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

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Simone's job

Since I am not so fond of mopping, we tend to do more of a spot cleaning method when it comes to the floors and lucky for me, Simone calls this her number one job. Hand her some non-toxic cleaner and a washcloth and she's off fighting the spills one by one.

The girl is all about elbow grease...

Often Gabriel wants in as well and then they fight over the cleaner, of course. Note to self: buy 2 spray bottles.Caden is no dummy and chooses ice cream (and wine?!) over the floors.Oh and yes- she does windows too! (Second note to self: buy safer window cleaner...)

1 comment:

Stacy said...

What a great way to spend Christmas!

"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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