I have loved this thread because I am just starting out, as well. In fact, yesterday I rang in the new year with my first lesson as a pro. Unexpectedly, I was thrust into the Children's Center, and thence onto an unsuspecting group of seven wonderful(!) 4-year-olds who had never been on skis before. Talk about herding kittens!
I got them walking in circles in their boots, then scootering on one ski. At this point, I was reasonably proud of myself for not disciplining the little boy who kept whining, "I can't do it" while he did whatever we were doing. At lunch, he refused to go back out, one of the little girls got sick, and shortly thereafter the other little girl had a breakdown (I think she was really tired). Eventually, I lost four of the seven.
By day's end (I think a full 5.5 hour day for 4-year-olds is a bit much!), I still had three little boys with me. They were making linked direction changes (between a gliding wedge and parallel, depending on the boy) down through the little slalom course on the magic carpet learning run. I was so excited when these little guys made it all the way down through all of the "gates" that I couldn't contain myself! I was giving them high fives, yelling and screaming!
Funny thing is that I actually got my first tip--from the mom of the little girl who lost it in the afternoon!
I actually made it.
Now, tomorrow, I hope I get an adult lesson. Pretty please? [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]