Tag: children

Wonder, Not Pressure, Supports Learning 

  Five-year-old children need play, not pressure. Then, at six and seven, they need learning infused with joy, wonder, movement, colors, music, and satisfying work that makes real things. Adults who learned this way thrive. They are in no way behind those who faced pressure. So, why? Why do governments (this is not the teachers’ idea) pressure little children to…

Leek Nibblers and Compost Jumpers

The animated fifth grader, laughing, dragged me toward the wire-framed bin at the edge of the woods where we compost weeds and spent plants. “Look,” she giggled, “we have compost jumpers.” Sure enough, the bin was almost full of pea vines and gone-to-seed lettuce and, on top of that, three bouncing little kids. — –the compost jumpers. This was a…