Education Is A Discipline


In Charlottes own words:

By “education is a discipline,” we mean the discipline of habits, formed definitely and thoughtfully, whether habits of mind or body. Physiologists tell us of the adaptation of brain structures to habitual lines of thought, i.e., to our habits.

You can see the summary of Charlotte Mason’s twenty principles of education here at Ambleside Online.

A review, and a Discount!

Jennifer over at Expanding Wisdom, has posted the most wonderful review of Exploring Nature With Children. Jennifer’s blog is a treasure for the Charlotte Mason-inspired, home educating parent. It is a wealth of practical, thoughtful gems that will inspire you as you home educate your children, and educate yourself. I urge you to have a good look around her blog, there is so much to feast upon; no twaddle there!

Take advantage of the discount code she has in her review; it is good for 25% off Exploring Nature With Children until March 6th.

Calendar Of Firsts 25~30 January 2016

cal of firsts


My Calendar of Firsts this week:

I missed our nature walks this week as I was very poorly, so my firsts are all from our garden.

My ‘colours’ for the week, along the top left hand page, are quite murky this week. Lots of rain and blustery weather.

As it is the end of the month, I thought I would update you on my ‘list’ pages.



Colours of the year

January turned out to be a much brighter month than I ever expected! Gorgeous rainbows that added a lovely glow to an otherwise dark and rainy month.


My bird List.

A lovely reader shared her smashing idea to use the traffic light system to denote ‘birds of concern’ from the RSPB


My pitiful flower list!


How is your calendar coming along?

A Warm And Cosy Giveaway

Do you remember the socks that I was knitting for Rose? With the yarn she dyed herself? They are finally complete.


And they are too small :)

I knew they would be too small from the beginning, as I had cast on too few stitches. I keep a little scrap of card with everyone’s stitch count and unfortunately, I looked at the number of stitches I used for Rose when she was younger.

But I would like to take the opportunity to offer the socks as a giveaway. A small gesture of thanks to you all for your continued support.

As they are hand-knit, they have a fair bit of stretch, so should fit a range of sizes, but I would suggest Euro size 28-30 / UK 10-11.5 / US 10.5-12.5 This is my approximate guess!

They are made from the softest merino wool, with a very fine silver thread that runs throughout to give a lovely sparkle. They will be best hand washed (I use the hand wash programme on my washing machine.)

If you would like to be entered to win, please comment below & Rose will draw a name on Sunday.

Please share this with friends. I shall also be sharing on the Exploring Nature With Children Facebook group

Candlemas Week ~ Exploring Nature With Children

This week is Candlemas week in Exploring Nature With Children, and it has come blustering in, all sunshine and wild winds.


The pigeons were hungry!



We were thrilled to see that Swiff, the pigeon who had been painted, was returning to normal. We noted that he has also been tagged, which is very interesting. We hope that someone is keeping an eye on his well-being. Here he is; the white bird on the right.



A few males were ‘strutting their stuff’, puffing up their feathers and chasing the females.


The geese were particularly noisy today also, so perhaps they are pairing up too?


I spied the Moorhen nesting over on the far side of the pond, patiently observing the comings and goings of the other birds.


Glorious daisies fully open to the sun!


Spring bulbs


Our nature journals this week

Rose completed two entries. Her favourite pigeon, and slugs.



I went with the Candlemas theme, including my laundry on the washing line. Such a windy, sunshiny day!


How was your walk this week?



Education is An Atmosphere


In Charlottes own words:

When we say that “education is an atmosphere,” we do not mean that a child should be isolated in what may be called a ‘child-environment’ especially adapted and prepared, but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. It stultifies a child to bring down his world to the child’s level.

You can see the summary of Charlotte Mason’s twenty principles of education here at Ambleside Online.