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

Thursday, March 19, 2009


In the olden days (circa 2004-ish), I used to post random creations Gabe built all the time. Poor Munchie gets lost in his siblings shadows half the time. But FYI, he's a builder/liner-upper too you know!He works best in jammies and a diaper of course! (Oh, and he watches TV in waste baskets too!)Gabe is still up to his old shenanigans. Though as of late, his themes are consistently a Star Wars one. I don't always see it, but believe me there's a whole story here...I was just blinded by Caden's adoration of his big brother. So cute.Later that day, Gabe rebuilt his empire above sea level to avoid destruction by said little brother.And to top off the complete randomness, a quick shot of Simone in fairy-clown-princess regalia; because god knows how else I would've fit that one in...

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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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