"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, 49

First Grade, before school began (during Breakfast/Morning Recess time):

Katie* I fixed my Dad's lawnmower this weekend.

Me Really? Tell me more.

Katie* Well....I watched a kids' show while he was getting all the stuff ready. Then we took off the mower part. We put a brick in front of the back wheels in front, and a slat of wood behind the wheels in back.

(At this point, I was thinking, "What 6 year old knows the term 'slat of wood'?!")

Me What came next?

Katie* After that, we got all dirty on our hands, so we went inside and got a drink of orange juice. Then we went back outside to work. Dad put a tarp on the ground for us to lay on, and while that was happening, while we laid on it, some stuff he was tryig to get out bonked him on the head.

Me Ow!

Katie* That's what he said.

Me So what happened then?

Katie* Then we went and put the mower part back on. Then after that, (big sigh), well, he tried it out to make sure it was running.

Me Wow. Did it work?

Katie* Well, it went BOOM. Then it worked. And now I know how to fix a lawn mower, and I can drive it, too.

*Katie* is, of course, not this budding young mechanic's real name.

No comments: