Christian Links and Resources to Love

Goodness, I think the last post I did about Christian Resources was this post from May of 2010:  http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/05/13/more-christian-resources-for-your-waldorf-home/.  Time for an update!

Many of you who are long-time readers know that we are heavily involved in our Episcopalian church – through the Children’s Choirs (yes, multiple choirs! Our two oldest girls just sang in our annual Spring Church musical and I was very proud!), through instrumental music lessons at church and through Sunday School.  I am teaching the Kindergartners this year with a great teaching team.   Grandpa is an Episcopalian priest, so it is wonderful to have him as a resource in our family.  I am always on the lookout for great religious resources,and will continue to pass what I find on to you, my faithful reader.

Here are some of the Christian books, articles and resources I have been enjoying as of late.  Much of what I read is actually Orthodox Christian, so you will see a mix of different denominational resources in this list:

My favorite books I have read recently:

  • “Philokalia:  The Eastern Orthodox Spiritual Texts  Selections Annotated and Explained” by Allyne Smith
  • “God And You:  Person to Person”  by Anthony M. Coniaris
  • “The Mission-Minded Family” by Ann Dunagan

Some other resources I have been using as of late:

Doorposts’ “Polished Cornerstones:  Projects For Daughters On The Path To Womanhood”  . Whilst the book states it can be used with four year olds and up, I like to use the “Beginner” projects with my grades aged children, and plan to use more of the “Intermediate” projects for the middle school grades and the “Advanced”  projects for high school.  For now, we have been using some of the verses as copywork in our Religion Main Lesson books, along with drawings.  I do have to change some of the references to the Westminster Catechism, but other than that I have not had to modify things too much so far.

I have been perusing through “Managers of Their Homes” and “Managers of Their Homes” and the Bible Study “Sweet Journey” also by Titus2, along with the book, “Homeschooling With A Meek and Quiet Spirit.”

Please share your wonderful finds with everyone.

Much love to you all,

Carrie

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7 thoughts on “Christian Links and Resources to Love

  1. Ohhhh…. so glad you did this post! I want to share this book for your Christian readers too, such pretty book and the message… let’s just say that I can’t get through the read aloud without crying. On Easter we taught Sunday school and I had planned to have that story as our lesson but knew I couldn’t read it so I made Erik do it… big burly man with huge crocodile tears!

    Blessings!!

  2. Thank you for these sources. Though my husband and I love our church messages and the people, I am not happy with the children’s program. They do a lot of yelling and dancing and watching the ‘message’ on a big screen. When we talk about God in our home, my daughter wants to “yell to Jesus” and has no sense of reverence or faith. I have been wanting something to counter her experiences while I look for a new church. Thank you.

  3. Carrie,

    Could you share your thoughts o the appropriate ages for to start different types of religious education? For example, when would it be appropriate to move from telling great stories from the Bible to reading it directly? When should scripture memorization start? When should we begin to learn the history of the Bible such as learning about ancient Egypt or look at Paul’s journey on a map? I don’t want to leave these things out, but I don’t want to push them to soon either. My little ones are almost 5 and 6 right now.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog! I am learning so much from you.

    Kara

    • Kara,
      I would first of all check out the scope and sequence of what is being offered at your place of worship. It would be good to know what your children will be taught when, and are there special things that your children would need to know for certain events within the life of your place of worship. THen, I have to be totally honest and say I feel most Sunday School type curriculum packages don’t seem to me to line up with development very well! And I really dislike the “edutainment factor” many churches seem to be heading toward, with loud videos and such LOL. We know the memory functions best around the age of six and a half or seven, and that children under 7 certainly do remember things but they can’t always call it up directly on demand but many times will remember something presented in song. Many nine year olds learn Psalms and Proverbs by heart in the third grade of the Waldorf curriculum to go along with Old Testament studies, so that may be a more reasonable time to really expect that to take place, fully and on demand.

      I would say the history and such, whilst often taught to small children, is better left for around the age of 11 or 12 and up. They will remember much more and get more out of it. This year, my daughter had a book about Paul and a map of his journeys, and I have to say there was very little interest at age ten (fourth grade). History in ernest usually begins more the upper elementary grades (fifth and up), so those grades may be a great time to start looking at those sorts of things.

      You know your children best, your intuition and observation of your children will show you how to best bring these things to life for them. These are just my opinions, and you certainly don’t have to agree with them. :) And do check with your place of worship, your priest or pastor or Children’s Ministry section. Small, small children learn best by doing. Celebrate the Saint’s days if that is part of your religious path, do things for the Christian holidays, make meaningful traditions, pray with them and help them memorize small verses and prayers to mark daily transitions, let them see you going to church, being part of that community, and it will lay a solid foundation for the more complex things of which you speak.

      Many blessings, can’t wait to hear about your journey and how it looks for your family,
      Carrie

  4. Thanks for the wonderful links and for writing this fantastic blog!
    I would like to recommend a very insightful blog by an Episcopal priest called “Interrupting the Silence” http://interruptingthesilence.com/
    Father Michael is very insightful and draws a lot on the wisdom of the Church Fathers as well as more recent Orthodox theologians and then demonstrates how these insights are relevant to our lives everyday.

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