"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 20, 2007

Playgroup back INdoors :(

So much for hanging outside with the goats, the dreary cold weather kept us inside most of the day... Fortunately there were enough chairs and play-doh for everyone to play all at the same time. As usual, playgroup ended with most kids down to their skivvies which prompted Simone to whisper to me in a tone of disbelief, "Mom! Lochlann is wearing my underwear!!" Evidently, there are at least two pairs of Hello Kitty panties in the world...

We did make a quick jaunt out to the barn since Gideon needed his morning bottle so the kids got to help out a bit with that. Simone has perfected the art of being shy, yet a show-off at the same time, and so played that paradoxal card once again for her friends.

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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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