Returning to Hamilton also saw us return to the TSSG NZ, the group for girls with Turner Syndrome in New Zealand. A lot of the members are Waikato based and moving around we sort of lost touch with them. The group now has two branches, one for youth members like Denver, and one for older TS women. Vicky, mum to the lovely Molly organised a family bake-off recently, in Matamata, home of the Hobbit and where we used to live for a short time. It was great to revisit the adorable little town and show the girls our old house and the Countdown that was Roger's first appointment as manager, (was it always that small? lol). It was so ggod to see Vicky again, we used to visit the MacKenzie Centre together when the girls were little, but since we had moved away we had lost contact.
The yummy entries :
Some of the other contestants enjoying the fruits of our labour :-)
Denver the winner with her trophy (above) Denver and Molly (below).
Being such a big family we had two teams in the bake-off. Team 1 Myself, Kyla and Sienna. Team 2 Roger, Denver and Madison. There was a little bit of rivalry, naturally, as we set to work. We were making a passionfruit shortbread and some cupcakes for Sienna to decorate. Roger's team was making red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing. As you can see, the winners were Team 2, Roger, Madi and Denver. Nevermind, next year team 1 has vowed revenge! ;-) A really wonderful day out by all accounts.
Loving words clutch crimson roses, Rude words sniff and pick their noses, Sly words come dressed as foxes, Short words stand on cardboard boxes, Common words tell jokes and gabble, Complicated words play Scrabble, Swear words stamp around and shout, Hard words stare eachother out, Foreign words look lost and shrug, Careless words trip on the rug, Long words slouch with stooping shoulders, Code words carry secret folders, Silly words flick rubber bands, Hyphenated words hold hands, Strong words show off, bending metal, Sweet words call each other 'petal', Small words yawn and suck their thumbs, Till at last the morning comes, Kind words give out farewell posies.... Snap! The dictionary closes.
Dr Suess - Pure Genius
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William Butler Yeats - Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Sir Walter Scott -All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
Theodore Roosevelt -Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
Frederick William Robertson -The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.
Beatrix Potter -Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Plato -Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement; this will better enable you to find out the natural bent of the child. -The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.
Maria Montessori -And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
Roger Lewin -Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Joseph Joubert -To teach is to learn twice.
John Holt-...since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learn't.
Emma Goldman -No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
John W. Gardner -Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
Galileo Galilei -You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
Ignacio Estrada -If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
Alexandre Dumas -How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
Smiley Blanton -A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.