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

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Catching Up

I'm a total slacker, I know. Jocelyn (aka little sister) came into town and completely disrupted my blogging with dinners out, dance night at Martha's, Canobie Lake grown-up-style, photo shoots, Nan King karoke and then some. In between all that, I still managed to entertain the children here and there.
First with inflatables...

Then with sparklers...

And another Newcastle Commons beach trip...

(with Unschoolers galore! Yipee!!) Castle painting & dry pool snacking...
A spur of the moment trip to Silver Lake in Hollis...complete with zillions of miniature frogs!

And now, a moment of silence...

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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
"In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it...and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself." -Grace Llewellyn
"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child."
George Bernard Shaw
Real, natural learning is in the living. It's in the observing, the questioning, the examining, the pondering, the analyzing, the watching, the reading, the DO-ing, the living, the breathing, the loving, the JOY. It's in the joy. ~Anne Ohman
"How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?" -Henry D. Thoreau