"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

And now we close the chapter on summer birthdays...

It's been a wild ride of pinatas, hunts, cake and candy as we celebrate our friends' birthdays these past couple of months. What on earth will we do with our time now that the ride is over!?

Jack turned 5 and had a monstrous pinata to prove it! (Not to mention the monstrously fun bouncy house!)

Isabella's construction party was a hit for all. Dirt pile, swimming, bubbles galore... we had fun!

Quinn turned 3 and lucky us got to play with the gift we brought her, Moon Sand! :)

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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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