I am a collector of words. Doesn't matter if they have been spoken or written, or if they originate from someone famous or not. All that really matters is that they have impacted me in some way and made me think a little more deeply. I have a journal where I keep collecting these quotes from others and every so often I like to thumb through the pages and spend time reacquainting myself with these shared thoughts.
Today, I want to share a quotation that ties into recent thoughts concerning Nature and children. Even though this was written many years ago, it has its application to this day; in my opinion.
"I believe every child has hidden away somewhere in his being noble capacities which may be quickened and developed if we go about it in the right way; but shall never properly develop the higher natures of our little ones while we continue to fill their minds with the so-called rudiments. Mathematics will never make them loving, nor will the accurate knowledge of the size and shape of the world help them to appreciate its beauties. Let us lead them during the first years to find their greatest pleasure in Nature. Let them run in the fields, learn about animals, and observe real things. Children will educate themselves under right conditions. They require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction." ~Anne Sullivan