"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, April 14, 2009


Nobody can pass up a good hunt! Two days after Easter, we found ourselves in Weare sniffing out plenty more plastic eggs. You can never have too many plastic eggs around. Well, actually you can but that's another story...(That would be a tattoo around her neck. Not a great spot as we learned upon removal.)The thrill is definitely in the hunt and not so much the loot as it turns out...Diane Kordas(sp?) made an appearance with some puppets, instruments and songs...which promptly made my anti-entertainment children clam up and revert to infantile speech and behaviors. I tried to send them off to the woods but the arrival of puppets sent them over the edge. Luckily Stephen's lap was available for comforting.

And you better believe nobody clapped their hands, shook a tambourine or even mouthed the words to a single song. You wouldn't catch my monkeys participting in such antics. Ever.

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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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