As you read the story of the shepherds with your family, there are a few things you may want to point out:
- In Luke 2:9, the Bible tells us: “And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.” Ask your kids if they remember the glory of the Lord leading the Israelites through the wilderness and filling the Temple. Read Exodus 24:12-18 and 2 Chronicles 5:2-14. Ask your children if they can think of a reason the shepherds were afraid.
- The shepherds were very humble people, and Jesus was born in a very humble manner. Talk to your kids about what it would be like for a mother to lay her baby in a manger.
- The angels weren’t just a messenger service. They came to praise God. The shepherds too, hurried to see Jesus and to tell Mary and Joseph about what they had heard. On their way home, the shepherds praised God. We can praise God for the gift of His Son every day.
- In John 10:11, Jesus says: “ I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” You can read Psalm 23 with your family to find out more about what our good shepherd does for us.
My friend Donald W. White took William Bradford’s original journal, annotated it, and rewrote it using modern-day English, titling the book A Plymouth Pilgrim. The book ends with the recorded celebration of the first Thanksgiving. It’s a great piece of literature for families and older students.
The holiday of Thanksgiving today serves as a reminder that we are called to be grateful to God for all things. As you discuss Thanksgiving with your children, here are two passages you can look over:…. Continue reading
I want to thank Chicago Review Press for providing a review copy of Michelangelo for Kids.
Michelangelo for Kids (Chicago Press Review, 2016) is a little outside of my usual review fare, but it has several qualities that excited me to review it. First, I love art, and have a special interest in Michelangelo. After all, Michelangelo’s extraordinary life falls within the period of the Reformation, overlapping with both Girolamo Savonarola of Florence and Martin Luther of Germany. Second, the biography / activities book is written by Simonetta Carr, author of the lovely Christian Biographies for Young Readers series. Third, the Chicago Press Review “For Kids” series is fabulous for 4th-8th grade, and we use the books regularly as a part of our history studies.
I loved reading Michelangelo for Kids. I learned a lot about Michelangelo and his work. Though I majored in art, and in the last few years I read quite a bit about Michelangelo in scholarly biographies of Martin Luther while researching for When Lightning Struck!, there was much I didn’t know. Simonetta Carr does a masterful job of explaining how Michelangelo’s faith changed due to the Reformation, and how he was able to work directly for several popes while creating artwork that challenged papal ideas of Christ and Scripture. She also diplomatically addresses his family and personal life, answering the modern-day charges of impropriety with logic and care….. Continue reading
Sometimes we’ve used art to reinforce concepts we’re learning about (like Scripture!), and sometimes we just try new techniques. My kids each have an art journal to experiment in. For projects, I like to have them spend time creating work we can put on our walls.
Sounds expensive, right? It’s really not. Your kids don’t need professional-quality art supplies to create fabulous art. In fact, they don’t need much at all. There are a few items I think all budding artists need. I’m going to list them for you (with links so you can find what I’m talking about). I’m also going to take you on a little mini-tour of the art we’ve done in our home….. Continue reading