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Showing posts from April, 2011

A Spring Poem to Share - Un Poema de la Primavera para Compatir

We are going to be learning this one, since it seems simple, with themes that a young child (first grade) can relate to.  Vamos a aprender ese, ya que parece simple, con temas adecuadas para ninos chiquitos.

“Spring” by William Blake Sound the flute!
Now it's mute! Birds delight, Day and night, Nightingale, In the dale, Lark in sky, - Merrily, Merrily, merrily to welcome in the year.
Little boy,
Full of joy; Little girl, Sweet and small; Cock does crow, So do you; Merry voice, Infant noise; Merrily, merrily to welcome in the year. Little lamb,
Here I am; Come and lick My white neck; Let me pull Your soft wool; Let me kiss Your soft face; Merrily, merrily we welcome in the year.

Handwork teaches resilience

I was just reading something I had written, and thinking about how often I ask my child to do things that might be challenging, even difficult perhaps.  They are outside of a comfort zone that we set for ourselves.  Her personality is such that she often meets challenges with a downhearted "I can't." together with a good deal of frustration, often walking away.  While I am not really sure the best way to handle this, I do sometimes tell her, do you remember when you thought you couldn't do that?

Finger-knitting and knitting with needles have both been such sources of frustration and anguish.  Yet, with perseverance, we are moving towards a sense of accomplishment  - slowly.  It would be better if we did these things as readily as we should - but we are improving (I hope).

Miss M. decided to do some finger knitting this evening, and proudly came to tell me that she had knitted a very long cord.