March 8, 2010

Dirt and Mud and Smiles

Posted by meli on Monday, March 08, 2010 in , , , | 4 comments
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

The kids have been outside digging a hole for the better part of today. That's it, just digging a hole. No cries of boredom. No wailing for entertainment. Happy as can be with shovels and dirt. They started this morning, and are still, as of 4:30, digging away.

The sun has been shining all day; begging to be played in, enjoyed.

Just two hours ago the school bus drove through the neighborhood, dropping the school kids off for the day. Two hours ago, and still not another kid in sight. It's still as quiet on our neighborhood as it was all morning and early afternoon. No bikes in the streets, no basketballs being bounced, no groups of kids hunched together giggling. Nothing. Tied up with chores, or snacks at the table, or probably homework.

Sitting here on a blanket in the sun, I look over at my children, covered in dirt and mud and smiles, and am so very happy we have chosen this path. This unschooling journey. This natural way of living.

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

Living and Loving and Learning... all day, every day.

Just as I began writing this entry, the digging stopped, and the bikes came out.
Sooo, I give to you this video...


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  2. Hi, Melissa. My name is Jim and I've been checking out your blog the last few days. I live on the Lexington side of town. I tell people I'm a high school graduate with a tenth grade education...the last two years were just a waste, and many of my school years were spent dealing with bullies and feeling like a social outcast. But I'm considered a bright person and still love to learn at 48. So, more power to you. Your kids are fortunate beyond their comprehension. I wish you and your family all the best.

  3. [...] time he managed to stay upright, lol … what am I talking about? see video at the end of this blog   Leave a [...]

  4. Love the video, I see you've taken to youtube now, no better way to catch the action up close and personal....