Throwback Post: Towards A Philosophy of Education (Desire of Knowledge - Curiosity)


Her wisdom, my thoughts

The Desire of Knowledge (Curiosity) was the chief instrument of education; that this desire might be paralysed or made powerless like an unused limb by encouraging other desires to intervene between a child and the knowledge proper for him; the desire for place, - emulation; for prizes, - avarice; for power, - ambition; for praise, - vanity, might each be a stumbling block to him. 

It seemed to me that we teachers had unconsciously elaborated a system which should secure the discipline of the schools and the eagerness of the scholars, - by means of marks, prizes, and the like, - and yet eliminate the knowledge-hunger, itself the quite sufficient incentive to education.

                                                                                                                             Charlotte Mason, Volume 6


Inspired by Da Vinci


"But in Leonardo’s world the very air was different; it made people want to think. Science came into its own.” 

We are reading a biography of Leonardo Da Vinci and we are in awe of him. We are still in the early years of his life/career, but we are already inspired by his curiousity, his talent, and genius. Here is a depiction of the theatre set he invented for the staging of the myth of Orpheus in Milan.  


“He was great purely because of his tremendous intellect. It was his brain that created the adventure of his life, and that adventure is still exciting today, five centuries later."

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9 year old son’s fascination with simple machines such as gears is back because of reading about Da Vinci through a living book. The ideas presented moved my son to imagine, explore, and be inspired. That is not likely to happen from a dry textbook, even if it had all the illustrations of Da Vinci’s machines or art. 

So far, these are the other people who have left a big mark in our way of thinking: King Alfred the Great, Jose Rizal, Columbus, and Benjamin Franklin. Their lives left a mark not just because we read about their strengths, but more because we learned about their struggles and weaknesses. We grew to appreciate what they have done because we understood the time and place from which they came from.

We did not merely read a list of what they had accomplished, we got to know them. That’s how living books work.




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I AM a child of God..

I CAN do all things in Christ who strengthens me.

I OUGHT to do my duty to God and others.

I WILL choose the right.



First day school year 2016-2017

Survived our first day of Learning for school year 2016-2017 with a preschooler, AOyear 1, AOyear 3, and a grade 5 student (my niece). Tiring but lovely. We started our day reading from Luke 1:1-12, sang a new hymn, recited Mathew 6:19-34, prayed for the day, and sang the Spanish and Filipino version of Lupang Hinirang. We learnd about planktons, diatoms, Philippine Geography, Age of Discovery (from Columbus to Magellan), Cape Town - South tip of Africa, Cape Horn - South tip of Southern America, fractions, Henry V, “equivalence”, Perseus, Si Mariang Alimango, Da Vinci, greater than and less than, Sword of Damocles etc. etc.… whew.. what a feast!

I planned on taking a “first day” picture but never got to it. I only managed to take a picture of my 4 year old preschooler playing with math. It was a lovely lovely first day. 

Thank You from the bottom of my heart. 

for the strength that can only come from You;

for the overflowing Grace.


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Living Learning Children


“What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?”

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"Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature.

Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities.

Every child."

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"How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors?"

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"We tend to block off many of our senses when we're staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses."

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“An environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't 

supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”

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"Nature is imperfectly perfect, filled with loose parts and possibilities, with mud and dust, nettles and sky, transcendent hands-on moments and skinned knees."

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"Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses - their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen."

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"There is a real world, beyond the glass, for the children who look, for those whose parents encourage them to truly see."

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"Children need nature for the development of their senses, and therefore, for learning and creativity.

There is another possibility: […] the rebirth of wonder and even joy."

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"Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity."

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 "By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility."

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"Quite simply, when we deny our children nature, we deny them beauty."

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*** All quotations by Richard Louve, Last Child in the Woods  




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