Unschooling Lessons: II

Kids want to understand the world they live in.

Talking to your children only about things that interest them, or concern them, limits their understanding.

When our friend, Butch, went to Iraq, we not only prayed for him daily, but answered many questions.  The children wanted to know why wars are fought, how wars are fought and if there was any way to make sure our guys won.

Honest answering of these questions was not easy, as I did not already know all the answers.  However, it has allowed us to teach parts of  American history, parts of the Bible, including God’s blessing on Israel, when they obeyed Him, and His judgement when they didn’t.  We have resaerched many aspects of ancient and modern warfare, and how war is responsible for the development of many technologies we, as Americans, use every day.

The technologies include everything from airplane and jets, to satellites and the Internet; plus, ancient inventions, like metal working, that make modern life possible.

On the flip side, we were able to teach then about human nature, greed and envy.  How sin hurts us and others, and about God’s love for humanity.  We read them parts of Revelation, to show them that no matter what man does, or how many peace treaties are signed, the world will never be at peace, especially in the middle east.

Of course there were many questions we couldn’t answer.  These let the kids come up with some of their own suggestions and inventions.

One “invention” is a bomb that travels underground and actively seeks out “bad guys.”  Another on can read the thoughts and intents of the heart, in order to arrest those who want to do something bad.  😉

The best part of this was challenging their thoughts, and the intents of their hearts; making them aware of their behavior.


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"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass." ~Psalm 37:4 & 5

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