"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, August 28, 2007

New Castle Commons

Perfect weather for a beach day... and with Grandma taking Caden off my hands, I was left without a thing to do except sit in my chair under my umbrella for hours and watch the children frolick with the other LEAPers and SUNers.

As usual, the kids spent most of the day on the rocks looking for crabs and critters...
When it was time to move on, the kids hit the field with one of the unschooling teens who organized a little game of chase-the-soccer-ball.
We finished up with the playground where Simone and Is found that chatting and playing together wasn't so hard afterall...And Simone insisted on being too cute, therefore making this blog post too long...

Life is good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this is an amazing shot Jess! MUST be framed, entered into something, on your new business card - WHATEVER!

One of your lame-enough-for-school pals ;) Elizabeth

"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