"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, October 31, 2007

Halloween Grown-Up Style

The theme was Magical Creatures/Harry Potter and I couldn't come up with anything better than a witch costume... It didn't matter though. Rich took the cake with his get up.That's a Dementor costume folks, for all you Harry Potter slackers. I'd say it put him at almost 10 feet tall. So tall he couldn't tip his beer up enough to drink it. That being unacceptable, the stilts had to go eventually... plus there was Karaoke to be had.And group karaoke to be had...
Which woke the baby who wielded his wand the rest of the night...

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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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