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The Grammar Lesson

The Grammar Lesson
By Stephanie Stevens

I’ve been teaching grammar to 3rd and 4th graders this year. It’s a fun program, and the kids are really engaged. Honestly, I’m learning right alongside them. 

Here’s what I’ve discovered these past few weeks, I’ve forgotten some of the “whys”. 

Why do certain words have double letters?  
Why is there a silent b at the end of climb and comb? 
Why do some letters make one sound and others make more than one? 

I know how to spell comb and climb. I know that the word cliff has two f’s, yet you don’t pronounce both of them. I know these things, but I’ve forgotten why. These things are important because they are the building blocks for reading and writing. 

This caused me to think about the building blocks of my faith.

I know that I believe in God, but can I articulate why? Why do I believe in him? Why do I have faith? Why do I have hope? Why do I love him? Why do I trust him? 

I’ve spent the last few days answering those questions so that I can articulate them more clearly. 

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15