Baba is a fast learner, he always has been, and he’s a sponge.
He is desperate to learn.
He wants to learn something new all the time.
He gets bored very easily and that is when his behaviour pushes you to the limit.
So this year we decided to channel his eagerness, and his love for learning.
We asked him what he wanted to learn at home with Mummy and Daddy.
We decided there were a few things that we could teach him ourselves before paying out for things to see if he actually likes them. Between us we have art abilities, music and sport.
We gave him a few options and let him decide.
What came out top was learning the keyboard, the guitar, and Chinese. (Not quite sure where the Chinese came from)
But the keyboard and guitar was easier, having both of them at home it was just the case of finding the right kind of books for Baba to learn from.
This weekend we started the keyboard.
Baba took to it like a natural, within a few minutes he had got how to hold his hands on the keyboard and could follow the letters for the notes in the book, and could match them up with the keys on the keyboard – thanks to the snazzy stickers in his book.
Within about 10 minutes he played his first chopsticks.
By the end of the 45 minutes that seemed to fly past he could play Chopsticks with one hand doing all the cords and could play Merrily We Roll Alone with no chord hand.
Baba had never played a keyboard before this, he had hit the keys and hit them on his cousins, but had never followed a book himself and tried to learn himself. It just seemed to naturally come to him.
He was laughing and you could see the excitement in his face, as he could register that what he was reading in the book was making a song that he could play, and it was a song that he recognised. He was so pleased with himself.
So much so that he called Mr L up to listen to everything that he had learnt in that first 45 minutes.
Since then he has had a couple more lessons, and is still excelling in the keyboard, moving on to This Old Man, and It’s Raining, It’s Pouring and being able to use both his hands one for the tune and one for the chords.
It is making him focus, he is having fun, as every lesson finishes with him just going nuts with all the different sounds on the keyboard and having all the different songs playing, and he is learning. Learning something he wants to learn as well.
I am really pleased we have started it and so is Baba and I can’t wait to see where he goes with this skill!