"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
Art credit: The Oak by Edvard Munch
Someone in the Homeschooling group was just helping someone new to WEH and said this:
"Don’t worry. It can feel overwhelming, but it’s like being trampled by rose petals. Once you find your feet again it’s magical."
That just made me smile. I hope you feel like you are being trampled by rose petals and not run over by a bull dozer!
Art credit: The Roses of Heliogabalus by Alma-Tadema
Is anyone spending time with King Arthur and his Knights in the Age of Chivalry in this month's tour of England?
"Chivalry! – why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection – the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant – Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword."
--Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe
Art credit: Stitching the Standard by Edmund Leighton
"Wealth is health, a cheerful heart,
An ear that hears the robin's song,
A mind content, some treasured friend,
And fragrant memories lingering long.
Living is an inward art
All lasting wealth is in the heart.
--Alfred Grant Walton
Art credit: The Daisy by Johann Sperl
This is the result we are aiming for from applying the Pattern for Learning we are exploring:
"[Children] felt their own power, and the tediousness of the ordinary school-tone vanished like a ghost from my rooms. They wished--tried,--persevered,--succeeded: and they laughed.
"Their tone was not that of learners; it was the tone of unknown powers awakened from sleep; of a heart and mind exalted with the feeling of what these powers could and would lead them to do."
(from the writings of Pestalozzi)
Art credit: Mural of Heinrich Pestalozzi in Rapperswil
The Well-Educated Mother's Heart