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

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Nature Club Wednesdays

Nature Club brought us to Kids Kove where behind the playground, are trails...alongside a river. And quite a raging river at that!And LOUD too! Caden was fascinated with it.

Finally at the very bottom, a seemingly nice sandy beach...
and a big rock.A perfect spot to practice our trail marker signs... (or so we thought!)I believe this ones means you are supposed to take as many steps foward as represented in the square...So according to Olivia's marker, please take approximately five dozens paces!This young lass demonstrates the stick through a leaf technique used for pointing in which direction one should follow.And though I can't be entirely sure, this convoluted message using multiple signs...may have been the reason half our group traipsed through this evil ivy (as discovered a day or two later for some unfortunate friends).

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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
"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