"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

Summer Fun

Why more people don't take to the ice in the heat of the summer, I do not know. It's brilliantly wonderful. No humidity. No bugs. No sun screen. We just may relocate to Alaska. There's something about skating in circles, singing along to the music that's rather meditative. (That is unless you've brought your husband along who keeps slapping your a$$ everytime he flies by.)

It only took one practice for us to run out and get our own skates. This time Daddy was even able to come after work and join us on the rink. Lessons begin in September... hopefully we'll be ahead of the game by then (read: no more milk crate support)!

I wonder how soon we can get Caden into some skates...


Stacy said...

Wow. I have not visited the blog in a while and you have been a busy mama! The kids look like they are having a blast doing all the awesome activities.

Susan said...

This makes me wanna try my hand at skating again. It has been decades!
It would be fun and funny to watch me try again!

"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