"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, May 27, 2007

Dino Blast!

It was party-perfect weather for a dinosaur egg hunt and BBQ at our friend Finn's birthday fiesta. The kids were looking forward to it all week and they were not disappointed. Without question, a dozen paper mache eggs are in my future since Gabriel was so impressed he wants a hunt for his birthday as well.

The kids played great together all day, running around with squirt guns, clobbering the pinata, gorging on fruit and homemade cake (yum!) while the grown-ups kicked back with an awesome BBQ and drinks. I love going anywhere with Rich because it means I get to relax a bit here and there and that is a nice change of pace...

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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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