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

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Grandma goes to Phoenix...

...and we go to the airport!

Actually Grandma, PaPa and Adeline went to Phoenix and the van got a workout as we stuffed 7 of ourselves in and plenty of luggage en route to the Manchester Airport.
We decided to make an afternoon out of it as Caden is in love with planes and who doesn't love a tour of the port?!
(My camera battery died on me and I was so hoping for some silhouettes here but this is the best I could do with the Sony...)
Grandma got some super cute pics of the kids posing and hugging goodbye as if they wouldn't see each other for months but apparently she's holding them hostage. (Give it up Grandma! Where are they?) But at least I got a pose out of my trio on the way out...

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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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