Bible at RiverTree

One of the phrases that Charlotte Mason brought to prominence was "living books." These are books that contain vital ideas with which a person can thoughtfully engage. They spark interest and fuel the imagination. And for Miss Mason, no book was more lively than the Bible.
Her approach to biblical instruction is truly refreshing. She believed, as I do, that the Bible is the word of God to children as much as to adults. A teacher in a classroom has no right to set herself up as an intermediary between God and the child. Rather, a teacher should be a guide leading a child to scripture, but otherwise should be quiet so that the child can hear God's voice.
One of the common mistakes teachers often make is to conclude every Bible lesson with a "moral": some predigested little tidbit that he or she wants the child to take away . But really, how dare we? Who are we to decide what God is or is not trying to tell a particular child? It is much better to let the mind of a child reflect on the story or psalm in all its beauty and complexity. Sometimes we might find that God uses his word in ways that we would not have expected. Our talky nature can oftentimes be astumbling block to children when what they really need is time to think and reflect on the Word of God.
At RiverTree our approach to the Bible will be very simple: We will daily present children with the Word. There will not be workbooks, or fill-in-the-blank-pages, or word finds, or crosswords, but simply the Word itself. At the beginning of the day a teacher will read a selected passage and then ask the children to narrate it back, or perhaps she will work on a memory portion with her students and then let the scriptures sink into the hearts and minds of the children. But we will not put ourselves in the place of authoritative interpreters of scripture. We dare not risk so being a hindrance to children.