{Day 1} 31 Days of Charlotte Mason

Happy October, friends! Fall, glorious fall has arrived. Don't you just adore this season?

This month I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge with a lovely community of bloggers. Have you heard of this challenge? It is an inspiring challenge to write for 31 days on your topic of choice.

Last year, I only made it through half of the month. This year, I want to successfully complete the challenge and post for 31 consecutive days! This is one personal goal I hope to accomplish. It is an enormous challenge for me to carve out writing time on a daily basis.

My topic for this season is 31 Days of Charlotte Mason. Come join me as I glean from the writings and life's work of this gentle soul.

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{Day One} Out-of-Doors
{Day Two} The Secret Garden
{Day Three} A Little Fall of Rain
{Day Four} For the Children's Sake
{Day Five} For the Beauty of the Earth
{Day Six} Children are Born Persons

Children should be encouraged to watch, patiently and quietly, until they learn something of the habits and history of bee, ant, wasp, spider, hairy caterpillar, dragon-fly, and whatever of larger growth comes in their way (Vol. 1, p. 57).

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Out-of-door nature-study lays the foundation for science (Vol. 3, p. 281).

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Nature Knowledge the most important for Young Children.--It would be well if we all persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in. Let them once get touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life. We were all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things (Vol. 1, p. 61).

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Of the teaching of Natural Philosophy, I will only remind the reader of what was said in an earlier chapter—that there is no part of a child’s education more important than that he should lay, by his own observation, a wide basis of facts towards scientific knowledge in the future. He must live hours daily in the open air, and, as far as possible, in the country; must look and touch and listen; must be quick to note, consciously, every peculiarity of habit or structure, in beast, bird, or insect; the manner of growth and fructification of every plant (Vol. 1, p. 264).

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That the child should be taken daily, if possible, to scenes—moor or meadow, park, common, or shore—where he may find new things to examine, and so add to his store of real knowledge. That the child’s observation should be directed to flower or boulder, bird or tree; that, in fact, he should be employed in gathering the common information which is the basis of scientific knowledge (Vol. 1, p. 177).

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It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them, or rather, to cherish in them, the love of investigation (Vol. 1, p. 71).

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Dear friends, what are your favorite activities to do out-of-doors in the fall months?

I would love for you to stop by and visit my blog as I explore 31 days with Charlotte Mason! I will link-up each post here for easy reading.

Many blessings from our home to yours!


stuckinindiana said…
Sharra, I'm following along & will try to encourage you :) Love this post. Today, my favorite activity was walking ON TO a field to get some great pictures of the farmers harvesting corn!

I'm doing this too & my topic is PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER. If you want to see any of the posts, just go to my blog & click on the PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER tab :)