"A man's heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9


Monday, June 10, 2013

A Charlotte Mason kind of education.

Children are born naturalists, with a bent inherited, perhaps, from an unknown ancestor; but every child has a natural interest in the living things about him which it is the business of his parents to encourage; for, but few children are equal to holding their own in the face of public opinion; and if they see that the things which interest them are indifferent or disgusting to you, their pleasure in them vanishes, and that chapter in the book of Nature is closed to them."  -Charlotte Mason
 Since starting a Charlotte Mason style in education, it seems the world has opened up it's doors to us!!  
God has provided a WORLD of learning for each of us.
After our "book lessons", we hit the dirt and see what there is to learn and where we can explore!
 Meet Moonshine, my nephew.  My littlest sister, Katy Kay, doesn't have a little one YET...but she does have 4 very large Great Danes and 9 little ones!!  A few weeks ago, my sister called to let me know one of her Danes was giving birth.  We were able to drive there (2 hours) and be a part of all the deliveries.  Gabrielle got to help Katy and was able to learn so much for the career she is schooling for!
 I love that we are able to be spontaneous.  Packing up and getting out at a moments notice.

Picnic at the park with family!
 No skate parks within 30 miles!  At least none made of concrete!

 The world is our oyster.
Children should be encouraged to watch, patiently and quietly, until they learn something of the habits and history of bee, ant, wasp, spider, hairy caterpillar, dragon-fly, and whatever of larger growth comes in their way." -Charlotte Mason
So blessed to have family and neighbors to take us in and allow us to be a part of their amazing lives!!  Here we were able to go next door and help plant a large garden.  What a backdrop!!

 This term, we are doing a bird study.  We are enjoy watching and identifying each.  Doing it together is so special.

As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child." -Charlotte Mason

T The kids love their Nature Notebooks...they bring them everywhere and draw and write about all sorts of things that would usually just go unnoticed.
We were able to see a Wren...we even snapped a photo of 2 of them sitting on the fence.
Then we got to play with Ezra's oil paints:
In my 13 years of homeschooling, the experiences and the education that is taking place among us has never been more rich.
Look closely...most days, we have long finished school and the kiddos are playing outside when the school bus rolls by.  We are thankful to be able to consolidate our "book learning" into just a few hours in the morning and have the rest of the day free to learn and play outside!  HOMEWORK FREE!!  ;)
There are those days when the weather does not cooperate....if you have one of those days...
I highly recommend this game!!
 Obviously Isabelle is a bit of a sore loser!

At the end of the day, we are thankful to be in a place where we are LOVING our "unschool".
We are blessed and God is good!!  So thankful for my sweet Nancy for introducing me to Charlotte Mason and learned so much from another wonderful friend, Linda, and all the other Primer gals.
"All this is stale knowledge to older people, but one of the secrets of the educator is to present nothing as stale knowledge, but to put himself in the position of the child, and wonder and admire with him; for every common miracle which the child sees with his own eyes makes of him for the moment another Newton." -Charlotte Mason


Too Many Kids In The Bathtub said...

It looks like you all are having a wonderful time! It is SOOO beautiful over there!!! Wish we could school together! :)

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Janet said...

I am a homeschooling mama of 11 children. :)
I wish I had of read something like this when I first started out.
We now have what you might call a "relaxed" homeschool. :)
It turned around for me when a sister in Christ once told me her goal in her homeschooling was "To teach my children to read, write and love God will all their soul, heart and minds."
How refreshing!

Blessing to your family!