Saturday, 26 September 2009

two conversations with Sophie, aged 7

Scene: Breakfast.  Sophie, aged 7, is eating weetbix and cornflakes smothered in yoghurt.

Me: What did the sheep say to the shearer?
S: What shearer?
Me: The one that was there?
S: Where?
Me: (exasperated) In the shearing shed!  But it's a joke, you just say, "What?". 
S: Oh.
Me: What did the sheep say to the shearer?
S: What?
Me: Eucalyptus! (you-c-lipped-us)
S: (laughs hysterically, then pauses) What?

(later on after bible reading)

G: (reading back of illustrated international children's bible NT):
Why is it so hard to read and remember little black words on a white page?  Probably because most of us are visual learners.  We learn better through the use of pictures.  This innovative New Testament uses Bible text that illustrates the ACTUAL Scriptures (not a retelling or paraphrase!), complete with dialog boxes to show who is speaking- just so kids can follow the story and action.  It sets the scene for them.  This not only helps children read the Bible, but also helps them immediately understand what is going on, learn it, and remember it better.  The old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words," now rings truer than ever.
[bit of discussion here, then...]
S: ...if they really believed that, why didn't they use pictures to say it?  Hah!  They're using words to say words aren't important!

(which, I know, is not exactly what they're saying, but for a seven year old, she makes an interesting observation)

1 comment:

Erin said...

lol, thats a pretty smart connection to make :)