"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, 33

We went skating as a school community today (yes, all 250 of us were on the ice at a local rink, for an hour--half in the morning, half in the afternoon).

Marty* (Kindergarten): Ms N, you know, I learned how to skate all by myself now!

Me: Wow, Marty, good for you!

Marty*: I do keep falling though.

Me: Mmm. That happens.

Marty*: Yeah, you get really tired out when you fall down and have to get up all of the time. But it's still really fun!

*Marty, of course, is not this intrepid learner's real name.

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