Vintage Homeschool Moms

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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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.

Thanks to our sponsor CSBible.com (The Christian Standard Bible) and easy to understand translation. Visit their website to learn more. (Hint: this is a great Bible to use when teaching the Bible to kids.)

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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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.

Instagram – @Lifeschooling_family
2. No Return on Amazon 

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.

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.

Find Luma Learn Online Classes on Social Media:

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

Homeschooling with Vision and Purpose

homeschooling with vision and purpose | It is often said that homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted. Homeschooling with Vision and Purpose is the topic of today's podcast with a very special guest and new podcaster at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, Lisa Nehring. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastHomeschooling with Vision and Purpose Episode 320

It is often said that homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted. Homeschooling with Vision and Purpose is the topic of today’s podcast with a very special guest and new podcaster at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, Lisa Nehring. She will share her vision and you will learn more about the True North Academy as well.

Welcome to Lisa Nehring with True North Academy –

Need help with your vision & purpose? Contact True North Homeschool Academy; we will be happy to help!  True North Homeschool Academy is committed to coming alongside parents to provide an exceptional on-line learning experience that exceeds the highest academic standard for for 6th-12th grade students in a flexible and affordable learning environment.

Our sponsors make these broadcasts free to all of you – so please stop by and check out their live homeschool classes!

As homeschoolers often we don’t think about homeschooling with vision and purpose.

In this episode we discuss:

  1. What is the difference between reactive homeschooling vs. proactive vision
  2. How to create a vision and make it plain – Habakkuk 2:2
  3. Envisioning a bright and successful future – we are called to be obedient – and succeed.
  4. Proactive – visions different for everyone.
  5. Consider your child’s talents. Shore up their weakness.
  6. Create a bridge between present and future – could be and possibilities
  7. Look at your child’s spiritual development, physical emotional development.
  8. Digital dark ages, they were more interactive and engage in humane and kind.
  9. How to communicate well with people.
  10. A unique time in life – our kids grow up in a digital age.

Lisa shared how to develop a vision vs mission.  A vision is the big picture dream, about what you want at the end of, for example, homeschooling, life, etc. Use adjectives, verbs, and nouns to create your vision.

The mission consists of the steps that you take to get to your vision. When developing – nouns and adverbs

Goals are small incremental steps to get to your … small, manageable and realistic and timely

Smart goals -Set goals and create a mission for our year – saves us time and money. We can change the specifics we need to get done and a sense of what we need to accomplish.

Blended learning and online learning is the secret weapon of homeschool. True North Academy does this for you!

 

New Year Goals

New Year Goals and Schedules | New Year goals and resolutions are easy to make but not easy to keep. So many times we make our schedules without any wiggle room and the new year is the best time to look at our schedules and realign them with our newly made goals. No goals or resolutions, yet? | #podcasts #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolNew Year Goals & Check Ups Episode 319

New Year goals and resolutions are easy to make but not easy to keep. So many times we make our schedules without any wiggle room and the new year is the best time to look at our schedules and realign them with our newly made goals. No goals or resolutions, yet? Don’t worry—in today’s episode, I share some suggestions to get your New Year off to a great start!

Planning has never been my strongest gift. Let me rephrase this, planning on paper has never been a strong gift. I do plan, in fact, I have lots of long-term plans but I keep them in my head and as often happens they get lost because I forget! So, one of my resolutions years ago was to make a point of writing things down. Not hard, right?

At the beginning of the school year, I created a long-term schedule and then every January I would take another look to see if something was missing or if I needed to change things around. This helped me tremendously and the kids as well. Sometimes I gave us too much time to complete math but not enough time for science, history or art. We would have alternating schedules. I would block schedule and have 3-month segments where it was heavier on the science and lighter on the history or vice-versa. As the children got older the schedules changed, and we had to complete every subject every day.

Here is the list I used in order to evaluate our progress.

  1. Wellness check. How are we doing? Is anyone struggling?
  2. Look at the long-term plan. Can we accomplish our goals by year end?
  3. How long is it taking the children to complete their work? Can this be changed?
  4. Extracurricular activities: Is there time to add a class or sporting event to the schedule?
  5. Time to think.
  6. Family consensus
  7. Goals for each child.
  8. Recording system.
  9. Projects
  10. Year-end date. Evaluations or Testing.

How does this list line up with yours? Is there anything you would take out or add?

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Episode 318

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to make resolutions for the new year and share them with your family. In this episode, we explore ways to make New Year’s Eve memorable.

New Year’s Eve is associated with parties and festivities but with family, the ideas will be more in keeping with what really matters! With New Years Day approaching it is fun to make a New Year’s Resolution and prepare with your children ahead of time.

  • Help children think about New Year’s Resolution. Talk about character qualities but don’t point out flaws.
  • Share what you will resolve
  • For example: pray what you will resolve, acts of service, etc.

Food & Things To Do:

  • Think light foods – finger foods and snacks
  • Game Day — play board games or outdoor games if time permits.
  • Read: read aloud books
  • Walk
  • Call relatives – use visual
  • Bake/ prepare for New Year’s Day meal
  • Movie
  • Light dinner, pizza or a tray of snack foods
  • Countdown to the New Years Day!

 

Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve traditions have changed through the years, but the coming of Christmas morning keeps us in joyful hopeChristmas Eve Tradition–Episode 317

Christmas Eve traditions have changed through the years, but the coming of Christmas morning keeps us in joyful hope and expectation each day! In this episode Felice shares some of her most treasured family traditions.

When you watch movies they always show Christmas eve traditions which typically center around reading the book or celebrating a memory year after year with your family that is something they look forward to or something they remember with fondness.

In our home, we celebrate two Christmas Eve birthdays. My babies are now adults but we still have a special birthday morning celebration. We have breakfast with the family and open birthday presents. Then everyone goes their own way until evening.

Now that my parents have both passed we add a trip to the cemetery before church. While sad, this puts into perspective the importance of a life led with faith in mind and a relationship with Jesus!

We celebrate Christmas with an evening Church service. Our church has services in the late afternoon – the Children’s procession of the live Nativity begins at 3:30 with service following from 4-5. When my children were little they participated in this service and so we had to go, and I was happy when we decided to go at a later time as the kids aged. We now attend an 8:00 service which is beautiful and gives us time for dinner beforehand.

Since I want to serve a nice dinner but not deal with a big mess I will serve something like Chicken Cordon Bleu or Chicken Enchiladas. Something I can make ahead and warm up with a salad and rice. This year we may grill steaks if the weather permits! Even easier with a baked potato and salad!

Whatever you do for your meal make it special. Light candles, or have fresh flowers (or even some pine branches from your tree!) Homemade decorations are best. After dinner, we clean up and get dressed for Church. If you can take a picture! The kids dislike posing for pictures so I try to take them the Sunday beforehand. In that way, you know for sure that everyone has their clothes for Christmas ready!

After church, we drive a few streets past our home where there are homes lit up for Christmas. During the years the number of decorated homes on this block has dwindled. The largest of homes on five acres had lights on almost every spare space. The families story is how they turned tragedy into a blessing for others. Their daughter had died around Christmas time and she loved Christmas lights – so they turned their home into a wonderland of lights with a prominent Nativity Scene in the front. It had a rotating carousel, animation, and even a high wire teddy bear on an hot air balloon that went from one area of the home to another. It was amazing and they allowed people to park their cars and walk throughout their yard. Often the owners walked around with their son and chatted with those visiting from all over town.

Once we get back from church I allow the children to look at their stockings. Even now that my youngest is 18! The stockings contain some little things such as a mind-puzzle, or some fun gift. There is some candy and this year I have some fluffy socks and pretend fluffy snowballs which I am sure they will throw at each other. This year they will get a handwritten letter from me. I talked about Best Kid Gifts Ever – these gifts that last the test of time. It was in podcast episode 313.

As I said things change depending on the time of the year – when we get home we read from our Advent book and light our fourth candle on our Advent wreath. The next day all the candles, the three purple and one pink will be replaced by a white candle. The white symbolizes the Christ Child.

Christ Focused Living

Christ Focused Living | Join Felice Gerwitz and Kendra Fletcher as they discuss what’s important in life, growing, changing and most important learning from our past mistakes.Christ-Focused Living with Kendra Fletcher Episode 316

Join Felice Gerwitz and Kendra Fletcher as they discuss what’s important in life, growing, changing and most important learning from our past mistakes. Kendra is a long time homeschool mom, past co-podcaster with her husband Fletch on HomeschoolingIRL on this network and author of several books, including Leaving Legalism.

Kendra shares how they:

  1. Lived in a legalistic community
  2. Emerged from this community to find grace and healing
  3. Renewed their faith and left a rigid church community

Kendra shares her Christ focused living and helping others to recognize the chokehold of legalistic communities with a focused on “doing” rather than living for Christ. Her heart is to help others to find their way back to faith that is rooted in the gospel. She shares why a focus on the law without a focus on God’s grace left her feeling oppressed.

Living a Christ focused life is a gift and one that Kendra fully explores in her book. In her book, “Leaving Legalism”

In Leaving Legalism Kendra discusses:

  • Swinging the pendulum from law to grace
  • Why rules make us feel safe
  • How we all end up evangelizing a lifestyle
  • Our identity in Christ
  • How to let go of the past
  • How to learn to rest in what God has done for us
  • How to move forward (including how to apologize to your children)

 

Kendra Fletcher is a mother of 8, speaker, author, and podcaster. She has also written Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace (New Growth Press, 2017), and regularly writes for Key Life Ministries. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.

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