Tag Archives: education

such things to be.

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kinders get ready to enter a ‘new/old world.’

“so many worlds,

so much to do,

so little done,

such things to be.”

-alfred lord tennyson

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literacy?

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when reading this article about literacy

i was saddened by it

yet i was struck by an typo

not meant to be ironic

that perhaps unknowingly proved the point.

“literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”
― kofi annan

sculpture.

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when we come down the stairs we see a magical scene

full of sculptures before us

and we cannot stop running to the sculptures

that are all around us

we find out the difference between the meaning of

‘static’  – still

(like sculptures)

and

‘kinetic’ – moving

(our group leans heavily on the kinetic side)

and at last we sit to hear the story of this one

trying to be static.

“what sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. “

-joseph addison

magnets.

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after much trial and error and an ‘aha’ moment,

the kinders figured out what magnets do and found a place to put them.

“a teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.”

~ever garrison

soul music.

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we stopped  to listen to an ensemble of young girls

playing lovely music at the weekend farmer’s market.

their teacher said they were in the 8th grade

where everyone is asked

to contribute something to the community.

these girls chose to offer what they had to give –

their natural gift of music.

they had to organize the day

 by asking permission to play somewhere

finding transportation

planning what to wear

being  on time

introducing themselves

and

remembering their music and instruments.

all of the money they earned

from passers-by

went to a local charity.

it was a beautiful lesson.

“music is the movement of sound

to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”

– plato