Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vival Stories

My 5 year old son has started a new pre-k program for kids who have birthdays that are on the cusp of either starting or waiting for kindergarten.  The preschool is a Christian program, which didn't play into the decision to have him attend, but it wasn't a problem either.  He loves his new school and he loves the new book they gave him.

My son kept asking "Mommy, have you seen my Survival?" at which I would reply "Huh?"  Finally after a few days he found his Survival and he brought it to me to show me just what he was talking about.  "Ahh....you mean your Bible,"  "Yeah, my Vival."  He tries so hard to get it phonetically correct, but falls short every time.  So, for now, we'll acclimate to him and call it a Survival or a Vival.

Like I've said in previous posts, we're not a very religious family.  We don't go to church regularly, but I do think it's important for my kids to know about religion.  The Bible my son has is a children's Bible and has done a nice job of simplifying the stories and creating good and kind messages about how we should treat one another.  I can't think of a more appropriate message than that at our crazy house. 

All of the kids love the stories and for the last few weeks, these have been what we read at night before bed.  Even I enjoy the quiet engagment of the stories.  It's a nice way to end the evening on a calm note and oddly enough the kids have seemed nicer to each other.  Even if that all happens to be coincidence, I'll take it anyway :-).

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