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Nature of the Child

An Update and Floral Arranging

An Update and Floral Arranging

Today I’m sharing a general atrium update as well as a floral arranging work!  AMDG An Update Before beginning this journey I journaled:  What would happen if we made an atrium at home? In my Montessori readings, I feel the call.  Of course it’s unrealistic to expect a home with five wild things to always be a place of peace. It feels like crazytown over here. I hear myself shout, “I said NO!” How original. Brad will return from work to a grumpy wife, who fails to smile at the beauty of three children climbing about her.  It’s obvious that...

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Silence and Altar

Silence and Altar

For today I recorded two different works from our atrium. This post concludes with their connection. Welcome! Silence Our time in the atrium begins at our little oratory (our prayer table). Here we light a candle, read from the Bible, and sit together for a moment of silent reflection. “Stillness and silence foster reflection and the capacity to listen to the Other, to receive God’s presence in our whole being. According to God’s teaching, an emptying of self is what God desires, an emptying of self that will allow God to fill us with the gift of God’s own self.”...

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Atrium at Home

atrium at home

Atrium at Home

This "Nature of the Child" blog serves as a record of our at-home atrium journey. I considered waiting to share our experience, because it’s not perfect—we certainly don’t have a complete set of materials, and I certainly have more reading to do. But I feel a tugging to share now, in our process. In our imperfection I find an invitation and the undeniable reality that “the only Teacher is Christ.” Our materials are thrift shop finds or gifts. Our work is implemented directly from Dr. Maria Montessori’s writings and my limited Level 1 training with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd....

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