There are so many subjects and topics to cover when homeschooling your children. It can be hard to add anything extra to your homeschool days. Yet, as Christians it is important that we ensure that faith is a part of our homeschooling. As a homeschool mom, what I love most about Christmas is that faith and homeschooling collide. You simply can't have Christmas without faith. It is impossible.
It is my responsibility to set the tone for our home and our homeschool. I must do my best to focus on the right things and keep my priorities in check. This is easier said than done. Our family business keeps us crazy busy 9-10 months of the year. Homeschooling high school is not for the faint of heart nor are parenting the teen years. Add my husband's commercial fishing schedule to that and my late night blogging hours and there isn't time for much else. Yet, I know that I must make time to spend with the Lord, increasing my faith each day.
When faith and homeschooling collide at Christmastime, this becomes easier for me. I love Christmas. My heart's desire is to have my home filled with peace, joy and love throughout the Christmas season. That is why A Season of Joy is so dear to my heart. It allows my family to spend time growing our faith together as we read what God's word has to say about peace, joy and love. The beauty of a Christmas focused on Christ.
During the Christmas homeschooling season, we also complete hymn studies, observe advent and read our favorite Christmas books, The Christmas Carol, The Sparkle Box and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.
On Christmas morning we read The Christmas Story and just before the kids go to bed, we watch The Nativity Story. By starting and ending the day with The Story of Christmas, we keep our day focused on Christ.
In our home throughout the Christmas season you'll find Christmas carols playing, lights twinkling on the Christmas tree and nightly advent readings by candlelight. Christmas truly is a wonderful time of the year, but our faith shouldn't just be evident at Christmastime. Faith and homeschooling should collide throughout the entire year.
When I choose our homeschooling resources I try to select them from Christian homeschool publishers. I want my children to be growing in their faith as much as possible. By using Christian homeschooling resources, the time we spend learning about God and increasing our faith is greatly increased! The best part? By using these resources and homeschooling my children I'm blessed to have that extra time strengthening my faith right alongside them!
I love reading my Bible and really love the idea of journaling, but struggle to find the time to actually journal every day. That's why I love using Bible Journaling Packs with these Bible Activity Packs for Kids. These resoures make it easy to study books of the Bible along with my children!
It is extremely important that my children see me reading my Bible and spending time with Jesus every day beyond our homeschooling day. If they see me taking time to increase my faith and walk with the Lord, they will be more likely to do so too.
My favorite personal devotion resources are the Good Morning Girls Bible Studies. They allow you to read just one chapter a day and apply it to your life using the SOAK method. When my children were little, the GMG Bible Studies were a huge blessing. I still love and use them and my children are teenagers now!
I'm starting the upcoming year fresh with a new resource, Beautiful Worship: A Christian Faith and Scripture Study Guide, for my personal time with the Lord. I plan to incorporate the included scripture reading plans, hymn studies, scripture writing pages and more into either our family devotion time or our homeschooling as well!
Christmas truly is the easiest time of the year for faith and homeschooling to collide, but we need to ensure it isn't the only time. Our children need to be building their faith and strengthening their walk with the Lord all year long. That starts with you and me…the homeschool moms.
What do our current personal faith walks say to our children?
She is passionate about being real through every stage of life and encouraging homeschool moms throughout their homeschool journey. Her heart is full of ideas and passions, but the hours in her day never multiply to get it all done.