"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily life, 8

Singing a winter song with Kindergarteners, looking at a picture book which illustrates the song...we live in an area which gets very little sun between November and May.

Me: What season do you think this song is about?
Kids: Winter!
Me: Yep. How'd you know?
Kids: Snow!
Luther*: It can't be winter. That snow is fake.
Me: Hmm. Tell me more.
Luther*: Look at the sun! It's summer.
Kana*: My Dad told me there are places in the world where the sun shines, even in the winter.

*Luther and Kana are, obviously, not these children's real names.

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