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Speaking of stress!


Date: Fri Oct 04 2002 - 11:22:32 PDT

My third graders are involved in a unit which is talking about meanders, and branching and packing(tessellations, spirals, and spheres. This is all to go with a trip to "The Garden in the Woods, amarvelous 10 acre garden in Framingham, that does a lot of work with the schools and museums. It has habitats from all over and set up as a walking place. I sometimes go there for an hour after school before I come back to wash a humdred paint pots and clean the room.

 Today were were working on their pictures, which had to include a meander, of any sort. They are using a variety of media. For somereason (is it a full moon tonight?) the noise was impossible, though they were all working. All of a sudden the broadcast from symphony hall came on public radio. What were they playing? Beethoven's 6th symphony! Well, if the first movement isn't the musical version of a meander, I don't know what is. They were finished working and almost cleaned up, and I said close your eyes and listen. Can you hear the music meandering? Well, you could have heard a pin drop. Five minutes of bliss!

One little girl just couldn't help it, she said, "Leslie, this is soooo beautiful!"

Moments like this ! Wow! And it was my last class of the week.

On top of that, the teacher (who is a little scary to me at times, walked in, listened and looked and said the pictures were fabulous and wanted to put them up!

Now it's intermission, and after comes Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. This was the program I heard last night, at symphony. I thought the programming of the pastoral luscious Beethoven (sort of like therapy)and the wild abandon of the Stravinsky was brilliant! For once I didn't have a nap.

On to cleaning up. Had to share this fabulous end of the week.

Leslie in Framingham, MA