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Orthodox Literature Connections: “Shepherding Sam”

Orthodox Literature Connections: “Shepherding Sam”

I recently received a gift copy of Shepherding Sam by Melinda Johnson from Ancient Faith Publishing.  I decided to use it as a read aloud with my older boys and was able to to make several connections to other topics we are currently studying – about...
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,...
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...
Healing Wounded Hearts

Healing Wounded Hearts

Purpose:  A unit for classroom, home, or retreat use to help children heal from sadness and be a friend to others who are sad. Grown-ups are not the only ones who may find their heart aching and searching for a way to find comfort.  Children can also find themselves...
Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”

Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”

I’ve heard many times over the years, “It’s too hard for my kids” when someone brings up the topic of fasting and children. Let’s consider for a moment our children’s education.  I don’t know of any parent who would present a...
Interactive Bulletin Boards for Our Church Schools & Homes

Interactive Bulletin Boards for Our Church Schools & Homes

Here are two examples of ways you can use the walls of your classroom, church hallway, or home to engage your children (and adults) when teaching about our faith: Start with a large piece of bulletin board paper (available at teacher stores) and have it cut to the...