"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, January 17, 2008

SEE Science Center

Needing to escape the mess that is my house, I opted for an afternoon at the science center. If you've ever been there you know I was desperate. This place kills me with how lame they can be with such a great space to work with. Oh well, at least it was empty...

We made the usual rounds. The "look but do not touch" dino structures...
The "look but do not even touch the tank" reptiles...
And finally some hands-on stuff. I believe this "exhibit" is new.
And I've never seen this two-piece heart puzzle before. So exciting.
We rounded up our two hour stay with the air pressure ball thing-a-majig...
building with the mega-blocks...
amusing ourselves with the funny upside-down mirrors...
and last but not least, jumping on the moon.


Anonymous said...

upsidedown, gabriel looks like simone.


Anonymous said...

Greeting from Texas! Jessica - I am Richard's cousin Kelly that lives in Houston. We have never had the opportunity to meet, but my mom told me about your blog. Your pictures are amazing. I look forward to seeing all your great shots in the future!
I also had to comment that Caden looks like my daughter Ashley in some of these pictures. They seem to have the same hair color and texture. Also some of their facial expressions are exactly the same. (Of course there are other pictures that look nothing like her.
I have rambled enough - but I wanted to say hi and I look forward to reading your blogs!
- You can reach me at murphntx@sbcglobal.net
Kelly Murphy

"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