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

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This Mama goes to VA

Since lil' sis is holding the pictures I took on her camera hostage (hey- just like that naughty Grandma!), I'm forced to share random shots I took with my beast while visiting her in Virginia. She put me straight to work taking photos of one of her Music Together classes for new promotional pics...

I fear the fluorescent lighting, the challenge of action shots and my "condition" that early, early morning may have compromised my abilities... though I do love the second pic with the little boy in it. What a cutie.
Part Two to follow... (but when!?!)

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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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