Soulful Thoughts of Rachel

This is my life. It is my one time to be me. I want to experience every good thing. ~ Maya Angelou

Yohan’s Grade 6 Graduation

Written By: rachel - Apr• 26•16

Elementary is an integral part of graduation.  It provides the basic foundation of children’s knowledge.  Elementary education inspires children to dream and opens doors to new experiences.

My son recently graduated from elementary (Grade 6) and I’m very proud of him.  He graduated 3rd of his batch and was awarded First Honorable Mention.  He also received 9 special awards including Naturalist Intelligence Award, Musical Intelligence Award, Excellence in Information Technology, five service awards, and Loyalty Award.

Congratulations Yohan for all your remarkable achievements! Good luck on your next step in school! May you continue to shine.

Music and the brain

Written By: rachel - Apr• 06•16

Learning to play a musical instrument has been linked to academic achievement.  Playing a musical instrument stimulates the brain.  Expose your child to music at an early stage.  Allow your child to enjoy music and let him/her discover what kind of instrument he/she is interested in.  You can nurture your child’s love for music by enrolling him/her in a music class in your local area.  There are many interesting musical instruments to choose from such as the piano, guitar, violin, bluegrass mandolin, drums, and many more. Early music education can also enhance language and reasoning.

First Honorable Mention

Written By: rachel - Apr• 06•16

Last Friday, the school announced the awards of the graduating (Grade 6) students.  When my son received the official letter, he called me right away.  I was so happy when I found out that he earned First Honorable Mention and 9 special awards.  I’m so proud of my son for all his achievements.

Congratulations Yohan!  Keep up the good work. I love you!


Joy of Fairy Tales

Written By: rachel - Jan• 12•16

I grew up reading fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.  I remember my mom reading those stories to me before going to bed.  She also bought me books with colorful graphics.  I enjoyed reading them over and over again when I was young.  I also imagined myself as part of the story.  It was fun to play make believe.

Today we commemorate the birth of Charles Perrault, the author behind these classic childhood stories.  Google Doodle pays tribute to the French author.


Photo credit: Screencap from Google

Caring for Your Guitar

Written By: rachel - Jan• 12•16

Playing a musical instrument like the guitar stimulates the brain.  It helps improve memory and promotes creativity.  If you love playing your guitar, you should find time to care for your musical instrument.  Proper maintenance ensures that your guitar will continue to produce quality sounds.  Make it a point to periodically clean your guitar using clean fretboard to protect it from effects of humidity and temperature.  Playing music requires dedication and discipline. Practice as often as you can.  Learning a new piece can be very rewarding.  It feels good to play a new song and share it with others.

A Promising Year Ahead

Written By: rachel - Jan• 01•16

Each brand new year is a chance to start anew.  May we learn from our past experiences and use that knowledge to improve our lives and relationships.  May this year bring forth blessings and open new doors of opportunities.  We all have our share of struggles.  May we find strength to face challenges and triumph from them.  Remember that life is a gift.  Cherish each day and create happy memories.

Joy of Music

Written By: rachel - Dec• 27•15

The holiday season is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends.  Fill your home with laughter and heartwarming music.  People who love to sing and play musical instruments enjoy performing in front of people closest to their hearts.  Music is a great Christmas gift to all. The selmer clarinet produces beautiful music when combined with other musical instruments. Sing Christmas carols and let the spirit of the holiday unite loved ones.

A Beautiful Christmas to All

Written By: rachel - Dec• 25•15

Wishing everyone a beautiful and blessed Christmas!  It’s a time of feasting on delicious food and enjoying the gift of togetherness.  May your homes be filled with laughter and joy.  It’s a wonderful time of the year to give thanks to all our blessings in life.  The best gift you can give on Christmas is the gift of kindness.  Share your blessings with the less fortunate.  A little kindness always goes a long way.  God bless everyone!

Merry Christmas!

Joy of Guitar Music

Written By: rachel - Sep• 29•15

Music brings a wonderful kind of high.  Music also brings people together. Learning a new song on your guitar is fun and exciting. It’s an opportunity to share something new with family and friends. The Internet has become a good source of interesting music pieces.  You can search for new guitar pieces online.  You can also watch video guitar tutorials.  Use quality guitar strings like ernie ball to create beautiful music.  Durable guitar strings last longer.  You don’t have to worry about your strings malfunctioning while playing for family and friends.

Congratulations Yohan!

Written By: rachel - Sep• 29•15

Congratulations to my son Yohan for winning 3rd place at the at the 2015 District Science and Technology Fair and Congress!  I’m so proud of your victory.  I admire your hard work and determination. May you continue to enjoy more achievements in life.  Keep up the good work!