Category Archives: Charlotte Mason

Nature Study – February 2015

We have had some beautiful days, lately, and the kids and I have been enjoying them.  Our latest Nature Walk/Adventure turned into two hours of playing on the beach by the bay.  We discovered some tracks.

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And, we did a little fishing.  We didn’t catch anything, but some beautiful sunshine.

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We discovered a hermit crab and caught a teeny, tiny ghost shrimp in our net.  We checked him out and returned him to the water.  It was a wonderful day!

Have you been on a nature walk/adventure lately?  Did you discover anything fun?

May God Bless You on your walk!

 

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1st of the year 2015- First Daffodil

After reading about Charlotte Mason’s ‘Calendar of Firsts’ in Laurie Bestvater’s book “The Living Page” I was encouraged to start keeping my own little online journal of “Firsts” throughout the year.

Quoting from Bestvater’s book pages 26 & 27:

“Also associated with the Nature Notebook is what Mason refers to as “a Calendar of Firsts.”

It is a capital plan for children to keep a calendar – the first oak leaf, the first tadpole, the first cowslip, the first catkin, the first ripe blackberries, where seen and when.  The next year they will know when and where to look out for their favorites, and will, every year, be in a condition to add new observations.  Think of the zest and interest, the object, which such a practice will give to daily walks and little excursions.  There is hardly a day when some friend may not be expected to hold a first “At Home.” “

What a great idea!   So, in the spirit of the Calendar of Firsts, I present my first 1st of the year 2015 – First Daffodil.

As seen on in Okaloosa County, Florida on January 31, 2015:

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Do you have a Calendar of Firsts?  What was your first for this year?

May God Bless You on your walk!

The view from my grandmother’s window

grandmas window viewMy cousin recently sent me this picture.  It is the view from my grandmother’s kitchen window.

My grandmother loved to sit at her kitchen table and look out this window.  In the morning, as she sipped her instant coffee, she would watch the birds as they grabbed a snack from the bird feeder or splashed around in the bird bath. She would watch the cars drive by on the busy road in front of her house.  And she would gaze at the flowers in the beds that wound around her home.

She enjoyed this view for over forty years, and I can still picture her sitting at her kitchen table looking out this window.  I miss her so much!

I think now about how well she knew the landscape around her.  She would lead me around the yard and, whenever I would question her on the name of a plant, she always knew their names.

Now, as I home school my children in the Charlotte Mason method and we begin to observe nature, I think about how much more I have to learn about the landscape around me, so that I can answer their questions about the various plants and flowers in our own yard.

An article on Narration posted on the AO Advisory blog

The AO Advisory Blog “ArchipelagO”  posted a terrific article on Narration and it’s use in ancient times.

It includes this great quote by Erasmus:

“The master must not omit to set as an exercise the reproduction of what he has given to the class. It involves time and trouble to the teacher, I know well but it is essential. A literal reproduction of the matter taught is, of course, not required – but the substance of it presented in the pupil’s own way.”

Hope you enjoy the article!