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Week 2: Patron Saints & Namedays

Week 2: Patron Saints & Namedays

This week, I put together an introductory lesson on patron saints and namedays in preparation for our year-long project on our class’ patron saints. The goal of this lesson was to review, or introduce (depending on the student), the celebration of namedays and...
Classroom Prep & Week 1: Welcome to Class!

Classroom Prep & Week 1: Welcome to Class!

After creating a rough outline of my lessons for the year, I was able to start planning how I wanted to set up my classroom. The classrooms at our parish were recently re-painted. The teachers were asked to only hang visuals on the bulletin board and not to use any...
Sowing Seeds in Our Sunday School Classes

Sowing Seeds in Our Sunday School Classes

I’m talking to my students about our upcoming year of Sunday School as the room morphs into a well-trodden path along side of a field. I’m sowing seeds within the hearts of these young children as we talk about their patron saints and the upcoming feast of...
Planning Our Upcoming Orthodox Homeschool Year

Planning Our Upcoming Orthodox Homeschool Year

Last spring, someone asked me if I could create a planning tool for an Orthodox homeschool year. I spent the entire summer wrestling with the idea of how to plan and create a resource useful for all Orthodox homeschooling parents. There are so many factors at play...
Planning Our Upcoming Orthodox Church School Year

Planning Our Upcoming Orthodox Church School Year

This coming school year, I am thrilled to be returning to the church school classroom! I haven’t taught Sunday church school since having my youngest two children, so I’m pretty giddy about teaching again. I’ll be teaching 3rd and 4th grade at our...
Saint Basil Academy’s Impact on Our Family

Saint Basil Academy’s Impact on Our Family

Our first trip to Saint Basil Academy in New York was about fifteen years ago. We were dropping off my brother there as his meeting point for a mission trip. I still vividly remember a boy walking sullenly towards a rail at the side of the road on the estate. A man...
How to Naturally Dye Eggs with Onion Skins for Pascha

How to Naturally Dye Eggs with Onion Skins for Pascha

Several years ago, I set out on a quest to successfully dye a batch of eggs red using yellow onion skins. My first two attempts failed to even come close to that desired deep red I was told could be achieved using them. I searched and searched online and was basically...
Facing the Mirror of Motherhood

Facing the Mirror of Motherhood

Once upon a time, I thought my primary role as a mama was to nurture my children – physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Time – and many children later – have refined and broadened that perspective. I still think this is a primary role of mine,...
A Study of North American Saints

A Study of North American Saints

This past autumn, my kids and I embarked on a semester long study of North American saints, ignited by a love of Saint Herman of Alaska. My goals for this project were: to read about the lives of these saints, locate where each saint passed away (for consistency sake)...
Literature Connections: “Nikola and the Monk”

Literature Connections: “Nikola and the Monk”

Recently, I received a review copy of Nikola and the Monk by Dessi Jackson in the mail. I read it later that night, after everyone else was in bed, when I had the first opportunity to devote my entire attention to it. With each page I turned and each new sentence I...
Our Journey to Pascha

Our Journey to Pascha

Three weeks prior to Great Lent, the Triodion (the service book for Orthodox Christians which contains the services for the three weeks prior to Lent, Great Lent, and Holy Week) begins. In these three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent, it is a time of preparation...
In Our Garden: Panagia’s Tears

In Our Garden: Panagia’s Tears

A couple of years ago, I ran across a bracelet on Ancient Faith Publishing made of seeds called “Panagia’s Tears” or “Tears of the Mother of God”.  I found the story of the bracelet fascinating and ended up buying it for my daughter for...
Connecting Church and Home: Censers

Connecting Church and Home: Censers

This is a craft I’ve done with elementary students, my own children, and adults (during a church school seminar) to learn more about censers within the context of worship, teaching, and praxis.  This is a phenomenal way to engage visual learners along with...