"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, October 01, 2008

Just another day...

Simone experiments with gravity, stability, weight, balance, and systems from building with blocks. Through trial and error, she learns inductive thinking, discovery, the properties of matter, and the interaction of forces. Way to go Bome!Playing "Little chef" helps Caden to concentrate, be attentive, use self-control and think abstractly. Did you know research demonstrates that children who are active in pretend play are usually more joyful and cooperative, more willing to share and take turns, and have larger vocabularies than children who are less imaginative. That's my Munch!It may look like painting but really the kids are working at knowing their creativity is limited only by their own imagination. Of course painting is excellent for developing their fine-motor skills as well but that sounds too boring.Freezing water in balloons? Or exploring science concepts such as liquids & solids and how manipulating materials can affect their properties? Yeah- I thought so too.
Like I said...just another day!

2 comments:

Rana said...

That is really cool. I want to do that project with my kids. How did you do that? Please send me a note.

Jessica said...

We just filled the balloons with water and froze them! We got the unique shape from filling those long, wavy kind. :)

"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
"In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it...and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself." -Grace Llewellyn
"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child."
George Bernard Shaw
Real, natural learning is in the living. It's in the observing, the questioning, the examining, the pondering, the analyzing, the watching, the reading, the DO-ing, the living, the breathing, the loving, the JOY. It's in the joy. ~Anne Ohman
"How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?" -Henry D. Thoreau