Homeschooling Little Ones

Leading Little Ones to God + Book GIVEAWAY

October 14, 2015

We have been LOVING this book in our morning devotions. I usually pull out a handwriting sheet for each of the kids and they practice their letters while I read. This book is easy to understand, yet not watered down. I ask the kids to tell me about the chapter they just heard (“telling back” a story or what they remember is a huge part of our schooling and trying to instill an attentive ear!) and then we talk through some of the questions at the end. There are scripture memory verses for each chapter (which we need to be more intentional about learning), hymns (most of which, sadly, I do not know *cringe*), and a prayer prompt. This is such a huge anchor in our day and it has generated a lot of questions.

I try to be very careful not to “force” my timeline on the transformation of my children’s hearts.

I have a child who desperately wants to do what is right, a child who admittedly doesn’t know if they believe in the work of Jesus (and one who only wants me to draw pink elephants with crowns during devotion time). I try to put truth out there communicate that this is one area that is their responsibility and their choice to think about.

I would love to know, what books or tools do you love for pointing your little ones to God? Answer below for a chance to win a Leading Little Ones to God book!

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  • Jessica Richey October 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    We have been reading through the book of Joshua for our morning Bible time. The kids have really enjoyed acting out different parts of the story. This has become my favorite time of the day! Excited to learn more about the book you have recommended. ☺️

    • callie October 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Ohh! We will have to try that – they would LOVE acting out a story!

  • Kara Clayton October 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I grew up reading this book and my mom passed it down to us so we now enjoy it with our boys! One day I may just pass it down to my grandkids!!

    • callie October 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Love it! Tried and true!

  • ken October 19, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Sadly I am not very good at this but some nights we just pick random areas of the bible to read from. Some nights my son will ask me to read him the bible.

    • callie October 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Get this book! It will make devotion time so much easier and will walk you through systematically from Creation to the cross and everything in between!

  • Rebecca October 20, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Unfortunately, I am way behind on this task with my children and have only recently become intentional about it. For myself, I am reading the book “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” and really enjoying it. With my oldest child/daughter, it is obvious that music speaks to her. I try to incorporate this as much as possible and choose songs to listen to in the car and at home that teach. Lots of Bethel, Kari Jobe, etc. My 5 year old son is really enjoying the simple Bible stories that we do as part of our homeschooling. (He especially loves it if mommy has a silly song to go along with the lesson!) My 2 year old and 5 month old are a little unresponsive to my lessons now πŸ™‚ They’ll come along in time πŸ™‚

  • Kristen Demaree October 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    we read the Bible with the kids every night, but it’s a little chaotic with 6 kids that are 10 and under. Would love to have something that is really focused and intentional, thought provoking and not over their head (or mine, haha).

  • Laurel October 20, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Being more consistent with Bible time with my kids is something I really need to work on. My favorite resource when we do are the Bible App for Kids (my toddler loves playing around on it – and he hears solid Bible while doing so – and it’s free! πŸ˜‰ ) and the Jesus Storybook Bible (which leaves even me as an adult feeling fed when I read to them).

  • Megan Burns October 20, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    We love the Jesus Storytime Bible for our kids and I also love doing the Jesus Calling book for kids as well. I am definitely not as consistent as I would like to be but when we do it I am always so encouraged!

  • Dana October 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    This post is actually very timely for me. I know something has been missing from my relationship with my kids, but couldn’t pinpoint where we were missing the connection. I love the way you talked about how you have a hard time connecting on their level. I do too. So glad for the recommendation of this book – intentional living is a reoccurring theme in my life these days, and this definitely goes right along with that.

  • Rebecca October 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I have two children living with Autism (9,7) and a three year old. My greatest hope is that they will come to know Christ as their personal savior, but sometimes seems so unattainable. I think teaching them is so important and books can help, however I find the best teacher is my example. If I am reading God’s Word, praying , and letting them see my personal relationship it will speak volumes into their little hearts.

  • Kristen October 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    for scripture memory we like using the laminated sheets from doorpost.com. Right now we are trying to memorize one scripture a week. We are working on the one that is called the “If Then” one. Check them out-they have great resources!

  • Melinda October 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    This is a huge area of weakness for me. Part of it is a struggle to find good material to use but honestly, my biggest issue is setting aside the time in the hustle and bustle of our life. Sad, I know. This summer I started reading Jesus Calling for kids to my 6&4yr olds. They loved it and it was great to be able to reference back to those devotions throughout our day. For my 2yr old, she loves music! I really want to get back into the habit of listening to kid’s bible songs—especially bc we spend so much time in the car.

  • Shannon October 20, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Sounds like a good book. I really need to start having devotions with my kids every night. It’s something I’ve thought about but haven’t gotten started yet.

  • Anna October 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for this insight! My daughter is only 4 months old, but this is something I already worry about as she gets older. This book sounds great!

  • Teri Denton October 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I am now a grandmother. What we used with our children is probably no longer around πŸ™‚
    but, i love the Jesus Storytime Bible with my grandchildren. We also have watched many episodes of David and Goliath on tube through the years. We talk about what it would be like if it were us in that position. How David KNEW that it was GOD who would win the battle..
    We love to make up stories on our picnics. Children, like adults are very interested in stories. That is probably why Jesus taught with so many parables. I love to read about you younger women trying to connect with your children on any level in the days we live in. As a grandmother i am SO blessed to have the time to just “be” with my grandchildren. I had five children 18 months apart. Needless to say i was not very good at just “being”-be encouraged-you are planting eternal seeds.

  • Ashley Muller October 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I’m not very good with this either. Thankfully my kids are in awana at church so they study their verses every day as part of their school day. I will have to look into this book!

  • Rachael Thomas October 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I have heard good things about this book but haven’t checked it out personally. So glad you posted about it and appreciate your transparency about communicating truth to our children but also putting the decision in their court and not on our own timeline. We read the Jesus Story Book Bible most nights and I have been trying to incorporate scripture memory (definitely my area of weakness!). I also like some of the “Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers” series. We incorporate worship music during the day at home and in the car. Always looking for new ideas! Thank you!

    • callie October 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Hey Rachael! So glad it’s encouraging…we have a big job on our hands with these little ones! πŸ™‚