He was enjoying the morning with his little sister. We’ve been reading about birds and hummingbirds especially, and there they sat on the front porch step drawing birds and the flowers they saw from the front porch. I could have called him back to his lesson plans. I could have directed his day more.
But instead, I choose wise and purposeful letting alone. Not the curriculum. Not the lesson plans. Not my pre-conceived ideas full of potential. Wise and purposeful letting alone.
“We ought to do so much for our children, and are able to do so much for them, that we begin to think everything rests with us and that we should never intermit for a moment our conscious action on the young minds and hearts about us. Our endeavours become fussy and restless. We are too much with our children, ‘late and soon.’ We try to dominate them too much, even when we fail to govern, and we are unable to perceive that wise and purposeful letting alone is the best part of education.” Charlotte Mason, Vol 3, p. 27, 28
“The resourcefulness which will enable a family of children to invent their own games and occupations through the length of a summer’s day is worth more in after life than a good deal of knowledge about cubes and hexagons, and this comes, not of continual intervention on the mother’s part, but of much masterly inactivity.” Charlotte Mason, Vol 1, p. 192
My friends, allow for plenty of margin in your days, whatever plans you end up with! Leave enough space in the corners of your day so that children may be found pursuing their interests in purposeful ways. You don’t have to coordinate every.single.thing. And isn’t that a relief? A consolation? Just provide books and an atmosphere and tools to pursue creativity.
I know you’re all happily planning away, and so am I! It’s a delicious time of year for building booklists and considering our children anew, with their interests and all the books we might offer to nurture ideas. I’m eager to share the tidied learning spaces. (I MUST plan in tidy, freshened learning spaces, with tidy shelves! Are you like that, too?) And I’m eager to share my new planning notebooks along with some planning pages to share with you! And of course, the booklists! Those dreamy booklists!
Until I carve out time to share those posts, thanks for peeking in! I’m smiling over my coffee as I enjoy watching the treasures tucked in the corners of the day.