"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, 93

Today at 1:15pm, in First Grade Music:

Kids   Ms N! Ms N!  Look outside!  It's snowing now!

Me    Wow! It changed from rain to snow! How cool is that?

Kids  Look! It's like a blanket that's all white!

Me    Why are we sitting here?  Let's go look out the window.

So we hastened  to the windows, pressed our noses flat against the glass, and ooh'd and ahh'd.

Dancy* (in a shy, quiet whisper, with her hand on my arm, looking up at me with those big sweet eyes)   Look, Ms N,  it's even covering the wood chips.  (in the playground under the swings)

Brian*    Man!  It's piling up on the swing seats!  Look at that!

Marisa*      If Frosty really did come alive like that, I would have runned away.

Me          Why?

Marisa*   I'd be scared of some big snowman who talked to me!

Brian*     If he was a bad one, I'd just sit on him and squish him.

Chantel*   Not me!  I'd jump on his back and make him be a sled.

.....no matter how many years it happens, it's always magical if the first snowfall of the year is also when we're in school....and being with the little kids when the first snow happens is the best of all.  What a treat!

*Dancy, Brian, Marisa and Chantel are, of course, not these excited First Graders' real names. (But their excitement was real enough to charge the air with lots of joy!)

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