"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, April 04, 2009

Early birthday present

It's tough buying the perfect gift for Simone. If it's not breathing then what's the point? This saturday we got up bright and early to check out a chicken swap and see if we could find a few baby bantam hens for Simone to call her own. Chicks we found, but hens? We have yet to find out... (fingers crossed!)Meet Peach,Basil,and the favorite around here, Fluff. They are bantam silkies and in time will grow to look something like this funky chicken (except for Peach who is crossed with an unknown parent):Until then, they are enjoying life in a bin in our living room and being handled around the clock.

Random side note pic: Caden HAD to check out the gigantic tractor/snow plow? at the swap...

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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."
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