Tag Archives: Children

National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 – 6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week.

 

I’m proud to be a retired teacher and have made a difference in the lives of many individuals. One kindergarten student in my 1987 class came with knowing all the alphabets and numbers. She was the first Jamaican student in our school. Her bright eyes sparked with confidence. Smiled all the time with the thick lips curled up at both corners.

What could I teach her? The rest of the class barely learned A for Apple, B for Boy, C for Cat, so on and so forth.

I made individual curriculum, challenging learning for Mayshall. At the third grade, she was tested as a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) student. She continued to excel throughout high school and college. After graduated from Cornell University, she came back home in Southern California and brought me a college sweater. Why a joy to see the success of a student!

 

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“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius

 

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

 

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffet

 

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“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori

 

 “A good teacher can inspire hope; ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry

 

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams

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Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.” – Horace Mann

 

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“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren

 

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell

 

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” Lady Bird Johnson

 

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Teachers, you’re always appreciated!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #43–Less is More

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, the theme Amy gave us is:

“Less is More.”

 

We have heard of this phrase often. When I saw this theme, I was curious of the origin of the expression. The research took me to several places and I wanted to trace the origin. This is what I found out:

This is a 19th century proverbial phrase. It is first found in print in Andrea del Sarto, 1855, a poem by Robert Browning written to Lucrezia:

“Who strive – you don’t know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) – so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia.”

 

The phrase is often associated with the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the founders of modern architecture and a proponent of simplicity of style.

Simple architecture in Kyoto, Japan.

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Kasugataisya Shrine

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Hidden Talents

Children’s potentials are quietly hidden

Patiently waiting to be let out of prison

A teacher with observant eyes, or

A parent with attentive mind

Will readily be able to identify

A musical talent with rhythmic movement

Enthusiastic sing or playing instruments

An artistic talent of engaging sketching

Creativity in conventional playing

Numbers are endless fun and game

Curiosity keeps the mind trying without tiring

The hidden talents show the innocent flame

They could be ignored and fade away, or

Recognized and encouraged to reach their favorite stage

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Note: I am the recipient of being discovered and nurtured my singing talent. I have been singing in public since my teenage years! I’m grateful for the choir leaders, my voice teachers, and groups invited me to be soloist.

Daily Prompt: Hidden

Parenting

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There is no such a thing as perfect parenthood

Who is the paragon of father or mother

Claim to have a one size fits all formula

Children are unique and special

Have different talents but same potential

Minds like sponges, soak in as much as available

A secure environment and loving care

Could bring out their creativity and the best

What they would have become

Does not totally depend on us

It takes a village and the Almighty to raise a child

In the end, we just ask for wisdom and do our best

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness: Week 8 – Best Gift of Books

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This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 8 at Haddon Musings

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Avid reader, my daughter as a young child

Books and books gabbled down like wild

Nursery Rhymes were memorized by five

Short stories, chapter books into them she dived

Wonderful world she wanted to explore, from

Beautiful images in her mind had stored

“1000 Places to See before You Die”

Takes her eagerly fly into the sky

What treasure you can give to a child

Books that take them into the “Wild”

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Daily Prompt: Avid