"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 04, 2008

Happy 4th!

Nothing like a good ole fashioned pool party to celebrate the 4th away! And there is nothing like a pool heated to 85* to celebrate in!Just ask a Wook who literally swam for 6 hours straight... (in addition to the water, this kid is addicted to his rash guard & mask.) except for when he was being tossed around by a posse of 2nd cousin's... jumping from the shoulder's of said cousins...or being dragged 8 feet under by a diving board Daddy...
Coincidentally wearing red, Simone posed for an obligatory (albeit poorly lit) patriotic shot in front of the flag...Caden stuffed his face most of the day...when he wasn't blowing bubbles with Grandma Donna...And of course, a trip to the fireworks; courtesy of Daddy since I suffered from a splitting headache all day long and had to head home. :(

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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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