What do our kids do all day? Episode 4

"In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mothers first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air." Charlotte Mason, Home Education

What are the areas where we as parents make active choices to structure our kids’ time? Having a plan for the early years is important. While young kids don’t need strict schedules, having a daily rhythm is helpful for many children and their families.  As we discussed in our last episode, we want our children to build relationships: with the natural world, with their family, with the community they live in. Fortunately, Charlotte Mason gives us lots of suggestions for what to incorporate into those rhythms in order to prioritize our children’s opportunities to make meaningful connections.

In this episode, we discuss many of Charlotte Mason’s ideas. We do move quickly because there is much to cover! Be sure to listen for comments on outdoor play, reading together, foreign language, singing, and handicrafts.

This episode is sponsored by Rooted Childhood. Rooted Childhood provides inspiration for connecting with young children through seasonal handicrafts, songs, recipes, and stories.


Show Notes

Home Education by Charlotte Mason

Amy’s Morning Basket

Leah’s Morning Basket

Ambleside Online Hymn and Folk Song Rotations

Leah’s thoughts on early years foreign language  (including instructions on how to get her list of 100 Nature Words in French)



This episode is sponsored by Rooted Childhood (Referral link) 
According to Charlotte Mason's philosophy, formal lessons should wait until children are close to six. So what should we do all day with our young children?

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