Tuesday, September 28, 2010
When God plans the lessons
My daughter got an ant farm a while back and we finally got around to sending in for the ants. Why did we wait so long? I have no idea.
They arrived, we prepped their "farm" and poured them in. They are quite the center of attention now. Of course, we did have to ponder why they carry the name "ant farm." What are they growing? Or, are they herding cattle? They aren't raising ants, so "ant farm" isn't kind of the wrong name. (Like a children's museum -- is that where you go to look at children? -- Ah well, welcome to our family dinner table discussions).
Interestingly enough, we just decided last week to jump to the insect section of our science book while bugs could still be found outside. And, we subscribe to God's World News and they have an article about insects and reinforce everything we read in science. Love when God plans the lessons, because I could never have orchestrated this so well.
I forgot how good a real life object lesson can be. Nathan cannot stay away from the ants. I get a report every five minutes about what new thing the little guys are up to. Tomorrow we'll break back open the books and put some facts behind our observation. And, of course, I have a pile of books I just picked up from the library on insects, and a DVD too!