Educating for a full life

— We wish to place before the child open doors to many avenues of instruction and delight, in each one of which he should find quickening thoughts. We cannot expect a school to be manned by a dozen master-minds, and even if it were, and the scholar were taught by each in turn, it would be much to his disadvantage. What he wants of his teacher is moral and mental discipline, sympathy and direction; and it is better, on the whole, that the training of the pupil should be undertaken by one wise teacher than that he should be passed from hand to hand for this subject and that. Our aim in Education is to give a Full Life. — We begin to see what we want. Children make large demands upon us. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Thou hast set my feet in a large room; should be the glad cry of every intelligent soul. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking — the strain would be too great — but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest. We cannot give the children these interests; we prefer that they should never say they have learned botany or conchology, geology or astronomy. The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?

School Education, by Charlotte Mason, page 170-1

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Homeschooling for the birds

Great Backyard Bird Count–Friday, February 18, through Monday, February 21

Greetings from Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,
Just a reminder that the Great Backyard Bird Count begins this Friday and
continues through Monday. We hope you’ll count birds at your favorite locations
on any or all of the count days and enter your tallies at Please ask your friends to join is as well. As data pour in from around
the United States and Canada, you’ll be able to see how your sightings are
contributing to a continental picture showing where the birds this year, and
how this year’s picture compares with previous counts.

Assignment: All Common Room students will visit the above URL and put up our birdfeeders (including the suet ones that have been languishing in the summer kitchen for a year). This means you’ll have to take down the hanging basket of plastic poinsettias and the Christmas lights, since the poinsettias are hanging where one of the bird feeders belongs. We would not wish you to think, of course, that the real purpose of this assignment is getting you to clear out the Christmas decorations before St. Patrick’s day. That is the real purpose, of course. We just wish you wouldn’t catch on so quickly.

As we were saying: put up the birdfeeders and particpate in the backyard birdwatch as described in the above URL. You may report both here and to the website above.

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How to fit the NY skyline in a 1200 sq ft house

The organized soul has one book beside the bed. The glutton sleeps
with the New York Skyline lurching an inch from the bed. ~ Charlotte Gray

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Just dropping a short note to let you all know that (drum roll) I HAVE FINALLY ADDED THE HEADMASTER! (I hope…) It took a while, but I think I finally did it. We’ll find out when he tries post. But it should work.
Hum… can’t think of anything else to post, my mind’s rather foggy, as I have a cough and a cold. If I think of anything else I’ll be sure to post.

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The Family Blog remains a new frontier for the Equuschick. She is not sure how the whole comment thing is managed, either the leaving of them or replying to them. She apologizes for her stupidity and shall manage as best she can.
Her morning has been spent reading and enjoying the first few chapters of “The Solitaire Mystery” and devising a treatmant plan for a sick cat. She is still in her pajamas at 11:13 am, her time. She wonders if she should get dressed and begin lunch.

She decides not just yet. She remains.

She has great plans of visiting the Shedd Aquarium this month and includes a link for the interested few:

Her family departs in an hour for the library and grocery store, she really ought to get dressed. (She means, of course, RE-dressed. In other clothes…)

{remainder of this post deleted by the Deputy Headmistress. Equuschick is now in disgrace in the attic, but don’t worry, we feed her fishheads through the grating in the floor. On Alternate Tuesdays.}

Ergo, she departs.

Deputy Headmistress: to the aforementioned garret in the attic

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