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

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Collage Happy

Just found these already done but never posted... oops.

Anyway, here's Gabriel perfecting his end-of-the-summer big jump into the pool. He never remembers doing it the year before and it takes him all summer to get up the nerve to try it again. He's awfully proud of himself each time...
And here we are at Silver Lake again, this time with our friends. It's an exhausting day (for me, hence the lame-o photos) as Caden constantly wants to walk straight into the lake and has no listening skills nor a sense of self-preservation just yet. I always suffer at least one honorary heart attack when I inevitably "lose" him for a second.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You and Rich are doing a great job with the kids. Keep up the good work. Was great seeing you all again. Love the pics.
Auntie Jeanne

"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