Family Disciple Me responds to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Homeschool in Hard Times

By Shannon Misner

So, you suddenly find yourself at home with kids out of school for the upcoming weeks. What are you going to do with them? As a homeschooling mom for the past 10 years, let me just say: YOU CAN “SCHOOL” YOUR KIDS AT HOME!  

You may think you have to be super patient or be an expert in all subjects in order to teach your kids at home. Let me just tell you… neither of those thoughts are true. There is no one who wants your child to succeed more than you. So I encourage you to use this time to teach your children the subjects you know best or even reclaim your education by learning along with your children! 

Do you love to cook? Start cooking classes with your kids! 

Do you love to exercise? Start your own “PE” class with your kids and workout together! (A 16 year old daughter who wants to exercise is great accountability for me when I’m all for skipping a day!) 

Do you like reading? Get cozy on the couch and read aloud to your kids!  Let your kids read aloud to you, write a book report or give a speech about a book.

Want to improve math skills? Review all math facts from subtraction to multiplication to squares to cubes! There are fun songs online you can use to help memorize these.  

Want to read the Bible? Start today reading through the Bible together aloud. Let your kids pick their favorite verse and write it out on a 3×5 card to memorize.  

Let your older children teach your younger children different subjects that they love.  

Practice public speaking. Give your child one word and one minute to come up with three points to make a one minute impromptu speech.  

Practice debate. Pick any political topic and assign each child a different side of the argument that they must defend against their sibling. 

Learn a new skill. Is there something your child has always wanted to learn to do? At Christmas, Chase wanted a jigsaw to build a skateboard ramp. We gave him a jigsaw and he built that ramp himself. 🙂  

Practice penmanship. Have your children write thank you notes to your local, state and federal representatives.  

Encourage others. Pick a future holiday and have your kids make themed cards to pass out during that season at local retirement homes.  

There is SO MUCH you can do with your kids to teach them while they are “out” of school.  Don’t feel overwhelmed. As a parent you really can teach your kids. No, it won’t look exactly like what they would have learned in their classroom at their regular school, but that is ok. 

And maybe one day we’ll all be able to look back on this time in our nations’ history and be thankful for the fact that it at least gave us extra time together with our families. ❤️❤️❤️

© 2020 Shannon Misner, Family Disciple Me

Life Verse

Life Verse Part One: Find It!

A special way to treasure God’s Word is to find a “life verse” that is extra meaningful to you personally. This verse can be a prayer, praise, proclamation, promise or passion.

Write// Read// Run

Write // Read // Run

Our God is a mighty King who is on the move in this world, and we get the privilege of being on His team and running the race for Him.

Out of Ordinary and Into God’s Extraordinary Plan!

Advent Conversation Four from Isaiah 9 “Out of Ordinary and Into God’s Extraordinary Plan!”

God is “zealous” for His plan. doesn’t get sidetracked, off course or defeated. He does what He says He will do, including the work He is doing in and through us.

Isaiah 9:6b NASB - “And His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

Advent Conversation Three from Isaiah 9: “Out of the Unknown and Into Known by Name”

Your name is your identity; it’s how people know you. Every person’s name is special, but Christmas is about the most special name: the Name of Christ!

Advent Conversation Two from Isaiah 9: “Out of Aloneness and Into God’s Presence”

Advent Conversation Two from Isaiah 9: “Out of Aloneness and Into God’s Presence”

God’s Presence is the amazing “present” of Christmas. As we light our second Advent candle, we are reminded that you must receive a present in order to really enjoy and experience it.

Out of the Darkness and into the light

Advent Conversation One from Isaiah 9: “Out of Darkness and Into the Light”

Christmas lights completely change a darkened room. In the same way, Jesus’ light completely changes us! We may be struggling with the darkness but, with Jesus, the darkness doesn’t have to overwhelm us anymore.

Grateful for Special People

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for Special People”

One of the best ways God shows His goodness to us is through the people who are His hands and feet in our lives. We want to appreciate, encourage and pray for them!

Grateful for God’s Goodness

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for God’s Goodness”

In creation, our God literally stopped to observe and appreciate what He had made. What a stunning example for us to slow down and appreciate the good things He’s done in our lives!

Grateful for Salvation

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for Salvation”

The first way to respond to a good gift is to receive it, and the second way to respond to a good gift is to be grateful for it!

Conversations of Gratitude Grateful for Today

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for Today”

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday or a special event. God wants thanksgiving to be part of our hearts and lives every day, including today. He gives us days, and we give Him praise.

Life Verse Part One: Find It!

A special way to treasure God’s Word is to find a “life verse” that is extra meaningful to you personally. This verse can be a prayer, praise, proclamation, promise or passion.

Write // Read // Run

Our God is a mighty King who is on the move in this world, and we get the privilege of being on His team and running the race for Him.

Advent Conversation Four from Isaiah 9 “Out of Ordinary and Into God’s Extraordinary Plan!”

God is “zealous” for His plan. doesn’t get sidetracked, off course or defeated. He does what He says He will do, including the work He is doing in and through us.

Advent Conversation Three from Isaiah 9: “Out of the Unknown and Into Known by Name”

Your name is your identity; it’s how people know you. Every person’s name is special, but Christmas is about the most special name: the Name of Christ!

Advent Conversation Two from Isaiah 9: “Out of Aloneness and Into God’s Presence”

God’s Presence is the amazing “present” of Christmas. As we light our second Advent candle, we are reminded that you must receive a present in order to really enjoy and experience it.

Advent Conversation One from Isaiah 9: “Out of Darkness and Into the Light”

Christmas lights completely change a darkened room. In the same way, Jesus’ light completely changes us! We may be struggling with the darkness but, with Jesus, the darkness doesn’t have to overwhelm us anymore.

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for Special People”

One of the best ways God shows His goodness to us is through the people who are His hands and feet in our lives. We want to appreciate, encourage and pray for them!

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for God’s Goodness”

In creation, our God literally stopped to observe and appreciate what He had made. What a stunning example for us to slow down and appreciate the good things He’s done in our lives!

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for Salvation”

The first way to respond to a good gift is to receive it, and the second way to respond to a good gift is to be grateful for it!

The “Conversations of Gratitude” Series – – – “Grateful for Today”

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday or a special event. God wants thanksgiving to be part of our hearts and lives every day, including today. He gives us days, and we give Him praise.

What Shall We Say About… In Fear, Take Heart

In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainties and changes I had to stop and ask myself one very important question: “What am I going to focus on?”

What Shall We Say About… St Patrick

How do we translate our relationship with the Lord to those He’s entrusted to us? How do we speak Him into their lives? It’s an outgrowth of Seeking Him.

What Shall We Say About… Seeking Him and Speaking Him

How do we translate our relationship with the Lord to those He’s entrusted to us? How do we speak Him into their lives? It’s an outgrowth of Seeking Him.

What Shall We Say About Salvation

How do we lead our children to understand salvation? Is it our job…or God’s? My journey in asking God how to lead my kids to Him has been a gift.

What Shall We Say About… Endurance

I have never been pushed so far outside my comfort zone and for so long. Yet, I learned during my personal ‘Crucible of Starvation and Sleep Deprivation’ that the darkest and coldest valleys provide the greatest opportunity to reinvent ourselves, grow, and move closer to God.

What Shall We Say About… Prayer during the Pandemic

Kids, today we pray. TODAY WE PRAY.

It’s pretty clear what God wants us to do during time of pestilence and disease. He wants us to fall on our faces and cry out to Him, in humility, repentance and faith. So let’s pray today!!!

What Shall We Say About Santa

The real Santa was a generous man who loved Jesus and loved others. What shall we say to the children about him? We should say his is an example to follow!

What Shall We Say About… Fear

The current coronavirus pandemic is a strategic time to disciple our kids about FEAR! How God’s Word says we should handle fear in our lives, whatever that fear is for each of us.

What Shall We Say about St Valentine

The man who inspired Valentine’s Day was a man who loved God and people with all his heart. His true story set an example of love for us to follow!

What Shall We Say About… Purpose During the Pandemic

As the body of Christ, this season is our chance to rise up and live for more than ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, we can love and help others just like God has loved and helped us.

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