"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, 42

First Grade Classroom, during before-school morning recess.

Shera* Hey, Ms N, look at my big boo boo! I got it on my knee, see?

Me Wow, Shera, that's a doozy.

Shera Doozy. (chuckles) That's a funny word.

Me How'd that happen?

Shera Wellll......I was standing on a, well, I was standing on a chair, well...
I was standing on a chair that I pro---bably shouldn't have been standing on...and then I fell off.

Me Ouch.

Shera Look at how purple it is. Isn't it cool?

All right then.

*Shera is, of course, not this completely endearing First Grade explorer's real name.

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