I make a point, says a judicious mother, of sending my children out, weather permitting, for an hour in the winter, and two hours a day in the summer months.Five or six hours of every day outside. Well...
That is well; but it is not enough. In the first place, do not send them; if it is anyway possible, take them; for, although the children should be left much to themselves, there is a great deal to be done and a great deal to be prevented during these long hours in the open air. And long hours they should be; not two, but four, five, or six hours they should have on every tolerably fine day, from April till October.
Impossible! says an overwrought mother who sees her way to no more for her children than a daily hour or so on the pavements of the neighbouring London squares.
Let me repeat, that I venture to suggest, not what is practicable in any household, but what seems to me absolutely best for the children; and that, in the faith that mothers work wonders once they are convinced that wonders are demanded of them. A journey of twenty minutes by rail or omnibus, and a luncheon basket, will make a day in the country possible to most town dwellers; and if one day, why not many, even every suitable day?
Charlotte Mason Home Education pp 43-44
It's simple to achieve Miss Mason's impossible ideal on a beautiful day like today. It's the other 364 days a year that I struggle a bit. Particularly those days where the murcury reaches as high as 48°C or as low as 8°C.
What about you? Do you aim to get outside as long each day with your kidlets as Charlotte Mason recommends?
PS Did you see my lovely new toy?