"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 14, 2008

SEE Science Center

Not my favorite place but the kids always enjoy it. They actually had a few new things we hadn't seen before like this cool pulley system chair thingy.And these red ball thing-a-ma-bobs. Too bad I can't remember what they were trying to teach us but Caden enjoyed letting them slam into each other.Gabriel always hogs the robotic arm exhibit.This is Caden's serious focused face when he was finally given a turn operating the arm.We did the usual brick building...And the MoonWalk.While Caden stuck to the roller beads and chalk...Minutes before closing, we had the static electricity demonstration done for us which was a hit.

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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."
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