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

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Birthday # 2

Nope, not mine yet. Patience everyone.

This time it was Noah's. He's six now and he has lots of friends:
The kids were on the hunt for "Word Girl" (see the sliver of a picture all the way to the right) who had been snatched by the evil Dr. Two-Brain, I think it was... Part of the chase led them through the treasure-filled sandbox.
When the Two-Brained villain was finally found, he was brought down by wads and wads of paper balls.
My two were in utter disbelief over the whole take-down and could only watch on the sidelines.
After the pinata frenzy, and believe me- there were more than a few tears shed,
we warmed up inside with ice cream. Because that makes perfect sense.
When you're three and a half that is...


MH said...

did you find your vivid setting? looking at the pretty colors in these photos, i would guess yes!

Jessica said...

you know, i don't think i did! i had a "vivid" mishap at a photo shoot (had it on w/o realizing) so i've been cautious about using it when i don't have time to experiment! ;)

"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."
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George Bernard Shaw
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