"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

At last, Gabriel the Artist!

Here it is. I'm so excited! Gabriel's first work of art that contains people!! And of course he didn't make it for me... I had to send it off to Memere at the Rehab Center. (I suppose it's for a good cause.)

From left to right the people are "Adeline, Daddy, Grandma and Simone". And obviously those are rainbows above their heads. I adore this picture!

For anyone who doesn't know, Gabriel has never been much of a "drawer" which gives me much angst as I love-love-love kid drawn pictures. I have been patiently waiting for something like this for a loooooong time!

So after the above masterpiece, he went on to create this scene: The sun, a tent, and the ocean with Daddy running into the water. Again, I'm so proud! He's never colored something in before and he worked a long time at it.

I love the way the person actually looks like he's in motion, intended or not!

After he made this one, I asked if I could keep the first one and send the ocean one to Memere and he brushed me off with a deliberate "no". Wah! Enjoy Memere!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the art work. So colorful and full of life. You can tell Gabriel is such a happy kid. I look forward to experiencing this with Tyler. I bet he gives you nice explanations and descriptions of his masterpieces. How awesome!

"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
John Holt
"In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it...and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself." -Grace Llewellyn
"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child."
George Bernard Shaw
Real, natural learning is in the living. It's in the observing, the questioning, the examining, the pondering, the analyzing, the watching, the reading, the DO-ing, the living, the breathing, the loving, the JOY. It's in the joy. ~Anne Ohman
"How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?" -Henry D. Thoreau