Most of the kids here who went to field trip had their first school bus ride. One of them is Michelle. They had fun inside the bus. I happened to be there as the parent volunteer to capture the moments of Mich’s first school field trip. Inside the bus, the kids were singing “The Wheels of the Bus”.
Excerpts from Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher
He will have to learn,
I know, that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,
Steer him away from envy,
if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.
Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick…
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books…
But also give him quiet time to ponder
the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.
In the school teach him it is far honourable to fail than to cheat…
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong… Teach him to be gentle with gentle people, and tough with the tough.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon…
Teach him to listen to all men…
but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad…
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness…
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob
and to stand and fight if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage to be impatient…
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.
This is a big order, but see what you can do… He is such a fine fellow, my son!
My kids are enrolled at Lincoln Elementary. It’s Michelle’s first traditional school and Adrian’s second. They are enrolled as kindergarten and 3rd grade respectively. The school was named after Abe Lincoln. Their vision is to change the world…one student at a time.
This is the theme of my children’s school’s reflection program for this year. Adrian joined the photography category. This is his first time to join a school contest that’s why we are excited about it.
Ad likes to take pictures of people, places and objects. Many times he makes himself busy with camera and toys. We noticed a picture of plastic cups used during a friend’s birthday party. He got nice shots of different perspectives so he decided that he will just reshoot “the cups”to make a nicer photo.
One day, when the materials were available, Ad excitedly took shots but didn’t get the good one. He had some difficulty balancing the tower that easily topples. When he breathes, walks or any vibration in the house, the tower falls immediately. That was a bad day for his him coz he didn’t get the output he wanted.
The next day, he continued to experiment on his cups. Working alone is best for him because he gets the concentration he needs. He was not destructed by his sister. His creative juice is being squeezed. The tower was ready for the shot but clicking on the camera, this came out.
Triangles by Adrian Resubal
After a lesson in Geometry, Adrian made a bitmap of different types of triangles. As you can see, he made equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles in different presentations and sizes to come up with a simple geometric art. He is fond of exploring Geometry. Part of his exercises is learning how to program in GWBasic. Of course, the proponent of that was his Dad.
There were times in our creative thinking lesson when she would surpass me in interpretation. Many times before I teach, I don’t have any weapon to explain the lessons in our materials. But I’m amazed at how she can answer it according to her own reasoning. I’ll just laugh behind and say “kids are really smart.”