We All Have Need…

trained to see summer

We all have need to be trained to see, and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life.
Charlotte Mason

A Single, Valuable Idea . . .


Give your child a single, valuable idea, and you have done more for their education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information
~Charlotte Mason~

We all have need to be trained to see . . .


trained to see melon.jpg“We all have need to be trained to see and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life.”

Charlotte Mason ~ Volume 4: Ourselves

Consider, Too . . .

child naturalist

Consider, too, what an unequalled mental training the child-naturalist is getting for any study or calling under the sun – the powers of attention, of discrimination, of patient pursuit, growing with his growth, what will they not fit him for?

Charlotte Mason, Home Education, Part II Out-Of-Door Life For The Children. V. Living Creatures



Every child has a natural interest . . .

every child

“Every child has a natural interest in the living things about him which it is the business of his parents to encourage.”

Charlotte Mason

Home Education: Part II Out Of Door Life For children V Living Creatures

By Degrees . . .


“By degrees the children will learn discriminatingly every feature of the landscapes with which they are familiar, and think what a delightful possension for old age and middle life is a series of pictures imaged, feature by feature, in the sunny glow of the child’s mind!”

Charlotte Mason ~ Home Education Part II Out-Of-Door-Life For The Children II Sight Seeing


Happy Mother’s Day!

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“The parents’ chief care is, that that which they supply shall be wholesome and nourishing, whether in the way of picture-books, lessons, playmates, bread and milk, or mother’s love.”

Charlotte Mason ~ Volume I, part I

Wishing my UK readers a very happy Mother’s Day!

More of Reverence…


‘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

An Observant Child…


“An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing.”

Charlotte Mason

Home Education Vol 1. Ch2: Out-Of-Door Life For The Children p.69

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