Let's Keep God Out of Circle Time
Last week, my three year old came home singing like a Sopranos cast member.
"Godda Father. Gotta father. GOTTA FATHER!"
My ears were peaked by her strange song. I found it hard to believe that the staff at her new Montessori school were encouraging their students to question their paternity. When I listened more closely, I realized that she was singing about a different topic, but one that I found even more disturbing.
She was saying, "God, Our Father."
It's not like we're an atheist family, completely offended by even a mention of God. Although we're pretty relaxed about religion in our Interfaith home, we do celebrate the major holidays and talk to the kids about God and prayer. But home is where I like religion to stay.
I'm sure there's nothing radical being shared with the gathered 3, 4, and 5 year olds. I'm not even sure what radical would be, but for some reason, every time I hear her chanting "amen" I get the chills. I'm not there with her to understand what she's being exposed to, and I'd be much more comfortable being the only one indoctrinating her little brain.
Hopefully October will bring some new songs to their repertoire, preferably about falling leaves and silly pumpkins. At least until Christmas rolls around.
When not editing her children's song books, Vanessa blogs about cooking and parenting at Chefdruck Musings. This is an original NJ Moms blog post.