Monday, September 28, 2015

Northwest Charlotte Mason Educators Conference 2015

We just returned from the Northwest Charlotte Mason Educators Conference last night and I wanted to share some pictures here. I know not everyone is able to attend a conference and that was the case for me for years. This was the first year I have been able to attend any conference for many years of homeschooling.

View of Puget Sound from Dash Point

Shells of a mature and juvenile clam - these were spitting water here and there from their holes

Tiny mushroom

Banana slug on some kind of stinky cabbage plant.

More mushrooms!

The dining room at the conference

The beautiful table displays put together by Christine - her children gathered natural things for each table. Isn't it lovely?

There were two scheduled book discussions, one on the Living Page, and the other on this book written in 1903 discussing the "nature study movement" which resonates many CM's truths.

First nature walk group with the beautiful sound behind.

What someone believed was a sapsucker was making holes in this tree.

Someone identified this as a locust. It is so camouflaged, can you see it?

Nature walk through the forest

More fun things we saw on the walk

Tea time

The beautiful view

Nature journaling

Late night chats with neighbors :)

Glorious light through the forest greenery

More tiny mushrooms

Can you spot the spider?

Walking down to the sound on the closed storm damaged stairway - this is as close as we got

A beautiful flower

Catherine Levinson's interesting new book that asks a multitude of people from various walks of life what they thing the imagination is to delve deeper into their thoughts.

A view of the sound on takeoff

Flying by Mt. Ranier

More nature journaling... at 30,000 feet :)

Landing back home with the sunset and the blood moon on the drive home

Captain America picking me up at the airport.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Nature Study Guide by W.S. Furneaux

In a previous post, inspired by the sheer spot-on-ness of what was written in W.S. Furneaux's A Nature Study Guide which I had just happily acquired, I made an outline of it hoping you could employ its truths. It's a rare old book mentioned by Charlotte Mason in her programmes to be used in Special Studies and for reference.  

  Well, now, thanks to AmblesideOnline, more specifically Phyllis Hunsucker who organized and set up the typing of it, and the lovely volunteers who have been typing a few pages each to help the cause, W.S. Furneaux's A Nature Study guide is available for you to read for yourself! Well, in part until the rest is completed.

The first three chapters contain the principles and methods of nature study prescribed by Furneaux and the rest of the book works through various studies by season. In the back of the book are sections on classification of animals, classification of plants, the school museum, aquaria, vivaria, the rearing of insects, the school garden, garden friends, garden foes, nature lantern slides, and nature note-books and diaries - all of which will hopefully become available soon.

Here is the link: http://amblesideonline.org/Furneaux.html