Character training and building Biblical foundations is always at the forefront of my priorities when choosing our homeschool curriculum each year. For preschoolers we have used our ABC’s for Godly Children digital curriculum in the past, but I was looking for something new that would go much deeper. My husband and I were looking for resources that would confirm BIG Gospel truths in ways that our children could understand, but at the same time would not be watered down, trite lessons. This list will work for your younger and your older children. I love lessons that keep the whole family engaged, don’t you?
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The Ology Book and Audio CD
This has been a surprise find and we LOVE it. I listen to Sovereign Grace worship music all of the time on Pandora. It is my favorite station, but I had no idea that they created an audio CD for kids. My husband purchased the audio on iTunes – that is why it isn’t included in my picture above. We listen to it nearly every Sunday on the way to church. It has songs that are grounded in Scriptural truths but set to music to which even my husband and I enjoy listening. I personally think that is hard to find in Children’s music these days.
The Ology Audio CD is the companion to The Ology Devotional Book. This has been one of my favorite finds ever in a devotional book. It is easy to read but not watered down. It is beautifully and thoughtfully illustrated. It is saturated in Scripture. I will often read the text and then my 8 year old daughter will look up the passages in Scripture and read them. This makes for some great practice in quick Bible drills, but also some wonderful conversation concerning what those Scriptures meant to those it was originally written for, as well as, how it is God’s LIVING WORD applying to us today.
Every Saturday morning my husband makes us pancakes for breakfast and it has become our little family tradition this year to sit around the table, eat pancakes and read this book and God’s Word together. Richele dubbed this family tradition “Pancakes and Praise” on the podcast Husbands and Homeschooling, and I think it will stick. A family devotion time whether it is every evening or once on the weekends – whenever you can fit it in – is a great way for Dad to be involved and it gives the whole family a chance to soak in God’s Word together. There is nothing like those conversations where you can see the Holy Spirit at work in your child’s heart as they understand something about God and salvation in a new way.
Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God
Big Truths for Young Hearts is written by Bruce Ware. I started it last year and we didn’t get all the way through because I discovered that The Ology book I mentioned above. It is just plain text, no illustrations, but I love both of these devotional books for different reasons. Dr. Ware was asked to write this book by his daughters. It is based on their conversations with their dad growing up just learning about God in the home. It is written like a father speaks to a child. There is something sweet knowing that fact as I read it. Maybe in a way it reminded me of the many talks I had with my own dad that passed away some years ago.
I plan to revisit and start over with Big Truths for Young Hearts after we do The Ology. Each of these books covers basic Christian doctrines in depth about the attributes of God, the tenants of salvation, and the life of the believer. I use these as my entire Bible lesson at the moment. It is easy to draw memory verses, copy work, and conversation from these simple and short lessons. I read one lesson over breakfast in the morning and we take time to read the verses included to support the devotion and followed by discussion. When Dad comes home we often revisit the conversation and have him weigh in. It is a great way to have Dad be involved in the spiritual leadership of our home and the discipleship of our children. It keeps him up to date on what we are studying as well!
Seeds Family Worship
The Seeds Family Worship CD’s teach Scripture memory set to catchy, modern tunes. It is based on the NIV version of the Bible. Each CD comes with a second copy to hand to a friend, or to leave at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. I love that this ministry has made these available to Christian families to encourage meditating on God’s Word and Scripture memory. NIV is not the most ideal translation of the Scriptures but these CDs were bought for our family sometime ago and we do use and like them along with some other Audio CDs we have collected for the car like Jonathan Park Adventures and other audio book series.
Implementing and Maintaining Family Devotions
Don’t miss Episode 14 of the Talking Mom2Mom Podcast, Implementing & Maintaining Family Devotions! Richele and I discuss how we implement family devotions in our homes for both younger and older children. We would love for you to join the conversation as we share tips on how to get family devotions going in your home and keep them going in a way that fits your personal situation and schedule.
What is your favorite resource to use for family devotions, Scripture memory, and teaching your children about the Gospel? Please comment below and let us know! We love hearing what you do and what works in your home.
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