Irving Heritage Society

Irving Heritage Society The Irving Heritage Society was founded in 1978 as an outgrowth of the Bicentennial, to support a renewed interest in history, especially local history.
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01/08/2020

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View "Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard"- the first exhibition on view at the Irving Archives & Museum (IAM) and experience IAM’s Smithsonian Spark!Lab, a place where children between the ages of six and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent!

We are open Wednesday - Friday from 12 PM - 5 PM. No entrance fee during soft opening.

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo
01/06/2020

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo

First Fri. board meeting. Two great soups to chose from (most tried both!) and lots of good discussion around the table....
01/06/2020

First Fri. board meeting. Two great soups to chose from (most tried both!) and lots of good discussion around the table. Valentine Tea on Feb. 9 and program on the Irving Archives Jan 27. Jan Hart modeled her new IAM t-shirt as she gave a plug for the IAM gift shop selections.

A peek inside Mary's Playhouse. Some places have an elf on a shelf, we had Santas among the toys. Thanks to Patty Capert...
12/24/2019

A peek inside Mary's Playhouse. Some places have an elf on a shelf, we had Santas among the toys. Thanks to Patty Caperton for always making the playhouse special like she did for the Dec. tours.

Congratulation, Irving Archives and Museum!
12/22/2019

Congratulation, Irving Archives and Museum!

Excitement from start to finish on Dec. 19, the 116 birthday of Irving. The Irving Archives and Museum had a sneak peek and many were on hand to check it out. The evening festivities included a check presentation of $42,300 from the Heritage Festival efforts over the years. Would love to see that repeated soon!

The Heritage Society co-sponsored the "cake and conversation" with the New Philharmonic Orchestra before the NPOI concer...
12/18/2019

The Heritage Society co-sponsored the "cake and conversation" with the New Philharmonic Orchestra before the NPOI concert on Sunday. Christina Winters and Dr. Robert Fairbanks were on hand to lead the discussion on heritage and the diversity in Irving. Guests were invited to "pin" the location of their grandparent's birth place as well as their own on a large map. From the west coast of the USA to Japan and points in between were marked.

We are soooooo excited! Our Christmas tree at the Arts Center won first place in our category!!! Good work committee and...
12/07/2019

We are soooooo excited! Our Christmas tree at the Arts Center won first place in our category!!! Good work committee and Lea Bailey!

Special delivery invitation to the Irving Heritage Society from the Irving Archives and Museum. Sneak Peak Event Dec. 19...
12/07/2019

Special delivery invitation to the Irving Heritage Society from the Irving Archives and Museum. Sneak Peak Event Dec. 19 ....let's go!

Fun night at the Arts Center open house. Our coloring sheets were a hit.  They had images of items found in the Heritage...
12/07/2019

Fun night at the Arts Center open house. Our coloring sheets were a hit. They had images of items found in the Heritage House drawn by Dana Duvall Morgan.

First Friday and Heritage Board meeting. New board member Eric King....welcome.  Cynthia Sharp share treasures she found...
12/07/2019

First Friday and Heritage Board meeting. New board member Eric King....welcome. Cynthia Sharp share treasures she found in the house from long ago.

200 years.....wow!!!
12/07/2019

200 years.....wow!!!

Tomorrow! Come see our new exhibit all about Washington Irving. The 200th anniversary of the publishing of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" continues.

Pink may have been Mrs. Schulze's favorite color but at this time of the year, red is showing up all over the Heritage H...
11/30/2019

Pink may have been Mrs. Schulze's favorite color but at this time of the year, red is showing up all over the Heritage House. Stop by Sunday to check it out and take the free tour from 3pm-5pm at 303 South O'Connor.Free history books will be given to each family.

Check out the "Masterpieces" of historical locations and markers on the tree at the Arts Center. Decorating today and vo...
11/30/2019

Check out the "Masterpieces" of historical locations and markers on the tree at the Arts Center. Decorating today and voting begins on the 1st.

11/26/2019

We will have the welcome mat out for you Sunday, Dec. 1, for free tours 3pm-5pm. Visitors will receive a complimentary copy of the Irving history book "From Rails to Wings". One of the oldest houses in Irving, it is located at 303 South O'Connor. Plan to visit with your family.

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo
11/26/2019

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo

Day 4 of ShareTank and a chance to practice our pitch.
11/23/2019

Day 4 of ShareTank and a chance to practice our pitch.

Wonderful volunteers creating some "masterpieces" on behalf of the Heritage Society.  The tree ornaments are for the Irv...
11/23/2019

Wonderful volunteers creating some "masterpieces" on behalf of the Heritage Society. The tree ornaments are for the Irving Arts Center holiday events.

Such an interesting program last Sunday "Get Your Kicks Around 356" on the historical markers in our city. Gary Schepf v...
11/03/2019

Such an interesting program last Sunday "Get Your Kicks Around 356" on the historical markers in our city. Gary Schepf visited all of them and had photos to share. Four panelists provided some background on several communities as well. Thanks to MainStage 222 for the hospitality. If you missed it, we hope to display the posters again at our Jan 27 meeting.

Quilt of Valor Sun., Nov. 3 at the Heritage House, 303 S. O'Connor from 3pm-5pm. Stop by to sign one of the quilt blocks...
11/02/2019

Quilt of Valor Sun., Nov. 3 at the Heritage House, 303 S. O'Connor from 3pm-5pm. Stop by to sign one of the quilt blocks and take a tour of the 1912 house built for the Schulze family. Free and family friendly.

Board meeting day. Top of the agenda included authorizing donation to the Irving Archives and Museum.  It was a good day...
11/02/2019

Board meeting day. Top of the agenda included authorizing donation to the Irving Archives and Museum. It was a good day. Next up is the Quilt of Valor during open hour tours Sun., Nov. 3.

Discover our history through the many historical markers throughout the city on Sun., Oct. 27, starting at 2:30pm, 222 E...
10/23/2019

Discover our history through the many historical markers throughout the city on Sun., Oct. 27, starting at 2:30pm, 222 East Irving Blvd. Local historians will share info and a brochure will be distributed listing many of the markers. Refreshments and gallery walk of the images displayed in the building at 2:30pm, meeting/program at 3pm.

Celebrating Irving committee meeting. Guess which Washington Irving story we were talking about this time??? Actually tw...
10/22/2019

Celebrating Irving committee meeting. Guess which Washington Irving story we were talking about this time??? Actually two stories and they are 200 years old. Note April 3,2020 - Washington Irving's birthday, for a special birthday party.

ShareTank - so much to learn! And always fun when sharing it with a friend.
10/22/2019

ShareTank - so much to learn! And always fun when sharing it with a friend.

Sowers Cemetery Association
10/11/2019

Sowers Cemetery Association

‘Telling Their Story’: Johnnie R. Gill and Albertie W. Gill. Historical interment in Sowers Cemetery in Irving, Texas: Johnnie was 1 in 1902 and his brother Albertie was 1 month old in 1903 when they passed away.
They were the children of Ulysses Eugene Gill born in 1866 in Missouri and Nancy ‘Nannie’ Ann Benedict Gill born in 1876 in Marion, Cole Co, Missouri.
In 1870 Ulysses was living in Jefferson Township, Shelby Co, Missouri with parents Joseph Gill and Sarah Stalcup Gill, brother Isaac and sister Cordelia. Several Stalcup relatives lived nearby.
By 1880 3 more brothers were added to the family, William, John and Francis.
In 1880 Nancy was living in Round Grove, Marion co. Missouri with parents Charles and Mary brothers George and William and sisters Maggie and Minerva.
Marion County and Shelby County are side by side in Missouri and somewhere along the way Ulysses and Nancy met, married and came to Texas prior to 1898. Their first child Lennie Jane was born in December of 1898 in Dallas County.
In the 1900 and 1910 census Ulysses and Nancy are living in the Sowers area and probably why Johnnie and Albertie were interred at Sowers cemetery. The 1900 census was enumerated by Isaac H. (Ike) Story. ‘Uncle Ike’ is best known as the postmaster of Kit, now downtown Irving, and owner of a general store that was a regular meeting place.
Ulysses and Nancy had at least 4 children that lived to adulthood, born between 1897 and 1916.
By 1920 the family was living on Spring Ave just East of today’s Fair Park.
Ulysses passed away in 1948 and is buried at the Austin State Hospital Cemetery in Austin, Texas. He was there for just over 4 years with a heart condition and Senile Psychosis/dementia.
Austin State Hospital began in 1861 as a facility to temporarily and sometimes permanently house the mentally ill population. In the mid 1800’s, a movement was sweeping the country promoting mental as well as physical health. It was thought that patients, when exposed to beautiful surroundings, and limited stress might be able to shed their illness and get on a path to recovery. The original campus was large and popular for Austinites to use for recreation on weekends.
One historical interment in the Austin hospital cemetery is that of John Neely Bryan, the founder of Dallas.
Bryan came to the Dallas area as a colorful rabble-rouser wanting to promote the Indian outpost on the prairie next to the Trinity River. He saw future potential and sold downtown parcels of land for one dollar each. Bryan is known as the founder of Dallas, and there are many Dallas buildings and schools named for him. His restored cabin is in a prominent place in downtown Dallas and a popular tourist destination.
John Neely Bryan apparently had a problem with alcohol, along with an impaired mind and his family had him committed to the Austin State Hospital in February 1877 and died at the hospital in September 1877. Although speculation exists as to whether or not John Neely Bryan's great-great-grandson (also named John Neely Bryan) had his relative's body exhumed and buried in downtown Dallas, there is a distinct grave marker at the Austin State Hospital cemetery reading: John Neely Bryan, 1810-1877, Founder of Dallas, Texas.
At the time of her death in 1962 Nancy Gill lived at 3810 Poinsettia Dr. in Oak Cliff and is interred at Laurel Land in Dallas County.
A thank you goes to Mark Goad who help me to clean these stones.

The living room in the Heritage House has been painted and the hallway. Stop by on Oct 6, Sunday,  3pm-5pm, to check it ...
09/28/2019

The living room in the Heritage House has been painted and the hallway. Stop by on Oct 6, Sunday, 3pm-5pm, to check it out. While the things were off of the shelves, it was a good time to wash them. Cynthia Sharp seems to have fun even when she is working!

Smithsonian Museum Day brought several families to the Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse.  Next opportunity will be Su...
09/28/2019

Smithsonian Museum Day brought several families to the Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse. Next opportunity will be Sun., Oct 6 from 3pm-5pm. Free admission. Location 303 South O'Connor.

Learning at ShareTank. Great information. Getting geared up for Celebrating Irving 2020.
09/28/2019

Learning at ShareTank. Great information. Getting geared up for Celebrating Irving 2020.

Sowers Cemetery Association
09/14/2019

Sowers Cemetery Association

‘Telling Their Story’: Bessie Birdie Story. Historical interment in Sowers Cemetery in Irving, Texas: Bessie Birdie Story was born February 8th, 1892. She passed away September 14, 1893. She was the daughter of Carroll Marion Story and Mary Florence Dorety Story.
Carroll’s father was Jonathan R. Story and mother was Sophronia Hunsaker Story. Jonathan Story was born in 1825 in Illinois. In 1846 he served under General Scott in the Mexican American war. He returned home to Illinois to marry Sophronia. In 1855 he moved to Texas by wagon with his wife, 3 children, father Marmaduke and possibly up to 9 brothers and sisters walking most of the way behind wagons carrying their belongings. In 1855 he traded a pony worth about $40 to C.D. Peeler for 320 acres of land and a cabin. In 1861 he joined the Cavalry branch of the army of the Confederacy and served 4 years with Darnell’s command out of Dallas. He said they could make him serve, but he would not kill his brothers. So rather than carry a gun, they put him in charge of the horses. Many horses were shot around him, but he never received a single wound. He said it was Sophronia's prayers that saved him
Jonathan eventually settled north west of Kit (downtown Irving) near the Finley Post Office, between current day Northgate to the north and Grauwyler to the south.
Jonathan and Sophronia’s son Carroll was born in 1859 in the Irving area, their 5th child and 2nd to be born in Texas.
Mary Florence Dorety Story was born in 1861 and was the oldest daughter of William B. Dorety and Elizabeth Ann Avrett Dorety. William Dorety was born in 1828 and his wife Elizabeth Avrett was born in 1836. They were both born in GA as were their first 6 children. The 7th was born in Texas. William and Elizabeth were married in Stewart Co., Georgia December 29, 1857. It is believed that William was a confederate soldier in the 31st Regiment, Co. E of the Georgia Infantry. William and Elizabeth came to Texas in about 1876 and the Dorety homeplace was close to Britain Rd and Union Bower Rd.
Carroll Marion Story and Mary Florence Dorety were married about 1881. Daughter Bessie Birdie was their 4th child and the only one of their 7 known children not to live to adulthood.
The year Bessie passed in 1893, Carroll and Mary owned 3 horses or mules and 4 head of cattle.
The 1920 census shows that Carroll and Mary lived at 317 S. Lancaster and on until Carroll’s death in 1932. Mary passed the year before. Carroll was a lifelong farmer as were his uncles, father Jonathan and grandfather Marmaduke Story. Carroll was a member of the Woodmen of the World and his headstone is marked with their emblem.

Heritage Society President Linda Wood Shotwell shared the stereoscopic viewer with new friends at the Volunteer Fair ton...
09/11/2019

Heritage Society President Linda Wood Shotwell shared the stereoscopic viewer with new friends at the Volunteer Fair tonight at the Arts Center. There are two of them at the Heritage House. Stop by Sat., Sept. 21, 1pm-4pm to try one out for yourself.

Lively board meeting yesterday but President Linda Shotwell kept us under control. Met newest director Kensley Cunningha...
09/07/2019

Lively board meeting yesterday but President Linda Shotwell kept us under control. Met newest director Kensley Cunningham. Always good to have Dan Matkin and Imogene Rogers there. Heard about plans for Oct. 27th general meeting. Heritage House, Caster Cabin, and Heritage Park Depot to be open Sept. 21 from 1pm-4pm Stay tuned.....better yet, come and join us.

Sowers Cemetery Association
09/07/2019

Sowers Cemetery Association

‘Telling Their Story’: Charles Robert Fulbright. Historical interment in Sowers Cemetery in Irving, Texas: Charles Robert Fulbright was born Mar 3, 1890 in the Irving area. He was born Charles Robert Toliver. His mother Mary E. married Martin Van Buren Fulbright about 1899.
The 1900 census lists Mary’s 4 Toliver children, Auther, Charles, Bertha and Rubin, but they were eventually adopted by Martin Fulbright.
Because by the 1910 census Charles and brother Auther are using the name Fulbright, living in Shreveport LA working on a tanker for an oil company.
Charles’ step grandfather William Daniel Fulbright and wife Mary Brock Fulbright came to the Irving area between 1875 and 1879 from Missouri and had at least 9 children. They were one of the original members of the Church of Christ that met at Lively School as early as 1880. South Delaware Church of Christ eventually erected a permanent building at First and Delaware. Other early members were M.C. Lively and wife Florence.
Charles’ stepfather Martin V. Fulbright was born in Missouri in 1864. At least 7 of his 8 siblings were also born in Missouri before coming to the Irving area with their parents. Martin was about 15 years old.
When Charles Fulbright registered for the WWI draft in June of 1917, he was a Boiler Makers Helper in Philadelphia PA. Employed by the U.S. Navy yard.
Charles enlisted September 21st, 1917. He was a Private in the 312 Field Artillery, 79th Division. He was discharged June 7th, 1919 at the end of the war.
In 1930 at age 40 he was admitted to the U.S. National Home for Volunteer Soldiers in Leavenworth Kansas for Observation for juke paralysis. Juke Paralysis was also known as shellshock. Today it’s referred to as PTSD. Charles passed away July 16, 1933 at age 43. Place and cause unknown. His brother Auther ordered his military headstone from the War Department the following year.
By 1930 Charles stepfather Martin and mother Mary were living in Hidalgo County New Mexico. Martin passes away in 1937. The date of Mary’s passing and the resting place for both is unknown.
The Fulbright’s that are interred at Sowers are William Daniel Fulbright and wife Mary Brock Fulbright. Their daughters Harriette Fulbright Caster and Lucy Fulbright Beggs. And their step grandsons, Auther Daniel Fulbright and wife Eula and Charles Robert Fulbright.

Working on a Celebrating Irving project and learning at ShareTank Irving. this week. Lots of great information.
09/02/2019

Working on a Celebrating Irving project and learning at ShareTank Irving. this week. Lots of great information.

Remember that the Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse will be open for free tours tomorrow (Sunday), Sept. 1 from 3pm-5p...
08/31/2019

Remember that the Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse will be open for free tours tomorrow (Sunday), Sept. 1 from 3pm-5pm. Bring the family. We will have the welcome mat out for you.

First Sunday of the month and that means free tours of the Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse, 303 South O'Connor, from...
08/26/2019

First Sunday of the month and that means free tours of the Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse, 303 South O'Connor, from 3pm-5pm. As you put your weekend plans together, be sure to schedule a time to bring the family to see this beautiful home built in 1912. (Ask about the bottles in the music room.)

Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man committee is getting started on the April 2020 programming.  Wonder what great...
08/11/2019

Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man committee is getting started on the April 2020 programming. Wonder what great ideas they will develop this time.

Back to our regular monthly board meeting schedule. New directors include Sharon McFarland Daley, Evelyn Moore, Sharon B...
08/04/2019

Back to our regular monthly board meeting schedule. New directors include Sharon McFarland Daley, Evelyn Moore, Sharon Barbosa-Crain and Katherine Pennington. Gary Schepf shared info about interesting upcoming membership meetings/programs on historical markers (Oct. 27), Mark Murray thanked Chris Strange, yearbook editor, for the early completion of the yearbooks and now board members will begin to distribute, and President Linda Wood Shotwell was excited about all of the these plans and more.

Stop by the Heritage House on Sun., Aug.4 from 3pm-5pm to check it out. Built in 1912, it is a real treasure. Be sure to...
07/29/2019

Stop by the Heritage House on Sun., Aug.4 from 3pm-5pm to check it out. Built in 1912, it is a real treasure. Be sure to save time to see Mary's Playhouse in the backyard. Admission is free.

Enjoyed the Antique Appraisal at the La Cima Club this week. Always a fascinating event.
07/20/2019

Enjoyed the Antique Appraisal at the La Cima Club this week. Always a fascinating event.

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303 South O'Connor Rd
Irving, TX
75060

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The Irving Heritage Society was founded in 1978 as an outgrowth of the American Bicentennial Commission. Mr. and Mrs. Neill English and Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Bates, who directed the Commission, realized a permanent organization was needed to support a renewed interest in history, especially local history, and to maintain and preserve Heritage House. That same year, the Heritage Society was launched at the first vintage Valentine Tea on February 14.

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My Project Maria Montessori understood how knowledge develops in the early years of childhood, specifically concrete objects to illustrate abstract concepts. These materials will allow me to foster a deepen understanding of both Language and Math skills in an engaging way that involve the student's multiple senses. The letter beads will provide an opportunity for students to first build their names, and learned words in the Spanish language which then may be reviewed utilizing the letter tiles; the colored beads will help students with Math concepts such as counting, sorting by colors, identifying colors as well as making patterns. The Bananagrams will offer the opportunity for students to review the lessons by building words using the letter tiles. The number counting sticks will help relate counting to the corresponding symbol. Please help me make these materials available for my early childhood scholars so they can equal access of educational opportunities such as these Montessori-like materials. Thank you. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/montessori-learning-for-all-easy-access/3434202/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3446398&rf=page-dc-2018-08-project-teacher_3446398&challengeid=20718986'
Great photos, Mary!!
Pre-K Montessori Color Learning: Melt, Mix, Go! My students need crayon makers for learning a Spanish Unit on Colors (Primary and Secondary Colors) by melting and mixing used crayons to make new ones. My Project The Montessori Shape Work book will grant me with ideas based on the Montessori method of teaching shapes, while the Montessori: Number Work will aide me with innovated ideas to teach numbers. For teaching colors, the Crayola Melt 'N Mold Factory, Expansion Packs and Bundle will facilitate the creation of crayon making stations for my pre-k students to mix colors and witness how secondary colors come to exist. Students will also learn to reuse materials such as crayons and save some dollars on the school budget. My students crave learning that is maneuvered by their senses and the Montessori method to teach them is crucial for early childhood students. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/pre-k-montessori-color-learning-melt-m/3278874/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3446398&rf=page-dc-2018-06-project-teacher_3446398&challengeid=20718986'
Hi Friends, I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom request. Pre-K Manipulates the Spanish Language: Multisensorial Spanish Centers. Give to my classroom by May 13, 2018 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Ripple. Just enter the code RIPPLE during checkout and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50). In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks. Thank you so much https://www.donorschoose.org/project/pre-k-montessori-color-learning-melt-m/3278874/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3446398&rf=page-dc-2018-06-project-teacher_3446398&challengeid=20718986.
My Project Current evidence-based teaching strategies stress the importance of providing learning opportunities for students to manipulate academic concepts through multiple senses. Learning a foreign language demands opportunity that are mostly pictorial in order for students to utilize context when learning new vocabulary in the target language. These learning centers will provide multiple opportunities for students in our early childhood academy to master skills such as fine motor abilities by utilizing the Peg Lacing & Building Toys for Kids, personal care with the Montessori Material Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards, prewriting development will be achieved using the Learning Resources Twisty Droppers, Scoopers and the Learning Resources Gator Grabber Tweezers ; prereading and reading skills will be met by using the cylinders sound boxes for sound discrimination skills and opportunities to handle language when using the Attractivia Magnetic Alphabet Flash Cards and Alphabet Sandpaper, eventually the alphabetic book sets and phonetic reading blocks; math skills will be mastered by using an EVINIS Baby Toy Wooden Blocks Montessori Educational Toys Mathematical Intelligence Stick Building Blocks gift-Wooden Number Cards and Counting Rods, the Zerowin Wooden Toys Hundred Board Montessori 1-100 Consecutive Numbers Wooden Educational Game for Kids and the Melissa & Doug Add & Subtract Abacus in order to process math knowledge starting from from the concrete to the abstract. The best part of using these in the classroom is that these materials will also serve special needs student objectives involving multiple senses while learning abstract academic concept and skills. Having materials ready for use also facilitates lesson planning such as for letter instruction for reading and writing, several math concepts such as counting and simple additions and subtractions because these are already prepared for students to use through multiple senses by manipulating either kinesthetically with their hands, visually and auditory. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/pre-k-manipulates-the-spanish-language/3278914/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3446398&rf=page-dc-2018-05-project-teacher_3446398&challengeid=20718986'
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does anyone know if the annual arbor day celebration in heritage park has been canceled this year?
Pamela Slaughter and Mary Higbie are representing the Irving Heritage Society at the ShareTankIrving.
My Project These sound systems will update our campus's stage needs. Our parents sure will have a blast when our preschoolers perform on stage dramatically and musically! Unfortunately, our school lacks a working sound system to echo the students' voices. These sound systems will enable students to properly participate in school plays and acts while having the capacity for the use of multiple microphones for adult presenters. Now our student performances can count on a previous sound check before the act takes place. The children may also have real life rehearsals with the use of the multiple microphone capacity sound systems. They can get use to these before performing. Remember, these are 4 and 5 year old children we have at our school.