"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

Chickens are OUT!

Only 5 (?) weeks old, our chickens are a bunch of gangly, not-so-cute teenagers whose heads were starting to touch the ceiling of their bin enclosure. A quick-fix was in order! Since we still have yet to decide on the right coop design (I googled "kid-friendly chicken coops" and got zilch!) the goat's doggie crate came in handy once again...

We let them really stretch their wings out in the rabbit's pen first while the kids ran out back to collect a pile of worms to feed them. Chicken heaven!

Caden, our outdoor lover like you would NOT believe, was thrilled to get his hands on the rake. Ah, visions of child-laborers dancing in my head!

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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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