Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Brotherly love was not being exercised on this particular morning. Chores had been finished early, allowing the boys some playtime before lessons officially began. Within minutes their voices escalated as they began to blame and accuse one another for a mishap at the Lego table.
Now my boys can recite "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and many is the time I have heard them sweetly singing "the golden rule" as they go about their day. I wanted them to experience what they already knew in their minds though, to have that personal knowledge and understanding from within that Charlotte Mason calls "the science of relations."
Setting flour, a measuring cup, spoons and two plates on the island, I asked Max to read Luke 6:38, which I had copied onto a card. They then set to work following the "recipe."
Give, and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, they will give into your bosom. For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you in return.
The boys put a plain measure onto the second plate for comparison. Upon weighing the flour --both one cup -- we found the "bad measure" to be 5.45 ounces while the "good measure" weighed 9.45 ounces!
Luca experiencing a measure of potatoes his brother gave "unto his bosom."
Miss Mason encourages us to "present the right idea at the right time" then practice "the art of standing aside." What wisdom! No lecturing, no giving of answers but keeping my mommy-mouth shut and letting them enjoy their work while drawing their own conclusions.