Greetings Summit Family! Items for Action:
- Save the date for the first annual Summit Jog-A-Thon coming Saturday, Sept. 20.
- Summit still has a few enrollment slots open for Kindergarten, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades for the 2014-2015 school year. Please spread the word!
- Please be in prayer about Summit’s search for a Fourth Grade teacher. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). If you are aware of a potential candidate who may be a fit for this position, please pass their name on to me.
Ideas for Reflection:
God and Childhood
When C. S. Lewis was questioned about why he wrote literature for children, he famously replied, “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown-up.” Of course, he was referring to the tendency in us all to become so “mature” that we lose that capacity to immerse ourselves in the wonder of being a child. Unlike an apple which grows from, and then discards, a seed, Lewis believed that humans are more like onions; we add layers of maturity and experience to the core of the child that remains central to our being. To deny and neglect that child is to turn our backs on the essence of who we are as humans. The onion will not remain healthy if the core withers and dies.
It goes without saying that our God is GRA-CI-OUS. Every time we turn around He is giving us that which we don’t deserve. It is noteworthy that, when Jesus gives us E-TER-NAL life, He is giving to us our entire life; not just our future, but also our past, including our childhood. In fact, Jesus held childhood in such high esteem that He made it a condition for entering His kingdom—and to be like a child is to be greatest in that kingdom (cf. Matthew 18:3–4). The Apostle John went on to say that those of us who believe the Gospel and are saved actually become children again; i.e., “children of God” (cf. John 1:12).
The Classical Model
Someone has said you don’t truly understand your subject unless you can teach it to a child; a humbling thought and, with this sword-of-Damocles hanging over my head, I am currently working on a Bible curriculum for introducing children in that Kindergarten-time-of-life (both young and old) to the God of the Bible. It’s called God from A to Z, and is based on the premise that Jesus is the beginning and the end of all that we can know. He said about Himself, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 21:6; alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet). The Classical Trivium has been my guide (see The Lost Tools of Learning, Dorothy Sayers). Kindergartners are in the Grammar stage (“Poll-Parrot,” in Sayers’ terminology), and so this study is focused on basic concepts and ideas using chant, memorization, narration, and worksheets as teaching devices. Please pray that I can stay out of God’s way as I work on this project.
God bless you all,
Dr. Timothy Orton
Summit Classical Christian School