"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, May 09, 2007

Need for Speed



My kids are no prodigies when it comes to bikes, pedaling and steering so when Gabriel finally got the nerve to try out Adeline's two-wheeler with training wheels, I was stoked when he seemed to get the hang of it right off the bat.


Pretty quickly, making small circles in the driveway wasn't cutting it so we took to the open road and Gabriel discovered his need for speed...
Now he's pining for a bike of his own with "flames" and "no pink" please!

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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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