It’s been a LONG winter! While in the grocery store yesterday, I saw potting soil for sale and I longed to dig my hands into that black dirt and plant some beautiful flowers for my deck and front porch.
It’s funny. I haven’t always liked to get my hands dirty. The thought of dirt under my nails from planting annuals was not my idea of a fun afternoon. However, through the years, I have slowly found joy in helping nature urge Spring along. I have delighted in fully bloomed flowers in June and July—and trying not to kill them in the heat of August!
In college, when my mom would animatedly share about her beautiful perennial flower beds, I wasn’t really listening. I didn’t learn about flowers until I wanted to. Now, I collect books on gardening and flowers. Yesterday, I was Googling the difference between “top soil” and “potting soil.” It got me thinking: Don’t we all learn best when we are genuinely interested in the subject?
I believe that’s true! That’s why music lessons are so fun at our school of music. We take kids who WANT to learn and teach them the music they WANT to learn! If the method of how we are teaching isn’t working, we try something else! Some kids learn best by hearing instructions or playing music by ear. Some kids need written instruction, pictures, worksheets, and diagrams. Others need to just jump in and try it for themselves first. Not one method is “correct”—we just all have different learning styles!
We are excited to announce our new “Ladder System” at the studio! Students, with the guidance of their teacher, will be able to earn awards and trophies. Teachers will quiz students on the skills that they have been working on. All quizzing will be individualized for the specific needs and goals of the student! Ask your teacher about the Ladder System. We’re excited about celebrating the unique abilities and accomplishments of our unique students, as they learn at their own pace!
Jen Hickle, Author
Since I was a little girl playing "school" in the garage with the neighbors, all I've ever wanted to do is teach. I'm passionate about passing on knowledge to other people!