Charlotte Mason on Play… It might just surprise you what she had to say !
“Let the mother go out and PLAY !”
Charlotte Mason understood a lot about children….she also understood a lot about moms. I found this to be some advice I need to take to heart!
“If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children…we should have happier households.
Let the mother go out to play!
If she would only have courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents.” ~Charlotte Mason
Let the mother go out to play !
Don’t you just love those words ? Children have no trouble playing. Fun is pulsing through their veins and wiggling out of every limb. Play just comes naturally to them. If left alone long enough, children invent the most wonderful games and fantastic stories. Creativity and imagination are limitless, emotions are being worked out, FUN is happening ! Think about it…kids generally don’t return from playing outside all stressed out! 🙂
When was the last time that YOU went out to play mom ?
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! If you’ve never tried a unit study before, this busy time of year might be a good time to give it a try ! Simple learning ideas for stress free and FUN holiday homeschooling ! So that there’s lots of time for baking cookies, going to plays, homemade presents, and hopefully, even a bit of quiet time to soak in the awe of the advent !
* “A Christmas Tree” , a short story by Dickens (Also, you can listen to a well done audio version on the same page! This might be helpful, as some of the victorian language is likely unfamiliar and a bit difficult. )
Gratitude builders (for kids of all ages)… it’s what is on my mind this week. That, and truth be told, I’m thinking about those sweet faces in the picture above, and all the friends I am missing from the time we lived in Peru. I know I need to turn the melancholy feeling toward gratitude & I’m hoping in digging out some fun ideas to share this week, I’ll do just that!
‘Tis the season to reflect on all we have to be thankful for in these wonderful lives of ours ! ‘Tis the season for gathering together with friends and family. Awww.
And… ‘Tis the season to cram as much wonderful life as possible into every corner of every day . I’m not sure about you, but these very lovely feelings of gratitude and family warmth can quickly turn into a jumble of endless evenings of events, crying kiddos, serious shopping stress, kid meltdowns, and then one major mommy meltdown !
What helps our family? I’m a planner. I make plans to make plans. I’m not even joking. Ask my poor family. And because, I’m prone to mommy meltdowns (and yelling at dogs!), I know we ALL can benefit from taking some quiet time as a family to appreciate these special days. Just taking a moment to breathe, to be thoughtful, and to be thankful.
So, I’m making a plan. 🙂 I’ve googled, and Pinterested, and pulled out old books. I’m making a list of a few things to do, nothing strenuous or time intensive, just a couple quick ideas to make some quiet family time actually happen.
– My Family’s Thanksgiving Story Perhaps you might like to make your own family’s special story of Thanksgiving. I started the Thanksgiving notebook when my children were very small. Every year there are various questions written at the top of it’s pages…every person (including guests) on Thanksgiving Day (or sometime during that week) signs in beside a number on the first page and answers the questions throughout the book. We have several books now that are filled with the sweetest thoughts, memories, and words of love & friendship. There are some years of little kid scribbles, of some umm… ‘creative’ things the kids were thankful for, some touching memories of happy times, and even several years that the pages are mostly in Spanish as we celebrated with our beautiful Peruvian friends. Every year I bring the old notebooks out to read and remember. There are some lovely treasures in those books- thoughts from my Grandma, who passed away at 95 last year, and other people we have been blessed to know and love along the way. These books are a very precious part of our family’s story.
IT’S FRIDAY !!! Now try not to get the Fridaysong stuck on repeat in your head all day long. 🙂 You’re welcome.
Anyhow, for me Friday means the beginning of the weekend…Yahoo! Hopefully sleeping in a little, a lazy Saturday morning in my pjs with coffee & Pinterest, and since I’m here in Texas, it means Friday night football games ! All good reasons to celebrate the day. 🙂
So , I thought it might be fun to do a little something to celebrate Fridays here together too! And since I have found so many amazing resources lately, I thought I would pick one of my favorites each week to share. One day when I know what I’m doing in Blog World, we’ll celebrate with exciting give-aways and fabulous linky parties. Until then, it is simply Friday Favorites 🙂 Without further ado…. this week’s favorite is: Garden of Praise and most specifically their Art Appreciation Lessons
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”