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Magnifying above all else: God’s Name and His Word. (Psalm 138:2)
Please understand that the below personal beliefs are shared by some, but not all, suppliers of our products.
Short “Licks” to Ponder...
1. “If you don’t have time to show a child the right way to go, someone will take the time to show them the wrong way.”
2. Often parents want to focus on manners and character education to raise a child to be “good.” It IS very important to teach good manners and right attitudes—PSLC’s “Be Willing” colouring book is a tool that helps young children learn what the Bible teaches for being helpful, kind, forgiving, humble, etc. However, character education should be taught with the following understanding, as stated by Dr. Howard Hendricks:
“To expect a child to live the Christian life when he does not possess it is to mock him. Until the Holy Spirit takes up residence in a person’s heart, he cannot live pleasing to God.”
(quote found in Preschoolers Can Know God teacher’s manual, Child Evangelism Fellowship, 2004, page 6.)
Dr. Hendrick’s comment is supported by Romans 8:7-8. When anyone, young or old, has Christ in his or her heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17), then God gives them the power to live a godly life. But no one can live pleasing to Him without Him. Even the good deeds that people try to do in their own strength is not acceptable to God for righteousness. (Isaiah 64:6). We need to believe/depend on Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord. God doesn’t just “fix” our old nature, He gives us a brand new one when we repent of our sin and believe the gospel! (2 Corinthians 5:17) The first step in teaching “character education” is to explain to a child what sin is, that Jesus died to take away that sin and its punishment and rose again to offer us new life. Each of us as a choice. True Christianity is not an inherited religion or one where parents can make the decision for the child. Instead it is a personal relationship—as Uncle Charlie (CBH Ministries) often said, “God has no grandchildren—just children.” As parents we can only lovingly pray for our children for God to help them understand and faithfully tell them of His wonderful works as we teach them His truth.
Flavour to Savor...
1. Article outside of our website about C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” series that we read years ago The website also has articles on Toiken’s “Lord of the Rings” series and other popular literature choices that are often thought of by home schoolers and curriculum providers as “good”. (Go to their homepage for a list of other articles such as about “The Hunger Games”, “Twilight”, or other parenting/media issues.)
2. We carefully preview any secular or “Christian”-based curriculum. One trend that has been happening to curriculum design in more recent years has been a shift to rethinking values and “group think” mentality (i.e. not individual thinking but rather everyone “should” agree and be unified in perspectives). This is a quote from an article about the “Common Core” in the USA but has relevance I think to Canadians as well. (Be assured, PSLC rejects this new thinking, however, be aware of this issue if/when you make your purchases from many other educational supply companies.) The story is posted at this link.
“A familiar tale told to first-graders in Pennsylvania illustrates both the tactics and the planned transformation of the world. We all know the story of the Little Red Hen who wanted some bread to eat. She asked some of her barnyard friends to help make it. But the cat, the dog, and the goat all said “no.” Finally she did all the work herself. Yet, when the bread was done and its fragrance spread throughout the farm, her unwilling and lazy neighbors were more than willing to help her eat it...
In the context of traditional values, the moral of the story might be: you get what you work for. But those who have learned to think and see from the “new” global perspective are led to a different conclusion. Listen to the kinds of questions the first grade teacher asked her class:
Why was the Little Red Hen so stingy? Isn’t it only right that everyone gets to eat? Why wouldn’t she share what she had with some who had none?33
The concerned mother who heard and reported this story asked, “What kinds of values were the children taught?” The new interpretation emphasizes love and sharing, but what is missing? How might it confuse a child’s values?
...The teacher’s questions were actually strategic suggestions prompting the group to ridicule traditional values, to see reality and society from the new politically correct perspective, and to intimidate and shame anyone who dared to disagree.
A new mental “framework” is vital to the global paradigm shift. But to launch the new system, the old patterns must be blurred, broken, and forgotten.”
3. Here is a pdf transcript of a good presentation given by a mom of 4 and Christian counsellor at a recent home educator’s meeting dealing with a Biblical response to the practices of mindfulness and yoga. It is called Mindfulness vs. the Mind of Christ.
Free Bible Study Resources
These sermons are good for families with young children. Children can colour a related drawing while older members of the family also listen, for example, on Sunday nights if there is no church service in their local area or for “sick days” away from Sunday School. Please let us know if you find them a blessing to you as well. Thanks! J
Messages by Jake Redekopp
Now in his senior years, Mr. Redekopp attended a small Fellowship Baptist church in Southern Ontario and was an adult Sunday School teacher in evangelical churches for many years. These messages are from “pulpit supply” at that church and are made available with his permission.
The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)
From the Mire to the Choir (Psalm 40:1-3)
What’s in a Name? (Isaiah 9:6)
Here are some hand-outs from past ladies Sunday School lessons that have helped people live for Jesus Christ in today’s generation:
We are also posting some “family favourites” under various subject headings on Joy’s Pinterest boards (“Music”, “Children’s Ministry”, etc.).
Some other links for good Bible programs for children and teens:
Child Evangelism Fellowship (Ontario) Looking for great preschool Bible curriculum? Check the “Preschoolers Can Know God” resources. Flashcard stories are also available through this site for other elementary ages.
DiscipleLand Through the Bible Curriculum We have used this in-depth program both in a church as well as in our home on Sundays in the past —for ages preschool to 14 years old. Go through the entire 66 books of the Bible with your family; non-dated, colourful, and inexpensive materials that can be used with any Bible translation (e.g. KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB).
Keys for Kids Ministries (formerly known as CBH Ministries)This is a favourite children’s ministry in our family! We sell some of their resources but they also have interesting things for children on their website. They also produce a very good devotional book series for children in various language. It is “free” with a donation to help with cost of postage.
PBS - Postal Bible Studies This is a free Bible correspondence program for children through the mail in Canada—short written answers, colouring, puzzles on a few lesson pages each month. This ministry is associated with the Bible verse poster distribution ministry “Seed Sowers”.
Bible Visuals International This ministry produces flashcard books with separate teacher’s text (various languages available). Many of them are now available as a download or on disk for Powerpoint presentation format. Bible lessons are very doctrinal and cover Genesis to Revelation; for elementary to adult (not as much for preschoolers). They also produce missionary flashcard stories and hymn visuals.
Bible Broadcasting Network Radio Looking for an excellent Bible study program on-line for teens or adults? Consider a course or more from here. It’s free and designed for 13 year olds and up. (It is great for families with younger children also to listen to the sermons/lectures together.J)
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