Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A new creation

We began our history curriculum where history begins, with the creation of the world and all that is in it.

And we brought it home by trying to recreate history, by being creators ourselves. The kids learned pretty quickly just how difficult it is to create something completely original, something never before thought up.

The assignment was simple: imagine and design some brand new creature, one that doesn't already exist.

We ended up with a finless shark, a puppy with wings, and a snail with legs.

Abby called it a "walking snail" and insisted it wasn't like an ordinary snail at all. You be the judge.

"None of these things are brand new," I pointed out. "None of them are totally original. And you made all of them out of something. You didn't make any of your creatures out of nothing."

"But we can't do that, Mommy," Abby was careful to point out. "We're not God. Only God can do stuff like that, because He's God, and we're not."

I'd say that's a good place to start.

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