"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, August 13, 2008

Windham Community Band

We met some friends in Londondery for "Senior Night" to hear the Windham Community Band play. Apparently the Londonderry Community Band has better things to do.I'm pretty sure our rowdy group annoyed the seniors we were next to as we didn't so much listen as we did talk. Nevertheless, the organizers of the event were thrilled to see children and families attend since they've been trying to tell people "Senior Night" isn't just for seniors. I thought of telling the lady she might want to rename it then but she was practically in tears she was so happy to see us and I couldn't spoil the moment for her.

Anyway, the monkeys had a blast running around the park till nightfall and consequently, the mosquitos, chased us home. It was an upside-down kind of evening for these two:And a momentary somber moment for this one:

1 comment:

jlo said...

is that the band mom and I were in back in the day?

"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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