Special Edition of HIRL: Family Devotions with Marty Machowski

Free homeschool podcast about family devotions.This week on Special Edition – Homeschooling IRL – Enjoy this episode replay sponsored by Christian Standard Bible!    Join us as we welcome pastor, homeschool father, and family devotions author, Marty Machowski. We talk with Marty about family devotions and why we need to encourage each other as families to gather together around the Word of God. 

These are wonderful books for families just like yours. They are easy to use, with ideas that are easy to grasp, and they teach to a level that will engage everyone in the entire family. Marty’s books have been a hit in our family and we are sure they will be with yours as well. Join us and be inspired and encouraged for family devotions in your home.


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Top 10 Faith Building Activities

Top 10 Faith Building Activities | Having fun and learning while teaching the faith, yes! Faith building activities are discussed as well as ways to help your children see the spiritual connection between faith and the Bible.  #podcast #homeschoolpodcastFaith Building Activities Episode 325

Having fun and learning while teaching the faith, yes! Faith building activities are discussed as well as ways to help your children see the spiritual connection between faith and the Bible.

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So, we all want to help our children grow in the Lord, in fact, the Scriptures tell us this Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. And of course Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength. And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thy heart: And thou shalt tell them to thy children, and thou shalt meditate upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey, sleeping and rising. And thou shalt bind them as a sign on thy hand, and they shall be and shall move between thy eyes. And thou shalt write them in the entry, and on the doors of thy house.

There are so many more Scriptures as well! However, the most amazing thing I’ve learned and I am sure you’ve experienced this is that our kids pick up our worse habits! And, I’m sure it is because it is the ones that are modeled the most – yes, I’m talking to myself here as well. But the good news is that if we model great behavior, praying reading our Bible, doing a Bible Study the kids will also pick up our habits.

First, stop and pray. Ask the Lord how best to teach your children. Ask the Lord to help you to find those teachable moments that bring home the love and compassion the Lord has for each one of us and especially His unconditional love for us!

You know when you look at other religions outside of Catholicism and Christianity you find that the gods that these faiths worship require different things. Some require obedience and submission, others require worship or ritualistic sacrifice. Our God only requires our obedience and love and He returns His love to us.

Christianity is the truth. It is the real thing. It is not a falsehood. And, with that comes an amazing responsibility to teach our children and share the good news.

Here are my top 10 favorite Faith Building Activities:

  1. Attending Church
  2. Praying as a family – before meals, in the evening.
  3. Daily praise reports – what are we thankful for each day. We do this every evening after our evening prayers or devotionals
  4. Reading the Bible – and add a journal for older kids, be sure to check out this podcast on Teaching the Bible
  5. Listening to good Christian audios: Such as Christian music or teaching audios like Adventures in Odyssey
  6. Watching good Christian films for example on sites like PureFlix.
  7. Story Starters: make a list of questions such as: What would Jesus do? Give them different scenarios such as when mom asks you to pick up your clothes, or help with the dishes, or do chores in general?
  8. Games that teach Christian concepts – https://childrensministry.com/10-active-indoor-sunday-school-games/ One we use to play as kids focused on the need to trust. What you would do is have someone stand in front of an adult, and tell the kid to fall back. Most of the times kids just can’t let go. The idea is that God is there all the time for us and we need to let go to feel his arms around us, His embrace. Another fun game that was in the handout link on the show notes is giving two different kids a set of combination locks. One is given the combination and the other isn’t. One will struggle and the other will open the lock easily. The point here is to show that when we try to do things on our own, without listening to God we struggle. But if we listen to God, follow His instructions things will go so much easier.
  9. Acts of service. Helping at a food kitchen, collecting clothes and gently used toys to donate, visit the elderly at nursing homes.
  10. Memorizing Scripture and Prayers.

Friends, remember that the best way to teach about our faith is by demonstrating your love of God to others and setting the example. I pray that this podcast has been helpful and ask that you share the show with a friend, give me a star rating on iTunes or any podcast app where you listen, and please join me next week when I discuss helpful tips for parenting.

 


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Four Great Events of Genesis ~ Creation

Creation | Many Christians, although rejecting evolution or long ages to explain our earth and its development, are unable to expound their own revealed history found in Scripture, or to counter false history from secularists. #podcast #christianpodcastFour Great Events of Genesis ~ Creation Episode 13

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Part One: The Creation

Many Christians, although rejecting evolution or long ages to explain our earth and its development, are unable to expound their own revealed history found in Scripture, or to counter false history from secularists.

As you study your Scriptures, you will notice many subtleties that contain great insights into history. Some of this is seen in the word knowledge, used throughout the Bible. The Hebrews distinguished between wisdom and knowledge. Both are knowledge, but wisdom is knowledge learned through practice or obedience to Scripture. Knowledge, or the facts of knowledge, are learned through the comprehension of the words of Scripture.

In the New Testament, the Greeks used the word, gnosis for knowledge. Paul used this word in 1 Timothy 6:20-21. “O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge (gnosis) which some of you have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.”

In the KJV, the word gnosis is translated “science.” The word science would not be the best translation here, as the word science is a transliteration of the Latin word, Scientia (knowledge), and came later. The word knowledge would be the better translation, as it means the scriptures, the knowledge of God.

Paul is teaching us that there is true knowledge and false knowledge. True knowledge is revealed in the Scripture and includes God’s morality, His person, His work, and His creation. The false knowledge, embedded in modern science, in the form of the so-called historical sciences, moves people away from the true knowledge and substitutes another type of knowledge – that which is gained by man solely apart from revealed knowledge or gnosis.

The Bible never contradicts genuine science, that is, knowledge gained by observation, testing, and repetition of those tests. But much science today has become dogma, especially in the field of geology. Today, science has added to a collection of facts by jettisoning the Scriptures in favor of so-called enlightened men and women discovering knowledge strictly through predetermined proofs, like fossils.

The word science does mean knowledge, but modern science or what is called the historical sciences is knowledge derived from a combination of human perception or observation and human interpretation done by qualified people: those who are trained in the modern system of science, including its philosophy or interpretation. Much of modern geology is not science, but interpretation. Because of this, it drives people away from true knowledge, gnosis, of God, which is the Scriptures. It has become a type of Gnosticism.

Why is this important to the discussion of the four Great Global Events of Genesis? The first eleven chapters of Genesis reveal that there is a history recorded there that is meant to be taken and adhered to. And most of our modern problems are exposed through four great global historical events. Understanding these can help people to understand why we have many problems in our modern society.

The first great global event of Genesis was the Creation. There is no way to harmonize the Genesis account with what is claimed today by scientists for the beginning of our world.

King Hezekiah prayed in Is 37:16, “O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.” This is an exclusive statement. Notice that the reason that Hezekiah proclaims Him to be the only God alone is that He made the heaven and the earth. When secularists say that our heaven and earth originated from purely naturalistic processes, they take away the authority of God.

God made us. This alone makes him the supreme being and the God of everything and everyone. The Hebrew phrase for this is “Lord of Hosts.”

When we choose to dethrone God, it starts a very destructive chain action. If we are not accountable to God, then who are we accountable to? This ultimately leads to me being my own boss, doing what I think is right.

Because God is the Creator, he is the source of all meaningful and right life. When Adam and Eve rebelled, they separated themselves from the source of life, the Lord. Man began to die spiritually and physically.

Nothing in our world has been right since that time. The troubles in our world are not due to quirks of evolutionary progress but are the result of rejecting our creator and His rightful place as Lord of Hosts.

Another consequence of rejecting the God of the Bible as the Creator is the disappearance of the conscience. Most Christians have a sensitive conscience, and they understand accountability. If Christianity is kept out of societal and political life, the conscience of accountability will disappear. Christians, of all people, know that when society ceases to be accountable to a moral God, it is bad for society. Culture will quickly erode.  For the most part, Christians have been a constructive and good force in the world throughout history, and for very good reason.

God created us with a deep sense of morality, conscience, and accountability. This is what is meant by, “He created them, male and female, in the image of God.”

The first great global event of Genesis was the Creation. This event established the right order in our world. When we reject our creator, we upset that order and bring ruin into our lives, our society, and our relationships.


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Teaching The Bible To Kids

Teaching The Bible To Kids | The Bible is important in a Christian's life, but teaching the Bible to kids is sometimes difficult. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTeaching The Bible To Kids Episode 324

The Bible is important in a Christian’s life, but teaching the Bible to kids is sometimes difficult. In this episode, we cover some suggestions on getting the most out of your study and engage your children.

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My fondest memories with my grandmother revolve around the Bible. I use to sit on her feet as she wound yarn (I held the big spool) and she recounted the stories about Adam and Eve, Cane and Abel, The Fall, Noah, and the Ark, Abraham, Issac and Jacob, Sampson and Delilah, and King David. Then onto the New Testament and the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Even before I could read I had all of these beloved stories that I thought about often.

I followed in my grandmother’s footsteps and told my little ones stories from the Bible. The children loved to listen to stories and it was with a glad heart that I was planting seeds for my children and generations to come. I would ask my children to tell me a favorite part or they would take turns sharing a favorite story.

Train Up Your Children

Ephesians 6:4: “Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (CSB)

To teach the Bible you have to know about the Bible yourself. So, friends, delve into the Scriptures! You will be blessed. Pray beforehand and ask the Lord to touch your heart as you read through. There are many different Bibles. Read a few to see what works for you and then purchase a Bible if you don’t have one already.

Deuteronomy 11:19 “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Important points:

  1. The Bible is the truth. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant word of God.
  2. The Bible is for today. While this is HIS-Story, it is relevant to our lives now.
  3. God is love. His love is shown within the pages of the Bible.

We must give kids a foundation. Many like to ask the kids what they think, but little ones don’t have well-formed opinions without having a good basis to make them – asking is redundant in my opinion.

We want the children to know about God, His love and His Son Jesus as well as the Holy Spirit. That is the greatest story ever told and The Bible is still the number one bestseller. We can help our children by telling them what the passage teaches about God, for them personally and why we need Jesus, a Savior. Once they understand these major truths you can move on to asking them questions.

As an aside here, while a children’s Bible is nice and helps when the children are very little it is often good to read from a standard Bible.

  1. Ask questions about what happened to be sure they understand the main points of the passage. Just the facts, what happened?
  2. Ask what we can learn from this passage?

Discussion on life applications may take time. As your child gets older, again you can explain how a specific passage impacts their life and then, later ask the child again. I homeschooled for many years and I have to tell you that at some points I found I was repeating things I had previously told my other children, yet this method works extremely well. It is definitely tried and true.

Don’t just ask the kids what they think about a particular passage because it doesn’t get to the crux of the meaning behind it. For example, if you ask kids what they think about Adam and Eve they will blame them for the fact that we are not in the Garden of Eden, because of “their” mistake. It is easier to blame others and not take any blame for “mistakes” we make, right? Instead, explain that Adam and Eve had the gift of “free will” and because of this, God allowed them the choice to do what was right or wrong. We too have this same freedom in our life and it is to be cherished.

Memorization of passages is a standard in many families. Rather than huge blocks of Scripture, I like the children to memorize the verses are that are helpful. For example the Lord’s Prayer. Many other key scriptures are worth memorizing.

Meditation is another important way to teach the Bible. Teach children to close their eyes and listen after you read a particular Scripture. Little ones have a hard time keeping their eyes closed so you can ask them to put their heads on their arms on a table.

Preface mediation with this:

  1. Tell the children you are going to read a passage and you want them to close their eyes to listen.
  2. Explain to the children that God’s voice is a “still small voice” 1 Kings 19:11-13
  3. Ask the children to listen after you read and tell them you will let them know when they can raise up their heads or open their eyes.
  4. Ask them to listen for that still small voice – to ask the Lord to come deeper into their hearts.
  5. Remind them that we are to be respectful of the Scriptures and remain quiet.

Mediation is a learned skill and one that is such a blessing especially in the life of a mature Christian. Demonstrate to the children how to do it – and even your older teens.

The Word of God is a blessing and I pray that you will teach your children to cherish the freedoms we have in this country to worship openly, to worship as we chose and to honor our Lord and Savior.

*All Bible verses in this post are from The Christian Standard Bible translation (CSB)

 


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Special Edition of HIRL: Devotions For The Real Family

Free homeschool podcast discussing real family devotions.This week on Special Edition – Homeschooling IRL – Enjoy this episode replay sponsored by Christian Standard Bible!  We are talking about Family Devotions for the Real Family on this podcast. You know REAL family devotions. The families with the toddler hijacking the deep discussion, and the teens are daydreaming, and mom is falling asleep because it’s been a long, long homeschooling day. Can you relate to family worship that looks like this?

Family worship can be trying for most families, and on this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, we talk with a dozen dads about what it looks like in their homes. But we won’t leave you feeling like a failure! We want to encourage you to discover God’s glory with your family in a way that suits you best.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising clarity. An optimal blend of accuracy and readability, this translation helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is for everyone—for readers young and old, new and seasoned. It’s a Bible pastors can preach from and a Bible you can share with your neighbor hearing God’s Word for the very first time.

Find out more here!


Lifeschooling

Lifeschooling | She'll explain what it means to teach your children in a manner that is natural and allows you to discover your children's strengths and develop them in your family. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastLifeschooling — Episode #323

In this episode, we talk about lifeschooling with podcaster Daniele Papageorgiou. She’ll explain what it means to teach your children in a manner that is natural and allows you to discover your children’s strengths and develop them in your family.

Special guest Daniele (pronounced “De-Neal”) Papageorgiou is a podcaster on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network! You can find her show here. She podcasts about Lifeschooling. That is the topic we’ll discuss today. She also runs the LifeSchoolingConference.com — visit her online and subscribe to learn more.

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Show Notes: Lifeschooling

What is the definition of lifeschooling?
Lifeschooling is the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents, primarily through real-life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.
Proverbs 16:9 — A man plan his ways and the Lord directs his path.

Lifeschooling Early Years

The early years of homeschooling are more natural and the children learned with the right opportunities that are presented by their parents.
It sounds like a more relaxed approach. Is it similar to unschooling?
Unschooling is child lead where lifeschooling is parent lead. It is good to have plans and a schedule, “man plans his ways,” but the Lord directs his path. If something comes up – you can help the neighbor or life events that happen in every day.
Look at everyday life and see where the opportunities come from — there is still education and academics.
Do you use a specific curriculum for lifeschooling?
Every family has a different approach. Daniele does not use a curriculum yet prays about what she wants to teach.
Daniele’s daughter wrote a book that took her several years and research to complete.
No Return was the name of the novel she wrote.
How do you think parents can find their children’s gifts within the parameters of lifeschooling.
Lifeschooling brings out their gifts, and part of this is observing and giving them opportunities — places they can go and try something new and looking for specific skills – ask how they enjoyed different activities and go from there.
Prayer is pivotal and God has a specific purpose for each of our children.
On a practical level, what has lifeschooling looked like in your home? Listen to this episode as Daniele shares details.

Rock Layers Show History

Creation Layers | The study of rock layers is called stratigraphy. The strata is supposed to reveal the history of the earth. #podcast #creationpodcastWhat do the Rock Layers Actually Show?

The study of rock layers is called stratigraphy. The strata is supposed to reveal the history of the earth. Secular geologists say that the rock layers and their ancient ages teach the opposite of what the Bible teaches. If they are correct, there is no way we can believe what the Bible says. To understand the secular viewpoint, we need to explore some history.

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In the late 1700s and into the 1800s, scientists decided that the rock layers in the earth were very old. Although many today think that the age of the rocks is decided by radiometric dating, in truth this is not possible, and that idea wasn’t even developed until over a century after scientists decided the age of the rocks. And, of course, rocks and fossils have no dates stamped on them, to tell their age. There is actually no scientific or observable way to tell how old the layers are.

Up until the late 1700s, the study of rock layers was done in light of the Genesis Flood. At that time, the Enlightenment began to shape modern thinking in Europe about God, the church, the Scriptures, and Western civilization. God was no longer seen as the One Who created the earth just a short time ago.

Those who embraced these ideas called themselves Deists. Deism taught that the earth was created by God in the remote past, but that He was no longer involved in nature as recorded by the Bible.

This is more properly when modern geology began.

James Hutton (1726-1797), the Father of Modern Geology, said, “The earth is older than what the Bible says, because it looks older.” He postulated that the rock layers that we see around us were formed over millions of years, by slow, natural processes (called uniformitarianism).  God’s intervention had nothing to do with it. And so, modern geology began to develop into a totally naturalistic interpretation of the rock layers.

But do the rocks show that they are old? Not at all. A set of layers can give the appearance of age simply by being subjected to rapid and severe erosion. In the 1830s, William Smith, a geological engineer in England, noticed fossil marine shells in some rock layers, and not in others. His conclusion was that this showed likely successive creations and catastrophes, but that were unrelated to a Biblical Flood. This led to the idea of fossil succession through time, a precursor to evolution. The historical account of the Flood was no longer a viable explanation for the rock layers. Only naturalistic processes over a long period of time could explain it. This idea was fully entrenched in Western society by the end of the 1800s, and was expressed and developed in Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859).

In secular geology today, fossils are the key to arranging the rock layers in an order that portrays hundreds of millions of years of slow, developing evolution. To most scientists, the rocks are old because the fossils in them show evolution over hundreds of millions of years. The fossils tell us how old the rocks are, and the rock layers are old because they preserve a record of evolutionary history in the fossils, which must have taken a long period of time. This is classic circular reasoning.

In order to date the rocks, there must be a belief that evolution is a fact, and that fossils represent stages of evolutionary growth. But this has never been observed. So if this did not take place, what do the rock layers actually show?

Rock layers are simply that – rock layers. Some contain fossils, and some don’t. There’s no way to scientifically put an age on the rocks and fossils. But there is an alternative view to dating the rocks that is rooted in history. Uniformitarianism has only about 200 years of observed history to work with, and it denies anything to do with the historical Genesis Flood, which took place over 4000 years before uniformitarianism was invented. Uniformitarianism is not a complete historical viewpoint, and it isn’t science.

The historical framework of the Genesis Flood gives a different picture of the origin of the rock layers and the fossils contained there.  The world today is globally damaged and scarred. It is vastly different from the world of that time:

  • Climate was much more even, more lush vegetation.
  • Man lived longer.
  • Disease and sickness did not seem to be present.
  • Geologic processes that produced devastating erosion were non-existent.
  • The death seen in the rock layers was a result of overwhelming global destruction, not gradual changes over millions of years.

Formation of fossils is sparse today, unlike the record in the rocks. This shows that the fossils in the rock record must have been formed under totally different conditions than today: catastrophic water and mud conditions prevail in the sedimentary fossil-bearing rocks.

We also observe extinction in the rock record. Today, extinction is gradual and isolated. But the rock record shows massive amounts of plants and animals that seem to have suddenly disappeared in mass graveyards, and then were quickly hardened into stone.

The rock layers show:

  • Various kinds of rocks mixed together
  • Varieties of fossilized plants and animal, many which are extinct
  • An abundance of minerals and precious ores that are not being replaced today
  • Extreme deformities in landforms worldwide
  • Rock layers with flat contacts between layers, indicating very little time for erosion
  • Catastrophism on a grand scale, with most of the fossils being disarticulated and scattered

Rock layers are just that, layers of rocks stacked on top of each other. It is the interpretation of these that builds a particular view of their origin. There is no science that could authenticate how they formed or originated.

What about radiometric dating? Radiometric dating involves interpretation and assumption to make it work. Please listen to my podcast, “Has Radiometric Dating Poisoned Your Faith,” for a more thorough treatment of the subject.

To build a solid Scriptural worldview of Earth history, we need to pay more attention to our Scriptural historical presentation. You must know your Scriptures in order to interpret what you see in the rock layers.

Bedrock Geology (kit)

Bedrock Geology (book)
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Top Three Reasons For Online Classes

Online Classes | Have you considered online classes and were not sure about the benefits? In this episode, I interview a special guest, Tina Piper with Luma Learn. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTop Three Reasons For Online Classes with Special Guest Tina Piper Episode 322

Have you considered online classes and were not sure about the benefits? In this episode, I interview a special guest, Tina Piper with LumaLearn.com. Come listen to learn the top benefits and meet Tina.

Thanks to our sponsor LumaLearn.com

Luma Learn is a market place for homeschoolers to learn as well as for teachers to teach classes! This is a wonderful online forum that has options for the homeschool family. Check it out.

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The top reason online classes are a benefit.

  1. One line classes are often a way for moms to get a break and “sub out” that class for the year. Homeschoolers are “all in” and our lives are busy. Similar to needing an oxygen mass on a plane in distress, we must take care of ourselves as well. Moms tend to do way too much and it just backfires on us. We don’t always want to admit that we need help, but it is okay to need help. Maybe a mom
  2. We can enjoy other people’s gifts. If we really believe that we are each gifted with certain talents we can share them or enjoy other people’s gifts. On Luma Learn, you will be blessed by the gifted teachers.
  3. Teaching your child accountability. Online classes allow children to learn what another teacher expects, deadlines and assignments. Whether you are in college, ministry, or the workplace you will learn a structure and accountability from others.

 

 

Technology Hacks

Technology Hacks | As a young mom, I was into saving time, as much time as I possibly could. If you know shortcuts who would not use them? In this interview, I have a technology expert and the podcaster... #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTechnology Hacks with Meryl van der Merwe Episode 321

As a young mom, I was into saving time, as much time as I possibly could. If you know shortcuts who would not use them? In this interview, I have a technology expert and the podcaster of Technology in the Homeschool.
Be sure to check out her podcast for more technology hacks!

Look for Meryl’s website here: FundaFundaAcademy.com

Here are a few of her podcasts on this network!
This podcast gives suggestions on finding good toys that focus on challenging your children.
In this podcast, Meryl shares great games that you can play as a family that are challenging and stimulating. Getting kids to think is so important no matter what the age.
Need some good technology tools? This podcast is a great one for suggestions you can really use.
Very often we spend hours when a simple command will help us overcome the technology hurtle! For example, when you search online you often use keywords. While that is great, once you land on a specific website you may want to search for your set of keywords as well. You can use the Ctrl (or command on a Mac) F on a website as well as within a document. Here are a few of the tips from Meryl.
3 Technology Hacks for Busy Homeschool Moms
1. Ctrl (or Command on a Mac) F – lets you search within a document or website
    Shift Ctrl T – brings back the last tab you closed! Isn’t that wonderful?
2. Anylist – shopping app for iOS – https://www.anylist.com/
    OutofMilk – similar app for both iOS and Android – https://www.outofmilk.com/
3. Scannable app – scanning app for iOS – https://evernote.com/products/scannable
    Adobe Scan – scanning app for iOS and Android – https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/mobile/scanner-app.html

Kids Say The Funniest Things

Kids Say The Funniest Things | Parents everywhere can attest to the fact that kids say the funniest things! In fact, if you want everyone to know something, tell your toddler. | #blog #homeschoolblog #UHRNetworkKids Say The Funniest Things

Parents everywhere can attest to the fact that kids say the funniest things! In fact, if you want everyone to know something, tell your toddler. Recently my daughter posted the following questions with the answers shared by her four-year-old daughter.

The questions went like this:

  •  What is one thing I say a lot?
  •  What makes me happy?
  • What makes me sad?
  • How tall am I?
  • What is my hobby?
  • What’s my favorite thing to do?
  • What’s my favorite food?
  • What’s my favorite drink?
  • If I could go anywhere, where would I go?
  • Do you think you could live without me?
  • How do I annoy you?
  • What is my favorite book?
  • What’s my favorite TV show?
  • What’s my favorite music to listen to?
  • What is my job?
  • How old am I?
  • What’s my favorite color?
  • How much do you love me?

She thought her mom was 16, her favorite store is the dollar store, her favorite color is white and what makes her happy and sad is when people clean up or don’t clean up! Ah, through the eyes of a little one life seems so simple.

Soon, I will podcast on VintageHomeschoolMoms about topics that are related to relationships, parenting and sibling rivalry. When I look at questions such as these it gives me ideas of devising questions for my family that also can give you insights into what they are really thinking. It is easier to share what is on your heart by answering a list of questions at times than one at a time.

So, how about it? Ask your kids the questions and post the response below. Be sure to post the questions along with the answers.