Free Homeschool Resources to Check Out

Free Homeschool Resources to Check Out

I've been reading through the book, Homeschool Your Child for Free in preparation for our official homeschool start this Fall. Though the book is a bit outdated, it is still chock full of terrific resources and things to check out.  I picked it up at our local library, but this might be one resource I need to buy and have on hand.  Here's a few of the things I'm definitely going to check out. 32 Homeschool Websites to Check Out How to Get Started in Homeschooling (includes needed … [Read more...]

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Okay, I know it's not Christmas time yet, but our church did just celebrate a "Christmas in July" week to draw attention to the Operation Christmas Child campaign and I thought I'd share a Christmas post in honor of the occasion as well. Last Christmas, in Children's Church, we learned about the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary (Luke 2).  We were using Tru Sunday School for our Children's Church curriculum and loving it. In our Children's Church … [Read more...]

10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

It's hard to believe that we're almost halfway through yet another year.  How has your year been so far?  Much of the same?   Filled with surprises or changes?  I'd love to hear about it! In the meantime, feel free to check out Growing Kids Ministry's most popular posts so far this year. #1: The Minute to Win it Series, specifically, More Minute to Win it for Church #2: Weird Animal VBS Decorating Ideas #3 Elisha and the Widow's Oil (Part of the 31 Days of Bible Crafts … [Read more...]

I Don’t Like this Book (But Maybe I Should)

I Don’t Like this Book (But Maybe I Should)

I recently started reading through Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You written by Stasi Eldridge. You may be familiar with Stasi's earlier book Captivating which touched the hearts of many woman.  I, myself, heard good things about her work and was excited to give Becoming Myself a look. Stasi's style of writing is quietly poetic and cultivates a soft stirring within the heart of the reader.  She speaks to those often covered up and hidden places in our lives with an … [Read more...]

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Sidewalk chalk is a staple of summer and a great way to build a game in a snap. Last week, we played a fun bulls eye game with some chalk and sponges and I thought I'd dig around for a few more to play this summer. #1 SNAIL HOPSCOTCH Draw a large circle (about 12 inches) on the ground and then draw a very large spiral board on the concrete starting at the circle and spiraling out to look like a snails shell.  Divide the spirals into spaces about 12 - 14" apart and number them.   The first … [Read more...]

The Woman and the Dragon: Revelation 12 & Children’s Ministry

The Woman and the Dragon: Revelation 12 & Children’s Ministry

Our Pastor has been going through a series on Revelation and our Adventure Group teacher thought she'd have a little fun with the Revelation 12 passage (the woman and the red dragon). Our Adventure Group program is for ages 9-12 and it is designed to teach kids how to take meaningful notes during a sermon.  One week they stay in the sanctuary to listen and the next week, they meet as a class to discuss the notes and really make the Bible come to life. For this class meeting, the … [Read more...]