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

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ogunquit Beach

We (minus Caden) spent a bee-yoo-tiful Saturday on the shores of Maine last weekend with our friends. Couldn't have asked for bluer skies!Quite the colorful crew eh? (I did not do a thing in PhotoShop to saturate these colors!)

The shallow and wide tidepool made for very warm water, like extra warm bath water, and an excellent place for boogie board rides.
A half-buried Wook and a sadly overexposed group of monkeys. You know, I can't always tell what the heck I'm doing when I'm surrounded by all that harsh light!Gabriel's uniform of the summer. Next year he's getting a new one, even if it still fits. I'm tired of looking at it!And from my ever-willing model, a Bomey pose.

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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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