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

Friday, June 20, 2008

Amelia's Birthday Party

Okay so I didn't actually take any pics of the party itself, but I caught this shot of some of the girls on chicken duty. I hear there was a baby chick loose and now it's not. Nice work ladies.I also stopped for a quick pic of Gabriel racing a friend down the sloping path. I hear he did alright since he was forced to race either wearing flip-flops or bare feet.And I also stopped to say hello to Addie's new pony, Blue. If you can't tell, he's got one brown eye and the other is your educated guess... (You will have to excuse his funny forelock cut as he was Amish before he arrived. Not to worry. Soon he will be unschooled.)Finally, I made it to the alpaca enclosure. I was instructed to take pictures of the new babies, "Cria's" they are called. Their mamas however aren't too keen on nosy people and their cameras getting close and since I deeply respect their ability to hock disgustingly smelly loogies(sp?), I kept my distance.
Now I have also heard that some people (Jocelyn) have wondered how big baby alpacas are and if they are the size of cats. Well, no. They aren't. They are bigger than cats Jos. If you can visualize the size of a llama, then resize that llama a little smaller, than you can get a feel for how big (or small) these cria's are.And since I always love a good nursing photo of any species...Awww.

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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."
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