Nature: The Great Teacher

"Watch a child standing at gaze at some sight new to him...In his early years the child is all eyes; he observes, or, more truly, he perceives, calling sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing to his aid, that he may learn all that is discoverable by him about every new thing that comes under his notice...The child is at his lessons...far and near, large and small, are ideas he has yet to grasp.  The child has a great deal to do before he is in a condition to 'believe his own eyes'; but Nature teaches so gently, so gradually, so persistently, that he is never overdone, but goes on gathering little stores of knowledge about whatever comes before him.  And this is the process the child should continue for the first few years of his life".

-Charlotte Mason, Volume 1 p.66-67