Thursday, September 16, 2010

Orange we lucky?

What and Why and When And How and Where and Who

I keep six honest serving-men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small--
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes--
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

Big day at school today.  It was the Term 4 "Learning Journey" when parents are welcomed into the classroom to view their children's work displayed in portfolios and on walls and desks.  We hot-footed it from room to room to spend time equally with all three and to let them visit each other.  What excitement!  Little Wanna has terrific drawing skills, illustrating everything in exquisite detail right down to curly eye-lashes on her figures. Ro-Ro is amazingly self-assured about his abilities - he's willing to have a go at anything and not afraid of failing (perhaps not too inclined to improve either but let's applaud his confidence). Charly seems to have taken to maths and genuinely enjoys it. She's a good all-rounder. We are so blessed to have capable and enthusiastic learners.  These primary years are precious.

To cap it all off, Ro-Ro launched into Book 2 of Alfred's Piano Basics in his lesson this afternoon and is working on a simplified version of the William Tell overture.   Which could well be the sound-track for the day. Hey-ho Silver, away!

Poem by Rudyard Kipling
Photo by me.  Floriade 2010, Canberra.


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