"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, February 24, 2008

Pony #2

Saturday the whole family went to visit our next prospect, Teddy. This guy was rescued from the slaughter house just before Christmas and is now a perfect gentleman. Who wouldn't want this pony?! He was very calm and laid-back.

As much as I have an affinity for Western gear, I got a thrill watching Bomey ride English- in snow boots no less-like a pro (of course).Wondering why you don't see Gabriel near the ponies? Well mostly it's due to his sour attitude when it comes to standing around outside in 30* weather. He insists he wants to come and then whines to leave the whole time.
A face only a mother could love, no?

We can only hope a change in the season will bring about a change in Wook's mood. :S

1 comment:

Sarah, Chris, Elijah & Sadie said...

Awwww. Must show these photos to Sadie.
As far as Gabriel- must be the age ('nuff said).

"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