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New Vendor & Two Free Printables!

Ladies & Gentlemen, LutheranHomeschool.com has a new vendor: The Faithful Homeschool by Jennifer Whalen, who you just might follow as @thefaithfulhomeschool on Instagram. 🙂 Jennifer’s background is in education, and she has a Master’s Degree in Education with several years of teaching experience before becoming a homeschooling mom. We’re excited to have her join our team, as she has pursues a Lutheran, Charlotte Mason-inspired approach to homeschooling.

Her first two products are both freebies (Yay!): a nice printable of The Lord’s Prayer and a likewise lovely printable of the 10 Commandments.

Any other printables you’d like to see? Anything else we ought to work on? Let us know, and we’ll see what we can do!

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More Compiled Resources

Ladies & Gentlemen, I won’t tell you every time I’ve compiled another list, but I will tell you more work has been done. There are now 15 products under the category of “Free Compilation of Resources,” so I’m pretty pleased!

Recent additions include:

As always, I’d love to hear about even more resources to share!

With respect,

Mary

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Compiled Resources

Ladies & Gentlemen, I’ve spent the last few days trying to make lists of compiled resources so that links & freebies are easier for you to find. (Basically, taking information from my long resource outlines and putting them into their own topical product. The free information is in the description. The product is just a downloadable PDF of the same information.)

So far there are compiled resources (some shorter lists, some longer) for the following topics:

And, if you recall, this all started with Piano for Church.

Right now, I hope to gather resources to compile for grief/ grieving children and one for singing. What else would you like to see? 🙂 (I know, I know, complete Lutheran curricula, but that’s taking a long time!)

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Two New Products

We added two new products today, both written by Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller. One is Angels & Demons: A Bible Study Anthology. This free booklet pulls sections from three classic Lutheran texts to provide a structured look at Scripture on angels and demons. The other is The Devotional Challenge Book.  This freebie is exactly what some parents have been looking for to help confirmands and high schoolers transition into daily personal prayer!

These were not developed for LutheranHomeschool.com, but we are excited to let more people know about these great resources developed for the good of the church!

If you know of resources helpful for Lutheran homeschooling families, please let us know. We love raising awareness & gathering links into a central location!

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12 Days of Christmas Themes

There are 12 days of Christmas, so here are 12 Days of Christmas themes or little extras to keep things festive 🙂

  1. With little ones, read a little Christmas book each day of the season.
  2. Select a hymn of the season from the hymnal, and every year choose a different one.
  3. Read through the Gospel of Luke, 2 chapters a day.
  4. Select a book with daily devotions.
  5. Plan out a special snack every day, maybe alternating between dips and desserts, so that the 12 days of Christmas are a little extra special but not necessarily an extra burden.
  6. Have a family read aloud. You could consider all sorts of Christmasy (or non-Christmasy) books, though here are a few books with Lutheran authors or commentary:
  7. Consider a CD for the season, like Handel’s Messiah. You could even pair it up with Messiah: The Greatest Sermon Ever Sung by Lutheran Rev. Tony Pittenger.
  8. Watch Christmas specials, including some gems you can find on Youtube, like The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah.
  9. Do a unit study on angels, biblical foods, biblical geography, stable animals, or go through an art book, etc. I know of at least two angel resources put together by Lutherans: Bryan Wolfmueller’s Angels & Demons and Jake Zabel’s Choirs of Angels.
  10. Sing through a free caroling book! Sing a song or two a day and make your way all the way through!
  11. Try to memorize a stanza a day of Luther’s These are the Holy Ten Commands or another hymn with 12 stanzas. Or just pick a hymn or psalm to memorize.
  12. Mark the minor commemorations of the time:
    • December 26th, Stephen the Martyr
    • December 27th, John the Apostle and Evangelist
    • December 28th, the Holy Innocents Martyred
    • December 29th, King David
    • January 1st, Circumcision and Naming of Jesus
    • January 2nd, Loehe, Pastor
    • (January 6th always starts the season of Epiphany)

If you have other suggestions, comment to add them!

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Devotions at Home: A Tutorial

New free Lutheran resource! Devotions at Home: A Tutorial includes devotional suggestions for use with the Lutheran Service Book and makes suggestions for additional resources. This PDF also includes a chart for reading through the Book of Psalms in 30 days.

Also, just so you know, The Story Bible is broken down into 140 sections, which would give you one story a day, five days a week, for 28 weeks. That’s pretty good for ages 3-8! Great for devotions at home with younger ones!

Here is a link to a page that sorts CPH Bibles according to age. It also has 5 Bible reading plans you can download and follow, including a one-year, two-year, Bible narratives, chronological, and daily lectionary. 🙂

For reading plans through the Lutheran confessions, you can go here for a summer plan, here for a yearly plan, and here for a Lenten plan. (By the way, Luther’s Large Catechism is great reading for middle schoolers and older.)

Devotions at Home: A Tutorial