No doubt, you are being completely flooded with different posts about things to do at home, craft and game ideas, educational resources, and much more. I saw one parent on Facebook lament at how many options there were for her student now at home, when what she really needed was a return to some kind of routine, structure, and progression. So, as you find yourselves the new principals and math teachers, the new art-instructors and Sunday School leaders, I wanted to encourage you. Everything we are doing right now is a compromise, but that doesn't mean it has to be fruitless. In this season of new responsibility, take a deep breath, have grace on yourself, and God will keep you sane. To try to help you, the CE team will be updating you with a (short!) weekly blog that highlights a couple of resources that we found beneficial. Here's the thing: read it if it helps you. If it doesn't help you, let it go the way of all blog posts. But know that God is with you, we are with you in spirit, and you can do this by his strength (Phil 4:13). Here are our recommendations this week:

  1. Reach Out to Your Homeschooling Friends There's been a lot in the media about children being home now, but I can't help thinking of our homeschool families who have a lot more experience at this than most. The stay-at-home order affects everyone, and no one is strain-free, but I would encourage you to reach out to homeschooling family and ask them for advice. They undoubtedly will have some great tips for you.
  2. A Huge Bible Resource from Crossway: 101 Big-Picture Bible Crafts This resource from Crossway would be a great addition to a weekly routine. Some of them take materials, but most of these should be relatively easy to find. If you do one-per-week, you'd have enough Bible crafts for 101 weeks of staying at home! *shudders*
  3. 20 screen-free Things to Do with your Kids Indoors While School Is Closed From Jennie: "As the name implies, this website is geared mainly for school-aged kids.  Some of the activities can, however, be adapted for younger ones. Most require basic supplies you might have in your home. A bit of adult guidance/involvement is necessary as well. It’s a good “starter” list to get your ideas flowing if you have no idea what you’re going to do with your children."
The Lord Bless you and Keep you during our time of exile. What a day it will be when we can meet again! For more parent resources, see our COVID-19 resources page.

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will