Perception of Truth

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How do I want the kids to see Truth? As absolute, or indefinite, changeable, and incomplete? God is absolute, and all Truth comes from Him. I want the kids to have that security, to know the Truth, that what is True cannot be changed, or altered, and that what is True has evidence everywhere and in everything, but can still be mysterious. It must be found out, and searched for. And most importantly, what sounds True sometimes isn't. Real Truth can always be put to trial, so to speak, and will not waver.

I also want them to know how to put Truth to trial. Truth does not begin within ourselves. It is outside of us; our hearts are foolhardy and easily convinced. The absoluteness, mysteriousness, and outside parts of Truth can make us uncomfortable and reject it. And some Lies disguised as Truth are so nice and friendly. It's easy to cozy up with them.

The easiest way to study Truth is to start with the Bible, God's own Word. But that is not the only way! Truth has been alluded to in many different places, even by those who are against true Truth. Other ways we will study Truth is through literature, fairy tales, hymns, art, music, and through our timeline. (CC has a wonderful timeline that we love.) I want us to study Truth biblically, chronologically, and logically. I'm still not completely finished with this thought process, so bear with me a bit.

Our biblical studies will use the Psalms in KJV, because of the beautiful use of language. We'll read one Psalms per week, and Eowyn will work on copying it. Gideon will work on copying some of it, but I'm not willing for him to copy much yet until his handwriting is cemented. (He still will write his letters backwards, etc. So he needs more practice thinking about letter formation instead of copying words. Once he masters the habits of letter formation, he'll start copying more.) We'll also study hymns each week. We don't sing very many hymns in church anymore, but they are important for theological and spiritual understanding. So far we've only done "Be Thou my Vision" but the kids love it. All three of them. First, we read a brief background of the hymn, and then we've been studying and learning the verses. We talk about what the verses mean, and we sing it all together. I love listening to them sing it, and they practice singing it all the time. It has taken longer than I anticipated, but that's just fine. It is better that we know this one before moving on.

For our chronological studies of Truth (because what has happened is true), we already have our CC timeline, but we're adding the Mystery of History audio books. These are relatively new, but I'm so excited about them. CC usually talks about Story of the World, and we've used that in the past, but it is a very neutral, secular curriculum. Mystery of History has a biblical perspective. I want them to see the connections we have to history, how history and peoples before us and their actions directly influence, change, mold, and determine who we are, and our actions do the same for those after us.

The logical studies of Truth will use the fairy tales and Aesop's fables. Right now, I think we'll be reading or listening to Andrew Lang's fairy tales, but I keep wondering if we should start with Grimm. (Especially after reading From Homer to Harry Potter.) These old fairy tales have consequences, choices, and outcomes that may be scary but teach the reality of how our choices affect us and others. Aesop's Fables will give us another opportunity to discuss the morals. I'll read the fable to the kids, and then we discuss and they try to come up with the moral of the fable. This gives them practice with thinking about what happens and what could have happened, which will hopefully translate to thinking about consequences for their decisions.

Another perception of Truth is beauty. God made beauty, and He is beautiful. We'll study beauty in nature, art, music, and literature. Since our CC cycle is American history, we'll study different American artists and composers each week. Nothing too intense, just enjoying their work and maybe a little background information to read. I'm hoping to have, at the end of the week, time to copy the artist of the week. (Example, John Singleton Copley painted portraits, so we'll make portraits of each other.)

*These were my thoughts at the beginning of our school year last summer. We had a lovely time implementing these thoughts into our morning meetings. I'm in the process of organizing our morning meetings again, which have sadly been laid by the wayside in the past few months with the adjustments of a new baby in the house. I brought this post over from Homesteading on Grace though to solidify my commitment to our morning meetings. It really is the best part of our days. Do you have a morning meeting time? How do you study the Truth?


  1. Such a good practice to know how to find, evaluate and test truth. I've just had the Mystery Of History audios recommended to me too and am looking forward to using them in the fall. Visiting from What To Read Wednesday.

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Abi! We do love those the Mystery of History audio books. (I love any good audio books, actually!)