"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, 68

During First Grade Literacy Block this morning (I was a visitor):

Teacher     Well, why in the world is it important for us to learn how to read?
Kids          It impresses the grown ups!  It lets you know what the pictures mean.  It tells you stuff.
Teacher     Good answers!  Why do you suppose it's a good idea to learn how to read really well?
Rachel*    I know! I know!  Reading....reading....you know, it sort of opens up a whole new world inside.  You know, it's like, it's like...it's like it brings a whole new life into you."

Seriously.   Amazing, yes?

*Rachel is, of course, not this perceptive student's actual name.  Although these are her actual words, not dressed up....I wrote down what she said, right after she said it.  (That is, after my jaw came back up off the floor....)

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