Bible, Elementary(K-6), Jr. High(7-8), Preschool-Grade 12, Reading, Reading, Sabbath, SDA Resources, Special Needs, Teaching Helps, Unit Studies

Resource Review: Learning About God’s Letter to Me

My Sabbath School class is learning about the Bible as our theme program/lesson.  We are using a resource from My Bible First that would be a definite blessing for family worship, a Sabbath afternoon activity or for Sabbath School.   Learning About God’s Letter to Me is a two-part resource consisting of a spiral bound, 46 page booklet and a separate device booklet.  The 23 lessons in the booklet are 1 to 3 page stories that teach how we got the Bible, how to find things in your Bible, how the Bible is organized, etc.   The back of the booklet includes a brief summary of each book of the Bible as well as the music and lyrics for three complementary songs.   Don’t read music?  That’s okay, because you can go to the product page for God’s Letter to Me and download the MP3 music file for each song.   What a blessing!

The device folder is purchased separately.   The folded 17″ x 11″ full-color cardstock device includes two sheets of full-color illustrations to cut out and glue in the device as you read through the booklet.

My Sabbath School class is a unique group of children from ages 3 to 13, including a few with learning and developmental disabilities. A large portion of my class is new to attending Sabbath School.    I have found the language of the lesson booklet to be accessible for all of the ages in my class.  Having the device in their hands as we talk helps those who need a visual connection with what they are hearing.   I will cycle through this book again in a few years to make sure the youngest students have another chance to learn the material.

 

The price of the this resource is more than fair!  The spiral-bound lesson booklet is  $4.25, and the full-color device is just $1 each.   Very budget friendly for homes and Sabbath Schools.  My Bible First offers extra resources to expand on this theme, including additional question cards, illustrated Scripture songs and more.

 

There are several other topics available in the Learning About series. including the importance of the Sabbath, and the 10 Commandments.   You can be sure that my Sabbath School students will be going through those topics as theme lessons as well!

Art, Just For Fun, Sabbath

Bible Crafting Fun for Sabbath

Do you like crafty Bible activities?  Here’s a fun website full of printable paper Bible crafts to construct.  My Little House is a lovely website full of free paper crafting printables that you can print, cut out and put together.

                                                        Photos courtesy of My Little House

 Isn’t this Bible town awesome!  There are lots of different Bible printables, so be sure to take some time to browse through the site.   Check out 3-D picture crafts- I made one myself and they turn out exactly like the pictures.  Enjoy!

Home Life, Just For Fun, Reading

What Are You Reading Together?

Read-aloud time is an extra special blessing of homeschooling.    Having the ability to set aside extended time during the school day for reading a book together is not only a family bonding time, but a learning time.  If your schooling hours are jam-packed, then an evening read aloud time is a perfect way to unwind from a busy day.

We are currently reading the last volume of The Bible Story aloud together.   I read the set of ten books straight through to my older children when they were young.    When my youngest child came along, I started reading the series all over again, but this time interspersed with the Conflict of the Ages series by Ellen White.  As soon as we finish volume 10 of The Bible Story, we’ll finish the Conflict series with  Acts of the Apostles.

My 11yo loves to be read to, but what about the 18yo still at home?   You might think he’s too old to be read to(or read to us), but he has gained his own special blessings from our read aloud time.   When he was asked to prepare and present a sermon at church , he chose to research and expand upon one of the stories we had read together a week earlier.  There’s a blessing for everyone!

Our favorite book list is varied, and includes:  They Dared for God, by Glenna Barstad,  several of the Sam Campbell books, and The Seventh Day Ox by Bradley Booth.

What are you currently reading together with your family?   We’d love to hear what you are enjoying.   Leave a comment so we can add new books to our reading lists!

 

 

Adventist History, Audios, Bible, Online Resources, Preschool-Grade 12, Sabbath, SDA Resources

Sabbath Playlist- God’s Messenger

God’s Messenger is an E.G. White Estate resource featuring 38 lessons on  topics that Adventist children face in their daily lives. Each  lesson integrates Adventist pioneer stories along with Scripture and Ellen White’s writings.  The lessons are categorized by grade level and feature mp3 audio files and printable worksheets.   These lessons would make a great extended Friday evening family worship study. 

Bible, Encouragement, Principles of True Education, Reading, SDA Resources, Study Skills

Sabbath Playlist : How to Study the Bible, Pt. 1 | Bible Talk | Amazing Facts

This broadcast looks at the importance of studying the Bible. It begins with opening up and reading it. But, is there are difference between reading the Bible…

Source: How to Study the Bible, Pt. 1 | Bible Talk | Amazing Facts

Bible, Elementary(K-6), High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Principles of True Education, Reading, SDA Resources, Special Needs

Looking for the Bible Reading Plans?

Looking for the young adult and children’s Bible reading plans that we post at the end of each year?  The links have all been added to our AHE Spiritual Guidance Board on Pinterest.  We are continuing to add more children’s Bible study resources as we find them.

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, here is a link to last year’s Bible reading plan post.

Getting Started, Preschool-Grade 12, Principles of True Education, Study Subjects

Where Do I Start? The First Four Lessons for New Homeschoolers

One of the first questions asked by new homeschooling parents is, “Where do I start?” Most are thinking the answer will guide them to the best set of workbooks, curriculum set, or videos.  As Seventh-day Adventist homeschoolers, we have been blessed with inspired answers on the subject in  Child Guidance   and  Education .   Sadly, this inspired guidance is often ignored and worldly advice is taken first instead.  Don’t miss out on the eternal benefits that come from these valuable first lessons!  They will lay a foundation for a blessed homeschool experience.

Are your children older and you have recently chosen to take them out of a classroom setting?  These  first lessons still hold true!  Focus your ‘deschooling’ transition time on these four lessons as you establish your homeschool,  learn your children’s learning styles and homeschooling needs.  Simply adapt to your children’s age.

There are parents who have learned this information long after starting to homeschool.  They took a break from academics to make these lessons a habit before resuming their regular curriculum.  Sounds radical at first, but makes total sense.

 

The important lessons that come before teaching our little ones to read and write.

Setting the Table

 Obedience & Responsibility

Obedience and responsibility are the very first lessons we should teach our children. Diligent, daily work as parents at teaching our young children to obey and become useful, reliable members of the family is essential. These character-building lessons are spiritually important, because they help our children also learn to obey God and take the responsibilities of the Christian life seriously. When the time comes for our children to begin their formal academic education, the transition will be smoother and we as parents will find our new roles as reading and math teachers to be more enjoyable.

 

Mother and Son Reading Bible Together

Bible

As Christian parents, the importance of Bible instruction in the home needs no explanation. What we fail to remember is that this is where we as parents can begin to develop and strengthen our skills as teachers. As we plan our worship and Bible study times for our families, we are working on our lesson planning skills. The time spent on preparing Bible crafts or learning finger plays does more than simply make Bible learning time more special for our children. These creative efforts for Bible study plant seeds for future inspiration – which leads to creative science or history lessons.

Nature Study

The idea of nature study is intimidating to some parents, but the opportunities it affords are priceless. Because we know thatfile000767038449 nature is God’s second book, we can think of nature study as a supplement to our Bible lessons. As we introduce our little ones to the wonders of the world around them, we are establishing a distinctly Christian worldview in their hearts and minds. In addition, we are gently awakening observation skills, and strengthening thinking and reasoning skills at the same time. We can develop these important learning skills in young ones who are not yet ready for formal academic study.

 

 

Following these principles of True Education will lay a sure foundation for your homeschool.   Put it to prayer.