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SUNDAY










Sunday * Violin Class





I found pleasures in these "inconspicuous" moments ...
Seeing iza showing her self indulgent nature in front of her beloved teacher ...
Feeling secure and at ease ...
Less and less, she can be so relaxed in front of people ...
More and more, she needs to stay alert ... conform ... well behave ...





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Though she may not demonstrate a serious manner, she is a sincere student who learns by her heart.





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16 comments:

Yoli said...

Just when I think I have a favorite set of pictures of yours, another one comes up. These are just devine, tender, says so much about your beautiful child. I absolutely love these images.

What is she wearing? The shirt underneath is VDJ but I do not recognize the dress.

alliot + iza said...

Thanks dear Yoli. This set is my favorite too!!!
I enjoy so much to observe how she interacts with her teacher, how she's been stretched and challenged. Very interesting. Very dynamic. At this lesson, they played duet together. The sounds are beautiful and so are their movements. Iza is lucky to have her teacher.
This is the first time i captured the images in black and white, not tuned to B/W afterwards. Still the same digital camera, the balance of lights seem a bit different :)
Yes, the blouse is VDJ. The skirt is Comme du Coton.

Evelyne said...

Travailler son instrument chaque jour est excellent pour la volonté...mais Tatiana n'a pas ce courage !!!

Amélie said...

Wonderful Iza !
These moments are precious indeed, and I admire how you catch her changing mood. These photos are alive. Impossible to decide which one I like best. Each one fills my heart with tenderness and blissfulness.
I feel the same as Yoli, every new set of pictures of yours becomes my favourite !

Fei An said...

Completely agree that every new set of pictures of yours becomes my favourite !

This set of black and white pictures is truly different from the previous ones. Kind of "more real" black and white picture feeling! Is there a function that you can capture the images just in black and black? Excuse silly me if that is a silly question.:p)

Here is another question, dear Alliot. How many times a week does Iza take violin lesson? How many minutes each lesson? Anja's said she prefer to extend Anja's lesson to 45 minutes, now is 30 minutes, too short! And it is once a week! I wonder if it is enough for 45 minutes lesson for a week.

It seems that Iza has a very nice violin teacher:) She is always so beautiful and elegant with her violin.

Fei An said...

Anja's teacher said she prefer to extend Anja's lesson to 45 minutes.

Yanyan said...

oh how I love each picture and the tender words you wrote there. Iza must like her teacher so much to be so relaxed and so herself. what a moment...

alliot + iza said...

Dear Fei An,

Responding to your wonder on " ... if it is enough for 45 minutes lesson for a week ", I think it's better to discuss with Anja and her teacher. Enough or not, just subjective. It depends on whether you think it's enough.

The case of iza may NOT be relevant. She starts a 45 min individual lesson once a week after ONE year staying in a class of 5-6 children leaded by the same violin teacher ( This group violin class was organized by the kindergarden as an after school activity during her K-3 ). Now, apart from the individual lesson, almost all the children still attend the group lesson once a week for an hour. With my understanding, this group lesson is kept to steer the children's motivation. In the class, they will be stimulated by other's progress ... and they enjoy so much to divid pieces of music in paragraphs and play in turns. It's only the history that leads iza to have 2 violin lessons per week, not our intention. I think regular practices made the steady process instead of the nos. of "lessons". Most of the children in the same violin class can only practice 3-4 times per week because of the loading of homework. One more lesson will get them playing the instrument once more per week. As you may know, Iza can only practice 15-40 min per time at home ... If she can play 4 times a week, each time 30 min, she can have 2 hours practices per week which is desirable up to my standard. Therefore, the proportion of this one more hour lesson (practice) weights relevantly ... I know Anja is doing incredibly well already in keeping daily practices for around an hour. If it is her own urge to increase the nos. of lessons, why not? But more important is to keep a comfortable pace ... which is now i'm trying to do ... always fine tuning ...

Do you still remember once you've asked "Can Iza read a lot English now?" ... this has made me think. I've written down how i feel after sometime under that related post.

CdP said...

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Fei An said...

Dear Alliot, thanks for your answering.

I do have ideas of how the local children and their parents think about the school work and the violin lesson. I was one of them being very relaxed with Anja's study and activity. Until last week, there is going to be an national exam this time in the end of March. I helped Anja to prepare a little bit. Then "7+8" takes her more than 10 senconds to think of the answer. This really makes me surprised or maybe not. An Mom from Australia said the the Norwegian School system is really BAD. I begin to uncertain about things.

As for the violin lesson. I forget to say they also have a group violin class while it is mostly a lesson for the children to practice hearing and rhythm, 50 minutes a week. It is so true that things are not comparable and I don't like to compare Anja with other kids at all. In this music school, two kids in a group attend a 30 minutes lesson every week. Anja is kind of " lucky", her peer dropped the lesson after a while and her teacher did not shrink the lesson to 15 minutes. Now she suggests extending to 45 minutes. She did not say it clearly but I can sense that she prefer Anja takes more lessons. (Maybe she has a little bit high expectation to Anja. She mentioned Anja learns fast and well, however, it is because Anja practices almost 1 hour each day while the others practice 15 to 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week.) I don't know much about music even though I love music. And absolutely I don't know anything about music education. When her teacher mentioned that they (she and anja) need more time and learn more, theroy and etc. The first thing came into my mind is that I will keep everything in a comfortable pace and capacity while not push Anja too much. I still think all this is to evolve Anja in music but not trying to be competitive.

I ask you all about this the music lesson, how many minutes, and how much English Iza can read. It is because I wish to have a clue of the other children besides the Norwegian Children. Reference is the "word" while I truly don't like comparing. When I talked to the mom from Australia, she said the kids learns the clock when they were 4, 5 years old in Australia while the Norwegian kids start to learn clock at 7-8 at school. This is not a big issue to me though. I don't think it is that bad to start to learn clock at 7-8 at school:)

However, I really need your opinion such "as more important is to keep a comfortable pace ... which is now i'm trying to do ... always fine tuning ..." to confirm my feeling to things. I am not as smart as you are, so please understand my questioning for so many time:)

Thanks for your times to read this so long message. Yes, it looks so long and boring to read:)

Isa said...

I am in love with your blog. such beautiful pictures!

kenza said...

I am speechless. These are simply beautiful!

alliot + iza said...

Dear Fei An,

You are not silly. It's wise to ask for advice if you have queries. But sometimes, we will get even more confused if the talk is not based on a common platform, shared values or mutual understanding of the same word used ... It's me who is so silly. It takes me one and a half year (since iza starts her primary school) to realize that we (parents) have such a hugh difference in interpreting what is "a lot" or NOT ... Eventually, i found that it all depends on the expectations of the parents ... It's similar to what is a "BAD" school system. The term becomes too ambiguous without further elaborations ... Ultimately, it depends on the values you hold.

When i was a child, i believed the exam results reflected how much i knew. I was taught to believe this. I never questioned. Till iza experienced her first test, consciously, i realized there's a gap between one's knowledge and results. The gap can be small but it can be big. Test and exam are outputs, which require certain skills to achieve effectively. These skills can be trained. Lately, i just see more & more clearly that the breadth and depth of one's knowledge ( even for a young kid like iza ) can hardly be justified by a single examination ... Today in Hk, mastering exam skills is a necessity in local schools. But, our society has placed the wrong hierarchy of skills to whole person development in education.

HK may not be a good reference for you, dear Fei An. It's crazy here. Lots of parents seek for early teach and advancement. I came across with some parents, they thought if their child still did not know a-z and count from 1-100 before 3.5Y, the child learnt too slow. According to their assumption, iza should be classified as "slow learner". I still remembered iza could not name a-z in their sequential order before kindergarten ... actually we did not think there's a need to teach her these ... we are confident that she would definitely know a-z when she graduates from UNIVERSITY :) There are so many years for her to learn ... therefore no worry and no hurry ...

Quantifying knowledge is no fun ... rather, we enjoy the most precious time when a child's imagination is not yet polluted, her curiosity is not yet strangled, her acute senses are not yet paralysed ...

Iza is now a keen inquirer and avid reader. She is quite capable in mastering the required skills. We are so happy with her :) No matter how much she knows now, there is still "A LOT" to learn.

To me, Norway has a more humane pace in education. It allows enough time for a child to develop, which is very precious.

PS There's a function in my camera for capturing B/W.

Fei An said...

Thanks , dear Alliot.

我的承认自己很缺乏你在对孩子教育的这个问题上的清醒认知和理解。挪威宽松的教育环境让我在这个事情有些 too relaxed.我总觉得让他们做她们喜欢做的事情就行了。但现在我知道这远远不够,孩子的教育是我们做父母最应该重视起来的一件事情。

Quantifying knowledge is no fun ... rather, we enjoy the most precious time when a child's imagination is not yet polluted, her curiosity is not yet strangled, her acute senses are not yet paralysed ...

Thanks for your message, dear Alliot. I will follow your steps and do a better job at helping the girls to "succeed" to be a "good person".

I read the following words the first time from your post:)

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."

----Rachel Carson [The Sense of Wonder]

alliot + iza said...

豐盛或貧乏? 我想挪威的寬鬆將帶來豐盛, 香港的緊逼將帶來貧乏。我總是為我們香港的教育傷感。
挪威的寬鬆何其珍貴!!
不要以我們為榜樣, 親愛的 Fei An ...真的不要! 我沒有以香港為驕傲。也不以我們的狀態自豪。甚至感到羞恥。我們只是不能不學會與它共處。沒有選擇。既然一定要經歷這個制度, 便學會如何面對它, 不至覺苦。
在去年十一月至十二月, 在掙扎的期間, 我決定接受事實。臻由離家至回家9小時, 以後, 2-3小時家庭作業是"正常"的! 在今天的標準下。這是我們的生活。接受了, 感覺好多了。於是為她定下 ...
... 不用每天溫習。功課本來就是溫習 ...
... 不用按照學校的建議, 每天放學後進行課外閱讀, 毋需向學校交代。 閱讀是個人的, 不是責任 ...
... 不用每天練習小提琴, 每週只3-4次,每次20-30分鐘, 超越的都是獎賞。在練習的時間, 認真便可...
... 做你喜歡的。 高班年不能做了 ...
這些都是我們的悲傷, 不是榜樣。我們只能完成許多必要的責任後, 然後做喜歡的事情。我們真的可以捍衛臻的想像力 ... 好奇心 ... 感覺? 我不知道。

能讓他們做他們喜歡做的事情就行了。 這是我的理想!!
能陪伴他,與他分享喜悅 ... 興奮和神秘的世界,如此美好。共勉之。

Mariní said...

no puedo creer la belleza, la maravilla de tu mirada...

ya te linkeé en mi blog

gracias por compartir estas maravillas!!!!!