“From the flower in the crannied wall to the glorious firmament on high, all the things of Nature proclaim without ceasing, ‘Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty.’ ” Vol 4 CM
Why should a child draw nature in a journal when today, we can just take photographs of nature? Wouldn’t Miss Mason agree with us if she lived during our century?
One of the reasons a child should draw what he sees in the natural world is because we want to develop the habit of attention within him. The habit of attention simply means the child has learned to observe his surroundings very carefully whether it be the intricacy of a leaf, the patterns in a flower, the habits of a scurrying ant or the changing cloudy canvas in the sky. When a person develops these skills of observation while young, they begin to see the world in a heavenly light. Charlotte Mason spoke about this. She encouraged mothers to gently steer children to the Maker of this beautiful world by observing nature with delight in the presence her children. When a mother exclaims, “Oh, look at the clouds today! They look like foaming waves rolling in from the sea. God painted that picture with his mighty hand for us to enjoy today! Isn’t He good to us?”, she is teaching her child to worship Him in his creation. This is a precious teaching moment that can draw your child higher up and further into His presence.
"Nature study as a subject is one which should be approached with great reverence, for in dealing with birds, animals, flower and all other forms of natural life, we are perhaps, nearer to the Creator than in any other branch of science; for the natural world is the expression of God's personality in a form that is within the reach of all of us to comprehend in some measure. And is not the natural world one of the greatest proofs that there is a God?" PNEU article, Dowton
In my next post, I hope to discuss the various stages of nature journaling.
one step at a time...