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

Thursday, November 01, 2007

November 1st, 2007

Today marks Day One of my birthday month. What does this have to do with unschooling you ask? I guess nothing really. But honestly, this blog strays from it's point rather often. Don't hold it against me.

ANYway... to distract myself from all the presents I think I deserve like say... bigger and better cameras, or iPod docking stations, or just a new set of dishes, I thought I should post reminders of the three humongous gifts I already have in my life. Isn't that grown-up of me!?I think 33 is going to be a good year... even without a grill wok, a rechargeable battery set or one of those indispensable travel casserole totes. Yep, I do.
(*edited to add an electric fondue set and a stainless steel compost pail, definitely don't need those...)

1 comment:

jocelyn said...

Hmmm, I think I'll get you the camera then. Let me know which accessories and any lenses you'd like to go with it.

"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
"In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it...and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself." -Grace Llewellyn
"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child."
George Bernard Shaw
Real, natural learning is in the living. It's in the observing, the questioning, the examining, the pondering, the analyzing, the watching, the reading, the DO-ing, the living, the breathing, the loving, the JOY. It's in the joy. ~Anne Ohman
"How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?" -Henry D. Thoreau