Sunday, November 1, 2015

Some Thoughts on Nature


"We were all meant to be naturalists each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things."



"Never be within doors when you can rightly be without."



"Point to some lovely flower or gracious tree, not only as a beautiful work, but a beautiful thought of God." 



"The sense of beauty comes from early contact with nature."



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



"Measure his education, not solely by his progress in the 'three R's,' but by the number of living and growing things he knows by look, name, and habitat." 



"There is no knowledge so appropriate to the early years of a child as that of the name and look and behavior in situ {in the original place} of every natural object he can get at."



"This idea of all education springing from and resting upon our relation to Almighty God ~ we do not merely give a religious education because that would seem to imply the possibility of some other education, a secular education, for example. But we hold that all education is divine, that every good gift of knowledge and insight comes from above, that the Lord, the Holy Spirit is the supreme educator of mankind, and that the culmination of all education (which may at the same time be reached by a little child) is that personal knowledge of and intimacy with God in which our being finds its fullest perfection."



"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."



"....therefore, the endeavour of his parents should be to put him in the way of making acquaintance freely with Nature and natural objects; that, in fact, the intellectual education of the young child should lie in the free exercise of perceptive power..."



"This is all play to the children, but the mother is doing invaluable work; she is training their powers of observation and expression, increasing their vocabulary and their range of ideas by giving them the name and the uses of an object at the right moment, ~when they ask, 'What is it?' and 'What is it for?'"  

*All quotes courtesy of our favorite educator, Miss Charlotte Mason. 

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