Notebook Showcase #4

Maria has a five year old son and she sent me these photos of his notebook. She said that,

‘I write what he tells me in response to the info we are capturing and if he has additional comments, these are recorded by me under “Isaiah’s notes.”
After our birds unit study, Isaiah was fascinated with the weaver bird and he chose the robin’s bird to compare.’

Isaiah is a very keen and curious student of nature – he’s a young naturalist – and likes to talk about his discoveries. Last week, when I was visiting his mum, he showed me his rock collection, a caterpillar he is keeping in a jar waiting for it to make its cocoon, and chatted about all sorts of things he is interested in.

‘It would be well if we all persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in. Let them once get touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life. 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.’

Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason

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