Sophie's school is wonderfully located right beside Farquharson Arena, which gives them the distinct advantage of being able to include skating as part of their curriculum. Students at every grade level are taken over to the arena about 8 times a year for lessons, and since the first round of those lessons happens in November it's the perfect way to get kids in the mood for winter sports season. We didn't get around to taking Sophie skating last year, so her experience at Tecumseh this morning was her very first time on the ice - and I couldn't be more impressed. She's what I would call "physically timid", in that she doesn't have a lot of confidence in her ability to do some of the bolder things that kids do. It was great when she was little, because I never had to worry about her climbing the bookcase or jumping off something high and hurting herself... but as she's gotten older both Chris and I are encouraging her to have more faith in her physical abilities. That's the main reason we enrolled her in classes at The Little Gym, and I can't help but wonder if her success today came in part from the confidence she's been getting from successfully overcoming challenges at the gym. Although at first her Teacher had to hold her just to convince Sophie to stand up, by the end of the lesson Sophie was moving around the ice on her own, with just the support of a chair to help keep her balanced. That's quick progress for her very first time at the rink, and I'm very proud of her!