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The Songs of Trees: 7 ways to use this AMAZING living book in homeschool

The Songs of Trees: non-fiction prose that reads like poetry at times.  I’m normally a pretty fast reader, and this book made me slow down and enjoy how he uses language, as well as the message he expresses. For budding botanists and tree-loving kids, here’s a description of a maple tree.  “Lime yellow flowers dust the maple tree’s canopy.  Peppercorn-size bells hang from filaments at the tip of almost every…

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Nature study as a mindful activity, part 2

I love nature study, and I love mindfulness, and I love living books.  Here’s a quick review of a book that will incorporate all three!  It’s called The Global Forest. It’s format is in shorter chapters, so you can pick and choose easily what you might read aloud to the kiddos. A living book, beautifully written, the author Diana Beresford-Kroeger is not only a botanist and medical biochemist, she has…

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Nature study as a mindful activity, part 1 of 3

Nature is one of the best teachers of mindfulness.  To be alone or quiet in nature is a reminder of that we are part of a whole that is much bigger than us.  Nature nurtures us, makes us healthier, resets our nervous system.  Cultures have always known this, but science is backing it up with studies showing the benefits of activities like “forest bathing.” Question:  Have you ever gone out…

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CM Nature Study and mindful curriculum

We did it! Last month our family took a CM nature study vacation,  planned specifically to get us out of the house and away from electronics.  Living in Florida, I’ve found that being in nature is considerably different than in places with a colder winter to kill back kudzu and killer mosquitos and fire ants 🙂 I’m a transplant to this two-season environment, one of them (the hot, humid season)…

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Copywork with a mindful theme

Copywork: it’s one the concepts I love best about Charlotte Mason style education.  I agree that having kids start writing on their own at too young an age doesn’t teach them good writing, and can enforce mistakes they are making. Charlotte Mason used Biblical scripture in her copywork, so I’m collecting sources of copywork that I find more suited to a secular education style. I wanted to begin a collection…

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Hope, Springtime and Jane Goodall

This week I started a three-week meditation series with the resounding theme of HOPE.  Springtime is a natural season to renew our hope and optimism about present and future possibilities.  It’s the message of the time of year–birth, renewal– from Imbolc in February to Ostara, Easter and Spring equinox in the months following.  While we think of New Year as January 1st, in the dead of winter, Chinese, Tibetan and…

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THE guide for mindful parenting

I consider THE book on mindfulness as a parenting style and family lifestyle to be Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Having  purchased this book years ago, I read it in bits and pieces as time allowed. (One of my greatest luxuries since becoming a parent is the ability to read multiple chapters of a book in one sitting.)  It is well worth…

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Introducing: Mindful Charlotte Mason

“Pay attention not only to the cultivation of knowledge,but to the cultivation of qualities of the heart,so that at the end of education, not only will you be knowledgeable,but also you will be a warm-hearted and compassionate person.”  (H.H. Dalai Lama, Live In A Better Way). Mindful Charlotte Mason gives mindfulness tools to homeschoolers in a simple, inexpensive and secular way, so that homeschool students and their families may experience…

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