"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Sunday, February 25, 2007

"He's a what? He's a what? He's a music man!"

Gabriel has taken quite a liking to song #15 titled, "Bonjour" on the keyboard and as of late, added playing the recorder to the repertoire. This video kills me. The song is only a minute long so he'll play it over and over doing his little dance all the while... It cracks me up to see this side of him when he's usually found wrestling, jumping, running, swinging, hanging, tumbling, climbing, chasing and many other over-active "ings"...

(Note the audience of one. ;)

Caden also loves a good beat and has recently mastered the recorder as well. Sorry the video came out too dark... it looked fine when I was making it! That may be due to the borrowed camera I'm using since I BROKE MY CAMERA LAST WEEK after sitting on it.

F.Y.I A back pocket does not make a suitable camera case.

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