Here once again are some of the articles and blog posts I have enjoyed lately:
“Beyond Dust Particles: An Experiment in Sunday School” by Amy Fiedler at ChildLight USA — Some great thoughts and ideas on how to make Sunday School Charlotte Mason-esque. I agree that most Sunday Schools I have seen do this:
“In our attempt to give our children enough to do, and keep them entertained, we were (as Mason would say) feeding them “pre-digested” mind food.”
And more importantly, as the author says, we bury the text of God’s Word under a lot of gibberish. I am a big fan of letting kids at the Bible with little interference. I am not sure that I would incorporate everything this article mentions. We are not big on images in our church and I don’t think that looking at fine art would fit well with what we do. Too much of it, if it is on religious themes, ends up being idolatrous IMO.
“The Danger of Safe Reading” by Liz Cottrill at (once again) ChildLight USA — I mentioned this article on the power of books once before but it is so wonderful I have to say it again: Read this!
“The Habits Pendulum” by Nancy Kelly at (do you detect a theme?) ChildLight USA — We can’t beat good habits into out chidlren, but we also can’t make unit studies out of them and use all those goody-goody Christian materials out there. Sappy doesn’t work on kids.
“Love Affairs in Education or The Thing is the Thing” by Nancy at Sage Parnassus — This is not a long post but I love the idea it presents, that whatever we are doing, we need to present that thing and not surround it with a lot of hou-ha (my word, not hers). She says:
“Sometimes the nifty extras can stand between the child and the thing you are trying to instill a love for in him.”
Plus it’s such a relief not to feel like you need to incorporate all those extras.
How about you? What have you been reading lately?