"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, 38

Overheard in the cafeteria right after lunch (my desk is in the cafeteria, right behind a small bulletin board divider):

Custodian Now boys, you're in 2nd grade. You knew you shouldn't be throwing food during lunch. What in the world were you thinking?

Boys We WEREN"T throwing food!

Custodian What do you mean? I saw it!

Boys No, we weren't throwing the food. We were ROLLING it.


Then, later in the day, with Kindergarteners, singing the old English song, "Down came a lady". The last line repeats each time, with 'and she was dressed in...."
(filling in the blank with different colors). I use pictures for each verse so that the children know what color to sing. On this particular picture, the lady in question was wearing an outfit which was a little strange. One little boy, quietly singing along, said, "Down came a lady, down came 2, down came Lord Daniel's wife, and she was dressed in ugly."

Well, all right then.

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