the genius of each.


as i worked on report cards over the last week

putting together my notes

gathering my thoughts

sharing my stories

telling their stories

i was reminded

that each child


their own gifts

their own challenges

yet each shares

without fail

a curiosity

a sense of wonder about the world

a desire to learn

and does so

in their own way.


“Do not train children to learn by force and harshness,

but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,

so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy

the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”     




image credit: Radhusets Julkalender 2012 – Arte del libro, Arte dell’illusrazione

78 responses »

  1. It is unimportant at this early stage to determine what their genius is, but it is a critical time to teach them that their genius can be whatever they decide it is. And, as always, you provide a perfect quote for the occasion! Well written, Beth!

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  2. So true. Watching my kids… if they decide they want to learn something, they go at it with a vengeance. My son’s work today (with help from his ever supportive sister) on learning to read music for his drumming was quite awe inspiring.

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  3. I love ‘Plato’s’ quote, and I have always liked this one..
    “Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.”
    ― Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays

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  4. The child in some often does not bloom until they are …. well until later.
    We may not be a Grandma Moses but we should not give up. And we need to encourage those of all ages.
    WP is a good start but should not be the end.

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  5. Mrs. Niver, my third-grade teacher, encouraged my music. I’ve never forgotten her and thank her regularly. My kindergarten teacher, however, sent me to the school psychologist. She wanted everyone to be chickens and I was being a duck…a trend that continues.

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  7. Beth, a wonderful uplifting poem reminding us to be led by the curiosity and wonder of a child … it is disheartening when this is lost and rather a trait that should always be nurtured – and hopefully survive one’s whole life!😀

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