I was thinking this morning that Elazar (3rd grade) could do some sort of davening. Right now, as an unschooler, he doesn't daven. As I have mentioned, I feel nearly 100% certain that he will be able to daven properly when he is chayav, at bar mitzva (and we will spend sufficient time being mechanech him beforehand).
But I was thinking maybe he could say a quick little something in the morning. What would be something that would give him a sense of tefila and be a meaningful experience?
He isn't really in situations at the moment where bakashos have much meaning for him. So I was thinking the direction of shevach (praise) or hoda'ah (thanks).
I think Modeh Ani really is a beautiful tefila. I hope to sit down with him and teach him what it means and have him start saying it.
I was thinking some of the birchas hashachar, too. I think he will find the rooster one interesting. Why do we express praise for that?
Before teaching him to daven, I think the next time I have an opportunity to learn with him, I will study these with him. They are short and manageable.
This morning we talked about boreh minei mezonos and I explained what Mazon is, food that nourishes the body. I said "Hashem creates different types of nourishing foods" and he said, "True!" Then he said he didn't know that was what the bracha meant.