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The homeschool division of Ambleside Schools International. See http://www.amblesidehomeschool.com for more information. 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.

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Timeline Photos 07/03/2021

One of the Ambleside Homeschooling families sent us this photo while on their visit to Montana this summer. Beautiful! Magnificent! Spectacular! No word seems to be enough. At first glance, my mind immediately retrieved a long-ago memory and whispered the words ‘purple mountain majesties...America, the beautiful.’ At once, I remembered the joy and gratitude that was bursting in my heart as I sang with my (public) school mates, ‘America! America! God shed His grace on thee!’...

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

In Home Education. Charlotte Mason wrote ‘some preliminary considerations’ before embarking on the nuts and bolts of her educational philosophy—some crucial ideas she urged the reader (parents) to have in the forefront of their mind. Among these ideas she wrote,

“A generation ago, a great teacher amongst us never wearied of reiterating that in the Divine plan “the family is the unit of the nation”: not the individual, but the family. There is a great deal of teaching in the phrase, but this lies on the surface; the whole is greater than the part, the whole contains the part, owns the part, orders the part; and this being so, the children are the property of the nation, to be brought up for the nation as is best for the nation, and not according to the whim of individual parents...children are a national trust whose bringing-up is the concern of all."

As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, let us consider our part in what is best for the nation and humbly pray together with our whole heart that God would ‘mend ev’ry flaw’ of our beautiful America.

One of the Ambleside Homeschooling families sent us this photo while on their visit to Montana this summer. Beautiful! Magnificent! Spectacular! No word seems to be enough. At first glance, my mind immediately retrieved a long-ago memory and whispered the words ‘purple mountain majesties...America, the beautiful.’ At once, I remembered the joy and gratitude that was bursting in my heart as I sang with my (public) school mates, ‘America! America! God shed His grace on thee!’...

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

In Home Education. Charlotte Mason wrote ‘some preliminary considerations’ before embarking on the nuts and bolts of her educational philosophy—some crucial ideas she urged the reader (parents) to have in the forefront of their mind. Among these ideas she wrote,

“A generation ago, a great teacher amongst us never wearied of reiterating that in the Divine plan “the family is the unit of the nation”: not the individual, but the family. There is a great deal of teaching in the phrase, but this lies on the surface; the whole is greater than the part, the whole contains the part, owns the part, orders the part; and this being so, the children are the property of the nation, to be brought up for the nation as is best for the nation, and not according to the whim of individual parents...children are a national trust whose bringing-up is the concern of all."

As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, let us consider our part in what is best for the nation and humbly pray together with our whole heart that God would ‘mend ev’ry flaw’ of our beautiful America.

Timeline Photos 06/16/2021

Today's Wednesday Words directs us to consider the meaning of 'must.' In light of our culture where we tend to live for things rather than for others. What is our role in bringing up dutiful persons? Read more on our blog. Link in bio.

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words-duty

Today's Wednesday Words directs us to consider the meaning of 'must.' In light of our culture where we tend to live for things rather than for others. What is our role in bringing up dutiful persons? Read more on our blog. Link in bio.

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words-duty

Timeline Photos 06/11/2021

June 9 - One Day, One Year Apart: An Ambleside Teacher's Reflection:

“It is good to be me here with you.

These words had been written on the white board in our empty classroom for almost three months. As I tried to scrub away the marker residue, I was reminded of all the things we had lost in those months, and I was overcome with both a feeling of profound sadness and sweet relief. I was sad because of all the time I had missed with my precious students; but I was also relieved that the trials of distance learning were over. Not knowing how to reconcile those two feelings, I went home and wrote a reflection on the year:

One of my students called March 12 our "last Together-Day;" the name stuck, and memories of that last day in the classroom have carried us through these difficult months. Standing in my classroom, trying to scrub off the residue from a schedule written in ExpoMarker that's been written on my board for almost three months, I'm reminded of how we started our very last Together Day -- the same way we began every Thursday -- with Lectio Divina, a "sacred reading." We quieted our hearts and meditated together on Psalm 34:4-5:

I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
Their faces will never be ashamed.

We didn't know that was going to be our last meditation together, but He did; we didn't know it would be our Last Together-Day, but He did. And He gave us the words of strength and encouragement we would need to carry us through..."

Read the full blog article on our site: https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-reflections/june-9-one-day-one-year-apart-ambleside-teachers-reflection

June 9 - One Day, One Year Apart: An Ambleside Teacher's Reflection:

“It is good to be me here with you.

These words had been written on the white board in our empty classroom for almost three months. As I tried to scrub away the marker residue, I was reminded of all the things we had lost in those months, and I was overcome with both a feeling of profound sadness and sweet relief. I was sad because of all the time I had missed with my precious students; but I was also relieved that the trials of distance learning were over. Not knowing how to reconcile those two feelings, I went home and wrote a reflection on the year:

One of my students called March 12 our "last Together-Day;" the name stuck, and memories of that last day in the classroom have carried us through these difficult months. Standing in my classroom, trying to scrub off the residue from a schedule written in ExpoMarker that's been written on my board for almost three months, I'm reminded of how we started our very last Together Day -- the same way we began every Thursday -- with Lectio Divina, a "sacred reading." We quieted our hearts and meditated together on Psalm 34:4-5:

I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
Their faces will never be ashamed.

We didn't know that was going to be our last meditation together, but He did; we didn't know it would be our Last Together-Day, but He did. And He gave us the words of strength and encouragement we would need to carry us through..."

Read the full blog article on our site: https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-reflections/june-9-one-day-one-year-apart-ambleside-teachers-reflection

Photos from Ambleside Homeschool a member of Ambleside Schools International's post 05/31/2021

Despite challenging circumstances, Ambleside Schools have done very well with children attending school in person through the pandemic. Ginnie Wilcox, principal of Ambleside School in McLean, Virginia, explains how they remained open safely and successfully:

"When public schools announced last summer their plans to remain closed, Ambleside teachers and staff decided it was best for the students to learn in person, and pitched in to make opening possible...

The students—already trained to give attention to good books, complete independent work with care, and take initiative in feeding their own curiosity (all of which are foundations of Mason’s educational philosophy)—were resilient in the transition.

Within days, students and parents found a peaceful normalcy amid the educational upheaval around them."

Read full article here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/05/21/not-all-schools-have-struggled-amid-pandemic-mine-reopened-last-fall-and-students-are-thriving/

Timeline Photos 05/26/2021

Are you a 'revealer of God' to your children? Learn more on today's Wednesday Words blog post.

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94revealer

Are you a 'revealer of God' to your children? Learn more on today's Wednesday Words blog post.

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94revealer

Timeline Photos 05/19/2021

'What should we do today?' If you find the children clamoring and conflicts arising in the deciding, you are experiencing the challenge when they are faced with the 'effort of decision.' Learn more on our blog:

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94-effort-decision

'What should we do today?' If you find the children clamoring and conflicts arising in the deciding, you are experiencing the challenge when they are faced with the 'effort of decision.' Learn more on our blog:

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94-effort-decision

Timeline Photos 05/12/2021

Does your family have a habit of reading together 'a book of much literary merit?' Read more of what Charlotte Mason wrote on this subject in today's Wednesday Words. Visit the blog on our website!

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94-habit-family-read-aloud#

Does your family have a habit of reading together 'a book of much literary merit?' Read more of what Charlotte Mason wrote on this subject in today's Wednesday Words. Visit the blog on our website!

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94-habit-family-read-aloud#

Timeline Photos 05/05/2021

Habits! We all have them. Are the habits we're forming life-giving or life-stealing? We flesh this out in today's Wednesday Words. Read more on our blog:

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94habit

Habits! We all have them. Are the habits we're forming life-giving or life-stealing? We flesh this out in today's Wednesday Words. Read more on our blog:

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94habit

Timeline Photos 05/03/2021

Do you have a special Nature ‘spot’ where you go together with the children to listen, and observe, and enjoy? A peaceful place that may be a sort of second home? Where it is quiet enough to hear the rippling stream and the rustling leaves and the sound of your shoes as they move across the pebbles on your path? Do the children become excited at a bird sighting and take initiative to figure out ‘what kind of bird is that’, to know its name and acquire a new bird-friend? This is a legacy worth investing in and passing on, for it is in Nature that God draws us to Himself. This is where He fills our spirit with awe and wonder and makes our heart skip a beat with fascination and joy. In Nature He turns our face toward His. It is where we will come to know and love Him as we discover His great love and care for all things.

"In this matter of instruction in the things of Nature, we owe yet more to ourselves: for,

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her";––

and, in return for our discriminating and loving observation, she gives us the joy of a beautiful and delightful intimacy, a thrill of pleasure in the greeting of every old friend in field or hedgerow or starry sky, of delightful excitement in making a new acquaintance.

But Nature does more than this for us. She gives us certain dispositions of mind which we can get from no other source, and it is through these right dispositions that we get life into focus, as it were; learn to distinguish between small matters and great, to see that we ourselves are not of very great importance, that the world is wide, that things are sweet, that people are sweet, too; that, indeed, we are compassed about by an atmosphere of sweetness, airs of heaven coming from our God...We become aware in "the silence and the calm of mute, insensate things." Our hearts are inclined to love and worship; and we become prepared by the quiet schooling of Nature to walk softly and do our duty towards man and towards God." ~Ourselves

Do you have a special Nature ‘spot’ where you go together with the children to listen, and observe, and enjoy? A peaceful place that may be a sort of second home? Where it is quiet enough to hear the rippling stream and the rustling leaves and the sound of your shoes as they move across the pebbles on your path? Do the children become excited at a bird sighting and take initiative to figure out ‘what kind of bird is that’, to know its name and acquire a new bird-friend? This is a legacy worth investing in and passing on, for it is in Nature that God draws us to Himself. This is where He fills our spirit with awe and wonder and makes our heart skip a beat with fascination and joy. In Nature He turns our face toward His. It is where we will come to know and love Him as we discover His great love and care for all things.

"In this matter of instruction in the things of Nature, we owe yet more to ourselves: for,

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her";––

and, in return for our discriminating and loving observation, she gives us the joy of a beautiful and delightful intimacy, a thrill of pleasure in the greeting of every old friend in field or hedgerow or starry sky, of delightful excitement in making a new acquaintance.

But Nature does more than this for us. She gives us certain dispositions of mind which we can get from no other source, and it is through these right dispositions that we get life into focus, as it were; learn to distinguish between small matters and great, to see that we ourselves are not of very great importance, that the world is wide, that things are sweet, that people are sweet, too; that, indeed, we are compassed about by an atmosphere of sweetness, airs of heaven coming from our God...We become aware in "the silence and the calm of mute, insensate things." Our hearts are inclined to love and worship; and we become prepared by the quiet schooling of Nature to walk softly and do our duty towards man and towards God." ~Ourselves

Timeline Photos 04/28/2021

Today's Wednesday Words asks us to consider when we have been arbitrary in our authority as a parent or teacher. Read more on our blog!

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94autocracy

Today's Wednesday Words asks us to consider when we have been arbitrary in our authority as a parent or teacher. Read more on our blog!

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94autocracy

Timeline Photos 04/21/2021

We are deeply moved by this inspiring story of faith, hope, and love in the Ambleside Ocala community!

"As we interacted with Jacen and his family,...we saw so beyond the limitations and wanted him to have an Ambleside education and community that is so rich and meaningful."

https://www.wuft.org/news/2021/04/06/an-accident-took-a-boys-ability-to-walk-a-community-in-ocala-wants-to-give-it-back/?fbclid=IwAR2_6W6KfjWlMK5uwGYKmc0AQ8mOG6s6dDowHtOQZ1qDuivDEPlF820Pzm8

We are deeply moved by this inspiring story of faith, hope, and love in the Ambleside Ocala community!

"As we interacted with Jacen and his family,...we saw so beyond the limitations and wanted him to have an Ambleside education and community that is so rich and meaningful."

https://www.wuft.org/news/2021/04/06/an-accident-took-a-boys-ability-to-walk-a-community-in-ocala-wants-to-give-it-back/?fbclid=IwAR2_6W6KfjWlMK5uwGYKmc0AQ8mOG6s6dDowHtOQZ1qDuivDEPlF820Pzm8

Timeline Photos 04/21/2021

Our Wednesday Words this week, draw our attention to a thoughtful idea about authority and how easy it is to forfeit when it is 'vested in a person rather than an office.' Look for the Questions to Consider!

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94authority

Our Wednesday Words this week, draw our attention to a thoughtful idea about authority and how easy it is to forfeit when it is 'vested in a person rather than an office.' Look for the Questions to Consider!

https://www.amblesideschools.com/blog/teacher-homeschool/wednesday-words%E2%80%94authority

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