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

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dick & Jane

Who would've thought Simone would enjoy some old-school Dick and Jane stories?So much so that she has started reading them herself!It must be that cute little kitten named "Puff"... who could resist her?What a gift for her to have started to read on her own terms. No coercion, no agenda. None. Just what she wants and when she wants it (not to mention not at all if she so chooses!).


.... said...

You go Simone!

Jessica said...

Yeah, she was SO proud! ;)

Kelly said...

Way to go Simone. Simply fabulous and sooo cute!

"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
"How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?" -Henry D. Thoreau