A thief may steal or time erode the accumulated treasure of your life,
therefore place yours not on earth.
Heaven's storehouse offers security for profits acquired.
Only then will your abundant heart be with its treasure.
Eyes focused only on light reflect pure simple souls,
yet even a sliver of darkness in a hidden corner muddies a clear reflection.
Be on guard. Evil lusts pull deep into spiritual ruin.
Master God lights for you an ancient path;
master fotune beckons down a wide road.
With only one heart you have to choose
which to love and which to hate.
I was inspired by Art's session on the topic of Poetry and Spiritual Formation and Miss Mason's own poetic work Savior of the World, so this is my written narration in poem form of this year's theme verse Matthew 6:19-24
Nancy opened the LER with a Conversazione focusing on simplicity- the inward reality affecting your outward lifestyle, which Miss Mason said is the key to working with children. We considered a lantern, a protective enclosure for a light source showing light to the house. Having a single eye (Matthew 6) entirely focused on the Light and not clouded by a divided focus on ourselves means we can reflect a pure simple light to our own house. We brought home Botticelli's painting Fortitude- a beautiful visual reminder to raise our thoughts towards qualities and feelings this single-eyed focus encompasses. This is my favorite tangible item I brought home with me this year. I'm searching my home for just the display space it will be most put to my good use!
Art reminded me that God has a great imagination, and He did not simply include the facts in prose in His Book. He breathed out poetry offering new convictions and delights and helping us contemplate things that are outside our frame of reference. He repeated certain texts that we may remember more easily and carry the truths even deeper.
God even used Hebrew parallelism, a poetic form that brilliantly does not lose its meaning across any translation- Hallelujah! What God breathes out; I want to breathe in!!
Reminders and new thoughts for me on handwork, shared by Amy F. -
Handcrafts is like a doorway we open for our children. Keep the doorway visible in your home. Establish roots in one handcraft while soaking in the Great Recognition- that the Holy Spirit gives knowledge and wisdom. Be aware of where to spend your limited energy for creating with the hands is a Godward movement of worship.
There were quite a few teary eyes and many heads nodding and lots of laughter when the panel of high school students from Charlotte Mason homeschools shared their hearts with us this year. Talk about encouragement!! I'm so impressed and proud of those kids!! (And if you've never read the poem The Lanyard by Billy Collins, you must click here.)
Here are a few quotes from the students--
"This made me a completely different person than I would have been, and I thank my parents."
"Observation is like a switch. I've learned to always have it on, not just when its on a test."
"Learning to read was very hard for me. My mom stuck with it and knew when to give me a break. We took nice weather days. Reading expands the room your mind lives in. It is an investment in your kids' future in a rich and beautiful way and they will treasure it forever."
"I can get past problems and find work arounds because I know everything's connected and because Im widely read."
"Im thankful for the weary mama of many who plodded through composer study. It's very dear to my heart."
"When writing, Mom knew when to give me space to think and when to take a break."
"Being in a co-op gave me a different drive to want to receive and learn."
Other poignant thoughts that stuck--
Education is worship.
I give my children my brightest hours.
The more things I have in my home,the more work I make for myself. It is a full time job to continually not bring in too many things or activities. I am the gatekeeper.
It is not too much to strive for unbroken acts of obedience. Obedience is a thing a child can be proud of. Kids proving they can do difficult things is something to talk about.
Let children fail in a safe place. Don't always fix it for them.
Don't let self-depricating thoughts rule.
Proverbs 31:1 tells of a king who was homeschooled by his mother. She is among the wise.
The mother receives from the Spirit of God himself a unique dispensation because of her special bond with each child.
Go and work for the good of souls, thanking God that he frees us from danger.
In front of a painting God can make me faithful to my children.
The Charlotte Mason method is a signpost pointing the way to the living water.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that
will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the
repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and
spring after winter.” Rachel Carson
Great memories are made here...
Little brother wore the same coat that big brother wore another time.
“Draw me,” the cypress said,
”I will hold quite still and bow my head.”
”Draw us,” the willows cried.
”We will lift our gentle skirts aside.”
The poppies called, “We will give you red.”
“I will give you silver,” the river said.
I recall on this neglected lawn
How the world knelt sweetly to be drawn.
The more I read about the former President Harry Truman, the more I like him.
My commonplace book is filling up!
This is a page from the unlikely book I am reading entitled Mr. President by William Hillman.
If you're like me and begin cleaning and organizing books on a cold January day, you might get lost in reading one of them and forget about the cleaning. Ha!
"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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