Elementary

  • December 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    December 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Over the course of this year, I have had countless conversations that ended with lamenting the difficulties this year has held. When something difficult happens, it has been easy to...

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  • Product Overview of Family Time | Devotions for Families2:45

    Product Overview of Family Time | Devotions for Families

    Welcome to the first episode of our new product overview series! We're staring with "Family Time: A Collection of 98 Bible Stories and Devotions." Center your family or classroom on Jesus with a devot

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  • Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Simon the Zealot

    Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Simon the Zealot

    The Gospels reveal little regarding Simon the Zealot. It is important to distinguish Simon the Zealot from Simon Peter. As “Simon” was a common name in Jesus’ context, it is not...

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  • November 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    November 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    “How are you?” I rarely ask that question in a conversation without receiving a response along the lines of “fine” or “doing good” or “so busy these days.” Rarely does someone respond...

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  • Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Thaddaeus

    Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Thaddaeus

    Compared to others like Peter or Judas, we read little of this apostle. Therefore, this month I’ll present Thaddaeus related to his context. There is much we can learn from the events...

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  • October 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    October 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Lawyer: “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus: “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” Lawyer: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and...

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  • Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Bartholomew

    Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Bartholomew

    There is relatively little we know for certain regarding Bartholomew, other than his inclusion with the list of the twelve disciples. His name is the combination of two Hebrew words,...

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  • September 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    September 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    My social media feeds have been filled with school-related posts for the better part of this year. When the statewide shut-downs first occurred because of the pandemic, many posted...

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  • A New Kind of Sunday School

    A New Kind of Sunday School

    Excitement is in the air. You can feel the anticipation of kids getting ready for school, the sigh of relief from parents that they may get a small break now, and the flutter of...

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  • Anxiety and the Pandemic: Help Students Cope as They Return to Classrooms

    Anxiety and the Pandemic: Help Students Cope as They Return to Classrooms

    “Mommy, I can’t sleep. Can I come and snuggle in your bed?” Anyone experiencing this question these days? Are your children experiencing bad dreams? eating disorders? emotional...

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  • Using a Children’s Hymnal at Home, Church, and School

    Using a Children’s Hymnal at Home, Church, and School

    What’s the very first thing you do when you get to church on Sunday morning? With social distancing it might look a bit different right now, but do you usually greet the people around...

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  • Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Andrew

    Teaching the Twelve Apostles: Andrew

    While it is true that Peter, his brother, plays a larger role in the Gospels, Andrew is involved in several important events. Andrew and Peter put us in mind of Moses and Aaron. Moses,...

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  • Setting a Family Devotion Routine for Back to School

    Setting a Family Devotion Routine for Back to School

    Back-to-school season was much closer to “back-to-chaos” season for my family. Even as an only child, I was part of so many extracurriculars that my parents were constantly running me...

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  • You Are Qualified to Teach the Faith at Home

    You Are Qualified to Teach the Faith at Home

    “As the head of the family should teach … ”  Teaching at home is a concept that has rocked the world of young families this year. Honestly, not even simply teaching at home,...

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  • August 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    August 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Navigating the world of parenting can often feel like running a gauntlet. How to birth your child, feed your child, and help her sleep; what he should play with and read; the daily...

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  • Teaching the Twelve Apostles: James

    Teaching the Twelve Apostles: James

    Although we read more about John, his brother, and Peter, James is significant in that he was part of our Lord’s inner circle. As we will see below, James presents excellent...

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  • Teaching the Faith with Catechism Hymns

    Teaching the Faith with Catechism Hymns

    Music is a wonderfully underrated teaching tool. Think back to your childhood. Can you remember singing your ABCs? What about the catchy tunes from Schoolhouse Rock!, which covered...

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  • July 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    July 2020 Everyday Faith Calendar

    My smartphone tracks how I use it and, more specifically, the length of time that I spend each day on it. At the start of each new week I receive a notification with a weekly screen...

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  • 4 Tips for Faith-Focused “Screen-Free” Hours this Summer

    4 Tips for Faith-Focused “Screen-Free” Hours this Summer

    Our new normal will not feel normal. In many states across the country, local governments are rolling out reopening plans. This all coincides with school letting out for “summer”, which...

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  • 5 Non-Traditional Options for Teaching the Bible this Summer

    5 Non-Traditional Options for Teaching the Bible this Summer

    Summer is almost here, and it is not starting off how we had all hoped. Everyone is scrambling trying to figure out if in-person events (from birthday parties to worship services and...

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