There's been quite a bit of creativity happening at our house lately. I don't have pictures of everything, so I'll just share the few pictures that I do have.
First up is Benjamin's original composition for the piano. The assignment I gave him came from Faber's primer level piano book and it was to play the "musical question" and then "make up a parallel answer of your own by changing measures 7–8" of the song (and then, further, to "make up a contrasting answer" to the same piece). Somehow he interpreted this to mean that I wanted him to create his own piece of music using the ideas of parallel and contrasting melodies, which...I mean...I'm not complaining:
It took him forever to work out the musical notation and I'm super impressed he stuck with it.
He inspired Zoë to write her own piece as well, which she dramatically titled The Flowers of Rain of God. Her notation is a little less...conventional...but her piece was equally impressive for a five-year-old, I think. She told me that the opening of her song "grabs a little from Good King Wenceslas," which I thought was a clever little bit of "borrowing."
Tonight while we (Andrew, Rachel, Miriam, Benjamin, and I (without any emotional outbursts)) played Ticket to Ride, Zoë wrote another tragic little story (or started one, at least (she's planning on finishing it tomorrow)). It's called The Monkey and the Zookeeper.
"This is a special project," he said.