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

Monday, June 02, 2008

Back to Newcastle

Don't you just love seeing hoardes of barnacle-esque unschoolers covering the rocks?And their mamas grouped together as tightly as possible? ;) We really like each other.First day at the beach had me slightly frazzled while getting used to Caden's new radius of exploration. That included the water's edge, the slippery rocks and anyone else's toys that looked better than ours (and that would be everyones). Note to self: gotta get this boy some sturdy water shoes... oh and new beach toys of course...The others would barely look up at me... all much too busy looking for critters. (At least Gabriel had time to pose for me the day before and only because he was so grateful for his new beach duds.)Critter finds make the world go 'round you know. Miraculously, the salty air hit that Munch harder than I could've ever hoped for.And that, ladies and gents, is a success.

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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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