More of Reverence…

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‘Reverence for life, . . . is a lesson of first importance to the child:-

“Let knowledge grow from more to more; But more of reverence in us dwell.”

The child who sees his mother with reverent touch lift an early snowdrop to her lips, learns a higher lesson than the ‘print-books’ can teach.’

Charlotte Mason, Home Education Part II: Out Of Door Life For The Children VI. Field Lore & Naturalists’ Books

Here is a duty that lies upon us all…

A duty.jpg“Here is a duty that lies upon us all; for we all enter on the inheritance of the heavens and the earth, the flowers of the field and the birds of the air. These are things to which we have right, no one can take them from us; but, until we get as much as a nodding and naming acquaintance with the things of Nature, they are a cause rather of irritation and depression than of joy”

Charlotte Mason Vol. 4, Ourselves. Book 2, Ch 15 p. 97

Whatever The Natural Gifts Of The Child…

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of this habit of attention. It is…”within the reach of everyone and should be made the primary object of all mental discipline”; for whatever the natural gifts of the child, it is only so far as the habit of attention is cultivated in him that he is able to make use of them.

Charlotte Mason, Home Education