Welcome to week 21, The Children Require Country Air, Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-Along Series.
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The Children Require Country Air Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-along
This week we are reading pages 92-95 of the Home Education volume. The Children Require Country Air.
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I am using the Original Homeschooling Series, Volume One, Home Education- the pink books.
The Essential Proportion of Oxygen
Charlotte Mason lived in a time in England where she saw many children lacking the necessary basics needed for a healthy life. Many children lived in cramped english city homes that were lit and heated by fire and oils lamps and candles and rarely had access to fresh air and sunshine. Here, she explains that a person needs oxygen to live a healthy and vital life, but the very way in which they heat their homes and lights their rooms deprives them of this oxygen!
Excess of Carbonic Acid Gas
She explains that the air quality suffers when so many things have to burn, and this is what children and their parents are subjected to day after day.
Unvitiated, Unimpoverished Air
Because of this, she says, it is not possible for town people to reach full health and vitality. They NEED fresh air, found out in the country! For growing breathing children, it is vital to get them out into the country regularly, and she argues that it is cruel to do otherwise.
She also includes the need for sunlight on a regular basis. She has observed the sallow complexions of those who dwell in cities compared to the ruddy complexion of those who dwell in the country and are far healthier than their city counterparts.
A Physical Ideal for a Child
Here, CM states that it is good to have at least some sort of physical ideal for a child. What exactly is that? A bright eye, an awareness, a healthy physique and physical function. Are we allowing children to nurture this ideal by getting them out of doors and caring for them in the best way possible?
My takeaway from This Week’s Charlotte Mason Reading
I myself have seen firsthand how my own children benefit from regular exposure to fresh air and sunlight and exercise. In fact, I, their mother, benefit from it also! I’m not sure how I can work in 3 hours outside every day with my children rain or shine, snow or heat, but I definitely want to try.