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

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Gabriel's oldest friend turns 6

They've been buddies since they were 4 months old, birthdays less than 24 hours apart, Gabriel's long and blond to his short and dark, Wook's khaki to his plaid...

I don't know where I'm going with this (& suffering from a head cold) so let's move on to the party fun shall we?This was Gabe's first boy party and it lived up to all his expectations. And who could complain!? They got to ride go-carts, definitely a high-light!
Play laser tag... (look how sweet my baby boy is with that gun in his hands!)And delicately wrangle their way through the laser maze labyrinth...And take on 18 holes of mini-golf... (FYI: that's a lot of holes with six 6 year olds, phew!)All that made for one sleepy (not to mention, hot and sweaty) birthday boy. Imagine that!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

What a rad party!

"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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