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

Monday, November 20, 2006

Moon Walk & Weasels

Gabriel decided to try out the Moon Walk exhibit at the SEE Science Center last week for all of 10 seconds... luckily a friend got this shot of him since he wouldn't hang around long enough for me to grab my camera. Maybe next time he'll try it for longer... (Mom photoshopped the helper dude out as he was ruining the shot!)

Now he wants this $50 astronaut costume we saw online plus the $40 helmet that goes with it. :P Think we'll go the homemade route!

Then we tried out the preschool program "Weasel Ways" at the Audubon Center yesterday. Much to Gabriel's dismay, we didn't get to see one live weasel all morning. We did, however, get to traipse through the woods looking for laminated paper weasels (see right)! The kids were told to NOT pick up the weasels but just "count them in their heads"! What?? Once Gabriel was done "hearing that lady" he decided to leave the group and forge ahead only to be dragged back by the teacher and reprimanded. That's the first and last time I let that happen!

Anyway, we did manage some good times playing by the water (not teacher recommended of course) and running through the fields. Simone was content tagging along...

1 comment:

Stacy said...

Oooo! The Moon walk looks cool! I am hoping they bring the dinosaur exhibit back soon. Last time I went Max was terrified and would not go in the room!

Fun stuff!

"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