Helping Young Children Develop Their Own Relationship with God

It has been the desire of my husband and I to instill a habit in our children of spending time in the Word of God and prayer daily.

Their success in life depends on the level of trust in, knowledge of, and obedience to God, and we want them to get to know him in a personal way as soon as possible!

Teaching Young Chidren how to have their own relationship with God through a personal quiet time

Before they could read, I would invite them to join me as I spent time in God’s Word myself and I would read aloud to them.

Now that the older two can read, I want them to start spending personal time alone with God.

But the question I had was how to help them understand and apply what they were reading!

I started out by jotting down questions from the day’s passage for them to answer.  Then I found that I needed to explain certain words for them.  Trying to get all this written down ahead of time for them was becoming time-consuming and I often didn’t have it ready for them when a new day began and they were ready to start on their Bible reading.

I bought a TON of stuff from the Build Your Own Bundle Sale, and I’m slowly downloading it and figuring out what I want to use when.

When I opened up the Proverbs People book I had bought, I was SO EXCITED to find that it was exactly what I had been trying to frantically put together for my kids each day — only it was even better!

Proverbs People - GREAT resource for teaching young kids how to study the Bible for themselves and apply it to their lives!

I didn’t want a children’s devotional that was basically a cutesy story with a Bible verse to go with it.  I wanted something that was based entirely on the Word of God but that helped my children understand what the Scripture meant and how to apply it to their lives.

Proverbs People

This book basically does a study on several different topics found throughout Proverbs:

  • Slothfulness vs. Diligence
  • Liar vs. A Faithful Witness
  • Wicked vs. Righteous
  • The Five Fools
  • The Prudent Man
  • The Wise Man

Each section has enough passages of Scripture with accompanying questions to last for several days worth of Bible reading time for my kids.

At the end of each section is a short story to help them relate the principles of Scripture to the world in which they currently live.

Proverbs People

 

Finally, there are application questions to really get them thinking about how their own lives are going to be affected through obeying (or failing to obey) the principles of Scripture.

Proverbs People

 

This particular book says it’s for ages 7-12.  My son is 7 and shouldn’t have any problems understanding or being able to complete the questions.

There is another similar book, Growing in Wisdom, that says it’s for ages 8-13, but I think my 7-year-old will be fine with that one too.

My husband looked at it and said, “We should let the teens work through that!” (We work with the youth at our church.)  I love that God’s Word is relevant to every generation!  The book would not be too babyish whatsoever for teens, other than maybe the little stories. (And they’d probably secretly enjoy those!)

Both Proverbs People and Growing and wisdom are found in the Character Training Bundle, which has over $140 worth of fabulous resources for $19.  (Sale ends May 31st, so grab it now!)

I love that as we put emphasis on God’s Word in our home, the kids pick up on that and begin to desire that personal relationship with God without being prompted.

 

Teaching children to have a personal relationship with God

There is no reason to wait to get started teaching your children to spend time in the Word of God!  The sooner they get started, the more engrained the habit will become!

 

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10 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

Every homeschooling mama knows how quickly curriculum can add up!

If you’re like me, you’re always trying to pinch pennies and make your homeschool dollars stretch as far as you can!

Here are 10 ways to save on homeschool curriculum, in no particular order.

10 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum - good tips!

1. Scour thrift stores

I pick up used text books almost every time I go into the thrift store.  If it is not majorly outdated and the thrift store has good prices ($1 or less per book), I get it even if it’s not for the grade my kids are in at the time.  Then it gets stored neatly on shelves in the attic, usually by grade level so I can browse it easily.  When I’m picking out curriculum each year, I shop from my attic first and use what I already have before I buy anything.

2. Re-use when possible

Of course I save all the teacher editions of things, but also when I can (and it doesn’t violate the terms of the publishing company) I have my kids either copy their answers into a notebook or I put them into sheet protectors and have them do their worksheets with a dry erase marker.  When the next child is ready for those books I do not have to buy more consumables.

 

3. Buy used materials online

There are several Facebook groups where people sell their used curriculum as well as a few online shops where you can buy second hand curriculum at discounted prices.  If I have particular curriculum in mind that I’m wanting to buy, I always check those places first.

 

4. Use free materials

Just hop on Pinterest and search for “free _____ (phonics worksheets, math worksheets, unit studies, etc.) and you’re bound to find it!  If you have the patience to figure out a scope and sequence for the year and search for all the correlating materials, you can probably get a large amount of your curriculum totally free!  (Warning: this is not for the faint of the heart!  I only use free materials as a supplement to my main curriculum.)  Check out my Pinterest boards; I have a lot of them entitled “Free homeschool: Math”; “Free homeschool: Reading”, etc.!

5. Use library books

In some cases, you may be able to find textbooks at the library.  At the very least, you can check out books to go with any unit studies you are doing rather than puchasing them all.

6. Use books from around the house

I am a book hoarder.  Just like I pick up textbooks at thrift stores, I pick up any book that is educational when I see it cheap.  For that reason, we have books on a multitude of topics lying all around the house.  I let the kids follow their interests, and when I see that they are mesmerized with a particular book, I can then collect other free materials on that subject to round out what they are learning.

7. Shop at the dollar store

If you have preschoolers or children in the lowest couple grades, you will be surprised at the workbooks you can find at the dollar store!  Take a look next time you’re there, and you might come out with a couple treasures!

8. Use online games, activities, and videos

Google is your friend.  If your kids need math drills, just google it and you will find hundreds of printable worksheets as well as interactive games that your kids can play.  If you’re having trouble explaining a certain concept, or you’re looking for a science experiment demonstration, you’ll probably find what you need on YouTube.  (Just be careful.  I never search when my kids are in the room because you never know what will come up!  Here’s an article I wrote about Keeping Kids Safe on YouTube.)

9. Teach with a “one-room-schoolhouse” style

Rather than purchasing multiple levels of curriculum, try teaching kids all together if they are close in age.  Younger kids can skip harder questions on the worksheets, and you can add some extra activities in to challenge the older ones.  Not only will you save money on curriculum, but you will save time in your homeschool day too.

10. Use digital curriculum

Digital curriculum is usually much cheaper than printed curriculum, although the academic quality is just as good.  You can either keep your laptop or tablet handy and let the kids read their lessons right from there, or you can have it printed and bound at an office supply store, and it will still come out cheaper than purchasing books from a company.

Another perk is that it is totally re-usable for every child – just print as many copies as you need!  I love being able to make one purchase and have it do double (or triple or quadruple!) duty for the other kids as they grow up.

Have you heard about the Build Your Own Bundle sale?
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

This week only, you can get curriculum at up to 90% off!
Over 200 products in 19 bundles priced starting at just $10!

 

You can choose pre-made bundles, or build your own customized bundle.  Plus, when you buy 2 bundles, you get a 3rd free!

Buy 2 Bundles, get 1 Free

I went for the Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal and ended up with 30 products averaging a little over $3.00 each.  A good number of them were $30-$50 products, and one was even a $97 product!

I’ve got science, Bible, writing, and history taken care of for the next several years!

 

I’d say that’s a good way to save on curriculum!
Go here to shop the sale, but keep in mind it ends May 31st, so make sure to get in on it before it ends!
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale
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Help add to the list!  What are some ways you save on curriculum?

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