"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, October 02, 2007

LEAPin' over to Windham

We had a great time at the home of our new LEAP friends who hosted a day-long get together yesterday. Drumming, bobbing for apples, roasting marshmallows and pine cone bird feeders were only a few of the things we enjoyed... not the least of which was the pot luck spread of food. Delish!

Carie had an awesome yard to play in... a hill, bushes to run through, a big tree to play and swing under (and climb!), biking and a garden full of tomatoes to pick.

We lucked out with this gorgeous fall day!

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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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