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Navigating the craziness of this world as a young Lutheran family can be a challenge.  To us, teaching our children the joys of the faith and showing them how it is essential to our very lives is our most important job as parents.  We don't want to leave their catechesis up to strangers or reserve it only for Sunday mornings.  After all, there are six other days of the week wherein we have trials and temptations.  It is also important to us that we cultivate a Lutheran identity in this family.  We love our confession of faith, and we are proud of our Lutheran heritage.  We want to raise our children distinctly Lutheran... intentionally!  Accidental parenting is not an option where teaching the faith is concerned.  And we start them young.  Super young.  Teach a child the way he should go, right?  I have scoured the internet for good resources, as to prevent myself from reinventing the wheel, but have been coming up with very little.  Maybe my Google skills are lacking, but it seems to me that there is not much out there.  I'm certain there are many faithful parents out there who are doing a bang-up job of home catechesis, and just not posting it on the internet for me to borrow.  I will be adding some resources as I come up with them later.  So now's your chance!  Share what you do as a family, or just with the kids.  How do you teach them the faith?   

 


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Tamara
05/22/2013 9:55pm

We use the Treasury of Daily Prayer. It is a great resource and through its use our kids have learned the Lord's Prayer and the Creeds.

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Mackenzie
05/23/2013 4:57pm

The Treasury is an awesome resource. I used to use it, but got out of the habit when Junior got here. I found it a lot easier to use something smaller when I had a squirmy baby on my lap. :) That is so awesome that your kids know the Lord's Prayer and the Creeds. How sweet!

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Amy
05/22/2013 10:02pm

Each evening after dinner we use the brotherhood prayer book and usually have 1 (or 2?) readings and sing a couple stanzas of a hymn, and prayers.
We should build some catechism review in there, too, probably- but we haven't done that yet.

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Mackenzie
05/23/2013 4:58pm

That sounds like a great family devotion time to me!

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Sarah
05/22/2013 11:55pm

We love CPH books by Joni Walker. Our new favorite is the Hear Me Read Bible (Mary Manz Simon). We are still developing a devotional style. Oh and I pull out Little Visits with Toddlers.

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Mackenzie
05/23/2013 4:59pm

We got those as a gift as well! Is it true they will not be published anymore? I hope not! They're fantastic. I have not used Little Visits- I might give it a look. Thanks.

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05/23/2013 6:43am

Not a mom here, but last year with my nanny kids I read them stories from "The Story Bible" from CPH. The pictures in the Bible are awesome--kids love looking at them. "The Story Bible" also has discussion questions that were great to ask the 5-year-old and there is a glossary in the back. I would close our devotion with the Lord's Prayer.

When I worked at the daycare, I wrote my devotions based off of "My First Catechism" by CPH. This book was useful because it referenced stories to read in the Bible to elaborate what was being taught in the Catechism. It also has pictures. :)

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Mackenzie
05/23/2013 5:11pm

I think that is so wonderful that you were diligent about teaching the kids you nannied. What a wonderful blessing you were to their parents and to them! Great resources- I'll have to check them out, thanks!

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Anna
05/24/2013 10:39pm

Treasury of Daily Prayer here. It's actually part of our bedtime routine. And baby isn't happy unless we've had our daily Book of Concord reading =)

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Mackenzie
06/09/2013 10:34am

I think making it a part of the bedtime routine is great. Start 'em young!

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