"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, November 04, 2008

Biking with Grandma?

When the kids bike with Grandma, they always manage to drag her into the woods at some point or another. What's left of them anyways... Growing up, this little clearing was only a small part of the forest we used to ride horses in, and later on when the horses were too slow; ATV's. The trails were never-ending back in the day, before condo's and "associations" descended upon us.
But I digress... These monkeys are pretty happy with what's left over.Gabriel's project began when he saw a fort barely begun and decided to finish it.From what I was told, he wanted no help, but instructed Simone to "sit by the fire to stay warm". She did as she was told.It took some time and it definitely took some muscle but at last... success!An insider's view:The happy campers:

1 comment:

homemoma said...

looks as if they had a great day. i was wondering how warm it is there in november? here we are wearing winter gear already with +7C and nightfrosts.

"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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