10 Scriptures to Pray for Your Homeschool

Praying the Scriptures for Your Homeschool

The Word of God is alive, powerful, life changing, useful for teaching, correction, and challenging in every way. When the Lord began doing a work in my heart and teaching me to pray the Scriptures, praying for my children using the Word of God became one of my very favorite ways to pray for my family!

I wanted to share with you some of my very favorite Scriptures to pray for our family and verses, in particular, that you could apply to your homeschool!

I will be sharing the reference to the verse and my prayer taken from that passage. I encourage you to look up each verse and read it and pray through it yourself as well! Praying the Scriptures doesn’t need to be difficult or hard to grasp, read a verse, pray those very words back to God! Take a phrase and repeat it to the Lord, repeat it through your day as a prayer.

10 Scriptures to Pray for Your Homeschool

1. Deuteronomy 6:4-8. Lord, You are God! Help our family to love you with all our hearts, our souls and our strength. God, help us as parents to teach Your Word diligently to our children, to talk of You when we sit in our home, when we lie down at night, when we walk by the way. Lord, may Your Word and Your truths fill our home as we point our children to You.

2. Joshua 1:9. Father God, You have commanded us to be strong and courageous. As homeschooling families, we ask that You help us to let go of our fear and move in the direction that You would have us to teach and guide our children. May we not grow fearful of what other families or schools are doing, but look to You for Your perfect plan. Lord, because of You, we can live in this world and not be dismayed because You are with us wherever we go!

3. 1 Samuel 3:10. God, we are asking You to speak, for we are listening. Help us to teach our children to recognize Your voice. Help us to learn, more and more each day, what Your voice sounds like. Help us to live lives of obedience before our families so that when our children do hear Your voice, they will listen and obey.

4. Psalm 1. Lord, You have told us we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, so we place our children in Your hands and ask You to guide them along Your path. Our delight is in You and Your Word, help us to fix our eyes on You and meditate on Your word day and night. May our family be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and may all we do prosper. For You and for Your glory alone.

5. Psalm 25:4-5. Show us Your ways, O Lord, teach us Your paths. Guide us in Your truth and teach us, for You are God our Savior and our hope is in You all day long. This is our prayer for our family and our homeschool. Teach us. Guide us. Our hope is in You!

6. Psalm 119:9-11. Lord God, help us to show our children that we can keep our way pure by taking heed according to Your Word. With our whole hearts we seek You, let us not wander from Your commandments. As a family, we commit to hiding Your word in our hearts that we might not sin against You.

7. Proverbs 1:7. Oh Lord, You tell us in Your Word that to fear You is the beginning of knowledge, that fools despise wisdom and instruction. May our family never be known as fools in Your sight! God, help us to cling to Your Word, may our children never despise wisdom and instruction. And if they do, help us, as parents, to gently guide them and point them to Jesus all the way.

8. John 3:30. In our home, Lord, we desire for You to increase and each of us to decrease. We desire Your glory above our own. We desire Your wisdom above the world’s. We desire to place one another before ourselves. We can only do this with the power of Christ in us. Thank You for the hope we have in You.

9. Romans 12. God, I ask You to help me give to You, each day, my body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to You. Daily I must lay down my cross and follow You. As a homeschool mom, I must put aside my own desires for the day and choose to joyfully serve my family as You have called me to do. It is only through You and because of You that we can even attempt this. God, through Your grace we ask that you help us not to think of ourselves more highly that we ought to think. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members don’t have the same function, we ask you, as parents to help us discern the gifts You have given our children and help us to guide them in those giftings as they grow and learn and become all that You have created them to be.

10. 1 Timothy 4:12. Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us the strength to daily build up our children in the faith. May our children be an example, even in their youth, to those around them, including our own family members. May they be an example in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Yes, Lord, may it be so!

I love praying the Scriptures. The Lord has used this tool as a huge means of comfort to me in my struggle with depression. The Lord has strengthened my prayer life as well as my hope and trust in Him. The Lord has provided words for me when I have no words. God has given me, time and time again, just what I needed to hear at just the right moment.

Dear homeschool moms, don’t neglect the powerful Word of God in your own heart and in the hearts of your children. This could be the most important thing you do with them all day!

I have several resources over on my blog for praying the Scriptures, if you are interested. 31 Scriptures to Pray for Your Family is one of my favorite resources. I have a brand new Advent prayer journal so that we can pray the Scriptures through Advent as well!! And here are all the posts on my blog pertaining to Praying the Scriptures. I pray that your heart is as blessed as mine has been through this journey in God’s Word. 

Ponds Unit Study

The topic of PONDS is such a huge topic that could encompass so many different subjects!! I have a few ideas to share with you today on how to do a Pond Study with your children!

Ponds Unit Study from Homeschool Share; learn about fish, frogs, turtles, dragonflies, and more!

Pond Resources from Homeschool Share

More Pond Learning Ideas

Pond Craft Ideas

Pond Life Unit & Resources at homeschoolshare.com

 

 

 

 

Check out our Learning About Ponds Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

The Birds of the Air

Learning About Birds with homeschoolshare.com

Birds are probably my all time FAVORITE thing to study!! We’ve done so many different things over the years from various bird feeders, to lap books, to books we’ve read. My children have enjoyed learning about the birds in our backyard, nature study at its best!!

First of all, take a peek at all that HSS has related to BIRDS! You could study birds for a whole year! I’m listing a few of my favorites here, but you can see ALL of the bird resources on this page!

Bird Studies from HSS

So, now that you have PLENTY of learning material and lap books to choose from, here are some hands on activities to add to your study, as well as some art projects!

Hands-On Bird Activities

Bird Related Art Projects & Crafts

Poem to Memorize

I love using poetry as copy work and for memorization. I usually try to find poems that fit with our unit study or whatever we happen to be learning about at the moment. Here is a perfect poem for your bird study!

The Woodpecker

by Elizabeth Madox Roberts 

The woodpecker pecked out a little round  hole

And made him a house in the telephone pole.

One day when I watched he poked out his head,

And he had on a hood and a collar of red.

When the streams of rain pour out of the sky,

And the sparkles of lightning go flashing by,

And the big, big wheels of thunder rolls,

He can snuggle back in the telephone poll.

 

Check out our Bird Pinterest Board too!

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Homeschool Share!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” Dr. Seuss

I happen to think that this quote pertains to our home schools as well as just life in general. Sometimes we need a break from the routine, sometimes we need a little fantasy, nonsense, and FUN added to our day!!

That’s why I’m sharing these FUN Dr. Seuss ideas with you! March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and schools all across country have started celebrating Read Across America Day on this day to celebrate reading and these amazing stories.

Before I share some of the fabulous ideas I’ve found online, make sure you check out this awesome unit study based on several of Dr. Seuss’s books!! There are TONS of learning ideas here! FREE of course.

Here are some ideas to get your nonsense going. 🙂

Scrumptious Seuss Snacks

Fabulous Fun to be Found

Dear Homeschool Share Moms, pretty please think of this list as a list of options, not requirements! You could easily choose ONE of these ideas, read some Dr. Seuss books from your shelf, have a green snack and your kids will love it! More isn’t always better. I just share all these ideas to give you ideas and a starting point!! 🙂 HAVE FUN!! No pressure to make it perfect, OK!? 

And here is our Seuss Pinterest Board with tons more FUN ideas for bringing some nonsense and fantasy to your homeschool day!

Show~N~Tell {Teeth Unit}

Did you know that February is National Dental Health Month? Nope? Me, either. 🙂 But, as always, Homeschool Share even has something for THIS special day. Who knew?!?

Today I’m going to showcase a lovely lap book and unit study that Heidi, from Starts at Eight, completed with her daughter. It turned out wonderfully! If you read her posts from this unit study, you will see that they had a fabulous time learning all about teeth, complete with some experiments as well!

She split up this unit study into 3 parts on her blog: Teeth Unit ~ Week 1, Teeth Unit ~ Week 2, and Teeth Unit ~ Week 3

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The unit study that Heidi used from Homeschool Share is this multi-book theme on teeth! Check it out if you’re hoping to teach your children more about their teeth and dental care this month! Thank you, Heidi, for letting us share your pictures and lap book with our readers!!

All Things Little House on the Prairie…

Learning with Little House on the Prairie @homeschoolshare.com

 

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

I think we can safely say that we all need a little more Little House in our world today, wouldn’t you agree? If you’re thinking of learning a little bit about the prairie life, specifically Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie, you’ve come to the right place!!

First things first, if you aren’t sure what all Homeschool Share has to offer on this topic, you’ll want to take a peek! Little House in the Big Woods lapbook,  Little House on the Prairie Story Study Lapbook, By the Shores of Silver Lake lap book, Farmer Boy Story Study LapbookLittle House in the Big Woods lapbook, Little Town on the Prairie Story Study Lapbook,  On the Banks of Plum Creek Story Study lapbook, The First Four Years Lapbook, The Long Winter Lapbook,  These Happy Golden Years  lap book. Also, not in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, but another one that would fit with your unit study is Prairie School, with a unit and lap book also!

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Would you like to add some cooking time to go along with your studies? I think that spending time in the kitchen should accompany every study, but especially when learning about prairie life. We probably will realize just how blessed we are when we see all the advantages we have in our kitchens!

“Home is the nicest word there is.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

In the book, On The Banks of Plum Creek, Laura tasted lemonade for the first time at Mrs. Olsen’s house! Try this recipe or this one from the Little House Treasury.  When we find Laura in By The Shores of Silver Lake, she is showing Mrs. Boast how to make Sour Dough Biscuits. Would you like to try them also? Making butter is a fun pioneer activity! If you have a garden, why not gather vegetables in your apron as the pioneers did also! In Farmer Boy, Almonzo and Laura discuss how no two popcorn kernels are the same…ask your children how they think the pioneers made their popcorn! Would they believe it is possible without a microwave? 🙂 And for dessert, maple candy might be a fun treat!

What about a Christmas meal like Laura’s family had together?

Ma was busy all day long, cooking good things for Christmas. She baked salt-rising bread and ‘Injun bread,’ Swedish crackers, and a huge pan of baked beans, with salt pork and molasses. She baked vinegar pies and dried-apple pies, and filled a big jar with cookies, and she let Laura and Mary lick the cake spoon.”
– Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Now that we have a bounty of prairie foods, let’s take a look at some fun activities to enjoy with our children!

The Crafty Crow shows this simple fabric activity of hanging the wash! I am sure our children would be amazed at how much work laundry was in Laura’s time! But before you can hang the clothes out to dry, you must introduce your children to the washboard! Word Play House has so many fun ideas to do with Little House books including laundry ideas, hand-dipped candles, cross stitch sampler and more! And this little house made of pretzel rods looks fantastic!!

Laura Ingalls: Ma, how long is all this learning going to take? 
Caroline Ingalls: We start learning the minute we’re born, Laura. And if we’re wise, we don’t stop until the Lord calls us home. 
Laura Ingalls: THAT long? 

What about school work? I listed the unit studies and lap books from Homeschool Share above, but there are also some great finds around the web also.  Here a is a covered wagon journaling page. A few word searches and word scrambles can be found here. This 3-dimensional model of the Little House is fabulous! This teacher turned her classroom tables into covered wagons! Love it!  These covered wagons (scroll down a bit) with tissues are creative. What about an edible covered wagon?? Some people are SO creative! Little House on the Prairie stamp coloring page and some fun Little House printables here, too.

How about setting up a mercantile for pretend play that will work in some math at the same time?? Thanks to Oh Amanda for this idea, she has lots of cute ideas from her daughter’s Little House party!

Little House Mercantile Store Table

Still need more ideas? Here is a board FULL of Little House on the Prairie Inspiration!

Well, I hope you have been inspired to jump into these fabulous books with your children!! And don’t forget to watch the shows with your kids too…they just don’t make tv shows like Little House on the Prairie anymore, do they??