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

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Just another manic monday...

Monday was a treat! Since it was school vacation this week, Grandma's former student Brittany and her friend Michaela came to play for the day. (I highly recommend the addition of a couple of 10 year-olds to any mother in need of some sanity!)

Simone and Gabriel adore having the big kids around. The highlight of the day was the hot tub of course, sprinkled with a bit of swimsuit sledding!

That evening, our friends who recently moved to Londonderry (and so are practically our neighbors now!) were able to come over for some food and fun.

Did we mention that we're so excited to be in Hudson and closer to all our friends again!?

Gabriel capped off the night looking like this...

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"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
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George Bernard Shaw
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