"The problem facing us is that we have become a very academic-oriented culture where we measure, test, and compare.
It takes courage to trust this process of root building that can't be seen--especially when your neighbor or family members have children who are reading and writing and doing math at a level your child is not because you have been placing your focus on internal matters. It's always hard to go against the norm..."
You are a Pioneer blazing new trails.
FREEDOM TO DISCOVER IS ESSENTIAL FOR GROWTH AND JOY
The Difference Between Mind and Heart
Libraries of Hope
Learning the Twist--by Mind
Dance Demonstration of the Twist (1961)
Learning the Twist--by Heart
Chubby Checker - The Twist
"Play is the work of childhood and large chunks of a child's day should be cleared for free, open, magical, imaginative play. Pestalozzi used the term 'sense-impressions' to describe the work for these early years. The more children are allowed to touch and feel and experience, the deeper the learning will be in later years."
Tend the hearts of your children, and they will be rich on any income.
Neglect their hearts, and they will be poor no matter how much money they make.
Romancing the Heart
New Common Core Standards (Sandcastles, Diamonds and Singing Songs of Joy)
The Good News
Heart and Art
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Though critics may bow to art, and I am its own true lover,
It is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.
Though smooth be the heartless prayer, no ear in Heaven will mind it,
And the finest phrase falls dead if there is no feeling behind it.
Though perfect the player's touch, little, if any, he sways us,
Unless we feel his heart throb through the music he plays us.
Though the poet may spend his life in skilfully rounding a measure,
Unless he writes from a full, warm heart he gives us little pleasure.
So it is not the speech which tells, but the impulse which goes with the saying;
And it is not the words of the prayer, but the yearning back of the praying.
It is not the artist's skill which into our soul comes stealing
With a joy that is almost pain, but it is the player's feeling.
And it is not the poet's song, though sweeter than sweet bells chiming,
Which thrills us through and through, but the heart which beats under the rhyming.
And therefore I say again, though I am art's own true lover,
That it is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.
"It is the business of the heart for a long time before it is the business of the mind."