The first week of the school term is always grueling.
But I have to say that I am posting joyous music today precisely because this past week has brought into my classes many powerhouse students, both previous students and new students.
In fact, one fifth-grade girl new to the homeschool group ended her introduction of herself with these words, music to my heart: "I love a challenge"! She means those words, too. When the day started, she was enrolled in only one class; by day's end, her mother had enrolled her a second class.
"Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9:
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in its entirely below the fold.