Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Twitter Book Club: John Holt (1964) How Children Learn - Chapter 5


"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his ... http://tl.gd/8ppj1hless than a minute ago via Twittelator

"He was a perfect example of the kind of parent I have described, who thinks that by superior will and brute force ... http://tl.gd/8pq5roless than a minute ago via Twittelator

"our experience so far makes it clear that when we use a child's natural desire to explore the new and unknown, and... http://tl.gd/8pq9v9less than a minute ago via Twittelator

"When kids are ready, they will do what they want to do." John Holtless than a minute ago via Twittelator

Holt's description of the fears and confidence of children rising and falling quickly resonated with me recently when trying to get my 2 year old to try sledding. She certainly was afraid to try it even though she saw her older sister do it. We would ask her and the times we set her on the sled I fear only prolonged the time before she would try it. Finally, about a week ago she said, "I want to go on the sled." To which we quickly acted upon her new confidence and now she is flying down the hill with her sister with the greatest of ease.

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