Life On The Park – March

Dear March – Come in – How glad I am – I hoped for you before – Put down your Hat – You must have walked – How out of Breath you are – Dear March, how are you, and the Rest – Did you leave Nature well – Oh March, Come right upstairs with…

Life On The Park – February

“Keep your faith in beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.” –  Roy R. Gibson February is kind enough to bring sweet whispers of spring; hope in the form of snow drops and aconites bobbing their heads in the late winter winds and rains. The park is…

Life On The Park – January

“Chill airs and wintry winds! My ear has grown familiar with your song; I hear it in the opening year, – I listen and it cheers me long.” ‘Woods in winter’ – Longfellow It’s almost one year since we put our house on the market and our year of major transition began; if you’ve stepped in…

It’s a frog’s life!

“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ … ‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.’” —Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden The picture above was the scene that met us last week as we gathered with…

To Walk And To Wonder – Words & Pictures

Every hour spent in the open is a clear gain, tending to the increase of brain power and bodily vigour, and to the lengthening of life itself – Charlotte Mason In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ― Margaret Atwood “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There…

Why We Nature Journal

As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child. Every day’s walk gives him something to enter: three squirrels in a larch tree, a jay flying across such a field, a caterpillar climbing up a nettle, a snail eating a cabbage leaf, a spider…

Ten Top Tips For Winning With Nature Study

An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods There are no ‘rules’ when it comes to nature study so you can relax now mama! Charlotte Mason painted…

Winter Poetry

Out of the bosom of the Air Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poetry can be,  without a doubt, daily delectable soul food but so many of us archive it in the…

5 Tips For Winter Nature Study

An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing – Charlotte Mason Winter can be the most challenging time to get outside. In my early days of using the Charlotte Mason method we would revert to living nature study books in the warmth of my home more than heading out and…

January – A Winter Walk

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 – Charlotte Mason January is…