"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

Die-hard Griffin Park fans

We were here. Again. I promise not to repeatedly post about this place unless something insanely exciting (or just plain cute) occurs but I thought a gathering of 8 Mama's and 18 kiddos on 18 bikes was worth a pic or four.Not to mention it was a great sunny day with nary a child slathered in sunscreen as they should have been. Oops.Parking ourselves right next to the body of water was a surefire way to keep me from relaxing too much. And isn't that every child's wish for their mother??
Yeah, I thought so...

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"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
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George Bernard Shaw
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