Togetherness. Resiliency. Safe Places.
Now Matters for Then
"All the time, too, the children are storing up memories of a happy childhood...In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother's first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time...And this, not for the gain in bodily health alone - [but also the nourishment of] body and soul, heart and mind...
...and think what a delightful possession for old age and middle life is a series of pictures imaged, feature by feature, in the sunny glow of a child's mind! The miserable thing about the childish recollections of most persons is that they are blurred, distorted, incomplete, no more pleasant to look upon than a fractured cup or a torn garment; and the reason is, not that the old scenes are forgotten, but that they were never fully seen." - Charlotte Mason, Vol. 1
It's never too late to begin to learn to see.
Walk with us through the seasons...
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22
A Happy Child
from the nature journal of Charles Burchfield, 1904
'He walks along through the woods and meadows, past hepaticas and spring-beauties; past blue-gray beeches, rough-barked maples and under the soft dark gloom of pine-trees, God leading him by the hand.
He listens to the songs of spring birds, the soft roar of wind in the tree-tops; the faint rustle of a tiny whirlwind scattering spiraling leaves down some dark hollow. Warm sunlight reflects upward from last autumn’s bleached out leaves into his rapt eager face.
He is a happy child, an innocent child of God...'
A (Nature) Study in Humility
Stoop down. You'll see more. It's where curiosity lives. (And your children). Become one of them again. There's a child inside all of us dying to go outside and play and pretend and discover - and sit and watch and listen and learn. Humility is a posture necessary for science. Slow down. The absence of speed is necessary for poetry. Nature study is where science and poetry intersect. Beauty and truth are worthy of seeking, studying and savoring. Together.
curiosity, creativity and calm
"Never be within doors when you can rightly be without." - Charlotte Mason
The things and thoughts you surround and immerse yourself in determine the course of life you will live, despite the weather outside the door.
Nature study has taught my children that every season and every rainy day has something to offer if we put on curiosity, attention, and the sort of humble consideration education requires.
“All education is self-education,” which empowers a person to Become what they were designed to Be, no matter what age or stage you find yourself.
Look for Beauty
Books and authors, ideas and memories, trees and birds and butterflies can be stepping stones for us in life - and comfy corners can be sanctuaries, as can cozy couches to read on with a child by your side, a table to feast at, a stroll by a pond and the painter who paints it.
Awakenings, validation, glimmers of hope and opportunity can happen everyday, even on the worst of them. We're here with you.