On Wednesday, our Charlotte Mason reading group finished the section in Home Education: Out-of-Door-Life for Children. We all decided that this chapter was challenging, inspiring, and, most of all…challenging. But we also agreed that we wanted to make a consistent, diligent effort to “take great pains” to get our children (and ourselves!) outdoors.
For me, a positive out-of-door life experience hinges on if I have even a small idea of what we are going to do – even if that idea is to do nothing at all. Thankfully, Mason does not leave us moms “out of doors, all this time, waiting to know what she is to do next.” She provides a wide variety of suggestions, from noisy outdoor games to quiet “bird stalking.”
In order to have these ideas at the ready, I created a list of all of the out-of-door life ideas suggested by Mason in Home Education. This list includes the page numbers of where the ideas can be found in the original text, if I need a detailed refresher. It is also formatted so that it can be trimmed down to fit inside my gorgeous Juniper Grove Journal. This will be perfect for grabbing and taking along the next time we head outdoors (and for prompting my brain when I’m exhausted from getting four small people outside in weather-appropriate clothing).
You can find your own free Out-of-Door Prompts printable here:
(The gorgeous watercolor florals for the printable were found at: https://www.foxandhazel.com/free-watercolor-flower-graphics-blush-navy/)