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

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Snow, mud & ice

Taking advantage of the almost 50 degree day, we headed out this afternoon for a bit of sledding even though most of the snow had melted away. Fortunately, any hill is big enough when you're 2 and 4... and any hill is steep enough when you're the mommy pulling said 2 and 4 year old back up it.

The kids spent the rest of the time playing in giant puddles, climbing boulders, studying melting ice and checking out the playground. We also discovered deer tracks, a fox hole and dog barf - sorry, no picture.


jocelyn said...
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jocelyn said...

Could you please learn how to make all the pictures clickable.
I'm tired of talking to you about this matter.

~yo lil sis jos

"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