Mythology for Rising 4 Year Olds

We are reading Story of the World, Volume One. By chapter 3, the children are already introduced to mythology. I’ve had some friends question how to deal with talking about mythology with such young minds, so I thought I’d share how we do it.  

Firstly, I’m working really hard to make sure Jesus is the heartbeat of our home by:

  • Reading a Bible chapter during dinner time.  We started with Matthew, and now we are in Acts
  • We started weekly devotions this year, as a part of our character-building activities. We do 1-2 of these each week
  • We say grace
  • We pray together – this includes confession, thanks, praise and requests
  • We listen to praise music together
  • Micah’s night time music is this lovely set of songs from Rita Baloche from a cd called ‘Bless My Little Boy’
  • We are memorizing scriptures and learning the books of the Bible in order
  • We constantly relate our actions, thoughts and words back to what God says
  • We don’t do too much television in our home… We control our inputs

Secondly, as I’m reading the parts where the author is naming mythological gods, I simply say the truth. For example, ‘the Egyptians made up stories about why the Nile delta flooded. They didn’t know God yet. God would have been angry that they were calling someone else God. That’s so silly. There’s only one God.’ Or ‘the Egyptians thought you had to embalm a body to save it, and send it into the earth with all this stuff. Good thing our God is the only One, and better than these fake and weak Egyptian gods. Boy that was a lot of work they did for no reason!’ All the while, my son is giggling with me and adding to what I’m saying with what God thinks about their actions. Finally, I often insert the word ‘fake god’ right before the author names a mythological god. 

It’s that simple to remain faithful to the truth while teaching on a topic that doesn’t align. Just keep relating back to the truth, and keep it fun. History should be fun, right?

As a bonus, after we read the first section of chapter 4 tonight, called ‘making mummies’, the following song popped into my head so we listened. It just so happens that this song goes perfectly with this part of chapter 4. Coincidence? Nah, I’m sure God was being intentional. Here is the song.

“How Great Is Our God”

The splendor of a king

Clothed in majesty

Let all the earth rejoice

All the earth rejoice
He wraps Himself in light,

And darkness tries to hide

And trembles at His voice

Trembles at His voice
How great is our God – sing with me

How great is our God – and all will see

How great, how great is our God
Age to age He stands

And time is in His hands

Beginning and the end

Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One

Father, Spirit and Son

Lion and the Lamb

Lion and the Lamb
How great is our God – sing with me

How great is our God – and all will see

How great, how great is our God
Name above all names

Worthy of all praise

My heart will sing

How great is our God
Name above all names

You’re worthy of all praise

And my heart will sing

How great is our God
[3x]

How great is our God – sing with me

How great is our God – and all will see

How great, how great is our God

  

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