October 7, 2014

{Day Eight} 31 Days of Charlotte Mason: Jacobs' Family Orchard

We love to visit Jacobs' Family Orchard here in Central Indiana. It is a fall tradition for our family.

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This season we have already visited twice.

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We love to visit with family and friends!
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The crew loves to see how the fresh apple cider is made at the orchard. Their favorite part is getting an apple cider slushie and a warm apple doughnut straight from the fryer.

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This year they added a gorgeous sunflower maze!

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The sunflowers blazed brightly in the golden sunshine.

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We picked up our first fall pumpkins at the orchard.

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What a beautiful fall day!

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Happy Fall Y'all!

What are your favorite field trips in the fall? Do you have any family traditions?


Many blessings from our home to yours!

This post is part of a series: 31 Days of Charlotte Mason. You can find all of the daily posts linked on the introductory page. I hope you will continue to join us for this journey through the month of October!

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October 6, 2014

{Day Seven} 31 Days of Charlotte Mason: Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life

Education is a discipline—that is, the discipline of the good habits in which the child is trained. Education is a life, nourished upon ideas; and education is an atmosphere—that is, the child breathes the atmosphere emanating from his parents; that of the ideas which rule their own lives.
Charlotte Mason, Volume Two

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Education is an Atmosphere


When we say that "education is an atmosphere," we do not mean that a child should be isolated in what may be called a 'child-environment' especially adapted and prepared, but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. It stultifies a child to bring down his world to the child's level. -Charlotte Mason

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Sometimes we learn at the library.

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Sometimes we learn at the local Christian University.

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Sometimes we take our learning outdoors at local parks.

Education is a Discipline


By "education is a discipline," we mean the discipline of habits, formed definitely and thoughtfully, whether habits of mind or body. -Charlotte Mason

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We share devotionals together.

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We read from God's Word.

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We study and explore many subjects.

Education is a Life


In saying that "education is a life," the need of intellectual and moral as well as of physical sustenance is implied. The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum. -Charlotte Mason

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We learn in community.

How has Charlotte Mason's philosophies influenced your own homeschooling?

Many blessings from our home to yours!

This post is part of a series: 31 Days of Charlotte Mason. You can find all of the daily posts linked on the introductory page. I hope you will continue to join us for this journey through the month of October!

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October 5, 2014

{Day Six} 31 Days of Charlotte Mason: Children are Born Persons

The mystery of a person is indeed divine, and the extraordinary fascination of history lies in the fact that this divine mystery continually surprises us in unexpected places. -Charlotte Mason

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I am always inspired by the profound respect Charlotte Mason had for children. Her educational philosophies were formed from the outworking of her Christian faith. Every child's life has supreme significance as man is created in the image of God.

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I believe that the first article of a valid educational creed - "children are born persons" - is of a revolutionary character, for what is a revolution but a complete reversal of attitude?
-Charlotte Mason

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If we ask ourselves, What is the most inalienable and sacred right of a person qua person? I suppose the answer is, liberty. Children are persons; ergo, children must have liberty.

-Charlotte Mason

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This is how we find children -- with intelligence more acute, logic more keen, observing powers more alert, moral sensibilities more quick, love and faith and hope more abounding; in fact, in all points as we are, only more so; but absolutely ignorant of the world and its belongings, of us and our ways, and, above all, of how to control and direct and manifest the infinite possibilities with which they are born.
-Charlotte Mason

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We hold that all education is divine, that every good gift of knowledge and insight comes from above, that the Lord the Holy Spirit is the supreme educator of mankind, and that the culmination of all education (which may, at the same time, be reached by a little child) is that personal knowledge of and intimacy with God in which our being finds its fullest perfection.
-Charlotte Mason

Many blessings from our home to yours!

This post is part of a series: 31 Days of Charlotte Mason. You can find all of the daily posts linked on the introductory page. I hope you will continue to join us for this journey through the month of October!

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