Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Great Quotes


Happy Holidays! I'd like to share some favorite quotes with you. Hope you enjoy!




"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience."
--Anne Sullivan


"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
--Aristotle


"It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


"My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants."

--J. Brotherton


"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself."
--Galileo


“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
--Mark Twain


“A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled."
--Plutarch


"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
--Mark Twain


"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world."
--George Washington Carver


"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
--Leo Buscaglia


"Memorization is what we resort to when what we are learning makes no sense."
--Anonymous


“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
--Eric Hoffer


“Teaching: the earth doesn't move every time, but when it does, what a RUSH!"
--Cameron Beatty


"Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds!"

--Albert Einstein


"Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has."
--René Descartes


"We need not be afraid to touch, to feel, to show emotion. The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be."
--Leo Buscaglia


"Most people who have found that they are more intelligent than most around them, have yet to learn that one of the most intelligent things they can do is prevent said people ever finding this out."
--Terry Pratchett


"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer


"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
--Will Durant


“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
--Douglas Adams


"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies."
--Friedrich Nietzsche


"The more you know, the more you know you don't know."
--Aristotle


"The people who really run organisations are usually to be found several levels down, where it's still possible to get some work done."
--Terry Pratchett


"It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing."
--Seneca


"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something."
--Leo Buscaglia


"Truth emerges from the clash of adverse ideas."
--John Stuart Mill


"Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is."
--William Glasser


"Today much of what we call education is merely knowledge gathering and remembering. Problem solving and thinking, never strong parts of our educational system, have been downgraded in all but a few scientific subjects."
--William Glasser


"Those who know how to think need no teachers."
--Mahatma Gandhi


“Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts."
--Anonymous


“When ideas fail, words come in very handy."
--Goethe


"The most extraordinary thing about a really good teacher is that he or she transcends accepted educational methods."
--Margaret Mead


"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
--William Arthur Ward


"The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself."
--Edward Bulwer-Lytton


"A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image."
--Author Unknown


"Much of what happens in most classes is a waste of everyone's time. It is neither teaching nor learning. It is stenography."
--R. Fielder and R. Brent


"Total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love."
--Leo Buscaglia


"I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand."
--Confucius


"Students learn what they care about, from people they care about and who, they know, care about them . . ."
--Barbara Harrell Carson


"Our busy lives force us to focus on things we do from day to day. But the development of character comes only as we focus on who we really are."
--Russell M. Nelson


"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead


"Vision without Action is merely a Dream.
Action without Vision is a waste of Time.
Vision with Action can change the World."
--Bishop P.Diergaardt


“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
--Bertrand Russell


“Our lives improve only when we take chances -- and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."
--Walter Anderson


"That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time."
--John Stuart Mill


"The easiest thing in the world is to be you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position."
--Leo Buscaglia


"To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler - and less trouble."
--Mark Twain


"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them."
--Sir William Bragg


“The method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best."
--Edmund Burke


"The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important."
--Milo Bloom


"A good mind possesses a kingdom."
--Seneca


“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
--Alexander Hamilton


"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul."
--Moshe Dayang


"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." --Dwight D. Eisenhower


"Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,... of searching and experimenting,... of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political."
--Ignazio Silone


"We shape our lives."
--Us


"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."
--Napoleon Bonaparte


“Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."
--Andre Gide


"Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."
--Victor Hugo

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
--Charles Swindoll

INCH Around the World


We've gotten some great feedback about this--people love this idea and are excited about it! INCH Around the World is one of the Monday classes we offer. Everyone is invited. This is an opportunity for the children to choose any country in the world they'd like and write a report, share some fun facts, bring in pictures, make a posterboard, make a diorama, etc. (again, their choice) and present it to the group. Bring along a sample of food from that country and after our reports, we can all enjoy some food and visit together!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

"Mom's Hour"

A couple of the moms in our group have volunteered to watch your children if you'd like to drop them off for a couple of hours to play with other kids while you run some errands or whatever you'd like to do.

Lisa (rlbrummett AT dejazzd DOT com) is offering her home and services on the first Thursday of every month from 1-3pm

Christy (mdeiner AT comcast DOT net) is offering her home and services on the second Friday of every month from 9-11am

They've also said that you should feel free to email them to coordinate other times if you'd like.

February Calendar

The easiest way to join us is, quite simply, to join us! Do these classes and activities look like fun to you? Show up and have fun with us! We meet twice a week. We meet on Mondays for classes and we meet on Fridays to play. We also have a Parents' Night Out on the 1st Thursday of every month. If you'd like to volunteer to host or facilitate any of our classes or playgroups, please do! Please always consult the calendar (and check often--we update A LOT and this is, at times, subject to change) for specifics. Thanks!

Feb. 1 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 7pm

Feb. 2 (Fri) - Play and Visit at the LDS church building in Lebanon 1-3pm

Feb. 5 (Mon) - Children's Book Club at the Lebanon Community Library Community Room 1-3pm -- POSTPONED to next month

Feb. 9 (Fri) - Play and Visit at the LDS church building in Lebanon 1-3pm

Feb. 12 (Mon) - Music at Christy's House 1-3pm (email for directions)

Feb. 16 (Fri) - Play and Visit at the LDS church building in Lebanon 1-3pm - CANCELED due to weather

Feb. 19 (Mon) - Drama Class at Carrie's House 1-3pm (email for directions)

Feb. 23 (Fri) - Play and Visit at the LDS church building in Lebanon 1-3pm

Feb. 26 (Mon) - INCH Around the World at Carrie's House 1-3pm (email for directions)

January Calendar


The easiest way to join us is, quite simply, to join us! Do these classes and activities look like fun to you? Show up and have fun with us! We meet twice a week. We meet on Mondays for classes and we meet on Fridays to play. We also have a Parents' Night Out on the 1st Thursday of every month. If you'd like to volunteer to host or facilitate any of our classes or playgroups, please do! Please always consult the calendar (and check often--we update A LOT and this is, at times, subject to change) for specifics. Thanks!

Jan. 8 (Mon) - Music at Christy's House 1-3pm

Jan. 12 (Fri) - Play and Visit at the LDS church building in Lebanon 1-3pm

Jan. 15 (Mon) - LIBRARY CLOSED

Jan. 19 (Fri) - Play and Visit at the LDS church building in Lebanon 1-3pm

Jan. 22 (Mon) - Children's Book Club at the Lebanon Community Library Community Room 1-3pm

Jan. 26 (Fri) - Play and Visit at Christy's house 1-3pm (Please email Christy by 10am if attending: mdeiner AT comcast DOT net)

Jan. 29 (Mon) - INCH Around the World at the Lebanon Community Library Community Room 1-3pm

Friday, December 08, 2006

Brainstorming Session


As we wrap up 2006 and get into 2007, we're happy that INCH has started and is growing! Our next class is (as always) open to ALL homeschooling families in the community who are interested in being a part of INCH. Please join us on Monday, December 11th at the Lebanon Community Library (in the Community Room) and let your voice be heard. What would you like to see and do? Do you have some neat class ideas? Would you like to have some special field trips and speakers? Come tell us! Let's work together to make INCH really great for all of us. We're discussing classes, field trips, a children's book club, game/chess club, our monthly "INCH around the world" activities (think "cultures and foods and fun"), a monthly parents' night out, and more! We strongly encourage all members and prospective members to join us for a great brainstorming session together. Remember, we are a new, growing, organized group--come be a part and help shape INCH! Feel free to bring snacks and LOTS of ideas--we can have a lot of fun with this!