"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

Happy Halloween!

We lucked out with great weather for trick-o-treating! Rich came home early to take the kids around the neighborhood while Caden and I passed out candy. Bad mommy didn't look into when they were doing the treatin' downtown early enough (our usual stomping grounds) so we missed out on that. :(

But the kids managed to collect a ginormous amount of candy in a short period of time which was the goal! They spent the next day counting, sorting, organizing, catagorizing, sharing and eating it. Simone was obsessed with dumping her loot out and filling purses, backpacks, & totes with candy. It's now everywhere. Oy.

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"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
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George Bernard Shaw
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