I’m all for planning our homeschool; unschooling just doesn’t suit me. But I am flexible. For example, when I see Sprite become inordinately interested in some particular topic, I think it’s wise to capitalize on that and do a little extra study to satisfy her curiosity. Last week offered a good example, and Dad jumped in to do the teaching.
On my way to bed, I found a note in the hallway that Sprite obviously meant for us to find. On it were some really good Bible questions:
1. What language did God speak?
2. If Jesus hadn’t been born yet, how could there be a Trinity?
3. If God made animals first, does that mean we aren’t as important as animals?
4. Can I say Jesus made the earth?
I love to see these kinds of questions! First, it shows me that Sprite is truly engaging with Truth. Also I see that she’s trying her best to use logic and what she knows from the Bible to answer these questions. I handed the paper to “Mr. Bible-ology Man,” as Sprite calls her dad.
The next day, he jotted down some scripture references beside each question and then spent extended time going over each verse with her until he was sure that her questions were adequately answered. Although it would have been quicker to simply answer her questions from his own knowledge, instead he took her straight to the Word, the ultimate authority and let her find each answer. I have to say that he handled it excellently.
When we teach our children what they want to know when they are asking, they will surely listen and learn. Take advantage of every curious question!