Ladies, I am moving forward with chapter 27 today. It's a short chapter on Greek mythology.
(Next week I will skip back to chapter 19 that we missed on teaching reading by sight)
I struggled with teaching Greek mythology when I first began homeschooling. First of all, I didn't want to use the word "God" for anyone except our God. (For mothers whom still hold this position, I think it is perfectly fine.)
I finally came to the conclusion to teach my children the myths but always use the term
"fake gods". I was always careful in reminding them that these are fake gods who don't even deserve a capital "G" in their name. Because of my sensitivity in teaching about these "fake gods" my eldest children still call them fake but enjoy reading the myths. In fact, my sophomore student will be delving deep into ancient world studies and mythology this year. I am thankful he has the foundational training from his CM education from me.
In this chapter, I agree with Karen. Greek history is all around us!
As parents, it's important to discuss your beliefs before you dive into home education. What do you and your spouse feel about teaching your children mythology?
Just this past year, my 4th grader and I worked through most of the Norse myths. He really enjoyed all of these fairy tales as I would call them. We made "Odin puppets" and set up interesting plays in our home.
Growing up in a public/private school setting, I don't remember being taught mythology at such a deep level. However, I have found in CM/Classical homeschool circles that embrace teaching the whole child, you will see a lot of mythology present.
The last question in this chapter, " What did Paul preach to the Greeks who received this knowledge?"
Paul told them that they forgot what God taught them. The Greeks (like many nations) created new and fake gods.
As a personal testimony. My best friend is Greek. She became a convert to Christ 7 years ago and has been side by side with me since that day. She homeschools her children and loves God with all her heart. I still remember the day she took her children out of public school and began the CM method. 7 years later, she is still going strong. Her children are learning the Greek language at a deeper level with her and are thriving at home!
Not all of culture must be rejected, I believe in raising children who are strong mentally, spiritually,physically and otherwise to withstand culture and help others. I pray we raise children that labor in these next generations to REDEEM this culture for Christ.
( sorry didn't mean to preach here lol )