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...]

“Peace-full” Homeschool Planning

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Summer, oh how I love you! From swimming pools to barbeques, vacation time to ice cream cones, summer is overflowing with many of my favorite things. Though many of us homeschooling moms might like to bury our heads in the sand and not think about school for the entire three months, the part of us that longs to parent intentionally just won't let us escape so easily. So we look back on the previous year. And we think. Then we assess. And we plan. And we reassess. And we wonder. And we … [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...]

Catch this Leprechaun! St. Patrick’s Day Craft for Kids

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St Patrick was taken to Ireland as a slave and his faith grew. He escaped, went home to Britain, became a priest and then bishop. He returned to Ireland, preaching and converting many people, using the shamrock to explain the Trinity. St Patrick is the patron saint of tooth aches, snake bites and Ireland. Everyone likes to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, right? This special Feast Day is filled with festivities, Irish food, Irish music and everything green! The leprechaun is a mischief-making … [Read more...]

Why You Should Bring Your Kids to Church ANYWAY!

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  Little kids. Two year olds, five year olds, seven year olds. Little kids that walk on the kneeler, crawl under the pews and talk all throughout the Mass. Little kids that take the hat off of the person sitting in front of you. Little kids that you LOVE. Yes, when they hear your last name, some (many?) parishioners start rolling their eyes and make comments like “Oh, you mean the lady with those kids”. Honestly, you don’t mind that comment – it’s tame. You’ve gotten many much … [Read more...]

5 Fun and Easy Kids Valentine Crafts

5 Fun and Easy Kids Valentine Crafts

    My kiddos love being creative and with Valentine's Day around the corner I thought it would be fun to share some kids valentine crafts with y'all! Above each collage you'll find a supply list, and below it will be the directions for each craft. I hope you have fun with your kiddos getting ready to share the love this Valentine's Day!   Kids Valentine Crafts   ~ Love Bugs ~ Supply List Pipe Cleaners Pom Pom Balls Large and Small Heart … [Read more...]

Sewing with Kids

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Today's post from Jennifer is wonderful for those of us wondering how we can begin sewing with our children. I used to sew before I got married and had a family. I find it strange now because having a family, it's really necessary to know how to sew. Many years I've threw out my children's clothing because of these holes. Now, I'm not saying to sew everything with holes and turn it into a glob of new thread. However, we can turn an old pair of jeans into something useful and … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Share the Love Week: Teaching Kids to Show Love Through Kindness

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Valentine's Day is approaching and love is in the air. It seems like our society has transformed the message of love from the Biblical view of Agape- that deep unconditional love that breaks boundaries and moves mountains, to a material-based view that says "I love you because you buy me nice things." Love is truly the best gift we can give someone. Love is what led Jesus to the cross for us, and we are expected to do "these things and greater". … [Read more...]

10 Ways Homeschooling Has Changed Me

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1. My house entire house is a classroom, and the dining room isn't just used for eating anymore. Since we don't have a homeschool room, our dining room is also our main classroom. 2. I enjoy buying new curriculum more than buying the latest fashions or even purses. Anyone who knows me and my purse fetish knows this is huge. Opening a box of brand new curriculum makes me like a kid on Christmas morning. 3. The futures of my children are much more important than what others think of … [Read more...]