"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, July 09, 2008

Open Gym at New England Gymnastics Training Center

These monkeys have been clamoring for more gymnastics ever since our spring session ended at One Stop Fun. In the hopes that I could find a local place with a higher caliber of teachers than our last gym, I found these folks.So we checked out the facilities during the open gym today and brought Jocelyn and the cousins too. We did the usual things... like jump, and hang, and balance,get buried in hoops, and pose while wearing cute piggies. Jocelyn worked on her pull ups, of course. She has come a long way. Makes me proud...Lastly, this little do-hickey was just asking for a photo op...While we only met one coach and the greeter in the office, they were light years ahead in social graces than our old place and I'm sure we'll be back for more!

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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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