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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Totally, dude.

We watched FINDING NEMO again a few days ago. And this exchange (about children and new experiences) really caught my attention.

Marlin: How do you know if they're ready?
Crush: Well, you never really know...but when they know, you'll know, y'know?

Man, I could tell stories backing that up! All unschooly and AP, naturally. Suffice it to say, I'm finding more and more reasons to believe in letting the child lead. Sure, they'll learn/do things with guidance and/or pressure. But the results are so much easier, quicker, and joyful if it's done on their timetable.

Y'know?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Almost Heaven, West Virginia

Yesterday we went to visit my father. He lives on Cheat Lake in Morgantown, West Virginia.

First we went down to the lake to look at fish and ducks and throw rocks in the water.


It was a pretty day. And unseasonably warm...Cayden (2) quickly decided to shed his clothes.


And I got the Best. Picture. Evar. of Theo (5) and Pap-Pap. Completely candid, too. Yay me.


Then we went up to Cooper's Rock State Forest to hike. Here is the view from the overlook:


We climbed rocks


And trees


And explored caves looking for hibernating bats. (Alas, we didn't spot any.)


We had a great afternoon. Much needed outing for all of us.