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

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

How do YOU procrastinate??

Supposedly I should be catching up on laundry before our camping trip this weekend so for one-we'll have clothes to wear and two- I don't come home to the biggest, most depressing pile of dirty laundry EVER but you know the saying, "When there are collages to be made, the laundry stays". (Really!) Here goes...

This kid canNOT sit still, even while swinging! I think the Cirque de Solei will be calling us to enlist our pint-sized acrobat. And on the left, Simone assumes her usual position for optimal TV viewing. Seriously- she rotates 360* non-stop...
Here we have the latest can't-get-enough-of-it activity: Junior Scientists. If we're lucky, Daddy brings home new things to add to the excitement... soil-testing plungers, rubber gloves and beakers, oh my!
A random Gabriel collage featuring the usual bug catching and the not-so-usual pumpkin painting. Normally a pumpkin purist, Gabriel couldn't resist the array of paint I had set out earlier for Simone. "Am I an artist?" he asked. I'd say so! ;)And last, my little munch man... barbie playing, helmet wearing and my favorite, a self-portrait of Caden's favorite pastime.

Off to fold a load. Ug.

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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
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George Bernard Shaw
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