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Texas Train Tracks by Linda Scott 1900's 

Habits of Mind and learning

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‘Whatever seed of thought or feeling that you implant in a child, grows, completes itself and begets after its kind. And if we persist without lapse so that these habits become so much a part of the child that they don’t have to think about them, we allow them to save their mental effort for that one percent of the time that requires an active will. And even then, in a sudden difficulty or temptation, their conduct is still apt to run on the lines of a familiar habit.”  Charlotte Mason

Education is also seen as a discipline of habits that shape a child’s character. “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character.” This principle builds moral habits (like self-control, proper use of time, and personal initiative) mental habits (like logical thinking, attentiveness, memorizing, and observing) and physical practices. (like fortitude and self-restraint in indulgences)

Ruts of habits laid early on, place the child on the right track for success in learning and allow the acquisition of knowledge to move effortlessly without interruption. Instilling learning habits and the joyous pursuit of a generous curriculum ought to occupy the time of administrators and educators to ensure that they fulfill the principle that education is a life. The mind of a life-long learner feeds on ideas that offer intellectual, moral, and physical sustenance.

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