I remember a time when I was searching for and seeking out devotional books plus asking for ideas from fellow families. But now that we’ve gathered a pretty good library, if we need an answer to a question, we just open one of several Bible resources. We are blessed that way. So today I share with you our favorites. Some we turn to for family devotion time. Some we have available for our children to enjoy independently.
Beginning with the youngest, today I’m sharing a review of Leading Little Ones to God at Curriculum Choice…
It’s time to read Leading Little Ones to God! Freshly bathed and pj-clad, he announces it while rolling his matchbox cars around the coffee table. We read a selection each night, build memories, have discussions.
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14
We were first introduced to Leading Little Ones to God in our early homeschooling days through Sonlight curriculum. We’ve read and enjoyed it through all our five children. And I’m hanging on tight to our times reading it with our youngest two children. Read the rest of my review of Leading Little Ones to God.
Another resource for the littlest ones is this great series from Answers in Genesis: Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers. Plus our preschooler is working his way through Bible Stories to Read and Bible Pictures to Color by Rod and Staff.
- Tween Girls: A Girl After God’s Own Heart – A Tween Adventure with Jesus by Elizabeth George
- Devotionals for the New Year – a list of devotionals for all ages including some specific for girl tweens and the Answers Book for Teens.
- His Revolutionary Love – Jesus’ Radical Pursuit of You
- Answers Book for Teens
- Do Hard Things and the sequel, Start Here
- Holding His Hand: A Devotional for Teen Girls by Beka DeWitt
Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door – Know What You Believe and Why by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler
- Every Sunday my children each receive a ‘take home sheet’ from Sunday school Bible study time. These pages have a Bible verse or passage to read each day of the upcoming week. Plus further study and activities to enjoy. These we put on the children’s desks or somewhere in the family room for easy access.
- For Instruction in Righteousness – a much used reference. Angie offers a wonderful review.
- Manners Made Easy – a little, pink etiquette book with 365 short lessons. Biblical reasons for manners and practical applications.
- Family Journaling – a habit we enjoy
- The Jotham’s Journey trilogy we read each advent season. And also, Amon’s Adventures during the Easter season. So many happy memories. We anticipate this every year!
- Of course the majority of curriculum is Biblically based. Our science, language arts history. In case you are interested in those, I’ve listed what we are enjoying this year in our Hodgepodge Curricula and Organization 2012-13. From preschool to high school.
In summary: Today I’ve offered a sampling of what we enjoy, what we pull off the shelves often. We don’t ever do all of these every day. But we have them available either in our Around the Couch organization or our Bible Basket.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. ~ Deuteronomy 6:7
But, of course, one of the best character training times is those long talks with parents. The daily, every day, discussions, reactions, prayers. Practical prayer. That, my friends, is one of the privileges of parenting.
In our homeschool this week we are still enjoying a visit with Grandma and Grandpa. The freedom of a homeschool schedule. Here are a few happenings. Field trip to Cheaha State Park in Alabama! It was the last day of 80 degrees and perfect weather. All the leaves were are their peak. Grandpa has been teaching Lil’ Buddy to pump his legs on the swing and on his bike! The boys have been showing Grandpa Stack the States and other fun apps. We’ve been playing lots of board games. Grandma is teaching Middle Girl all about Soduku.
We’ve fit in math almost every day. Language arts sporadically. But the cold weather has made us sit and read by the fire. So we’ve fit in our extras fairly often. Reading Making Thirteen Colonies, Elections selections (Great Presidential Wit by Bob Dole is a current favorite) and more. Plus, Littlest Girl was baptized – and Grandma and Grandpa were here to see it!
Many thanks to our Friday hostesses!
- Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
- Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners
- Jamerrill at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling
- Weekly Wrap-Up hostess Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- No Fear Homeschool High School at The Daisy Head
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