Rambling

Feeding the Mind of the Child, or Why “Focusing on the 3 R’s” is Not the Best Approach

“Education is lighting a fire, not filling a bucket.”  When a homeschool mom has a struggling reader, she is often advised to let content subjects take a back seat while she works on the basics. As one of those moms, I tried that approach. But a basics only approach is lifeless. I found no joy,… Continue reading Feeding the Mind of the Child, or Why “Focusing on the 3 R’s” is Not the Best Approach

Nature Study & Science · Rambling

Charlotte Mason’s Book of Firsts

In the book Home Education, Charlotte has some wonderful advice for nature study: Calendars.––It is a capital plan for the children to keep a calendar––the first oak-leaf, the first tadpole, the first cowslip, the first catkin, the first ripe blackberries, where seen, and when. The next year they will know when and where to look… Continue reading Charlotte Mason’s Book of Firsts