"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, 51

Random comment as the rest of the kids were getting ukes out and choosing picks:

Grade 3
Marnya* Guess what? I'm not going to Afterschool. I get to spend the rest of the day playing in our yard.

Me Sounds like fun.

Marnya* Well, sort of yes and sort of no.

Me What do you mean?

Marnya* Well, it's not so nice outside right now. The bugs are out and ready to eat some people.


Grade 1 As I was lifting down the conga drum from the shelf:

Dirk* Wow, that drum looks heavy.

Me Yep. It is. That's why I'm getting it down for you.

Dirk* How come it's so heavy if it's empty?

*Marnya and Dirk are, of course, not these children's real names.

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