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

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Art School

It figures Gabriel has a fascination with product-oriented art, (much to my chagrin!). He goes blank with wide open pieces of paper and every art supply known to man but give him a coloring book type-ditto or enroll him in Grandma's latest activity, "Step-By-Step, How to Draw series" and he flourishes... Who knows, maybe it's what he needs to get his creative juices flowing. (And what IS it with the white board!?)

1 comment:

Scott Hughes said...

I use to be similar when I was kid, but I grew out of it. It's cool either way though.

You may like the Education Forums about Unschooling and Homeschooling.

"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."
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George Bernard Shaw
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