Elizabeth really likes the general overview of Apologia General Science. She’s breezing through it – even after having forgotten most of what she learned from the Apologia Exploring Creation series. This mama perhaps wasn’t as diligent as I should have been with taking advantage of all the fun experiments and learning experiences as I could have been. But I had three babies and we did what we could.
Liz is especially enjoying the anatomy modules – much to my chagrin since she really wasn’t on board when we studied it a couple years ago.
She’d been asking me to get her a more advanced book on body changes. Of course, at age 12, she knows the basics of human development. I certainly wouldn’t wait until she begins her first menses to let her know what’s happening! Not sure what she was wanting, I half-heartedly searched for an appropriate book online to no avail.
I’m not pleased with the secular emphasis in even so-called Christian books. They seem to skim over the implications of premarital sex and lust and not address important issues from a Biblical perspective.
When she asked about it again, I questioned her. I was frustrated because all the sex books I’ve found are blaringly inappropriate for her. She doesn’t need to understand the issues of abortion or homosexuality or teen pregnancy yet. She didn’t even know anything about those until very recently.
Alas, my little geeky girl wants a book that explains in detail the chemical changes in the body that cause the physical changes. What a relief!
I like that most of the experiments in General Science are simple enough that Liz can do them by herself. We’re all pretty fascinated by a branch of ivy that we are rooting.
Which brings to mind the verse:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Like we are branches on the vine of God, so are our children extensions of us. When I get frustrated with behavior or attitudes, I must remember that they are His children first and I cannot change their hearts. I can only pray for them to accept His teachings and internalize them in their own hearts. I pray that someday I can sit back in my rocking chair and see the faithful tendrils growing forth from my legacy.
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