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.
Natural History Club:
training eyes to see
contemplating ideas and cultivating relationships
Harvesters Resting, Jean-Francois Millet, 1853
the core of our community
“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 Spring we will be studying the life of Demosthenes and discussing the play As You Like It.
Feast is open to students in the community between the ages of 10 - 17 years. In order to participate in the Feast, students must indicate their intention to participate prior to our first meeting. If your student wishes to participate in our Spring 2019 Feast please email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to January 15, 2018.
Meetings will be held at Faith Community Church at 1306 Riedel Rd. Gambrills, MD 21054.
Dates for Spring 2019 will be on Fridays from 12:30-2:30 pm on: 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, and Thursday 4/18.
About our Discussion Groups
Join us for our monthly discussions on the Charlotte Mason philosophy. We currently have five groups reading Charlotte Mason's writings.
For information about the Central MD Discussion Group, including the current reading assignment and meeting location, please, 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 is currently meeting on the second Saturday of each month at Swiss Bakery in Springfield, Virginia from 9:30 to 11:00 am. For more information, including the current reading assignment, please contact Maria Bell at email@example.com.
Cultivating relationships, nourishing minds, and preparing souls for His glory while growing together in the Christ-centered educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason
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 a regional nature center for purposeful nature study and journaling with lots of free time for play in the outdoors. Be sure to pack a lunch to eat picnic style! We meet from 10am - 2pm. All ages are welcome!
Please view our Calendar of Events page to find dates and locations.
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