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

Friday, October 10, 2008

Trains & Tilton

On our way to Franklin, we pulled over for a look-see at the antique trains that live just off exit 19. Well, actually, I don't know that they are really antiques but they look old and cool and I knew Caden would go wild for them. He did.He was so excited he couldn't stay still for a second to sit by the big train wheel...Oh no, he had to run up and down the tracks and point and shout and exclaim, "CHOO CHOO!!" about a zillion times.
Simone, on the other hand, was happy to do her part and humor me. She even said, "I'm going to do this pose." (See pose below.)And here's where she's pretending to drive the train but really she's faking the action to just look cute. I'm sure she'd like you to note her "flat" hair. Everyday she wets it down and brushes it as straight as possible before she's happy. She's under the impression that wet hair stays wet and flat all day. Alas, those waves inevitably appear...A final romp on the tracks and if you think I set this shot up you're CRAZY!I would never do such a thing.

1 comment:

jlo said...

they're perfectly proportional!

"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
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