5 Days to a More Peaceful Advent :: Atmosphere

Charlotte Mason said that education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.  There’s no better time to take advantage of the education that comes from surrounding ourselves with beauty than Advent and Christmas.

peaceful adventThe season offers such accessible ways to bring a little bit of lovliness into our homes to enrich our children’s learning.

  • Candles–Lighting the Advent wreath is a lovely addition to any week.  But don’t forget the scents of the season too!  I just got my supply of peppermint candles from the dollar store.
  • Music–We’ve started learning a new carol each year.  We use Tomie dePaola’s Book of Christmas Carols and we listen to the Festival of Carols in the days leading up to Christmas.
  • Handwork–We’ve been paging through the simple crafts in Fa La La Felt to plan what we might make.  I also picked up some washi tape to make the simple Christmas trees that Pam mentioned.

Taking time to add the sparkle of candlelight, the joy of seasonal music, or the goodness of shared work can fill the days leading up to Christmas with a quiet sense of expectation.  It’s the beginning of an education in wonder.


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