I would like to start a casual series of posts where I bring a favorite podcast of mine to your attention.
This one it’s a must listen. Naomi Goegan on Nature Study. Do NOT miss it. Nature Study gives us so much, and, as Naomi tells us, it’s not anything difficult, anything inaccessible. As we concurred at the past retreat, Charlotte Mason principles are simple, they are based on our nature as persons and learners.
My highlights from the podcast:
Allow them to observe things by themselves,
let them be wrong,
knowledge will come to them,
and don’t tell them,
they need to have questions unanswered,
and even wrong conceptions that THEY will correct themselves with further exposure and observations.
The textbook is not going to make it,
TV or textbook cannot replace their work done through observation.
Results are not instant, this is a process that needs to be nurtured.
Time outdoors is very important. We can all do this. Let them talk a bit. Re-guide them to their observation with non leading questions, and let them be in it. Nature is part of the synthetic (whole, general, poetic) learning at the base of science, and through a relation with nature, we also enhance our relation with God.
As Madam How and Lady Why says at the beginning, nature is the same for all, and where one couldn’t see anything, other can observe much. Nature reveals herself to the unhurried observer, to the patient, the humble, the one willing to trust in this to happen.
Thanks Naomi, and thanks, Cindy, for interviewing her at the Mason Jar. You are wonderful inspiration and gentle and encouraging teachers to us, parents.