April 12, 2016
The Alphabet is one of the first songs a child will learn in their life. It is so important to the foundation of their learning. It is such an easy song to learn too. So you think… Until you have to learn a new alphabet later on in life.
My college daughter is extremely bright, honors student, 4.0, just a smash in class. But… she cannot master the Greek Alphabet. Why does she need to learn it? Well for initiation into her sorority, of course. She wants balance, study and fun, bonds with sisters and being able to make a difference in other peoples lives. She is struggling with the idea that it is not all about studying but to enjoy meeting new people, letting your hair down a little and having some fun. (And really I do not mean partying it up and getting crazy, just good fun.)
Some people may agree, some people may not. The reality is she is learning to balance and get out of her comfort zone. It is an experience.
But first… the Greek alphabet.. So I sang her a song. I sang it twice, to help her remember.. Hope it will help.
On to another day, but the Greek alphabet will be stuck in my head all day. I guess there could be worse things to think about.
Alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon,
Zeta, eta, Theta, iota,
Kappa, lambda, mu, nu, xi, omicron, phi
Rho, sigma, tau, Upsilon
Phi, Chi, Psi, Omega
April 5, 2016
The Primaries. A big day in Wisconsin. We take center stage on the national level to cast our vote for the upcoming Presidential Election. This is a big deal. We have had candidate galore riding around our home towns. They are stopping at our favorite lunch spots, they are talking to people on the street, they are holding huge rallies in our backyards to get their word out. It is an exciting time.
On a local level, even more issues are being decided. Today we are voting on the 5th school district referendum in the past 10 years. They have all failed and I am not sure what to think about this one too. Our school district has 7 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school which serves less than 2200 students. Our district wants to close 5 elementary schools build a new one and keep 2 small schools open. The school configurations would then be Pk4-4, Middle School 5-7 and high school 8-12. It is considered a Compromise plan and they want it pass.
We will see how it goes, with only 5 more hours of voting, we will see what the public says. I guess I wish the public would back education, but I also wish our school board would do what it needs to do once the decision is made. I hope that if the vote does not pass, they will not just say, go back to the drawing board but make the hard decisions that we voted them in to do. It will be hard and not very popular but it needs to be done. Until they start acting with authority I am still skeptical.
The national election is interesting but the local election is the one I will be watching. We will wait and see.