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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...
Taking a Deeper Look at “The Magician’s Nephew”

Taking a Deeper Look at “The Magician’s Nephew”

Saint John Chrysostom asks parents to tell their children stories relating to the Scriptures, “for thou art raising a philosopher and athlete and citizen of Heaven”.  (On Vainglory & The Right Way for Parents to Bring Up Their Children,...
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...
Igniting the Spark: Living Our Orthodox Christian Faith

Igniting the Spark: Living Our Orthodox Christian Faith

My husband and I recently took our kids on an impromptu camping trip.  We thrive off of being outdoors and enjoy our time together outside immensely so when the opportunity arose for some family time, we jumped at it!  Lately, my husband and sons have been trying...
traditions: Jordan Almond Favors

traditions: Jordan Almond Favors

I had several people ask me to show them how I made the Jordan almond favors for my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding this weekend.  Honestly, they are much easier than they look and I’d be more than happy to share how I put them together over about four...
Teachable Moments from The Hunger Games

Teachable Moments from The Hunger Games

*This is a post I wrote three years ago as a guest author for another Orthodox website.  I’m re-posting it on Illumination Learning for those of you who have children currently interested in The Hunger Games series or would like to use it as a framework for a...
traditions: Planting Basil for the Elevation of the Holy Cross

traditions: Planting Basil for the Elevation of the Holy Cross

One of the many beautiful aspects of Orthodoxy is the rhythm of seasons year after year.  As the buds start appearing on the trees and bushes outside, I know it’s time to start thinking about my little garden and to remember the story of Saint Helen’s...
Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

I spent the weekend preparing our home for our journey to Pascha as Great Lent is on our doorstep once again.  We received our Pascha Passports in the mail along with the new companion booklet, Raising Lazarus Project Booklet, which is intended to help prepare our...
Age of Triumph Curriculum

Age of Triumph Curriculum

Katherine is an Orthodox Christian wife with seven children. You can visit her blog at: http://seamlesskatherine.com  Posted with permission. Age of Triumph Bible Reader Schedule Age of Triumph Cursive Copywork Age of Triumph Exams Age of Triumph Level C Dictation Age...
St. John of the Ladder Craft

St. John of the Ladder Craft

Jeannie is an Orthodox Christian homeschooling mom to 3. You can visit her blog at: http://www.creativehandscreativeminds.com On the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church we commemorate St. John Climacus (also known as St. John of the Ladder). He is the...
A Practical Guide to Prayer with Children

A Practical Guide to Prayer with Children

*This was originally presented via a live webinar in 2011.  I have slightly modified it in order to share it in a blog post format below.  Keep in mind that this is a lengthy post because it was a 45 minute live presentation.  If you would like to see any of the...
Participating in the Nativity Fast as a Family

Participating in the Nativity Fast as a Family

As we enter the Nativity of Christ Fast, here are some ways we can participate together as a family as we are called to fast, pray, and give alms: Talk about why we fast Do the New Testament Challenge together: We had a busy weekend so we started this last night.  I...
Companion to “Special Agents of Christ”

Companion to “Special Agents of Christ”

This was part of my presentation at the last IL webinar.  For the foreseeable future, Illumination Learning will not be hosting anymore webinars.  As time permits, I will be archiving as many resources as possible from these past webinars on the website. The following...