Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I’m knitting and reading.
I took this picture in our truck yesterday, where I had been knitting all throughout the day on our car ride. The slippers for Jeff are at the point where they are ready to have the heel turned. I decided that was not something I wanted to tackle in the car. I think that will be best to do during Bracken’s nap time or after he falls asleep at night, so I can follow the instructions with my full concentration. So I decided to start an easy knitting project for the car ride. I cast on a cowl with some handspun wool. (Thanks again Kat!) This cowl will be for our market booth/shop and you’ll surely see some Wooly Moss Roots buttons to complete it. I keep thinking black walnut. We’ll see.
I finished reading ‘Learning All The Time.’ I really enjoyed it. It was one of those books where I bookmarked page after page because there were so many quotes I wanted to write down.
Here are a few:
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, teaching that has not been asked for will not result in learning, but will impede learning.”
“It is always, without exception, better for a child to figure out something on his own than to be told- provided, of course, as in a matter of running across the street, that his life is not endangered in the learning. But in matters intellectual, I admit no exception to this rule. In the first place, what he figures out, he remembers better. In the second place, and far more important, every time he figures something out, he gains confidence in his ability to figure things out.”
“We can best help children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn and thinking of ingenious ways to teach it to them, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions- if they have any- and helping them explore the things they are most interested in.”
Then I started another book by John Holt that I got from the library, called ‘How Children Learn.’
“….School may then become a place in which all children grow, not just in size, not even in knowledge, but in curiosity, courage, confidence, independence, resourcefulness, resilience, patience, competence, and understanding.”
John Holt’s books have a lot of good food for thought. I love how reading his words give me a whole new perspective on many things and also affirms my own gut feelings about many things I had been noticing myself.
How about you? What are you reading? Knitting?