faith at home activities

ASK DIRECTED QUESTIONS: 

"How was school?" "Fine."  This is probably how most parents and children talk about the school day.  Depending on whether a child processes out loud or internally can determine how you approach your child.  If your child  processes out loud ask more directed questions like "Tell me 2 things you liked and two things you didn't.  What was the funniest thing that happened?"    Tell your inverted child that before the night is over you would love to have them share 3 things that that happened at school.  

Be part of the 6 hours your child spends at school by using your questions in a way that helps them share their day with you.  


Some sample questions might be: 

  1. Tell me about the best part of your day.
  2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  4. Tell me about what you read in class.
  5. Who did you play with today? What did you play?
  6. Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?
  7. What was one thing that was awesome & one that you didn't like. 
  8. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  9. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
  10. Did you learn anything that helped you see God in the world? 

faith building tips

PRAY BEFORE SCHOOL: 

We can fall into the track of thinking that pray is only something we do when we face a trial or a challenge.  Pray needs to be where we start so we can place everything we face - good & bad before God.  Help your children pray each day about what happens at school and more importantly, how they act and react.  Do this before bed,  before they get on the bus or maybe when they get home and talk about their day - it can even be in the car on the way to practice.  But asking the God of Heaven to be a part of their school year is more important than any grade or assignment.  

recommended Books

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH JESUS  The book contains a prayer, game, and two of children's favorite songs about Jesus. In addition the book contains scriptures for children to meditate on. Children will gain knowledge to help them in school and throughout life as they make Jesus their choice.


YOU WERE MADE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE This book offers practical tips youth can take out into their community to make a difference, plus real-life stories about those who have done just that. Teens learn that God can use them to make a difference right now. He wants to use them today, without waiting for them to be older, stronger, richer, or even more "together."

additional resources

Proverbs 31 Ministries

A great resource for ladies to be inspired and encouraged in their faith.

Midnight Mom Devotional 

Devotions for the mom who is up in the middle of the night

The Abide App

Find lots of scripture readings and ways to help your child and you sleep better and stress less with Christ.

Bible App for Kids

Download some great bible videos for your kids and you to watch and discuss during this time.

Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. It provides help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

Family Life

FamilyLife's mission is to help people change the world one home at a time. Created on the principle that the family provides the foundation for society, the ministry offers a wide range of tools to help families become stronger.

Plugged In

Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live.