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Counting the Omer

Today is the Feast of First Fruits (Leviticus 23:9-13), which also means that today we start counting up to Pentecost, or Shavuot, the “Feast of Weeks.” It’s called that because there are seven weeks (50 days) between these two feasts.

Memorials – Everyday Conversations with Kids about God (Part 3)

We’re in a blog series filled with ideas to get conversations started with our kids about God…

“All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to YHWH,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him
Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about YHWH.

Appointments with God – Everyday Conversations with Kids about God (Part 2)

We’re in a blog series filled with ideas to get conversations started with our kids about God…


God instituted special days throughout the year that serve as wonderful opportunities so we can share the love of our Messiah with our children.

Creation – Everyday Conversations with Kids about God (Part 1)

When I was a new mom, I read a book called Creative Family Times, and the authors encouraged me to get in the habit of carrying on conversations with my children about God as often as possible. They suggested that a tree could remind me to discuss Zaccheus, a lake could remind me to talk about how Jesus walked on the water, and a visit to the zoo could remind me to talk about Noah and the ark.

What Homeschooling with the Bible Might Look Like

You know what would be awesome? Awesome would be a camera crew going into a variety of homes on an average Tuesday morning and filming what their homeschool actually looks like.We could see how their kitchens were set up, how they handled the toddlers at breakfast, how they got the knots out of all the girls’ hair, and how they all found their pencils at school time.

Difficult High School Subjects

The Elliott kids - December 2011

If you’ve been following along with our current year’s homeschooling plans, you know that we’re homeschooling five children, plus we have two little ones. This gives us a 10th grader, 7th grader, 6th grader, 4th grader, and 1st grader.

Learning Problems

Nothing is quite as unnerving to a homeschooling mom as finding out that her child is struggling in school. I know, because I’ve been there! I have several children that struggle in reading, spelling, handwriting, and math — and it can be scary!

The Curriculum Carousel (Round and Round We Go…)

Ask any veteran homeschooler about burn-out, and she’ll quickly get to the topic of curriculum. What mother hasn’t sincerely purchased piles of curriculum only to discover later that her choices were a terrible fit for her family? (Waving my hand here!)

If you’re already partway into your homeschooling year, yet you’re worried about the curriculum choices you’ve made, you probably don’t have the money to just throw it all away and start over.

Choosing & Using Curriculum (Book Review)

Way back when my first child was only a couple years old, I just knew I was going to homeschool him. I was not only going to homeschool him, he was going to be the smartest little thing that ever walked the face of the earth.

Helping Children Serve Others

What does the Bible say about serving others, and how can we encourage our children to devote some of their time to service? I decided to spend some time researching ministry this week, and here are some things I learned: