Welcome to week 19, Walks in Bad Weather, Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-Along Series.
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Walks in Bad Weather Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-along
This week we are reading pages 85-88 of the Home Education volume. Walks in Bad Weather.
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I am using the Original Homeschooling Series, Volume One, Home Education- the pink books.
Winter Walks As Necessary as Summer Walks
Charlotte opens today’s reading with empahisizing the need for children to be in the open air for 2 to three hours every day regardless of the season. Yes, we all love summer, but it is equally important to be out of doors year round.
Pleasures connected with Frost and Snow
Children delight in activities that involve frost and snow. Sliding, snow building, snow balling… let’s not deprive them of such merry exercise!
CM argues that there is as much to observe at the height of winter as there is in Summer. Trees, birds and more can be observed, recorded and discussed.
Habit of Attention
These winter walks are an opportunity to develop the habit of attention. Charlotte gives the example of the boy and his father who would test their attention by walking past a storefront and trying to capture as many details as they could while glancing at it. Then, they would draw the scene from memory on paper and return to see if they had made any mistakes. We can do the same with scenes that we see in nature.
Wet Weather Tramps
CM argues that rain will do no harm to a child and that we needn’t worry about procuring all kinds of waterproof clothing to protect them. Walks on rainy days are still encouraged.
Outer Garments For
The clothing that should be worn should be breathable to allow perspiration to escape, but wet clothing itself will do no harm to the child. Of course, having dry clothing waiting at home so that they may at once change out of the wet clothes after a walk is common sense.
The only time she advocates for waterproof coats and such is if the children will not be able to promptly change out of their wet clothing right away, as when they are going to school or church. Then, it is advisable to keep them dry.
My takeaway from This Week’s Charlotte Mason Reading
I like Charlotte’s advice here and I see how she was a true pioneer in her time. I admit that I am not fond of going out in wet weather or winter temperatures but I see how it could be beneficial from the vision that Charlotte casts before us. Rain is forecast for our little town this week and I just might have to venture outside with my children for a “wet walk”!