“And so we are going to establish a school for the service of the Lord. In founding it, we hope to introduce nothing harsh or burdensome. … For as we advance in the religious life and in faith, our hearts expand and we run the way of God’s commandments with unspeakable sweetness of love.” Prologue, The Rule of St. Benedict
Charlotte Mason, a turn of the 20th century educator from the UK, once said to her trainees, you think you have come to learn how to teach, but you have come to learn how to live. Reedy Creek Community School is not offering students all things Charlotte Mason fully grown. We are newly birthed and fledgling in our practices. We are inviting you to grow with us as we pursue as much of the living feast as we can, year by year. This includes:
Reading Aloud from Living Books
Fairy Tales and Hero Stories
The pursuit of beauty
Nature Study and Nature Notebooking
Music and Art Appreciation
Music Lessons and Art Instruction (Fesole Club and Tonic Sol-fa)
Some of these subjects may be new to you, and that’s okay. You will learn along with your student about paper sloyd (think of it as origami that is useful — envelopes, boxes, and baskets), Swedish Drill (formerly known as calisthenics to the older folks in our midst), and more.
Our first year will be steeped in nature study as we begin a program of outdoor living for ages seven and up. Jennie McClellan will guide our nature journey and Megan Hoyt will lead the arts experiences.
We will learn together that there are bigger ideas than we could ever have imagined. We will learn about habits, about hard, steady effort, about prayer and work. The biggest ideas are worth mining the deepest places to find. Streams of gold are often trapped in hardened soil, loosened only with effort.
If you want to link arms with fellow sojourners following gently the rules and rhythms of a joy-filled life, contact us and we will help you get started.
Jennie McClellan, Yolonda Mason, and Megan Hoyt
“Education is the transmission of life, of the life of the mind, kindled by the fiery particles which lie unquenched in noble literature.”
Rev. Edward Thring, Uppingham School 1853-1887