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

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Float, float, float your boat, gently down the stream...

I think Gabriel might have gotten the idea from "Curious George" but one day he desperately wanted to make paper boats. So we jumped online, found some directions and started folding. First paper ones, then foil ones and eventually, fancy foil ones with a straw glued on and a sail attached. We took our fleet and headed to the stream to set sail. They had a blast. Gabriel is obsessed now and wants to make and float boats every day. Our goal is to clear the stream of 20 years worth of leaves so the boats can really catch the current. Caden was content to watch from the backpack but was very happy to be released onto the big rock afterwards.

1 comment:

Stacy said...

Good time for sink or float experiments! We had a stream behind the neighbors house and my brother and I spent untold HOURS floating little stick boats down it every spring.

"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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