12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool

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It's that time of year! Fresh reams of paper, spiral-bound notebooks, and packages of pencils with full, perfect erasers have replaced the bottles of sunscreen, pool toys, and beach towels on store shelves. Our beloved summer is drawing to a close. Our bookshelves have been purged of last year's materials, making way for supplies prepared for the new year. Most of our curriculum planning is complete. We've assessed weak areas in our kids' academics and have come up with strategies to … [Read more...]

5 Books That Will Help Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

5 Books To Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

Since my husband and I have a toddler again in our home, we've been trying to expose her to more books on a more regular basis. Among her current favorite read-alouds are a few books that feature Jesus and other Bible characters — mostly board books that we bought when her older brother — our eldest child — was still a preschooler. (How do we know they are her favorites? Well, she keeps pushing them into our hands, saying, "Eee...," which I think is her way of saying, "Read...") I'm sure … [Read more...]

Friends & Heroes Review & Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Review

  I was given the opportunity to review Friends & Heroes DVD 1 and Homeschool Unit Study 1. I was compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. What is Friends & Heroes? From the website.."Friends and Heroes is an animated children's adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can … [Read more...]

Making Your Family Vacation More Affordable

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With a tough economy and tight budgets, family vacations are easy to put on the back burner or forget about all together. But the fun, the memories and the connecting that come from family vacations are worth fighting for. Here are a few ways to make a family vacation affordable. 1. Buy food from a grocery store and make your own meals instead of eating out all the time. If you want to eat out, go out for lunch instead of dinner; many restaurants (fast food restaurants not included) have … [Read more...]

Parenting Two or More: Tips and Tricks!

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Two children might not sound like a lot, but the difference between one child and two children is ENORMOUS, both because now there’s twice as much parenting work for Mommy and Daddy, AND because competition now exists within the household. Having more than one child is AWESOME. I say this based both on my experience as a child and my experience as a parent. When I was a kid, I LOVED playing with kids from large families and going over to their homes. More people, more fun, more ideas, more … [Read more...]

Top 3 Places to Look for Free Summer Fun and Learning

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In 2011, I put together our family’s Summer Bucket List of 94 Things to Do, as well as a more general Bucket List of Summer Sensory Ideas. In 2012, I shared six specific ideas for summer sensory fun as I focused on helping my children enjoy a summer replete with activities that included, among other things, the simple pleasures of swimming at local beaches, enjoying many meals outside, taking hikes at local parks, and having pool noodle fun all over our yard. Last summer, since each of my … [Read more...]

Want to Have an Open Line of Communication With Your Teen? Here are 5 Posts to Help Guide You.

Communication With Your Teen by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie

This spring I entered a new stage in my life; I became a parent of a teenager. When my son was 12, I began preparing him (and myself) for this new adventure. I explained to him some of the changes (physically, mentally, and emotionally) that he was going to experience during this period of his life. An important element during this stage in a teen's life is to have an open line of communication between parent and child. Wait a minute, don't teens, especially boys, become quiet and distant … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

Yesterday I considered the amazing reality that God wants to encounter your children and mine. Today I'd like to offer seven suggestions for how we can encourage our kids to encounter Him. Read God's Word to them. "The Word of God is living and powerful..." (Hebrews 4:12). I've certainly experienced the power of God's Word in my own life, but I've also seen its power in the lives of my children. Through regular time spent in the Bible together, my five-year-old daughter realized she wasn't a … [Read more...]

Divine Encounters…For Kids!

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Here's a jaw-droppingly beautiful truth: Jesus' first priority for you is just to be with Him. Mark 3:14 tells us that "He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach." Do you see how being with Him came first? Before the preaching, before the healing, before the casting out of demons or even the raising of the dead. Sure, we have work to do...God-ordained tasks to accomplish...divine appointments to meet. But our most important divine … [Read more...]