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

Friday, December 01, 2006

Piano, painting & playing "computer"

Simone found Caden dancing on the keyboard at Grandma's the other day, up on his hands and feet for quite a long time. That takes some muscle!

Ever since I got a wireless keyboard and mouse (from my awesome sister Jocelyn -yes she made me say that-) for my birthday, Gabriel's been using the old ones to play "computer". He runs the cords together and punches a hole in a piece of paper to "plug" them in and then sets up a book behind the keyboard to serve as a monitor. As he turns the pages he keeps telling me, "Look what I found on my computer!" It's very funny and somewhat pathetic...we're working on piecing together a computer to run some kid software.

And, had to share Gabriel's latest painting, titled: "Snowman Daddy with X-mas Lights". Once again, not for me, but for Daddy's office. He lives to torture me...

1 comment:

Stacy said...

What sort of components do you need for your computer? My FIL is in the PC recycling business and can usually get almost anything. Let me know what you are looking for and I will have him keep his eyes open.

"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