family resources

At Plymouth Covenant Church, we love families of all kinds! This page will provide some useful resources that we think will help families navigate life and faith at home. Take a look around! We plan to update this page weekly with new ideas and resources for you to enjoy during this unique season of life.

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NEW!! Sunday School with Mr. Bill!

Soon you will be able to click on the picture to see Mr. Bill teach the Sunday School lesson the way he used to in the KidNation classroom! Appropriate for all ages, enjoy one of our great storytellers bringing the stories of the Bible to life for your family!

Weekly Message

The Week of Sunday, March 29, 2020

Additional Sunday School resources are available for your family to use at home through our closed Facebook groups. Click on the button(s) below to join the group(s)! Resources include Bible videos, Q&A Slides, Printable Puzzle Sheets and Coloring Sheets, and more!

This Week’s Preschool Theme and My First Look Story: 

“I Can Follow Jesus” (Love One Another, John13:34-35)

This Week’s Elementary Theme and ShareFaith Story: 

“Jesus Gives Thanks” (Matthew 11)

Sign up for midweek newsletters delivered to your inbox! Journey Together is the new parent/grandparent resource aimed at encouragement, PCC ministry updates, and resources for family life. FYI is Pastor Dan’s newsletter and the Thru News highlights events and church family news for the week.

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THE BIBLE PROJECT

This is one of the best resources for digitally exploring the books of the Bible and learning about various biblical concepts! Great for elementary ages and older.

BROWSE BIBLE VIDEOS

FAMILY ACTIVITY KITS

You can pick up one month’s worth of activities for your family, suitable for kids from toddlers to teens, from our curbside, drive-thru service at church. Simply drive up to get your April kit between 5:30-7:00pm every evening and 9-11am on Sundays.

TOP 10 WAYS TO SHARE SPACE AND HAVE FUN

Are you new to being home for hours on end with everyone in your family?

You’re not alone! We recognize the current situation for all of us is different than spending our weekends together or going on family vacations! So we tapped into some experts…our homeschool families! Each week, we will post tips and tricks from families that have a daily habit of doing all of life together. We hope you’ll find some useful ideas along the way and we encourage you to cultivate the skill of living life together at home.

This Week’s Encourager:

Corinne Brummond

"I lean my head back & remember the quiet of those brief moments of freedom. But I must remind myself this isn't really prison. My cell is like that of Paul & Silas in Philippi; an earthquake has rocked my world, the doors are open, and the chains have been loosened (Acts 16). I am here to serve those around me. I have been called, not condemned." Amy Spiegel from her book "Letting Go of Perfect."

IDEAS FROM THE BRUMMOND FAMILY

To Start the Day

We begin each new day in our house with a devotional. The day before might have been difficult and full of stumbles. We need to be reminded of His grace and mercy each new day.  When we begin our day with His word, it soaks into our minds and hearts and the Spirit often finds ways to weave the morning Scripture or thoughts into our day. Right now we are using Rich and Rooted Passover for our devotional but we have used others in the past such as Louie Giglio's "Indescribable devotional", Bob Goff's "Love Does."  If the morning doesn't work well for you, try gathering another time during the day.

Devo Idea

Rich and Rooted Passover is a Lent season devotional that includes history, recipes for feasting each week, handwriting practice as well as art projects all focused on studying the road to Easter.  The simple activities and lessons will help focus our hearts + homes for the Risen Lamb. Even though we are midway through this Lent season, you can start and use the components that resonate with your family.  https://jennifernaraki.com/rich-rooted-passover/

Book List

Sarah Mackenzie is another veteran homeschooler who LOVES books and believes families can enjoy reading together. She has book lists for everyone! https://readaloudrevival.com/rar-booklist/ It just so happens that Audible by Amazon (https://stories.audible.com/start-listen) is offering free audiobooks during this time. Turn one on while kids are playing and they will engross themselves in the story. She also wrote a great book called "Teaching From Rest" and it's a beautiful book about slowing down rather than frantically teaching from a place of stress and anxiety. This may not be a permanent change for your lives but it is your present situation and this book can fill you with peace.

Websites

There are some great websites that can do some of the teaching or drilling for you so that you are able to attend to another child or task.  Some of the websites we have integrated into our school at home are: https://iew.com/help-support/blog/helping-hand-home-based-instruction-free-language-arts-lessons-iew? fbclid=IwAR3CcYEb5d3sb2wS6KzY-vLV_Amnks8sbJLFZmQ04O8x9i_xjtlevfJum-Q https://www.typingclub.com/login.html (Free site to teach and sharpen typing skills)
https://xtramath.org/#/home/index (free program to master math facts)
https://www.spellingcity.com (Site does charge a member fee but has spelling lists you can import or create your own.  Use to learn phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and parts of speech through fun games) https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/curriculum (Free site with lesson plans on teaching digital citizenship to students kindergarten through 12th grade.)

Project Ideas

FrugalFun4boys.com (Also for girls) is a great site hosted by a veteran homeschooler and Christian mom, Sarah Dees.  She shares a lot of fun art projects, STEM projects, boredom busters, and posts about biblical boyhood. She has practical tips on navigating sibling arguments. https://frugalfun4boys.com

Routine

While we have a routine of sorts in our home (getting up and breakfast by a certain time Monday through Friday, eating meals around the same time, etc) we do not follow a strict schedule of how to spend our time. You know yourself and your kids best so if you thrive in a more detailed time schedule pursue it. My older kids (9 & 12) have an assignment notebook (just a simple, spiral, lined notebook) and each day I will list assignments, chores, and activities they need to complete each day. If I can, I do this a week at a time but it would take you just a few minutes each night if you were doing it daily. Aside from our devotional and table time in the morning, they are allowed to complete their tasks and assignments as they will. I don't nag them (no screen time until it's completed) and they are free to manage themselves. If there is something in their assignment notebook we need to do together, I make it clear that I am only available until a certain time or during a certain time (3pm or 1-3 for example). Some things are done each day (reading, math, empty dishwasher, etc) but other things aren’t so I loop the subjects when possible (example: M, W, F-Latin; T, Th-Chemistry). The other certainty is that we go outside multiple times a day regardless of the weather. Your kids are not confined to one recess period a day so if you want to test the theory that many recess breaks are better-try it! Also, your child will have more free time. Don’t try to schedule it all. Even if it begins with boredom, free time with guidance or perimeters can lead to great discovery.

Crabby Days

When we've had a day that is particularly challenging or people are particularly moody, we have family pillow fights. There is something very cathartic about whacking each other with pillows. You or your kids may be reluctant to try it but oftentimes ours begin with grumpy moods and end with giggling, lighter hearts (unless someone is crying about fairness, that usually ends it too!). It is a way to physically release some angst and emotion. When you're in tight quarters for a longer period of time this may come in handy.

More Than Schoolwork

There are days, when I can get to dinner time and realize that I haven't talked to each of my kids about something other than chores or schoolwork. Maybe I haven't even given them a hug or cuddled next to them on the couch. Pausing to make certain that each child is seen and connected with each day is important.

Smarter Brains

There is so much learning and brain training going on when playing games.  If the day feels stuck in a rut or you find the need to shake things up, bring out the games!  Mastermind builds logic and reasoning. Stratego, chess, and checkers grow planning, memory, comprehension and focus. Bop-it builds auditory processing.  We're big fans of board games but if you need to utilize online gaming, below is a list of free brain-building online game sites:

www.primarygames.com

www.gamesforthebrain.com

www.funbrain.com

www.math.com/students/puzzles/puzzleapps.html

Keeping Things Tidy

You may find that because you're home together more often than you typically are the housework will increase. Toys on the floor, craft supplies covering the table, and way more dirty dishes! Perhaps you are naturally gifted in cleanliness and orderliness and that gift was passed down to your children. That is not true in our house. We have had to try multiple methods of chore charts and division of labor tactics. I won't even pretend we've got it figured out, but I will say that everyone (even our 4 year old) helps with chores. Some chores are completely independent and some need a parent's assistance but don't just do those yourself because it's a great opportunity to spend time one on one with your kid teaching them life skills but investing in relationships.