"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, June 06, 2007

Rainy June days...

After a long-feeling weekend and no end in sight to the rain, we headed to Perpetual Motion for an afternoon full of large-motor fun.

Was it the red? Was it the stripes? Was it the wisp of hair that falls over his ears? I don't know but Caden was referred to as a girl at least 10 times... This kid is ALL boy to me.

Tuesday we awoke to another wet morning so we met some friends at The Met. My sanity thanks me as I spent 3.5 hours at Perpetual Motion by myself yesterday and it was enough to drive me batty! The kids were exhausted when we left and slept in the driveway for over an hour through the loudest thunderstorm you ever heard.

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John Holt
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George Bernard Shaw
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