A 14 Year Old's Commonplace Book

It is very helpful to read with a commonplace book or reading-diary, in which to put down any striking thought in your author, or your own impression of the work, or of any part of it; but not summaries of facts. Such a diary, carefully kept through life, should be exceedingly interesting as containing the … Continue reading A 14 Year Old's Commonplace Book

Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

Year 7 has finished up for the seventh time in our home, although this was only the second time we've used Ambleside Online for Year 7.  As I usually do, I asked my daughter which books were her favourites from this year's work, but I gave her a limit of ten. These are the books … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

The Woods are Lovely, Dark & Deep…Nature Study in June

We're in the throes of bathroom renovations. Outside it's been wet and cold and not conducive to bushwalking. However, the jackhammering got the better of us and outside we went. We followed our usual trail but I remembered there were some paths we hadn't explored so we decided now would be a good time to … Continue reading The Woods are Lovely, Dark & Deep…Nature Study in June

January Notes: Nature, Camping, Keeping & Notebooks

  We went on a family camping trip in mid-January which was a great nature study opportunity. We only went about three hours north of our home but it's surprising how much difference that short distance makes in the local flora & fauna.     For years I've heard cicadas but I've only found their … Continue reading January Notes: Nature, Camping, Keeping & Notebooks

Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

We've finished the first term of Ambleside Online Year 7 and here are some highlights and thoughts about some of what we've done. To see my original plans and some book substitutes see this post. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar This is the first time we've used Folger Theatre audios for Shakespeare. We've used Naxos and Arkangel … Continue reading Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

Education and Life

Something I both love and am frustrated by at times is when 'Education' get sidelined by 'Life.' The past few weeks have been rather crazy and frustrating, because my well-laid plans haven't worked out the way I wanted. 'Life intervened. Enter Charlotte Mason's motto: Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline and a Life   'The … Continue reading Education and Life

Unconsidered Aspects of Moral Training: School Education by Charlotte Mason

  'We too are under authority and there are limitations to parental authority.'  School Education by Charlotte Mason     The limitations to the parental authority we exercise over our children in the area of moral training become more evident as our children mature. When our children are little we have broad overarching responsibilities which … Continue reading Unconsidered Aspects of Moral Training: School Education by Charlotte Mason

Nature Notes – wattle, black cockatoos and other encounters

We have three nature walks we do regularly. Two of them are just down the road, while the other is about a ten minute drive away. We save this one for when my daughter-in-law has a free space in her physio work schedule and sends us a message to say she's taking the dog for … Continue reading Nature Notes – wattle, black cockatoos and other encounters

Weekly Review & Caffeine Withdrawals

This is my second week of no caffeine. I don't drink a great deal of coffee, although my consumption has increased in the past year or two, but my tea intake is embarrassing. My dentist asked me how much tea I drank per day and I couldn't tell him because one cup just flows into … Continue reading Weekly Review & Caffeine Withdrawals