In these days of late spring, we have learned…

* that hydrangea leaves make the best salads

* sidewalk chalk, when mixed with water, makes great driveway paint

* a garden hose can double as a propelling rope

* hand-picked flowers by little hands are better than store bought ones

* a blanket under the shade of the trees, with a good book, is relaxation.

Love this quote by Charlotte Mason, it seems this past year we have lived by it.  I am ready to hit the books this fall!

“The consideration of out-of-door life, in developing a method of education, comes second in order;  because my object is to show that the chief function of the child -his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life – is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses;  that he has an insatiable appetite for knowledge got in this way;  and that, therefore, the endeavor of his parents should be to put him in the way of making acquaintance freely with Nature and natural objects;  that, in fact, the intellectual education of the young child should lie in the free exercise of perceptive power, because the first stages of mental effort are marked by the extreme activity of this power; and the wisdom of the educator is to follow the lead of Nature in the evolution of the complete human being.”  Home Education, by Charlotte M. Mason, volume 1, pg. 96-97.