“I was in my twenties when I began to look for a child’s lost desire to learn. It seemed to me that if we could keep this desire alive through childhood and into adult life, we would release a force more precious and more powerful for good than any other physical force the scientists ever discovered for mankind’s use.” — Caroline Pratt (early 1900’s)Read More

Play, Learn, Grow

“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, How Children LearnRead More

Spring Update

“We can best help our children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions, and helping them explore the things they are most interested in.” — John HoltRead More