On Thursday I attended my first and second Classical Conversations orientation. Both were super informative, and our Essentials (writing/grammar) tutor hosted a lovely dinner orientation for us:
But I feel the need to tell you this secret little problem I always have: the one thing I really dislike about most Christian audio, books, and video series is how the story is often focused on an over-the-top, ill-behaving main character who has to learn right behavior the hard way. I can't explain it exactly, but I have little desire to consume media with arguing or ugliness just for "teaching" purposes. And I definitely don't need my kids to learn more ugly words or ways to misbehave and sin by any means. They already know enough on their own! :)
The only problem I have is that it's impossible to get away from sinful behavior entirely in books and media because it is human. And of course, I understand because my kids are very human and I know the author is usually just trying to convey reality. I just hate hearing or seeing people act out sin. It's a predicament that, in the end, makes us very cautious about the media we consume lest it feed into and reinforce our own sinful tendencies.
So you can maybe see why I was little bit nervous to review something new like this. :) Thankfully, in Jonathan Park, behavior is not the main focus of the series- the scientific adventure is. But attitude is still important to me.
In the first episode when the main character was less than thrilled to do what his dad said, you can imagine I was so happy to hear his dad correct him right away. :D
It's so rare to hear immediate, right correction like that, even in Christian stories! I was so grateful they included it (and continue to include it in the following albums we listened to). The few times it happened, the parents didn't let poor behavior go, but they continued to correct them biblically with Scripture and from the heart.
I loved that the stories weren't at all focused on the negative behavior, but when it happened, it didn't get left unchecked. And you could really focus on the story and the science facts without that lingering wrong attitude. (I know I'm strange, but that made me so happy!)
And as far as science content, Rob (our in-house science/creationism guru) has been listening to every episode along with us. Here's what he had to say about it: “It’s the best audio book series I’ve heard in my life. It’s teeming with factual information, so much so that if you would listen to it a few times you would be able to defend your faith in scientific discussions. It’s really well done and entertaining."
I was fascinated by how they could teach you facts and show you how evolution doesn't coincide with the Biblical creation account, all while keeping your attention. :D Maybe the rest of school needs to be an audio story too. :)
Don't tell the kids, but we are planning to buy the next series and I want to include them once a week in our homeschool day as a science activity. They're going to be so excited! :)
Here's a little preview:
It was so much fun to listen to our new friend on the way to this little piece of Texas heaven:
Have you ever heard of Jonathan Park before?
I can't believe I have an almost 13-year-old and a science-loving husband and hadn't before!
How do you like to pass time when you travel?
We also worked on our history timeline on this trip because we're so behind. :D And we like to sing songs. I like to blog or work on a project. And while I can't, most of our kids can read in the car without getting sick. :D
What's your favorite item to get at the bakery?
I used to be a 100% cake all the way person, but icing feels like so much sugar now that I may like cookies better? Who even am I anymore? I don't know.