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

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ice Skating for real

Every time we skate I always nag the kids to abandon their crates and try baby-stepping it along and in turn, they always shrug me off and tell me to go skate by myself. Well, today Gabriel said, "I wish ice skating meant you could just do whatever you wanted." So I immediately dropped my agenda (which was what? Olympics 2017?) and thought 'why not?'

Why not, indeed! Minutes later, Simone was demonstrating her new "trick", pushing the crate ahead and skating to it hands-free. Gabriel decided not to let Simone show him up so he did the same. Next thing he knew, he was completely comfortable without the crates at all. So alas, we have unschooled ice skating and it worked. Didn't I already know that it would? ;)
As for the videos, someday I'll learn to keep my mouth shut.

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