betjte wrote:I am thinking of using MFW, but have some concerns about their 5 year cycle. I have never wanted to introduce ancient history to my children until they are older. I don't want to expose them at young ages to the false gods, human sacrifice, etc. that goes along with that period of history. Also, I want them to have a strong foundation in American history and our beliefs about God before studying other cultures. If we begin MFW, we would use their Kindergarten and Adventures programs next year. However, I was looking ahead and realized that we would be hitting their Creation to Greeks program when my kids are in the fourth and second grades. I'm not sure that I want to expose my kids to ancient history at those ages (especially the second grader). How does MFW handle the paganness issues in their program? Is it discussed in the younger years? If so, would it be easy to just skip over those parts? I would really appreciate any information you all can give me!
I think MFW does a pretty good job, but you have to do your own narrating.
The bible itself introduces false gods and the problem with following them.
The way we handle it is to talk about the rules that God laid down and discuss what happened to people when they worshiped and followed after false gods. We are doing CTG with my 9 year old son and 2 - 6 year old sons. WE are currently reading the Children's Homer, I was hesitant about this because we are very careful about entertainment that has false gods, witches, magic etc. As I am reading I will stop and ask them questions, about the reading - such as, "okay Telamachus is praying to Athena, is she a real god or a fake god?", or someone will pray to Zeus "the greatest of gods" and I will ask "who is the Greatest of Gods - is it Zeus?" I will point out some of the problems that the fake gods had - the quarreling, or that they could be killed or tricked and I will ask "is a god who can be killed or tricked really a powerful god?"
Comparing fake gods to the perfection of our Holy and Perfect God is a great way to teach kids about the uniqueness of the God of the Bible.
We really enjoyed the section in CTG where we went over the plagues of Egypt and how they were judgments against all the false gods of Egypt, we looked at the plagues and which god that plague was a judgement against, it was very interesting to me and to the kids.
Today we talked about Solomon and how he had lots of wives who caused him to turn from god and worship the fake gods of each of his wives, then we went back and looked at Deuteronomy where the Lord specifically told the Israelites that when they had a king over them that the king was not to marry many wives, not to amass wealth and not to go back to Egypt for horses. He made these rules so that the king (and after him, the people) would not turn away from following after God. If they did these things then God would judge them and punish them. Solomon broke all of these rules and God did indeed punish him.
ALL of that said, you have to pray about what is right for your family, this is just our family's way of dealing with this subject!
The activities described above are included in the CTG manual -- comparing the plagues to the Egyptian gods, as well as comparing Solomon's actions to the Deuteronomy instructions. You will not have to figure these things out on your own.]