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The Ambleside Homeschool Mentor Program is an opportunity for home educators who are desiring a Charlotte Mason, philosophy-based education for their children, to become part of an educational support group which provides curriculum, teaching resources, training, guidance, and encouragement for the homeschool family. More about ASI's homeschool mentor program here:

Ambleside School of Ocala

"What art Thou, then, my God? What, but the Lord God? For who is Lord but the Lord? or who is God save our God? Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, yet most strong; stable, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet all changing; never new, never old; all-renewing, and bringing age upon the proud, and they know it not; ever working, ever at rest; still gathering, yet not lacking; supporting, filling, and overspreading; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet having all things. Thou lovest, without passion; art jealous, without anxiety; repentest, yet grievest not; art angry, yet serene; changest Thy works, Thy purpose unchanged; receivest again what Thou findest, y et didst never lose; never in need, yet rejoicing in gains; never covetous, yet exacting usury. Thou receivest over and above, that Thou mayest owe; and who hath aught that is not Thine? Thou payest debts, owing nothing; remittest debts, losing nothing. And what have I now said, my God, my life, my holy joy? or what saith any man when he speaks of Thee? Yet woe to him that speaketh not, since mute are even the most eloquent. --"Listening to the Saints-Augustine"; Image "Augustine" by Philippe de Champaigne

A common discouragement in the home school is the challenge to have children come promptly to the lesson ready to learn . . . or quick to come when mother (or father) calls. This was a dilemma I shared many years ago when my children were small. As my boys got a little older and became more independent with beds to be made and free time spent on the second floor of our old carriage house, I found myself repeatedly at the bottom of the long, wooden staircase calling and then yelling (raising my voice to be heard) to my boys to, "Come!" And I noticed I might have to 'yell' "Come!" more than once . . . or they would yell back "What??!!" but didn't "Come!" Our voices would quickly escalate and a feeling of anger followed. I thought how I wasn't actually angry at them, or at least I didn't start out that way, but we were becoming angry in the effort to hear and understand one another. I realized my thoughts could quickly turn to ones perceiving defiance in my children, when that wasn't necessarily the case. So . . . what to do to solve this and keep the peaceful atmosphere I desired with cheerful voices and quick obedience in our home? I remembered 'bells and clappers generally evoke beneficent images of delightful sounds announcing glad tidings,' so I decided to try a sweet sounding bell. It worked! I told my sweet boys I would ring the bell when they were to come to me. We practiced a few times. They were quick to come and did so with delight. No more yelling! And today, after sharing this idea with a younger mom, she sent me this picture with a message: "FYI the bell is working. Little boys scurry right in! Well worth the $6." We must be alert to the atmosphere--what the children are breathing in--quick to notice, take inventory, and be diligent to find the remedy to ensure tranquility in our home. We need a tool bag full of working tools. And we may need to switch out some of those tools now and then. --Shannon Seiberlich, Director, Ambleside Homeschool

"The duty of devout meditation seems to me the most important part of the preparation of the mother or other teacher who would instruct children in the things of the Divine life."

Shortly after our monthly Ambleside homeschool moms' call this week, I received this precious message from one of the moms: "My son started reading "Misty of Chincoteague" to me this afternoon, and when the bay stallion sensed the storm warnings, and as he is trying to escape, he is throwing his head back. Then it says, "Nineteen young mares caught his anxiety. They too, tried to escape, rearing and plunging, rearing and plunging." It made me think of our reading today about our anxiety and atmosphere and life, and living with a 'single eye' to be able to unlock the hearts of our children. When I am anxious, my boys probably catch my anxiety, making things escalate more, which in turn causes even more overwhelm and anxiety in me as I am frazzled by all of it (my original anxiety as well as the anxiety my boys have caught as well as their behavior in response to my anxiety.)" May we give over all anxious thoughts and concerns to Jesus.

"When the eye is single, the whole house of many chambers--heart and mind and soul--is full of light. We see our way and walk cheerfully onwards when the horn lantern is 'single,' but if the lantern be of double horn, or if it be cobwebbed, neglected, long disused, the light is dimmed to the point of extinction. We fail to see by that light which lighteth every man and are at the mercy of every wandering 'Will o' the wisp of baneful and fitful light...Have we the single eye? The answer is to be found, not in anxious enquiries into our motives and feelings, but in out-shining of the light in simple, humble, pleasant doing of that duty which comes next. By turning the lantern upon ourselves we produce dark lanterns....We may know when the light shines out, because then we see other people." --Charlotte Mason, "Scale How Meditations" ("Light of the World" by William Hunt)

“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” --Thornton Wilder, "Our Town" (Image "Moonrise Over the Sea" by Caspar Friedrich

Washington Takes DC From the mansion to lush gardens and grounds, intriguing museum galleries, immersive programs, and the distillery and gristmill. Spend the day with us!

Ambleside Primary School of Kensington

Children from across the grades sitting together during break and exploring a newly learnt handwork skill.....knitting. What a pleasurable pastime! Young helping old-old helping young -Ambleside Kensington-

National Gallery of Art

“Protean in shape, benignant in office, water, whether fresh or salt, solid, fluid, or gaseous, is marvelous in its powers”—Mathew Fontaine Maury

European artists of the “en plein air” movement became infatuated with the mystery of the sea and set their hands to the task of recording water in motion. Whether it be rocky cliffs or surging seas, pioneering painters fell in love with this motif.

François Baron Gerard was originally employed to create portraits of Napoleon, but his landscapes are rare and lesser known. In this study, Gerard focuses on two key features, color and touch, in order to create the sensation of a wave. Using confident gestural brushstrokes to guide his oily medium, he fabricated chaotic sprays of water across the fiery sunset.

See the painting in “True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870” on view on the Ground Floor of the West Building through May 3:

François Baron Gerard, “A Study of Waves Breaking Against Rocks at Sunset”, 1770 - 1837, oil on millboard, overall: 31.2 × 38.5 cm (12 5/16 × 15 3/16 in.), Private Collection, London

What is a "Living Book?" There is a lot of misunderstanding, misinformation, and lack of clarity about what a "living book" is. A common idea is that it's one that 'draws you in' or 'captivates' or is 'engaging.' But this is only a teeny sliver of the deeper and more profound meaning. A "living" book is engaging; but we know "Captain Underpants" could fit that description. In the Introduction to the 'Standard English Classics' school book version of "Silas Marner," there is insight to the deeper meaning: "The history of the growth of the English novel is the history of the growth of interest in man for man's sake. In 1859 Mr. Blackwood received two letters in acknowledgement of a book which he had sent to Thomas Carlyle. The first said, "The book you forwarded is a 'human' book, written out of the heart of a live man and not merely out of the brain of an author." The second, from Mrs. Carlyle, said, "When I finished it, I found myself in charity with the whole human race." The book was "Adam Bede;" the writer not a "live man," but a thinking woman; and the two criticisms mark the great particular in which that book and all George Eliot's subsequent works differ from those of the novelists before her.

She, too, had her "literary microscope" which she used a s scientifically, coolly, and critically as her predecessors, but her observations were tinged with her own personal equation of profound sympathy and keen understanding of all human life. . ."

At Ambleside Schools, the text is the teacher, and the books we engage with are those that will change our life and alter our perspective toward God, ourselves, and humanity and the relationships between these. They are filled with passages a wise student will copy into his diary or 'commonplace book' to reflect upon or use in their own essay or poem. They bring us into relationship with the author/writer and, ultimately, with The Author/Creator and originator of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

Baby and adult brains ‘sync up’ during play, finds Princeton Baby Lab It's not your imagination -- you and your baby really are on the same wavelength. A team of Princeton researchers has now measured baby and adult brain activity moving in sync as they play and interact together.

Ambleside School of Ocala

Our freshmen learned how to change a tire today in “Leadership and Life Skills.” What an important thing to know as they get ready to become drivers! @ Ocala Historic District

Your Surgeon’s Childhood Hobbies May Affect Your Health Medical schools are noticing a decline in students’ dexterity, possibly from spending time swiping screens rather than developing fine motor skills through woodworking and sewing.

This little poem was written when the poet Arthur Clough was ill at school, and from the window of his room had been watching Dr. Arnold's younger children at play.

"Thoughts of Home"
by Arthur Hugh Clough

I watched them from the window, thy children at their play,
And I thought of all my own dear friends, who were far, oh, far away,
And childish loves, and childish cares, and a child's own buoyant gladness
Came gushing back again to me with a soft and solemn sadness;
And feelings frozen up full long, and thoughts of long ago,
Seemed to be thawing at my heart with a warm and sudden flow.

I looked upon thy children, and I thought of all and each,
Of my brother and my sister, and our rambles on the beach,
Of my mother's gentle voice, and my mother's beckoning hand,
And all the tales she used to tell of the far, far English land;
And the happy, happy evening hours, when I sat on my father's knee,--
Oh! many a wave is rolling now betwixt that seat and me!
And many a day has passed away since I left them o'er the sea,
And I have lived a life since then of boyhood's thoughtless glee;
Yet of the blessed times gone by not seldom would I dream,
And childhood's joy, like faint far stars, in memory's heaven would gleam,
And o'er the sea to those I loved my thoughts would often roam,
But never knew I until now the blessings of a home! . . .

Image "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David Friedrich

What a joy to experience a living education. Charlotte Mason left a great treasure for us! In the Ambleside home and school classroom, teachers and students partake of a plentiful and nourishing feast for the mind in the texts we read. "Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin" is an historical fictional book about the first great American painter. A little back story...Benjamin was part of a devout Quaker community that did not believe in making graven images of anything on earth or in heaven. So, when Benjamin demonstrated his exceptional artistic talent, a conflict arose within his community needing reconciliation. A former Ambleside student, who has returned to teach at Ambleside School , shared a child's profound connection with a text full of living ideas--ideas worth pondering and reflecting upon...ideas Mis Mason believed come from Holy Spirit: "This morning in Literature class my 3rd graders encountered the following quote: 'Benjamin, dost thou not know that the colors with which thou paints are not necessary for thy wellbeing?' I asked the students their thoughts on this idea, and one child replied simply: 'The colors we paint with may not be necessary for the wellbeing of our bodies, but I think they are important for the wellbeing of our hearts.'" --Image "The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise" by Benjamin West


Imagine being the first person to capture a single snowflake. Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley spent years working with a microscope and his bellows camera to get a photo of one in 1885.

He went on to take thousands more, which helped support the belief that no two snowflakes are alike. These images, c. 1890, are among the ones he donated to the Smithsonian that are now in the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

When Learning Disabilities Disguise Themselves For children and youth with learning disabilities, school is complicated and back to school can be very different. Academic performance is interrupted by any number of difficulties, and for some students, expectations of social etiquette and self-sufficiency frequently create an environment ripe for...

Ambleside School of San Angelo

"High Flight"
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922 - 1941) was born in Shanghai, China, to an English mother and an American father. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, trained as a pilot, and was sent to England to fly a Supermarine Spitfire with the 412 Fighter Squadron in WWII. After a high altitude test flight one day, John wrote his parents a letter and enclosed a poem--this one--that test flight inspired. He was killed a few months later, when his plane collided with that of another British military pilot. "High Flight" is the official poem of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Astronaut Michael Collins carried a copy on his Gemini 10 flight, and Ronald Reagan quoted it in his speech to the nation after the Challenger space shuttle tragedy in 1986. Portions of this lovely poem appear on the headstones of many interred in Arlington National Cemetery, particularly aviators and astronauts.

Felted Bacon Sizzles and Wooly Bread is Sliced in Breakfast-Themed Fiber Animations by Andrea Love View this post on Instagram A post shared by Andrea Love (@andreaanimates) on Nov 26, 2019 at 6:20am PST We've all heard that we should incorporate more fiber into our diets. But did our doctors mean... wool? Andrea Love is on the front lines

As we make our way into the belly of the wintertime, let us embrace the quietness and starkness and take the time to ponder and reflect and meditate on all that God puts before us.


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

--W.H. Davies (1871-1940); Image "Winter Fun and Games" by William Kurelek

Ambleside School of San Angelo

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Ambleside executive director will host two trainings on January 13th about “Why Ambleside?” at 8:30 or 1:30. This is for current and potential families. We hope you can join us!

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