Feed Them on Things Worth Caring For

If you are familiar at all with the writings of the 19th Century educator, Charlotte Mason, you will know that one of her signature ways of illustrating a liberal education is to compare it to that of a feast that is spread before the child. As educators we are responsible for choosing the food for … Continue reading Feed Them on Things Worth Caring For

Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish – a Curriculum for Young children

 It has been very encouraging to see new business ventures emerge within the home education movement in recent years. Downloadable products are especially helpful to those outside of the USA who pay a premium for postage and this format lends itself well to learning another language.  Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish is a Curriculum for teaching … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Simple Spanish – a Curriculum for Young children

Nature Study: Spring in Australia

Hails and I finished our 6 week Natural History Illustration course offered by the University of Newcastle this month.  Covid has opened up some online educational opportunities that were't available to us before, and they've been free, too. A bush walk during the first week in spring was too early to spot many wildflowers but … Continue reading Nature Study: Spring in Australia

A Charlotte Mason Picture Study Resource

Here is Part 2 of the Australian Artist Picture Study featuring the work of Tom Roberts. I've concentrated mostly on his portraits this time. For a short biography of his life see Part 1. Download the PDF for Part 2 here. I hope you find this helpful and if you find any errors or have … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Picture Study Resource

'A gauntlet with a gift in 't.'

  ‘God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,  And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,  A gauntlet with a gift in 't.’       Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)     I think we’d all agree that we are in challenging times. I remembered this poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning the … Continue reading 'A gauntlet with a gift in 't.'

Inspiring Children: the life of the mind grows upon ideas

    Chapter IV of Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason continues with the role of parents as inspirers. She states that the life of the mind grows upon ideas and it is the duty of parents to sustain, nourish and keep alive their child's inner life with ideas just as they sustain their bodies … Continue reading Inspiring Children: the life of the mind grows upon ideas

The Knowledge of God: Imparting Faith to our Children

Some Thoughts and Ideas 'By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months...for they were not afraid of the King's edict.' Hebrews 11 Whenever I read the story of Moses and his parents' faith I'm inspired by their actions and by the influence they had on their son over a brief time span that enabled … Continue reading The Knowledge of God: Imparting Faith to our Children