"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, May 25, 2007

Benedictine Park

It was a beautiful day at the park for the small gathering of LEAPers that showed up. We snagged the prime shady location under a big tree and set up camp for the morning. It was HOT, so while the kids did some running up and down the huge grassy fields, I was content to stay in the shade as much as possible.















For a kid who endlessly asks me, "Mommy, when am I going to find dinosaur fossils!?", Gabriel struck gold when he unearthed the bones of a large dog in the woods. First was a jaw with several white teeth attached then at least 30+ pieces more. I had to forcibly swallow my gut reaction to scream, "Stay away! Stay away!" and replace it with "Ooh! Interesting!" Lucky us got to bring home bag fulls of the skeleton to wash and boil for further examination. (This part we saved till Daddy came home.)
Goriness aside, it was a particularly relaxing day with lots of time for the mommies to chat while the kids fluttered around.



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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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