"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, December 16, 2008

36 hours without power...

Give or take a few... We were very lucky considering some people STILL haven't got their power back on after last weekend's ice storm. And since we borrowed a generator, we still had heat and a bit of electricity for the important things... DVD's on the computer and coffee in the morning.
I managed to drag my tight and spasmy back outside for a quick pic as it all melted away...Doesn't seem like it was only a couple months ago that everything looked more like this *sigh*:Some friends of ours weren't as lucky so came to stay with us for a few days. After making an emergency stop at a health clinic for drugs for my back I was raring to go the next day and took our guests (the teen ones) out for a quick photo shoot.
Don't you just want to pinch their cheeks!!

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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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