I wonder what this boy is thinking. He’s mesmerized by God’s creation just outside his window. Can you see him in your mind looking back to see if anyone is watching, then slipping through the window to discover something? Finding something really cool, he’ll forget all about the school lessons on his desk that need to be finished before supper.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.~Job 12:7-8 NIV
Why do we make learning so difficult? Watch, no, observe a child noticing a bug, squatting down, focused, reaching out to touch it. Maybe just with a stick. Maybe prodding it with a finger or a toe. But the child is learning, discovering what God has created to show us about Himself. Will the child learn more from the books and papers on his desk? Can he learn the same material from the things he’s discovering outside his window? I truly think he can and this is why. From Genesis chapters 1 and 2 we can observe these things:
- God created the universe.
- God is in control of the universe.
- God created the universe to tell us about Himself.
- God wants us to learn about His creation.
- God wants us to have dominion over creation — working with creation for our betterment.
That little fellow who was observing the bug will likely tell on himself when he comes to supper full of questions about the things he observed. Mom, Dad, or siblings don’t have to give him the answers. All that is needed is to point him in the right direction to find those answers with age-appropriate texts, (fiction and/or non-fiction), technology, a visit to a nature center, etc. In the meantime, what will he do? He’ll likely collect that bug in a little box and draw a picture of it. When he reads about it he may use the text as a mentor text to write about his find. He may measure the length of his capture, count its legs, and observe its wings. He may figure out what it eats. All the while making notes so he can remember this especially cool bug.
Education is just outside our window or perhaps in our kitchen or garage or tool shed and it’s never boring if we allow God’s creation to lead the way.~Gail Cartee, author of Messages
Has he learned anything important? Sure! Check out the standards for education in your state. Check any grade level including high school biology and you will find he has met many of the standards with just this one bug. Check the English, Math, and Writing Standards as well. Maybe the bug has even played a role in history by immigrating to your area from some other part of the world during a particular event. He has integrated learning in all subjects with just one little bug. He has learned things he will never forget, including the memories he made with his parents, siblings, and friends. He won’t dump this info as soon as the test is over. Oh, what test?
If you included the Creation story in your discussions, you have implanted the Word of God in his knowledge. Perhaps the bug is a locust or an ant. There are other Bible stories to go along with his studies. Education is just outside our window or perhaps in our kitchen or garage or tool shed and it’s never boring if we allow God’s creation to lead the way.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?~Job 12:9 NIV
How are you encouraging your children’s education through God’s marvelous creation?
Father God, help me to let Your Creation lead the way in teaching my children even the most complicated subjects because You are the ultimate Teacher.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
I found out the camel crickets that live in my basement are good fishing bait. Not this girl! I’m not touching them. What would you like to discover? Do you enjoy bugs, or birds, or flowers? Did you know you can learn about math, science, and writing while out exploring God’s creation? How long is one beetle compared to another? What are the parts of your favorite flower? How is it pollinated? How many songs does the mockingbird in your yard know?
How would you save the things you are learning? Draw a picture? Create a diagram and label it? Take a photo?
How can you learn more? Find a few books, fiction and nonfiction, about your favorite discoveries. Use a search engine. Ask an older person.
The discoveries outside your window are endless. Enjoy!
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Meet Our Contributor
Gail Cartee is a retired preschool teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in General Education. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the areas of marriage and family.
Gail writes family devotions at her blog, Family Devotions from my Father’s World. She is a regular contributor to Christian Children’s Authors, and Write 2 Ignite Blog.
She is a contributing author to the devotionals Penned from the Heart and The Mighty Pen. Find Gail’s articles in Guardian Angel Kid’s Magazine and Devo Kids, online magazines for children.
She is a conference breakout facilitator for Write 2 Ignite, a conference for Christian writers of children’s and young adult literature. She also helps in the planning of the conferences.
Gail is under contract with Elk Lake Publishing, for a picture book entitled, Messages, which will debut in the Winter of 2022.
She makes her home in the Upstate of South Carolina with her husband, Richard. They have three children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, camping, hiking, and watercolor painting.
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