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

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Hand Bone's connected to the Tongue Bone?


Simone has rediscovered scissors lately and will sit for long periods of time cutting up the big pile of computer paper I've left her at the art table. She started by cutting fringe all the way around the paper and by the next day she moved to more continuous cuts straight through the paper. She's having a blast. But the best part is watching her concentrate so hard. I think her cutting hand is connected to her tongue. It's always sticking out, waggling around, getting quite the workout while she snips away. So funny. :)
Watch it here... sorry my videos are dark. (Well, in this video the tongue's not out but her jaw and mouth are funny. I can't figure out how to get video off my camcorder yet!)

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