Seven Reasons not to Mess up with Children:

1) A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that a whale swallowed Jonah. Irritated, the teacher reiterated angrily that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”.

The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”

The little girl replied, “Then you ask him”.

2) A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing.

She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.

As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”

The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Continue reading “Seven Reasons not to Mess up with Children:”

Is My Life Worth Anything?

A cactus stood all alone in the desert, wondering why it was stuck in the middle of nowhere.

“I do nothing but stand here all day,” it sighed. “What use am I? I’m the ugliest plant in the desert. My spines are thick and prickly, my leaves are rubbery and tough, my skin is thick and bumpy. I can’t offer shade or juicy fruit to any passing traveler. I don’t see that I’m any use at all.”

All it did was stand in the sun day after day, growing taller and fatter. Its spines grew longer and its leaves tougher, and it swelled here and there until it was lumpy and lopsided all over. It truly was strange- looking.

“I wish I could do something useful,” it sighed.

By day hawks circled high overhead. Continue reading “Is My Life Worth Anything?”

A Blind Man Catches a Bird

(A Ndebele Tale from Zimbabwe)

A young man married a woman whose brother was blind. The young man was eager to get to know his new brother-in-law and so he asked him if he would like to go hunting with him. “I cannot see,” the blind man said. “But you can help me see when we are out hunting together. We can go.” The young man led the blind man off into the bush. At first they followed a path that he knew and it was easy for the blind man to tag on behind the other.

After a while, though, they went off into thicker bush, where the trees grew closely together and there were many places for animals to hide. The blind man now held on to the arm of his sighted brother-in-law and told him many things about the sounds that they had heard around them. Because he had no sight, he had a great ability to interpret the noises made by animals in the bush. “There are warthogs around,” he would say. “I can hear their noises over there.” Or, “That bird is preparing to fly. Listen to the sound of its wings unfolding.” To the brother-in-law, these sounds were meaningless, and he was most impressed at the blind man’s ability to understand the bush although it must have been for him one great darkness.

They walked on for several hours, until they reached a place where they could set their traps. The blind man followed the other’s advice, and put his trap in a place where birds might come for water. The other man put his trap a short distance away, taking care to disguise it so that no bird would know that it was there. He did not bother to disguise the blind man’s trap, as it was hot and he was eager to get home to his new wife. The blind man thought that he dad disguised his trap, but he did not see that he had failed to do so and any bird could tell that there was a trap there. Continue reading “A Blind Man Catches a Bird”

Two Wolves (the battle inside us)

imgp8419.jpg One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

photo by Anastasia Polunina

Teaching Indian Classical Music to Children through Games

To motivate children we can use methods based on games.

Introduction of Swaras

(Swaras – notes in Indian Music)

– Today we have some very important guests, who will become our best friends. If we play with them and look after them everyday, they will help us in or lives, make us healthy and happy.

We can have paper models for them, e.g:

model model S

– They will become our friends if only we call them correctly, the first one is called “Sa” (S), then “Re”(R)… Ga(G)… Ma(M)…Pa(P)…Dha(D)… Ni (N)…

We can ask children to feel them on their finger tips or inside their body, in chakras, remembering that each note corresponds to a chakra. S – Muladhara, etc.

Exercises

Level 1

1. The teacher shows a picture of a swara, children sing it. Continue reading “Teaching Indian Classical Music to Children through Games”

Mousetrap

MouseA mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package: “What food might this contain?”

He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning:
“There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house.” Continue reading “Mousetrap”