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The Wonder of a Child

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here—a really long while. I got a bit lazy, and honestly, I didn’t really feel that I had much to add to the homeschooling/Charlotte Mason conversation that wasn’t already being said by others, and said much better than I could. I came to the conclusion that I really am terrible at writing. It is just so hard for me to get my thoughts out of my head and into anything resembling coherency. I lost the motivation to put effort and time into writing. So I stopped. But my passion for homeschooling and Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education didn’t. In fact, it has only grown. One day I’ll write the blog post (maybe) about why we do Charlotte Mason that I’ve been meaning to write for the past three years, but for the moment you will just have to bear with this morning’s random musing.

I’ve had a baby since I was last here. A boy! Our first boy. He is such a joy and I can’t even begin to describe how much we all love having him in our family. He is 14 months old. Where has the time gone? It was actually my baby boy that inspired me to write today’s post. This morning, as I sat in my favorite spot in the house, drank a cup of coffee, read several homeschooling blogs, and occasionally looked out the window at the gorgeous trees in our yard, my beautiful son toddled up to me.

My Favorite Spot in the House

He stretched out his arms for me to pick him up. I obliged, and he snuggled into my lap as we looked out the window. He pointed to the trees and (presumably) to the sunrise whose golden rays reflected off the leaves. He exclaimed, “Woah!” This was followed by a procession of “oohs” and “ahhs” as he took in the beauty displayed through the window and marveled at it.

Sunrise Through the Trees

Children have a wonderful sense of wonder, don’t they? This is our biggest advantage as home educators. Charlotte Mason says that. Somewhere. Pretty much. Children are naturally curious. And they get excited about stuff.

“Wow, look Mummy, the flowers are blooming.”

“Look Mummy, the squirrels are chasing one another. They have such fluffy tails.”

“Look, Mum! Mr. Cardinal is in our tree. And there’s Mrs. Cardinal! They always visit together.”

And on it goes—endless observations of the world around them. We jaded adults can easily overlook this glorious sense of wonder. Our wonder has been dimmed by the drudgery of life. But what if it hadn’t? What if this wonder at God’s creation had been nurtured in our childhood? What observations and beauty would we see now that we so quickly overlook or dismiss as trivial? It is such a gift for our children to nurture this sense of wonder that already comes so naturally to them—to always be on the look out, to put them in the way of beauty, and to draw their attention to marvel at God’s goodness to us in providing this moment to share. May our children always look at God’s creation with wonder. And may we rediscover this wonder and praise God.

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  1. Crystal Stott

    May 3, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Tania what a lovely piece of writing you have just here. I couldn’t agree more that adults over look so much beauty in the world. I love when Seth is playing outside and he calls out to me and says mum mum come see… I run out there only for him to point out a tiny mushroom growing in the grass. He was so amazed that brings so much joy to me, to watch my childrenexplore and experience the world around them.
    Love your veiws out your windows just beautiful xo

    • Thank you Crystal. Thanks for sharing about Seth and the mushrooms. I loved it. Those moments are so precious and we can learn so much from them.

  2. Dear Tania
    As I sit and look out into our backyard I am translated into your backyard and the seat by the window. Yours words are powerfully reconstructing the beauty that we find in the states.

    I would ad the our whole family stretches and teaches us all the beauty of life that God has provided us with.


    • Thanks for stopping by Kaye. Yes, so true. It isn’t only children that see and wonder. It’s so easy to forget to look though as adults I think. It’s one of the things I appreciate about you. You always appreciate the beauty in the world around you. It’s a joy to hear anyone, children and adults alike, marvel at a butterfly, or a bird, or just appreciate how bright green the leaves are after the rain. I look forward to going on more nature walks with you when you’re here next :).

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