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

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chasing Apples

Co-op rocked the house once again. This week we featured Texas Sarah who was in town visiting with the fam. Using apples and 2x4's we experimented with levers, fulcrums and gravity. The kids set up the boards in various arrangementsLined up the apples...And away they jumped!Big heads aside, Gabe launched eight apples successfully!Afterwards a good ole fashioned game of chase ensued. My monkeys live for this stuff.Caden kept a safe distance away from the crazies but was making mental notes of "how to attack a 14 year old" for future reference.Gabriel got his butt kicked once again and loved every minute of it. It started with an innocent enough hug of sorts...

And ended up looking something like this...
Lastly, a rare group photo...

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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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