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

Friday, August 17, 2007

Kidz Night @ Old Home Days

What began as my own personal nightmare (crowds, lines, port-a-potties, NO fried dough) ended as "the best night ever" for at least 2 in our party. Once we secured balloon animals (a fiasco in and of itself) and made a beeline for the ice cream truck, the children's frustration levels seemed to even out... and all it took was a little latex and red dye #40!

In addition, we also saw some cool animals...

Caden was fascinated by the cockatoo...

The boys dug the firetruck, contrary to their expressions...

An unanticipated pose with Buzz...

A requisite bounce or two...

And ending with a little canon-climbing... Gabriel's end quote: "I never had a night like THIS before!"

He glowed the whole way home... :)

1 comment:

Susan said...

HUGE grin Jess! It was a fine time, wasn't it!?

"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