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We are Christians and I would like to incorporate that into our homeschooling. I really liked a lot of what I saw in the homeschooling curriculum, but when I read some posts (search on Enki) I wasn't sure if Christianity would mesh well with the Enki curriculum or not.<br><br>
However, I really have NO IDEA what I'm talking about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Is it the sort of curriculum that could work for anybody and I can just add in what I feel works for our family?<br><br>
TIA! I hope this makes sense.
 

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I can't imagine why they would clash.<br><br>
I think Enki has less rather than more religion. It is influenced by Shambhala Buddhism, but I see this as more of an addition of mindfulness and meditation, not something that is religious. Actually I can't think of anything that I've seen or used in Kindy or First Grade that has any religious component. I don't see why you couldn't just add in whatever religious content you wanted. In fact I feel like as far as tales to tell/songs to sing/games to learn; the entire curriculum is incredibly flexible.<br><br>
As far as recommended festivals, I think she suggests earth based ones--the solstices and equinoxes--which all of us living on Earth observe regardless of religion. Then you could add the ones that are especially relevant for your family such as Easter or whatever.
 

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I am Christian and we are going to be doing Enki. I don't think they will clash, from what I've read.
 

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Right now I'm reading the Enki Teaching Guides from a very open-minded, God-loving, eclectic Christian perspective. It has this Shambhala Buddhist theme of 'honoring the sacredness within everything' and I just simply translate this to be 'honoring God within everything'. Mindful meditation is recommended, and prayer is a form of this. I dove-tail the theme to be God, and it becomes something I feel Jesus would support.<br><br>
My opinion is that sincere, God-loving Christians will love Enki Education. It is very flexible, so you don't have to use what you don't like. It does have some Pagan songs, but so does Christianity!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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There is a yahoo group that you can join, I found it through one of the other threads here about Enki. There are questions and answers from the author of Enki curriculum. There is one place where she says if you are practicing Jewish or Christian, you may not be happy with Enki. But I can't speak from personal experience.<br><br>
I am curious about it too. I have a hard time getting past the name. Do a search on Enki (the Sumerian god) and maybe you will see what I mean. Interesting choice for naming a curriculum.
 

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Hi, I don't get much time to be on the computer these days, but every now and then pop in. I hope nobody minds.<br><br>
I am using Enki. I was raised a Christian and though I am now a Baha'i, i still hold my Christian beliefs (in the same way that the Christain Faith is built upon the foundations of the Jewish Faith). I found that it is very easy to incoorparate religion into this curriculum. As a previous poster mentioned, there is a theme of "honoring the sacredness within everything". I exstrapolate that to mean, in our family, that that sacredness exists because it is God's creation. I was drawn to this curriculum because of its celebration of the sacredness in life as opposed to the materialistic viewpoint that is prevalent in today's society. Some Christmas songs are included in the curriculum's resource library including Holy Night, Jingle Bells...<br><br>
I also enjoy the inclusion of folk and fairy tales of people from all around the world and not just one tradition (usually European). In each you get a glimps of wisdom (usually told in a humourous light) that trancends race, nationality, or place that separtates us. That same wisdom I find taught in all of the major religions of the world. For me I believe that that God is the source of this wisdom.<br><br>
I hope that I did not step on any toes with my post. I do hold the Christian Faith in my heart with the highest respect, and my love for Christ grows with each passing year. I hope I have not offended anyone for posting since i am a Baha'i.<br><br>
With warmest regards,
 

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Hello! I am a Christian and have been using Enki with my six children for over eight years now. I have never considered Enki a conflict with my Christian beliefs, but rather have appreciated the way the curriculum honors the sacred wisdom in each person and culture of the world. I like how "Julie hope" describes that in each of the stories "you get a glimpse of wisdom that transcends race, nationality, or place that separates us." This was one of the primary reasons we were drawn to Enki. Jesus Christ Himself said "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold." I love opening my children to all peoples, and the wisdom and beauty brought forth from so many "folds." The creators of Enki have made painstaking efforts to gather together this wisdom and then to bring it to the children at a developmentally appropriate and lovely way. Plus you are invited to seek wisdom and truth and light in how to meet your child's needs. I feel like my efforts to do this in my spiritual life were a great preparation for listening and seeking direction in my homeschooling efforts, and I appreciate the way the process of homeschooling has thus informed my spiritual life. The materials are of the highest quality (after all these years I still go back and reread them and find inspiration!) and I think you will love how they support you and your family.
 

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<p>I agree with the opinion expressed by others here, that the Enki curriculum could be used regardless of a family's religion. The resources are considered a "library" so not every resource is meant to be incorporated anyway, thus easy to not include songs or stories that don't resonate for the parent/teacher. That said, it is also encouraged to sit with some of the stories for awhile, to see if the parent/teacher can embrace the wisdom within (from a culture different than their own) if they initially sense inner resistance. The curriculum embraces the inherent wisdom and vitality within every one of us. If a family has an over-riding belief that others are not equal to them, because of differing religion, then Enki really might not be a good fit (too bad because the way it all comes together with the learning process, movement support, arts-integrated approach to learning is simply amazing!).</p>
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<p>The multi-cultural aspect of the curriculum enables the child to live into each story, dance or activity so that it becomes their own, their own heart experience. When they go forth into the world and meet the different cultures later, the child identifies with the diversity through their own heart experience, and it is a feeling of "us" rather than "them". </p>
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<p>My husband and I each grew up influenced by Christian traditions, but without a predominance of religion in our lives. As adults with young children of our own now, we are exploring our own family's beliefs and working towards establishing meaningful traditions and beliefs for our children (beyond the overriding commercialism so prevalent today). I'm finding it extremely helpful to have this explorative journey of cultures (and therefore different religions) incorporated into my homeschool journey. I know that I'd like my children to see the inherent wisdom and vitality within every person, so that aspect of Enki was incredibly easy for me. </p>
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<p>Enki Education recently added some "video tea" chats to their website <a href="http://www.enkieducation.org" target="_blank">www.enkieducation.org</a>. There are 6 chats and 1 materials overview, for a total of 7 videos. </p>
<p>Here's a link to the multi-cultural "video tea"</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5rSZPTCGjY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5rSZPTCGjY</a></p>
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<p>Be sure to visit the website <a href="http://www.enkieducation.org" target="_blank">www.enkieducation.org</a> for the other chats, they are so informative.</p>
 
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