Let this be the mother's key to the whole of the education of each boy and each girl...
We do not sufficiently rejoice in the wealth that the infinite nature of our God brings to each of us.
And what subjects are under the direction of this Divine Teacher? The child's faith and hope and charity––that we already knew; his temperance, justice, prudence and fortitude––that we might have guessed; his grammar, rhetoric, logic, music, astronomy, geometry, arithmetic––this we might have forgotten...
which is wonderful in counsel and excellent in working. His God doth instruct him and doth teach him.
Let the mother visualise the thought as an illuminated scroll about her newborn child, and let her never contemplate any kind of instruction for her child, except under the sense of the divine co-operation.
-Charlotte Mason 2.273
But I find I must, at times, intentionally let go in trusting my own teacher-planning/preparedness in favor of a trust in the Holy Spirit as my son's main educator. It's not that I don't plan anything. It's not leaving it to my child to choose to learn whatever whenever. My role is now to be one who stands alongside with open hands to give to my son while I receive from above exactly what we both need for this journey.
I am not a teacher but an awakener. -Robert Frost
Normally doubts flicker before they fade, but sometimes they disintegrate
when we're given the gift of a situation that undergirds all our efforts.
It is just up to us to notice it and be the catalyst.
It's not often earth shattering; I usually see it in small daily things, like when we narrated this [below] 2 weeks ago,
* Revisiting photos from a visit to a Native American historical site where we packed our own real/reproduction travois. (...thought about making a toy one too)
* Adding a cottonwood leaf to our book of pressed leaves and flowers and remembering how the fluffy seeds covered and stuck to our car this past spring
* Comparing wood grain with rings in wood 'cookies' (Make your own with instructions here)
* And of course mapping out the Santa Fe trail/map as we read through the chapters
It's just what happens because a living book comes alive when you read it.
Sometimes it makes you want to do things1