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My school is approaching its 40'th anniversary. Quite an amazing landmark for a progressive independent private school. In that time our founder and director has lead the way. She is 100% committed to progressive education. A remarkable leader in a world focused on tests scores and standards. Every year we have a Founders Day Party. The joke is that she is perpetually 29 years old. Today we were making our cards and collage for her and I asked the question "Why do you think she started this school in the first place? She was a teacher. Why leave a teaching job to` try and start her own school?" Here are my two favorite answers.
1. "Well maybe she wanted to have more friends; friends that are kids."
2. "Maybe she was out of money and needed a job so she made her own work."
Story number two of the day, unrelated to the previous story.
There was a group of young children working on basic reading skills. Our library is a very cozy place for children to learn. We work in very small groups,the focus is on establishing a relationship so that you can truly support children to learn not simply to memorize what we tell them. The teacher broke out the basic phonics cards. Each child flips over a card and attempts to sound out the first letter sound of each word. Keep in mind that this particular group of children are the youngest. They get a great deal of support and encouragement. The first child sounded out the letter B. The second child sounded out the letter F. Then it was time for the youngest of the group. The encouraging teacher said "Okay, its you turn. What is the first letter of the word and what sound does it make?" This tiny, young spitfire quickly remarked," I don't know how to read yet. I am only five PLUS I have sexleptia."
I think this young girl just invented a new term. Pretty soon they may have an over the counter medication for such an ailment. I can only imagine the side effects.