"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, March 07, 2007

Habitat is where it's at...

Looking for any and all activities to get out of the house this winter, we tried out the "Habitat" program at Amoskeag Fishways on wednesday. The kids enjoyed playing with forest themed puppets and somewhat participated in the shelter/food/water games the woman had organized. It wasn't exactly the most exciting program I've ever seen though I'm not easily impressed either.

Simone was obsessed with the fox puppet that was passed out to her in the beginning so anytime it fell in someone else's hands she'd have a mini-meltdown.

Gabriel (being much less of an observer than he used to be) would offer tidbits of random information at random times to which the teacher would reply, "Uh-huh...yeah..." having no clue how to incorporate his thoughts into the discussion. It was mildly amusing at the very least.

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