"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, April 06, 2007

2nd L.E.A.P get together

Since the weather was not in a springy mood, we had our Meet & Greet at Maria's dance studio which always guarantees a good time. I brought Caden's walker wagon and the kids had a great time pushing him in it at neck-braking speeds.
Unschoolers are coming out of the woodwork left and right and we met some new friends which included 2 new boys Gabriel's age to even out our posse of 3ish year-old girls. Simone fell in love with a 7 year old girl and proclaimed, "That beautiful girl was so nice. I LOVED her!" Face painting, tag, bikes and eating ensued...

2 comments:

Kelly B. said...

Hi Jess,

You have inspired me to start a blog of my own. What a beautiful family you have. So nice to meet you at the LEAP get together.

See you soon.

Kelly

Steph said...

Your Blog called,
it wants you to update it:)

"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