"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, April 10, 2008

Circus Training

After feeding the monkeys an early morning snack of ice cream...what better way to burn off the sugar high than flip practicing...!? And straddles... (note to self: shoot horizontal for straddles)and spins...and tucks too.Even that camo baby can get some air under him- however slight... (Believe me, we're working on him.) Is it just me or isn't it every unschoolers dream that their children run off to the circus??This kick-ass trick alone will get my littlest monkey in for sure...Bouncing with a head full of flames! He's a risk taker that one!

1 comment:

Tash said...

cute hair!

"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