Friday, June 4, 2010

Ode to Joy...



There are some things in life that will never get old...One of them is seeing your deaf child sing and dance with their hearing classmates. I am so grateful for Isabella's cochlear implants and the opportunities they afford her everyday. Technology is a marvelous thing...




Yesterday, Bella had an end of the year fiesta/music program. She participated in a short Spanish skit called the "14 Mice". She was a rojo mouse as you can see from the picture. With Bella being homeschooled for part of the day, she doesn't take Spanish as much as the other kids in the class, because it is usually held in the morning. Learning the lines for the play was very challenging for her on several levels. First, she is not that familiar with the language since she doesn't have the class regularly. Second, her memory issues make it hard to memorize things, especially when they lack context. Finally, her hearing loss makes it difficult to clearly understand the Spanish pronunciations of words. Still, with all of those barriers, she put her whole heart into it! I am so proud that she does not shy away from challenges and instead embraces them and puts in a full effort. It is a skill that will carry her far in life...




In addition to the Spanish play, the class also sang songs from music class. Music and singing has always been one of Bella's favorite activities. I found it so appropriate that one of the songs the class sang (as a round) was Ode to Joy. Watching it put "joy" in my heart! I have attached it and hope it will put some "joy" in your day. Bella is the little red mouse in front with the floppy ears and red shirt. EnJOY!


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