quick.
As a reward for keeping focused, Dash got to play a game with his brother. The object of the game is to get 3 markers of your color in a row. I got this game from The Big Book of Music Games, but you could easily adapt it with a keyboard chart and an alphabet spinner of some sort. The boys took turns spinning the spinner, and putting a marker on the keyboard note. Luckily, the game ended in a tie, so both Dash and The Rock walked away happy.