"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, October 02, 2008

Letterboxing in B&W

Our second week of the totally rad LEAP co-op led us to letterboxing in Londonderry. A good day for taking pictures of the backs of kids...Caden LOVED crossing this puddle via the plank.Gabriel made friends with a grasshopper...And we spied some tracks in the mud!On our way out we found a dead baby turtle. I wanted to see it but I was repulsed at the same time. Now you can feel the same way!
The rest of the day took a more colorful turn as we picnic'd at an apple orchard, decorated bags for a scavenger hunt that never took place (we got rained out) and frolicked amongst the fruit trees.

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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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