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New Facebook Group for Sharing Family Resources

New Facebook Group for Sharing Family Resources

We’ve started a brand new Facebook community, Religious Affections Family Resources, for Christian families to share and discuss the best in books, music, and educational resources for cultivating beauty and imagination in our children! In this group, we plan to share carefully selected resources from around the web (and print media), link to resource sales… Continue Reading

Children’s Books Shopping List (with FREE download)

Children’s Books Shopping List (with FREE download)

Our library book sale is coming up this month, plus I’ve been frequenting our local Half Price Books, so I recently made myself a book list to take along anytime I’m doing book shopping. I’ve gleaned these books from Sarah Clarkson’s Read for the Heart (I explain why I like this better than Honey for… Continue Reading

A Homeschool Mom Reads: August and September

A Homeschool Mom Reads: August and September

August: August was back to school month for us as well as me getting ready to speak at a conference, so, while I didn’t get much read, two out of three of my books were excellent. Caught Up in a Story by Sarah Clarkson I bought this after listening to Sarah on a podcast at… Continue Reading

Article 14: On Our Children

Article 14: On Our Children

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series A Conservative Christian Declaration You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

  This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” . We affirm the necessity of passing these values to our children through regular catechesis, in faithful family worship, and by welcoming all ages into the corporate worship of our churches (Deut. 6:7, Eph. 6:4). Children learn rightly ordered worship and have… Continue Reading

History Review: Classical Conversations

History Review: Classical Conversations

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Teaching Your Child to Love History You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Today I’m back with another history curriculum review. So far we’ve looked at Veritas Press History, Story of the World, and Mystery of History. In this review, I’ll examine Classical Conversations history. I have been receiving Classical Conversations catalogs in the mail for some time now. (If you homeschool or would like to, I’d strongly… Continue Reading

Basic order for Family Worship

Basic order for Family Worship

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tools for Family Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

My wife and I started family worship when our first child was very young, and I’m so glad we did. We started by calling it “Bible time” (a term we still often use), we’ve had periods of inconsistency, and our methods have varied, but the discipline of gathering together each evening for Bible reading, singing,… Continue Reading

Recommended Bible Memory Program for Families

Recommended Bible Memory Program for Families

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Tools for Family Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

My wife and I have tried to make Scripture memory a part of our family worship times, but we’ve struggled over the years to make this consistent. We began when our children were very young simply reciting through whole chapters of the Bible together every day, and this was actually very effective in memorizing large… Continue Reading

Recommended Bibles for Children and Families

Recommended Bibles for Children and Families

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Tools for Family Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The new year brings renewed commitments, and hopefully one of your renewed commitments is dedicated time for family worship. I cannot stress the importance of gathering together as a family to read Scripture, sing, pray, and other profitable spiritual endeavors. Parents are sometimes at a loss as to what are the best resources to use… Continue Reading

Should children study the KJV?

Should children study the KJV?

As I am contemplating what textbooks we will use next year for our homeschooling (yes, I plan this far ahead so that I can take advantage of winter and early spring sales as I find them), I’ve been increasingly impressed with Memoria Press. I’ll be reviewing their history curriculum as part of my Teaching Your… Continue Reading

History Curriculum 2: Story of the World

History Curriculum 2: Story of the World

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Teaching Your Child to Love History You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

In my last post I examined Veritas Press History. Today, I want to take a look at Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer. It’s another popular choice with homeschoolers (though this series isn’t just for homeschoolers), and I’ve also seen it used in Christian schools. Story of the world is written by someone with a Christian worldview and is… Continue Reading

Taigen Joos talks about his new Christmas devotional

Taigen Joos talks about his new Christmas devotional

Several years ago, I was burdened about the need to focus the attention of our children away from the materialistic influences of Christmas. That task is a daunting one to say the least in our consumer-driven society. We do not withhold Christmas gifts from our children, and we thoroughly enjoy the Christmas holidays. However, I desired… Continue Reading

A Plea to Teach Children Hymns

A Plea to Teach Children Hymns

Evangelicals bemoan the fact that a “generation gap” exists between older and younger professing believers. But could it be that the older believers have actually created the problem? Two problems exist: Children and teenagers do not care for solid hymns or long sermons, and modern young people’s sacred music has been severely dumbed down. Which… Continue Reading

Criteria for a good history for children

Criteria for a good history for children

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Teaching Your Child to Love History You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

I have one more introductory post before I begin reviewing different history curricula. In this post I will give some basic criteria for a good history curriculum. Again, this series is not just for homeschoolers! In my previous posts I’ve talked about the importance of teaching children to love history and why history must be… Continue Reading

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

The word paradigm is used literally as a grammatical term, but it can also be used metaphorically to refer to a shared set of basic assumptions. A paradigm shift occurs when a community rejects its old assumptions in favor of a new set. The perspective of the community changes and it sees the world differently… Continue Reading

How can you teach your child to love history?

How can you teach your child to love history?

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Teaching Your Child to Love History You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

How can you get your child to love history? Or, better stated, how can you teach your child to love history? We, as parents, are responsible for instructing our children in what is worthy of love! That, among other reasons, makes the parent the child’s true and best teacher, whether or not you homeschool. Well, maybe the… Continue Reading

Some cautions on children’s ministry

Some cautions on children’s ministry

This week, Calvary Baptist Church is hosting its annual Vacation Bible School, so I thought I’d say a word or two about the privilege and challenges of ministering to children. The faith of a child is precious thing, and should be cultivated with the utmost care. It is my hope that my own children and… Continue Reading

Music Camp: A Report

Music Camp: A Report

Since coming as the Associate Pastor of Bethany Bible Church of Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 2010, I have seen first hand a unique ministry created by the vision of the senior pastor here, Greg Stiekes, and his wife Rena. Truly, the word “unique” is not used in vain in describing this week-long ministry to children… Continue Reading