Hans in Luck | The Brothers Grimm

I like fairy tales, and a lot of good ones are not only in the public domain, but useful teaching aids as well. …although some of them teach a somewhat dark lesson… As a continuation of my “Secular Lessons” I’ll read some random fairy tales and copy-paste them on my blog. I’ll read them to my kid when he’s older.

Human speech is about 160 words per minute, and with that figure, I’ll post at the beginning of the stories how many minutes it might take to read it out loud to your kid. At the end of the story, I’ll post some questions I can think of (and maybe offer a few potential answers of my own), and if I happen to think of a fun activity to help further illustrate the story, I’ll also leave that as well.

Okay, here we go–the first fairy tale is from the Brothers Grimm, “Hans in Luck” Continue reading “Hans in Luck | The Brothers Grimm”

Baby’s First Year

Secular lessons for a newborn doesn’t put much emphasis on morality or citizenship, but rather the exploration of their physical surroundings.

This is a continuation of my Secular Lessons for Kids.

I figure it makes the most sense to start at age 0–baby’s first year of life. Check out my about page to understand my level of expertise: I’m not a pediatrician or an expert in child development. My knowledge is largely driven by the fact that I have a son, and he is now 1. His first year is still pretty fresh in my mind.

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Secular Lessons for Kids

“I just tell myself that I’m going to read 10 pages a day, no matter what”. —Mom

In one of my previous posts, I was asked if I was going to “dedicate my son” in the religious sense. In that post, I revealed an idea of mine to put together “secular lessons” for kids of atheist parents. I don’t currently know of any materials out there that help kids navigate the world of “right” and “wrong”, for developing their own sense of morality, or teaching reason and free thought. Continue reading “Secular Lessons for Kids”

Are you going to dedicate your son?

I’m going to dedicate my son to free thinking and reason. I’m dedicating my son to good citizenship.

My sister-in-law asked me if I was going to dedicate my son. “Dedication” is a ceremony that many churches are doing these days for new arrivals. Families bring their babies to church and publicly declare their intention to raise their child as a Christian in front of the congregation. Since some of my family members don’t know that I’m atheist, I gave her an awkward look and just said Continue reading “Are you going to dedicate your son?”