"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, July 11, 2008

Beech Hill Farm

We were fortunate enough to spend the afternoon at Beech Hill Farm to celebrate a friends birthday and make stepping stones to take home! But up first, the animals... Simone tried to befriend the pony but he was more interested in the grass...The donkey was so adorable and much more interested in the little folk...Now the pig wasn't really up for any interactions. I was kind of taken aback by how fleshy and human-like he appeared (minus the spots) just lying there like that. Something about hus front legs and abdomen. Freaky, eh?This shot is of really nothing other than Simone's cute braids that I am getting better and better at doing, wouldn't you say?We also got to make our own ice cream sundaes. I thought the kids would choose every topping under the sun but these purists of mine stuck to what they know. Rainbow jimmies. The end. Everyone enjoyed decorating their stones. Gabriel's design was particulary well thought out. What you can't tell though is that the center ornament is a hard and pointy shell. There'll be no stepping on his stone. Not on purpose anyway...Good times were had by all, especially the birthday girl.

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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
"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