Sometimes I get an anxious feeling that I need to teach my children as much as possible as soon as possible. For example, if God is teaching me something specific or I discover a great new passage in Scripture, I feel like I want my kids to know it NOW so they won’t have to wait until they’re my age. But then I come back to reality and know that life doesn’t work that way. The Lord teaches us things at certain times in our lives for a reason. It’s quite possible I was “taught” these things earlier but it didn’t sink in because I wasn’t ready to learn it.
Here is a wonderful poem that is so encouraging about just being diligent and teaching our children daily little by little. I found it in Karen Andreola’s book A Charlotte Mason Companion. The author is unknown.
Little by Little
“Little by little,” an acorn said,
As it slowly sank in its mossy bed;
“I am improving day by day,
Hidden deep in the earth away.”
Little by little each day it grew;
Little by little it sipped the dew;
Downward it sent out a thread-like root;
Up in the air sprung a tiny shoot.
Day after day, and year after year,
Little by little the leaves appear;
And the slender branches spread far and wide,
Till the mighty oak is the forest’s pride.
“Little by little,” said a thoughtful boy,
“Moment by moment I’ll well employ,
Learning a little every day,
And not spending all my time in play;
And still this rule in my mind shall dwell,
‘Whatever I do, I will do it well.’
Little by little I’ll learn to know
The treasured wisdom of long ago;
And one of these days perhaps we’ll see
That the world will be the better for me.”
And do you not think that this simple plan
Made him a wise and useful man?