Easy Christmas Tree Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Love these easy Christmas tree crafts for my toddler and preschooler! | IntentionalByGrace.com

During the Christmas season, I like to take a break from our regular home preschool curriculum and focus on themed activities. This week in addition to our daily Truth in the Tinsel activity, we've been having a lot of fun with Christmas trees! We put up our Advent calendar, decorated our family Christmas tree, and pulled out our felt Christmas tree for the little ones to enjoy over and over Continue Reading

Why Our Family Prepares, Eats, and Cleans Up Meals Together

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As we enter the busy holiday season, it's easy to let family time suffer. I know this is the time of year when I want to slow down. I want to enjoy my family and really focus on Christ. But with busyness of the season, it can be hard. We have to be intentional to guard our family time.  Family meal time is sacred for our family. Sometimes it is the only time of the day we actually sit down Continue Reading

How We Do Family Devotions with a Toddler

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To be honest, neither us grew up doing family devotions. My husband and I have never seen them done, and we've only read about them in books. Getting family devotions started in our family was not easy. We didn't know where to start, how to do it, or even what to do when we did start. Do you do family devotions at sunrise? Breakfast? Bedtime? Three times a day? We didn't have a clue. But Continue Reading

The ABC’s for Godly Children Review & Giveaway {Intentional Homeschool}

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I get emails often asking me what curriculum I suggest for toddlers and preschoolers that is based on Biblical truth. I also get asked often how I plan on training my boy in Biblical manhood. Well, here is my answer - The ABC's for Godly Children Curriculum. What are The ABC’s for Godly Children? The ABC’s for Godly Children is a teaching tool meant to aid in the Christian and Biblical Continue Reading

Clear Your Calendar Day and Ignore the Mud on the Floor

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Last week I posted this picture on our Facebook page with the following words: I have dishes in my sink, floors covered in mud, beds unmade, and laundry the size of Mount Everest. So I decided to do some painting with my toddler. #priorities I was overwhelmed with the response to this simple little gesture to encourage others to just let it all slide for a day. One fellow mom said: I Continue Reading

Family Devotions {A Catechism for Young Children}

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My family has used several different materials when implementing a family devotions into our daily routine. Nothing has really "stuck" and I at times feel as though it is not really "working." By that I mean, when your kids are distracted, not focused on what you are reading, and perhaps even ignoring you, how do you know they are receiving truth? Well, you don't. (Sorry!) But I can tell you Continue Reading

We Choose Virtues Giveaway

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We are celebrating the launch of our new site, Intentional Homeschool, with a week of giveaways! Let's be honest, instilling virtues in kids is hard work, but it should also be fun! In fact, there's no better way to learn. So We Choose Virtues brings memorable catchphrases, endearing characters, and just plain fun to simply inspire character that lasts. It's the best choice you can make for the Continue Reading

{Intentional Toddler Time} Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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{Samuel is currently 21 months old} This week our theme was planes, trains, and automobiles, or better known around our home - AY-PLANE, CHU-CHU, AND CARS!!! Samuel literally yells these words all.the.time. Why transportation theme in the middle of October when you should be focusing on leaves and pumpkins? It's simple. Samuel is incredibly interested in cars and anything else with wheels at the Continue Reading

Have You Seen the Outdoor Schoolhouse?

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I am really excited about a new blog that recently launched, Outdoor Schoolhouse. One of our contributors, Alina Joy, invited me to be a part of the site, and after hearing her mission and ideas, I wholeheartedly agreed to write for her monthly. With the implementation of Intentional Toddler Time, I see this website supplying me with endless ideas and inspiration for teaching from God's Continue Reading

Autumn Theme Toddler Time

Autumn Crafts for Toddlers

What fun we had last week! We are still enjoying as much outside time as we can right now. Snow has started to fall on the peaks, but afternoons are still beautiful! Our theme for the week was Autumn Leaves. We continued with our sensory bins this week; although, I have to admit - he was not as excited about this one as he was the fish sensory bin. However, he still asked for his Continue Reading