"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, April 25, 2007

Portsmouth & 'Pacas

We headed back to Portsmouth on tuesday to meet some of the Seacoast Unschoolers (SUN) at the home of the 2nd set of Doherty's we now know. They've got one sweet piece of real estate... a cute house and barn nestled last on a private dirt road with a salt water "creek" of sorts right in their backyard. The kids threw rocks in the water, climbed all over a fallen tree, got shin deep into the mud and collected buckets of snails. The rough, rocky terrain didn't faze Caden one bit.

Afterwards we stopped at the farm that Jen is getting her alpacas at for a quick visit. Simone loved them of course, Gabriel was grumpy about being cold and Caden missed it all, fast asleep in the car.

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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."
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