contemplating ideas and cultivating relationships
Natural History Club:
training eyes to see
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
About the Club
We would love to have you join our next Natural History Club outing. This is our monthly meet-up for families. We gather at Buddy Attick Park in Greenbelt, MD for purposeful nature study and journaling. While all ages are welcome, please note that the purpose of this gathering is primarily to engage in intentional nature study. There will be time for free play, but during the hike itself parents are responsible for supervising their children to ensure that they are respectful participants in the group. We meet from 10am - 2pm. Be sure to pack a lunch to eat picnic style!
Please view our Calendar of Events for a list of meeting dates.
It is no arbitrary reward which is attached to the assembling of two or three together; we warm ourselves at each others' fires, and glow with the heat we get. Let but the heads of two or three families meet together to talk over the bringing up of their children, and the best and wisest parents will go home with new insight, renewed purpose, and warmer zeal.
We shall learn by degrees that education is, like religion, a social principle as well as an individual duty; and, meeting on this higher ground, we shall find out the best of one another as we never should in the common intercourse of business or society.
- Charlotte Mason
editorial note, Parents Review March 1890
Cultivating relationships, nourishing minds, and preparing souls for His glory while growing together in the Christ-centered educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason
“The sky, the sun, rivers, trees, animals and flowers are to children a subject of ever-increasing wonder and speculation, and what we desire, who have the question of the right guiding and training of the young eager mind so much at heart, is above all things to make this power of wonder, this spirit of enquiry, a durable and life-long possession, so that whatever else may fail the children in the course of years the love and healing of Nature may be a priceless treasure to them for ever.”
- Parents' Review
Volume 12, p. 378-381
Spreading the feast: an opportunity for students to learn in community
In a Charlotte Mason education, the plays of Shakespeare and the Lives of Plutarch have an important place in the feast of ideas included in a child’s weekly readings. Beginning at approximately age 10, children begin to read and delight in Shakespeare’s original works as well as explore concepts of citizenship in Plutarch’s Lives.
Our goal with this offering is to facilitate the enjoyment of these elements of a Charlotte Mason education by approaching them in community.
Students in our Feast meet on Fridays to study one of Plutarch’s Lives while incorporating activities that involve logic, debate, and recitation. We also perform Swedish Drill to hone our powers of attention, observation, and perfect execution while engaging in activities that translate into improved body alignment. Spring Feast involves reading and discussing primary works while our Fall Feast focuses on producing a Shakespeare play. This fall we will be studying the life of Alexander and performing As You Like It as well as scenes from Macbeth.
Feast is open to students in the community between the ages of 10 - 17 years. Due to overwhelming interest in our fall session the group has reached its maximum capacity and is not accepting new members at this time.
Meetings will are held at Faith Community Church at 1306 Riedel Rd. Gambrills, MD 21054.
Harvesters Resting, Jean-Francois Millet, 1853
the core of our community
About our Discussion Groups
Join us for our monthly discussions on the Charlotte Mason philosophy. We currently have six groups reading Charlotte Mason's writings.
The Central MD Discussion Group meets monthly in Laurel, MD. For the dates and current reading assignment, please view our Calendar of Events. For more information and meeting location, contact Dawn Duran at email@example.com.
The Charlotte Mason Maryland North Discussion Group is meeting in Parkville, MD on the third Saturday of the month. For the current reading assignment and meeting location, please contact Becky Christ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Discussion Group connected with participants of The Orchard Co-op meets at Mad City Coffee in Columbia on Friday nights once monthly. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
The Central MD West Discussion Group meets monthly in Eldersburg. For the current reading assignment and meeting location, please contact Morag Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northern Virginia group meets in Fairax, VA. All adults interested in learning more about Charlotte Mason's philosophy and methods are welcome to join our book study. We will be reading Book 1 together. The meetings will be held on first Saturday of each month in our home in Fairfax City from 9am-11am, starting in September 2019.
All those interested, please email Tiffany.email@example.com
Finally, our community will be offering an online meeting option for those members who have moved away from the area or who have a difficult time attending live meetings. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.