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

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Smokey has arrived!

He's really here. We really went to VT and picked him up and brought him home. He's really in our backyard, eating copious amounts of hay, ignoring the goats and following us around like a puppy. He's really cute too.And even though he's never been around kids at all, he's pretty at ease about the whole thing.

And I'm pretty sure he's never shared a meal with a rabbit before, but Lil' Smoke could've cared less. (Peter, on the other hand, disappeared the second he realized it wasn't a goat nuzzling his nose.)Though he was so calm for most of the time, he started getting a little frisky while helping Rich rake up some old leaves so we gave him some space to kick up his heels.
Something tells me Smokey's already happy about being here...Yes!?

3 comments:

Kim said...

Congrats on your latest addition! He has Rich's eyes, no?

Kim said...

Congrats on your latest addition! He has Rich's eyes, no?

Shamelessly Sassy said...

oh.my.gosh. I am so jealous. If I didn't live in the 'burbs I would totally pick up a miniature horse. I've wanted one since I was little. Also, this is my first time stopping by here. gorgeous photos by the way.

"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