"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, September 11, 2008

Storyland 2008

Thanks to a couple of little birdies, we split our Storyland visit in two days. If you pay full price admission after 2:00, you get to come back any other time for another full day. So we did! 3 hours the first day and 4 hours the next. That worked out well...

Now for the pics... I was happy to be using my mother's point & shoot in lieu of lugging the beast around so I may have been a little picture happy. There is no less than 250 photos of our time at Storyland. Luckily for you, I have paired it down to a couple of dozen. Your welcome.
With the rest of the world safely tucked away in school, we enjoyed beautiful weather and NO LINES each day. Whoopee! And now, in no particular order...
The merry-go-round:The Clock-n-shpiel(sp?)
Donkey riding (that's my boy!):Cool ball floating on water:The flume ride (Daddy's favorite!):The Schoolhouse (Munchie looks betrayed!):Gabriel kills me in this one: My chicken lover:The Teacups. "I thought it wasn't going to be fun but it was!" said Gabriel.The Jail: The crazy-loud ball factory (oh my head!):Munchie's train obsession was either satisfied or intensified, not sure which yet. A train and it's whistle was heard every 5 minutes or so...
The Turtle Twirl! Everyone's favorite until the parental units got sick. We are getting OLD! :(The view from the hot air balloons:
Lots-o-train-riding:Some daddy-hugging:And a couple of dead-tired kids:The End.

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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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