"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, January 19, 2007

Out of the mouth of Simone...

I thought I would share some of my favorite Simone comments, questions and ponderings from the journal I keep so I won't forget all the funny things the kids say. Here's some of her highlights...

“Hey Mom, ‘um-um-um-um-um’ says ‘think’.”

After listening to a song with the lyrics, “remember the cat curiosity killed him…” Simone asked me, “What silly killed him?”

Simone referring to her morning diaper after removing it: “That smells disgusting to my nose! And you can’t really breathe when you smell poop or pee because you can’t breathe really well.”

Upon seeing a dog being walked on the sidewalk, “Is that a dog or a coyote?”

Simone was making some loud noises while running around the house and asked me as she whizzed by, “Is that really loud? Fortissimo?”

“Look at my dress Mommy, I look like Cellarinda!”

“I can’t nurse Caden on my nipple. I’m not the mommy!”

In the car Simone is always freaking out over the sun in her eyes and when I told her she had to either turn her head or close her eyes she said, “But it makes my eyes drip!”

Simone front and center at yet another Caden diaper change: “Look at his little peanut. It’s so cute!”
The End :)


Jamie said...

They are too funny! They made me laugh out loud! :)

Joanne said...

I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of your children. They are having a ball at all these really neat places. What a beautiful family.

"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