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I haven’t talked much about our homeschooling lately. I think part of that is because I find myself pulling away from the homeschool community just a bit. It’s not that I don’t still love homeschooling – I do! It’s just that I’m feeling a bit disillusioned with the politics, opinions, and people who just want a hand-out. But, really, that’s a story for another post (and, trust me, it is coming!)
Today I wanted to share a bit about our plans for Gracie’s last 2 years of high school. (Yes, I said we’re planning for Gracie’s JUNIOR and SENIOR years!) I’m not sure how we got to this point SO QUICKLY; but, alas, we are here – and we want to make the most of it!
Gracie’s very musical; and, throughout the past year, she’s really had a chance to take her music to the next level. She’s attended orchestra festivals with the local high school (and even secured a place at the All-State Festival for First Violin this year (though she ended up too sick to attend :cry:) Now, she’s preparing for a week-long adventure in Toledo, where she’ll be trying her hand at playing piano with the Jazz Band (so we’ve been hearing lots of jazz music around here lately).
When I asked Gracie if there was anything special that she wanted to study, she quickly said she wished there were a way that we could study musicals. She loves musicals. I looked around and didn’t really see any “curriculum,” per se. But, that’s not going to stop us. We’re going to do our own thing! We’ve got a plan for the next 2 years and, if all goes well, we may even be able to share it at the end. 😉
This past Saturday, Gracie and I went to see Les Miserables at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. We stepped a little “out of bounds” at the get go, as our goal is to study American musicals for a year, and then move into the rest of the world the following year. But, Les Mis is one of Gracie’s favorite musicals; so we couldn’t pass it up when it was in the area. It was a fabulous show! And, a great way to kick off our 2-year study.
During intermission, Gracie said to me, “Now, if only I could see Newsies before it ends.”
Well, as luck would have it, we woke up Monday morning to find out that Gracie had won 2 tickets to see Newsies at The National Theatre in Washington, DC from Better in Bulk. We had both entered the contest. When we entered, I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t expect us to win. Washington, DC isn’t THAT far away; so it didn’t seem out of the realm of possibility to get there if we DID happen to get lucky.
But, then it actually happened, and I panicked! I looked up the theater and found out that it’s on Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, how is a small town girl who refers to Harrisburg as a “city” supposed to navigate inner-city DC?! A friend recommended staying just outside the city and taking the metro in; but I’m a planner and a researcher, this is a busy week anyway, and I was left with only 48 hours to put this all together.
Fortunately for us, I have an awesome cousin who lives in DC and he and his wife came to our rescue. We’ve been to their home before and I know it’s not that difficult to get to. So, we’re heading there this afternoon, with plans to take a bus in to the theater.
And so, the Musical Journey begins . . .
I hope you’ll follow along with us throughout the next 2 years!
We’ve got lots of musical stops to make
and lots of things to learn!
COMING SOON: Newsies, Oklahoma, and South Pacific.