My son turned 10 last November. He responded much like Jill's boys when we read such things in the Bible, Amy's book, etc. I did not delete anything unless it was used a lot of times in a row. But my son didn't ask for more explanation than Jill mentioned.
However, near the end of last year (age 10-1/2) he hinted about some "lack of understanding," & I went ahead & got out the gentle "facts of life" book used in Rome to the Reformation. It's a book that has 2 levels of text. My son never asked for more than the simplest level last year. This year we'll be reading it all & I will be the deer in headlights :o)
Posted Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:36 pm by Julie in MN
doubleportion wrote:Personally I am glad that we did not skip any of these. I think our dd benefited greatly from them. It has given her a greater understanding of persecution of Christians through out the world; and a recognition that we must all be sold out to the Lord that much, that we are willing to choose death before denying Him. For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I will say that she has matured allot since 2nd grade and 3rd grade was the perfect age for her to do ECC.
I agree with you, Edie. I read these to my son in 3rd grade and they had lasting effects even up until now in 8th grade. And now in ECC as an 8th grader, he's spending his time on the advanced biographies in the 7-8th grade package, so I'm glad we took the time to read the YWAM* ones in the past. (We actually read all of the ECC set plus several extras in 3rd grade.)
I was especially happy to be able to discuss any sensitive topics together "with" my son. I knew by 3rd grade, he would be exposed to these topics in many places, including the Bible and church sermons and even littler kids. We were able to have good little conversations based on missionary lives, before I had to answer questions about TV shows or adult conversations that had been overheard in a doctor's office. And there is some sense in what a dentist once told me: Nothing he could do to a child (even giving my 3yo four root canals) is worse than the child's own fears. Our kids may be trying to make sense out of much more in the world than we realize -- and if not, then the worrisome topics may be going right over their heads. In some ways, the missionaries prepared the way for future understanding in CTG and RTR, up through the facts-o-life study and the early martyrs and such. I was so grateful to homeschool him and be the one to help him face the difficult realities of life in this very small way (there really aren't more than a handful of issues, IMHO).
I will add that in 3rd he absolutely didn't understand things in an adult way. I copied one of his missionary summaries here, and you will see that he wasn't too worried about anything we had read: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 042#p47794
And we read pretty much everything as-is (unless it was repetitive). Often he didn't ask questions when I expected them, or a question really didn't need much more of an answer than, "They were acting like they were married and they weren't," or, "People have always been tempted to be mean and sinful, haven't they?"
So that's just a perspective for a family that might be looking forward to reading these books to a 3rd grader -- my experience is that it was wonderful. They meant a LOT more to my ds than the short, rhyming versions we tried from YWAM. But my son does have adult siblings, so each family will be different.
P.S. Curiosity caused me to search my computer. Here's what my 3rd grader "heard" about Amy (3rd grade errors and all):
Amy grew up as a helpful person. She worked in India and Japan when she was grown up. Let’s start the story
It starts out when she was 15. She and her friends wanted to see the comet. So she led her friends upstairs. They got upstairs and saw furniture shapes. Then they [the shapes] turned to faces! The light flipped on and it was their teachers. They looked at only 1. Amy was the only one that would do it so she got the most punishment. They saw the comet but not the way she wanted to…
As I told you, Amy is a kind person. One day, Amy was at church, she helped a slooooow, slow, person. But as she was walking by a fountain she heard voice say something from 1st Corinthians. She goes to a boarding school then when she gets home she helps “Shawlies”. Then later on she went to England to help the Shawlies.
Then later she gets ready to go to China to be a missionary but…… the doctor said she was too sick so know where she went? She went to Japan. But when she got there she got sick again! She got lost for hours till Japanese men carried her to a missionary she was going to meet. Then she fixed up the Japan missionary station and taught about 12 people to be Christians. Then she went to India.
She really spent the rest of her life running an orphanage/her adopted children. They called her “The Child Stealing Amma’ cause she rescued many girls from temples and mean families.
* [YWAM = Youth With A Mission, publisher of ECC Deluxe biographies]