"A quietness was in the room while he spoke. Laura felt as if she were hot, dry, dusty grass parching in a drought, and the quietness was a cool and gentle rain falling on her.
It truly was a refreshment.
Everything was simple now that she felt so cool and strong,
and she would be glad to work hard and go without anything she wanted herself,
so that Mary could go to college."
- By the Shores of Silver Lake
a gentle coming alongside
careful not to hinder
not inserting myself between my child and the Holy Spirit
joy & peace
seeking strengths vs. a focus on weaknesses
These seemed to be my recurring themes from this weekend's Living Education Retreat as I look back over my notes and listen to what is still resonating within.
The friends new and old, the shared ideas, the atmosphere-- all full of beauty.
I think I'll have more to say about what I learned... later.
“Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child's nature.” Charlotte Mason
"Miss Mason was loved by all who saw her and had many dear and intimate friends. She had the power of seeing and bringing out the good in everyone, but I think
she loved little children best of all.
"For the Children's Sake" is the motto of the House of Education, and it was for the children's sake that she lived and worked. She provided them with an education which is "an atmosphere, a discipline, a life," she reverenced them as "persons"
and recognised their need for mental food in order that they might grow.
She gave them living books, a love of literature, art, nature, craftsmanship, joy in learning and full lives. She never allowed the methods which she evolved or, as she preferred to say, "chanced to find"--to be called by her name; they were always "P.N.E.U."
Her work will go on, not only because it is to be administered by those whom she has chosen and trained for this high responsibility, but because of its intrinsic vitality and truth."
- I read this quote recently at: In Memoriam
...In my commonplace book, from our current read aloud
...the gentle word picture that made me love the story Robin Hood:
"Now, lad," said he, "tell us thy troubles, and speak freely. A flow of words doth ever ease the heart of sorrows; it is like opening the waste weir when the mill-dam is over full.
Come, sit thou here beside me, and speak at thine ease."
"...'a duty which seemeth to us sometimes ugly and harsh,
when we do kiss it fairly upon the mouth, so to speak, is no such foul thing after all.'
'Methinks thou art right,' quoth Robin, 'and, contrariwise,
that when we kiss a pleasure that appeareth to be gay it turneth foul to us,
is it not so, Little John?'"
Blessings on thee, little man,
Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons,
And the merry whistled tunes;
With thy red lips, redder still,
Kissed by strawberries on the hill;
With the sunshine on thy face,
Through thy torn brim's jaunty grace;
From my heart I give thee joy,
I was once a barefoot boy!
-John Greenleaf Whittier
But what makes seasonal fruit so scrumptious is that it is part of a rhythm,
a rhythm that allows you to access it only once a year.
- B. Welch
"I am recording this so that future generations will also praise the Lord for all He has done." -Psalm 102:18
I am a mama to 2 sweet brothers who aspires to a "thinking love" toward my children.
Take a peek into our journey towards a living education inspired by the writings of Charlotte Mason.
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