“They [children] must be let alone, left to themselves a great deal, to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heavens; for of the evils of modern education few are worse than this––that the perpetual cackle of his elders leaves the poor child not a moment of time, nor an inch of space, wherein to wonder––and grow. At the same time, here is the mother’s opportunity to train the seeing eye, the hearing ear, and to drop seeds of truth into the open soul of the child, which shall germinate, blossom, and bear fruit, without further help or knowledge of hers.” – Charlotte Mason
Oh, the joys of being able to create lovely things. My library students have recently finished the read-alouds we began long ago. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and White Fang were excellent winter season activities but the warming weather is calling for something more active.
Our school is preparing a small, square-foot style garden for the students. They’ll dig in soil, sow seeds, transplant sprouts and create compost.
It’s really quite delightful.
To add to the fun, the library classes will spend time each week in their individual nature journals. We’ll ask questions, make observations, collect specimens, and draw sketches of the life we find.
I found these inspiring questions from The Minimalist Guide to Nature Journals.
Needless to say I think this is the best thing ever.
What creative task is keeping you busy? Do you keep a nature journal?
Love, blessings and a lot of coffee,