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Capturing Your Child’s Heart

Capturing Your Child’s Heart

Episode 255

Capturing your child’s heart a life-long relationship is forged. Do you realize that most of the time a little child does something for you out of love? What happens to that love as the child grows, and why do children often grow up and become distant an sullen? In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, we explore the relationships between parents and children and five sure-fire ways, that you can do, at any time to capture your child’s heart.

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Capturing your child’s heart doesn’t happen overnight. As a young teacher, the big emphasis was on experiential learning, and self-esteem. It was the 70’s and that era was all about love. I soon realized that if I didn’t have my student’s heart, I didn’t have them listening to me either. Education was tied into obedience. While I might be equipped to capture my child’s heart through engaging education, fun activities, crafts, art, field trips and the like, could I capture my child’s heart in the ways that were most important? To me, the importance of capturing my child’s heart was not only to teach my child but to encourage a Christian walk.

Capturing your child’s heart takes God~

God made us in such an incredible and amazing way! We process in our minds, our brains but we feel in our heart! Love is something we often can’t understand. I’m so blessed to have the most amazing children (not perfect) but perfect for me. My kids challenge me, they make me the best I can be as their mom and they push the boundaries to the limit.

As I look back at my years as a mom I can see that for some of my children it was harder work to keep their hearts and for others it was easy. Sometimes it lies in the personality of a child but most of the time, we parents are at fault. We may push or prod and all that does is push a child away.

Years ago I was at a friend’s home who had been a science teacher at a high-end private school and had retired years ago. When she learned I was a homeschool mom who loved science she invited me to see her science equipment and asked if there was anything I wanted. Her youngest son was attending the local college and he walked in as I was excitedly looking through all the boxes and kept asking her if she really wanted to give it all away! She did. Here was this amazing sweet lady, who turned into a drill sergeant the minute her son walked in. One question after another. Her son looked hurt, then angry. They had a disagreement and he went to his room. I looked at my friend and she admitted she was a bit harder on the youngest. I reminded her, you didn’t even say, “Hello, how was your day?”

Do we launch into a laundry list of things when we see our kids? Did you finish your school work? Did you make your bed? Did you take out the trash? Etc. etc., etc. Discipline is necessary in every home, however being a drill-sergeant is not…

So, how do we capture the hearts of our children? It takes an effort, it takes time and it takes dying to self and falling on our knees to apologize to the Mighty One, the Maker of heaven and earth. Are we in a good relationship with the Lord – is that where our strength comes from or are we flying solo and aimlessly and then upset with our kids. Friends, I’m a busy person and if I’m not busy I will create 102 things to make me busier, just because. I’m often short with my children and when that happens I apologize – that is how to capture your child’s heart because they realize you do love them.

Show Notes: Capture Your Child’s Heart

  1. Little kids, lots of love
  2. When does the love change?
  3. What do you do about it?

Solutions to capture your child’s heart

  1. Respect
    • eye contact
    • positive and uplifting
    • attack the crime, not the child
    • don’t be cheap on the hugs
  2. Engage
    • take time
    • talk to your child but also listen
    • no devices
    • encourage
  3. Identify a need
    • what is the problem?
    • what are the solutions – ask your child
    • translate solutions into practice
  4. Empower
    • Overused – but let’s use it for good!
    • Allow your child to make mistakes – gently correct
    • Encourage your child that you trust them
    • Encourage your child to make the right decisions
    • Don’t sabotage your child
  5. Moral Truth
    • Allow God in their lives by presenting the situations – attending church, Bible studies, etc. If it’s not available, create it.
    • Pray for with your child
    • Encourage your child to grow in the Lord
    • Applaud any increase in faith and knowledge – small and large

Being there for your child is half the battle. Home should be a safe place, a place where our children grow, are nourished and can become stable citizens. Let’s pray that our children can make the Lord proud and we are just happy bystanders!

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Valentine’s Day On The Cheap

valentine's day on the cheapValentine’s Day on the Cheap

Episode 254

Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s day on the cheap, with very little money? In this episode, I will share some great ideas to make the day special for your own Valentine’s Day party for your immediate family or the gang! And there are even ideas for your spouse and for your kids and ways to cut those corner into hearts! Everyone will smile.

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For some reason, Valentine’s Day was never my favorite holiday because I didn’t date as a student and didn’t see the examples of the “day” on the “day” at home. My parents told me it was a made-up holiday – yeah, they were realists, and I didn’t see my dad give mom flowers although I did know they were deeply in love because they were inseparable. We kids changed all that when we got older and ordered flowers for my mom all the time, in my dad’s name. Gladly he thought it was great and funny.  She never knew!

Fast forward to my own experiences with my boyfriend, now my husband and a balloon incident I share on the podcast (listen to hear this funny and embarrassing story!) And, I was hooked!

Valentine’s Day can be so expensive. Flowers — well, where do we begin? So here is my list of those wonderful shortcuts to a great celebration.

Kids: Valentine’s Day On The Cheap

  1. Heart cookies. What can be better than heart cookies decorated with sugar crystals or icing? I have a great recipe attached to this podcast. Print it out and enjoy!
  2. Bookmarks with glued, cut-out red and pink hearts of assorted shapes and sizes. Purchase a ream of white (at the office supply stores) of 110lb weight. To give you an idea, copy paper is about 20lb weight. You can cut the cardstock in 6 strips, punch a hole for a ribbon. Write the person’s name on the other side with a Bible verse. So much cheaper and prettier than store bought Valentines.
  3. Hot cocoa mix. The kids love to make this, I promise, and all you need is sugar and cocoa. No additives. Put it in a container and use it for special occasions.
  4. Breakfast: heart-shaped toast – cut off the out ends after you toast the bread, it’s easier! Or try heart-shaped pancakes. Invest in griddle shapes and bring them out for special occasions. One thing I’ve done in the past it put your batter in squeeze bottles and do the outline of the heart free hand and fill it in with batter with a ladle -yes, it works.
  5. Lunch: Heart shaped sandwiches (save edges for croutons or for dinner recipe – see below). Stone soup. Okay, no hearts included but it is a fun cold-weather book to read and then have all the ingredients to make it and the kids can take turns bringing and adding the ingredients for the “best” stone soup ever!
  6. Dinner – great ideas include heart-shaped meatloaf (individual) or burgers. Use a cookie heart to shape if needed.
  7. Cookies for dessert and/or a cake. Heart shaped cakes are easy to make you can use a round cake and a square. Here are some great Pinterest Boards with ideas:
    1. Gorgeous Heart Cakes 
    2. How to Make a Heart Cake

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Adults: Valentine’s Day On The Cheap

For Him and Her

  1. Flowers, plan a garden. That is what my husband did for me when I stopped his expensive and last minute gift idea, a big bunch of expensive flowers delivered! One look at my credit card bill and that was it! So, he purchased rose bushes for mothers day, my birthday and soon I had a ready-made rose garden! I’m no green thumb so he tended to it and that made it even more special. The kids loved to pick me roses!
  2. Time to do a hobby. If your husband likes to play the guitar give him access with some kid-free time, or does he like to putter in the garage? Again, another great gift. You can give him strips with all his favorite things to select from. Start with five! He will love this gift, I promise.
  3. Spend time. My husband loves me to spend time with him. What is your spouse’s love language? Take this quiz together and find out! Quiz for 5 Love Languages here.
  4. Dress up – that goes for both of you. No sloppy shirt and hair in a messy bun. Dress up, wear nice – going to church clothes. Yes, I mean it!
  5. No devices. Today is media free day! Games with the kids, popcorn, and just time to say, “I love you.”


Easy Way Curriculum Planning

easy way curriculum planningEasy Way Curriculum Planning

Episode 252

Curriculum Planning The Easy Way?

It never gets old, the feeling of excitement OR dread when you are planning your homeschool curriculum. What is curriculum? It is the books, and the methodology you will use to homeschool your children. I won’t go into all the styles of homeschooling, this has been done in other podcasts.

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Easy Way Curriculum Planning: An overview of methods are and links to these podcasts on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network are as follows:

Charlotte Mason

Classical Method

Unit Studies

Principle Approach

Textbook and Workbook

Unschooling and Delayed Academics

Homeschooling Elementary Years

Homeschooling Middle School

Homeschooling 101

There are more, and that is an eclectic approach mixing some of these methods. For example, I used the Unit Study method for the majority of the elementary years, but I supplemented it with textbooks when needed or unschooling, in allowing the children to pursue or go off on tangents that interested them – or an idea that was sparked by our unit study. This type of learning is the most effective because the children are excited to learn and that is when most “real” learning takes place. I notice this now in my older children. My son was interested in weaponry – making weapons after studying ancient history. This carried on in later years and my son has made throwing stars, and knives out of steel, a sword, a bow and arrow, and display cases. It is a fun hobby that he does in his spare time.

My daughter, on the other hand, learned her love for oceanography after studying about the topic and went on to Scuba dive, getting her advanced certificates while in college. This daughter has gone on to homeschool her children.

We are going to take a quick commercial break and when we come back we will discuss planning your year – using the 4-Square Planning Method. We’ll be right back.


Okay – where were we? Planning your Curriculum.

  1. Decide your method. Which will you select? It really depends on the method of homeschooling you select on how to plan your curriculum. Here I’m assuming you have the curriculum in hand or are thinking about what you want to do for the coming year. If you study the different methods of homeschooling, textbooks, unit studies or unschooling the variety of options are endless. Regardless to your method you still need to accomplish, even if you are unschooling – that is not using any set curriculum and using student-led topics, you still need to accomplish learning for the year. This needs to be planned at some point and scheduled. If you are using the Classical approach there are various cycles, so you want to look at your student’s age/grade and figure out where they are in the study or approach. Charlotte Mason uses experiential, literature and nature studies. For the Principal each subject is based on Biblical principles and students are taught to think and reason using a Christian worldview and ideas using a notebook method to research, reason, relate and record. It still requires books which takes us to the next point.
  2. Look at how many weeks you will schedule your homeschool. Typically we homeschool 180 days of school, 5 days a week, for a total of 36 weeks. Just divide the number of days a week you want to homeschool into 180 days of school and that will help you. I used a yearly calendar and circled the days we would school in pencil. Just think! There are 52 weeks in the school year. If you homeschool 36 of those weeks it gives you plenty of downtime – time to take a break.
  3. Look at your books – where will you begin? It is different if you are using different methods. Here are some example of two methods I am most familiar with and ways to set them up.
  4. Textbook/workbook – take the number of days you will homeschool, the number of pages in the book and divide the number of pages by days. So if there are 320 pages in your child’s math book and 180 days it will take 1.7 days to complete – so, doing 2 pages per day will allow you to complete the book in 160 days which gives you 20 days of cushion. Cushion time: This is a great relief to homeschool families, to have the time to get ahead of if you take a break, you’ll know how many days you can miss without getting behind.
  5. Unit study – plan your topics for the year. Then, decide how many weeks you will use to study the unit. The best unit studies take at least 6-8 weeks of study. My own Creation Study Guides used this method.  In this amount of time, you can read about the topic, do science or history projects and really delve into the topic thoroughly.
  6. Schedule in time for breaks such as field trips — Schedule time for vacations. Even staycations. Also include breaks for planning, planning time for long weekends, vacations
  7. Field trips were a big part of our homeschool and needs a number all of its own. You can schedule your field trips around the topics you are studying or just schedule your field trip as a stand-alone. We studied the ancient Greeks and Romans and then we decided to visit various restaurants to sample Greek and Roman foods.

Easy Way Planning

easy way planningEasy Way Planning

Podcast 251

In this episode,  Easy Way Planning, Felice discusses a system she recently began using to plan her day, her week, her month, and her year. And, it really works well. Taking a simple approach to planning helps keep the family and life in general organized. Add a journal and you are all set to a wonderful method of keeping life straight. Even in those times when nothing seems to go right.

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Show Notes:

Easy Way Planning

Planning is a tool we use to feel a sense of accomplishment. Many times our days consist of putting out fires and getting the kids fed and dressed! And sometimes we just settle for fed. Accidents happen, plans change and often we feel frazzled. I learned several secrets during my years of homeschooling and working from my home. I learned that if I put it on a list, even if I never looked at that list again, I remembered it. I also learned some of the things below:

  1. Plans are meant to be broken. Don’t stress if everything does not get finished in one day. God willing there is tomorrow.
  2. Planning my homeschool schedule one year in advance is the best gift I can give myself. Many times I went to the plan when I felt lost. If something didn’t work out for us, no problem! I shifted gears and skipped ahead… and then added to the list.
  3. During my planning time, my children enjoyed movies, crafts and play time. I hired a babysitter, typically the kid next door or my husband watched the children on a weekend so I could think.


    Easy Way Planning


    Pray daily

    Bible reading

    Time to listen to God

    Podcast: A few minutes with God podcast (*wink—I host this podcast!)




    Specific academic goals

    Assign chores



    Subjects for the week

    Reading/ writing assignments


    Special events/field trips

    Check off lists filled out daily



    Weekly menu

    Grocery shopping

    Cleaning schedule


    washing/ folding clothes  schedule


    You can do this for the year – start big and scale down – to monthly, then weekly and then daily.

    There are things we need to do each day, depending on your season in life … with little ones your days are pretty much tied to their schedule, what their needs are like eating, changing and naps. As the children get older they become more independent (if you help them to be independent) and can do more on their own, without so much concentrated help.

    The four areas that may be in a 4-Square Page — a homeschool family will always be: Faith, Kids, School and Household.

    When planning I was sure to bundle activities. One day for errands and field trips. That was it. I was always tempted to run to the store for one thing or another, but I learned that if I did this I would lose precious time of homeschooling.

    1. Emails and computer time was at lunchtime. Even with a business, there was absolutely nothing that could not wait. (Yes, even a downed website could do without me for three or four hours.) I put my family first.
    2. Unit studies were a gift from God. I could teach multi-aged and multi-levels all at the same time, with various additions such as a grade-specific math and reading book. Otherwise, we learned as a family.
    3. Field trips were another blessing. We arranged our homeschool learning around our trips as much as possible, reading library books and building our own home library. The children illustrated, took pictures and created their own memory books after each of these outings.
    4. Hands-on learning was important no matter what the age of the child. Whether it was a mechanical toy, or paper body parts they put together or a chemistry, biology or physics lab as they got older. Experiential learning was important for long-term memory.
    5. Memorization charts are a fun way to learn facts as a family. I made it a game. A bird chart of various types of birds, and I allowed the children to study these charts daily. Then came the quiz on Friday (orally) as I pointed to each bird and the children excitedly named them one-by-one. I used this technique with parts of speech, the periodic table of elements, biology, etc.
    6. My children had their own chore and school subject check-off list. They could show dad or me each day their accomplishments especially for subjects they handled on their own such as math or writing. I gave rewards when they were younger for completed check off lists. They could select a meal or a movie we would all watch as a family. Believe me, we often had 3 movies to watch in one weekend because all three of the younger children (my most competitive kids) would complete their lists and chores.


    Just quickly – I wanted to hit more on journaling but will need to cover this further in another podcast. One thing to remember about daily journaling, it helps you take a snapshot look at your day and assess what went well and what you’d like to change it will help you pinpoint what needs to happen in the future. I didn’t like journaling at night – it got me thinking and then it was difficult to sleep – so I would journal in the morning.

    Podcasts for journaling that are faith-related:

    A. Answered prayer through journaling

    B. Journal How-To

    However, you use this planner I pray that you relax and use this time to enjoy your children. I had two children, a space of twelve years before I had the next three. So, basically, I had two families with the same husband! I got a “do over!” I could improve my homeschool methods over the first two, I could change and do some of the things I had hoped to do but never accomplished with the older ones as well. This planner is a reflection of some of the changes I implemented. I’m sure you can add your own as well. Happy “easy way” planning!









Life Hacks Traveling and First Aid

life hacks traveling and first aidLife Hacks Traveling and First Aid

Episode 250

Traveling with kids can be stressful and with these traveling and first aid life hacks this is an easier way to make things happen.

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Show Notes: Life Hacks for Traveling and First Aid:

Previous Show on Life Hacks for Home and School Here

Traveling Homeschool Life Hacks: 

  1. Traveling with children can we a wonderful time to make memories. One of my favorite traveling life hacks is to have a bag or a backpack ready ahead of time with essential items such as wet wipes, napkins and tissues, quick and nutritious snacks, first-aid items such as band-aids, ointment, (one of my favorites is melaleuca oil), sunscreen, binoculars, and storage bags for “treasures” your children want to keep.
  2. For suitcases – tie a ribbon to identify yours quickly. Yes, it has worked for me for years and guess what? I learned this from my parents. We always had a bright ribbon on our bags and not trouble spotting them.
  3. Another life hack – free bags on your plane. If you have a small carry on and really wanted to check it, most of the time that can be free when you are on an overbooked or full flight. They will make an announcement soon before boarding and check your bag for free. I only like to do this on a non-connecting flight, however, if I am traveling home I will check it. Free is always good!
  4. Set up a alert. This tidbit I learned from a check-out guy at the grocery store. I set up Skyscanner alerts from our airport RSW to the airport where I want to arrive. I get alerts when the price goes up or down. I have saved hundreds of dollars on flights this way. All airlines are compared.
  5. Take a picture with your smartphone of a business card, or important number so you can find it later in your photos. I use this idea for recipes as well.
  6. Take a photo of your parking spot so you won’t forget where you park! Or better yet when you shop at regular locations always park in the same place, it will help you remember which I learned from a lady who followed us on the way out of a store one day and overheard me telling my kids I had no idea where I parked.

First Aid Life Hacks:

  1. Use meat tenderizer for bug stings. Even works for ant bites. Mix a teaspoon full of meat tenderizer with water and put on the bite. Watch for an allergic reaction. If you use homeopathic remedies use
  2. This idea works great! Use frozen vegetables such as peas or mixed vegetables as ice packs. Place it in a thin cloth or washcloth that is wet. It works amazingly well and you can refreeze it as needed or store it for a long time. Just be sure to label these bags so you don’t eat them!
  3. Homeopathic remedies such as Belladonna and Aconite for the first sign of a cold.
  4. A great cold remedy. Vitamin C for colds. Take as needed. 500 mg for adults. Also liquid drops from the health food store of echinacea – or echinacea tablets with zinc. Both have been lifesavers in our family. We use DoTerra drops such as OnGuard at the first sign of a cold. If you want to order some, go here: DoTerra – Felice Gerwitz
  5. Neem spray. Keep this to ward off mosquitoes and biting insects.
  6. Homeopathic advice and great remedies! Be sure to listen to HomeopathyforMommiesPodcast — great tips on natural remedies.

Life Hacks Home and School

Life Hacks Home and SchoolLife Hacks Home and School

Episode 249

Are you ready for some life hacks for home and school? Life hacks are those little bits of advice that make your life go so much smoother. Some are little known and others are tried and true. In this episode Felice Gerwitz shares some life hacks she has found useful for her family, home, homeschool, traveling and first aid.

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Life Hacks for Home and School

Home Life Hacks:

  1. Reduction of clutter – keep things simple and neat. It is amazing that when you keep things clean it is easier to find and put away.
  2.  Daily to-do lists. Keep laundry to one day, shopping and errands on another and lessons for another day, or stack these “away” events to one day.
  3. Work as a team and as a family — enlist the help of your husband and kids. Or trade with a friend and watch each other’s kids.
  4. Multi-task or bundle activities. Clean while listening to CD’s or stream a podcast, watch an educational program while folding laundry.
  5. Troubleshoot what robs you of time – things such as running errands can take up so much time. Plan to run your errands on one day by hitting several places on the way.
  6. Overplanning can be a way to experience burn out. Try not to over plan. Try one event per day as a way to avoid burn out.
  7. Do you have carpet in your house? If you do in the main areas you will find the best way to keep your carpets clean is the no-shoe policy. Kids wearing socks is another way to avoid dirty floors.
  8. Clean up as you go — and teach your children to clean up as well. Keep towels off the floor, take plates off the table, rinse and place in the dishwasher. Clean up the sink in the bathroom after brushing your teeth, or make beds the first thing. Do little tasks as you go all day, this helps tremendously!
  9. Tired of folding all your clothes? Do you have closet space? Hang clothes on hangers to keep from folding them, if you lack space use thin hangers.
  10. Take a poll and ask your children what they’d like to do —you may be surprised at the chores your children select. And, the bonus is kids who do chores without complaining.

Life Hacks For Home and School:

Life Hacks for School:

  1. Plan your year ahead of time. Being organized helps you for all those times that life unexpectedly happens. Especially after a holiday break or an illness in the family.
  2. What robs your time? Social media is number one. As much as possible avoid social media.
  3. Routines work. Keep things organized. Return your papers, pencils, and books to their right place each day.
  4. Check off lists work! Especially for your kids. You can accomplish much each day, especially if you can see where you need to catch up or makeup work. Each evening for accountability show dad.
  5. Time to think — allow your children time to spend to “think” — to develop hobbies, read or discover something they are passionate about. Little ones need help and you can do this by providing toys for exploration.
  6. Teach your children something new each day and have your older children to teach the younger ones.

Planning For The New Year

planning for the new yearPlanning for the New Year

Episode 248

Each new year we plan so many things and most are undoable. Yes, we over plan or think we can do more than we can accomplish and therefore often feel a letdown or disappointment when things don’t turn out as we plan. So, for this new year, I’ve brought back a method that works for someone as imperfect as me…and that is my four-square method. If you are on our mailing list you’ve received a link to this year’s planner. It includes the four-square printable.

In this episode, learn how I use the four square method to make my life simpler and allow homeschool and home life to go as smoothly as possible. It does take a little advanced planning but it is so worth it.

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Show Notes:

Four Square Method – Planning for the New Year


Pray daily

Bible reading

Time to listen to God


Listen to A Few Minutes with God Podcast



Spiritual / Character

Specific Academic Goals

Assign Chores


Subjects for the weeks

Reading/ Writing / Assignments


Special Events/ Field Trips


Weekly Menu

Grocery Shopping

Cleaning Schedule


Washing / Folding Clothes/ Schedule

Special Christmas Show: TRUE Love of Christ for Mom


HSMtale2 Merry Christmas from Vintage Homeschool Moms!  Back in 2013, Felice Gerwitz shared a story she wrote especially for you, the busy and weary mom. Felice writes a tale of a woman you can probably identify with at some point of your journey as a wife and mother. She writes about the transformation that takes place when this woman places herself totally into the hands of Christ.

We hope you enjoy this special story – and share it with your friends!



Sattler College Affordable For Homeschoolers

Sattler College Affordable For HomeschoolersSattler College Affordable For Homeschoolers an Interview with Dr. Finny Kuruvilla

College is so expensive! Not any longer. Sattler College is affordable for homeschoolers or anyone who wants a Christian education. What makes Sattler unique? Join Felice Gerwitz and her special guest, founder Dr. Finny Kuruvilla. Dr. Kuruvilla has created an amazing environment with faith as the focal point of higher education. For a limited time, Sattler tuition is waived for the first year. Hurry – the offer expires on January 15, 2018.


Show Notes:

  1. Dr. Kuruvilla’s involvement in academia began with his own college experience. He realized that college education costs were prohibitive and he was determined to create change.
  2. Dr. Finny Kuruvilla shares information about his time at Harvard and the trends he noticed among his students that concerned him.
  3. Students are not necessarily better off after four years of traditional college, so Dr. Kuruvilla has some ideas that are innovative at Sattler.

Sattler College Affordable For Homeschoolers:

Other questions covered in the interview:

  • What makes Sattler different than other education options out there?
  • How is Sattler revolutionizing higher education?
  • Can you explain Sattler’s three “C’s”?
  • Why do you feel it’s important for students to take these core classes?
  • What specific skills are you hoping to instill in students?
  • How will Sattler prepare students for the professional world?
  • Tell us about how Sattler will invest in the students’ spiritual lives?
  • How are students matched with their mentor?
  • What will student life be like? Will any activities or clubs be offered for students?
  • Why are traditional universities so expensive?
  • How has Sattler managed to provide a quality education for a low price?
  • Why is Sattler a great fit for homeschooling families?
  • How do you feel homeschooling better prepares students for college?
  • What qualities are you looking for in applicants?
  • Why did you decide to establish Sattler in downtown Boston?
  • How can students apply?

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Finding Jesus At Christmas

finding Jesus at ChristmasFinding Jesus At Christmas

Holiday Traditions

Episode 246

Finding Jesus at Christmas seems to be the obvious choice, right? That is the entire reason for the season. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. However, so many traditions vie for attention. Reading the Christmas carols, singing Christmas songs (not all that are religious), and opening presents take center stage on Christmas morning. In this episode we discuss finding Jesus, putting the focal point back on the real reason for Christmas.

Finding Jesus at Christmas can be an intellectual, spiritual or even an activity that you can do that will help your family focus on the real meaning. Jesus coming as an infant touches our hearts. When we look at a nativity scene or watch a Christmas production at church many of us can’t remain dried eyes – tears flow! Why? Because we understand the importance of that first Christmas and the ultimate sacrifice on Good Friday. How do we encourage our children to celebrate Jesus?

Here are some tips for finding Jesus at Christmas:

  1. Start the month of December with an Advent calendar. The children can count down to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.
  2. Celebrate Advent with an advent wreath. Light a candle each evening (or at dinner), one for each week before Christmas, read a Scripture verse from the Bible or use a book (here is one we have used for years: The Season of Light Daily Prayer )
  3. Have the children participate in a Christmas play. Typically these events take weeks to practice and that does take time, however, the results are the children knowing the story of the birth of Jesus. Be sure to read the Bible story and discuss with your children.
  4. Recite the Christmas story. Take turns telling a few lines of the story, each family member adds more and more until the entire story of the Christmas birth is told.
  5. Set up a nativity set at home. My children always had small sets they placed in their own rooms. It was a wonderful reminder of the reason for the season.
  6. Christmas morning attending church. We attend on Christmas Eve and celebrate Christmas morning with prayers, lighting of our Advent wreath, thanking Jesus for His birth, and when the children were little we would hide baby Jesus for them to find before they opened presents.
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