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Especially for Homeschools

We've selected content from the Christian Education pages that is of special interest to homeschool families.

Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians (His Grace Bishop Thomas)

My son Timothy, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.

Teaching Pics: A Resource for All Ages

Published by the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC), Teaching Pics is a resource consisting of 80 cards, 8 1/2" x 11" in size. The cards highlight visually four aspects of Orthodox Christianity, 1) Sacraments, 2) Feast Days and Services, 3) Great Lent and Pascha, and 4) the Divine Liturgy. Each features a full-color photograph on one side, with explanatory text, guidelines to encourage further study, and ideas for activities on the reverse. They are easy discussion-starters and great for reviewing units of study, not to mention illustrating lessons. Packaged in its own colorful storage box, Teaching Pics is useful as a tool for exploring Orthodoxy with Preschoolers through Adults. A sample, "Sacraments. Holy Matrimony—Procession," is provided here. On the back of this page is the Table of Contents. The set is available for $35.00. Order from the OCEC, (800) 464-2744.


Saints in Times of Trouble

FREE DOWNLOAD! Although each Christian generation has its own unique challenges there were those followers of Christ – in various times and places – who suffered extraordinarily for the Faith. They gave their lives completely through sacrificial service or in death, " for the sake of Christ and the Gospel." Saints in Times of Trouble bears witness to twelve such disciples.

Saints of North America

FREE DOWNLOAD! The North American Saints Activity Book is the first in a series of online resources from the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America. It offers biographical information about twelve saints whose lives and witness built up the Church in America.

In addition there are striking black and white drawings of each saint, based on their icons, and an array of puzzle activities which will give students a challenging and enjoyable way to learn more about each one. A special feature of the book is a map for each saint, tracing the path of his travels and witness.


Light A Candle

Light a candle and say prayers at an online chapel. Upon entering an Orthodox Church, it is customary to light candles and offer prayers for one’s personal needs or that of a family member or friend. Candles are lit before icons as a sign of one’s faith and hope in God’s help that is always sent to all who turn to Him and His Saints with faith and prayers. The candle is also a witness of our faith, and expresses our burning and grateful love for God.

Saint of the Day

The Saint of the Day, from Ancient Faith Radio, briefly tells the story of one of our venerable Saints we are commemorating for each day. It is heard eight times daily Monday—Friday, and is also available as a podcast. Our reader is a professional actor and an ordained Deacon in the Orthodox Church, Dn. Jerome Atherholt. Our source is

The Orthodox Kids Corner (Potamitis Publishing)

At their Orthodox Kids Corner website, Potamitis Publishing offers hundreds of free coloring pages (including icons), dot-to-dots, mazes, puzzles, and other activities, available for free download for personal and Sunday Church School use. You can also send e-cards. NOTE: you'll need to set up a log-in to access the Kids Corner.

Potamitis Publishing

Potamitis Publishing publishes Orthodox children's books, in both English and Greek. Filled with lush and vibrant images, praised by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the 1st, these books offer engaging stories that make Orthodox teachings accessible for little ones and adults alike.



St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschool Conference

Mark your calendars for next year's Conference: March 31-April 3, 2011.

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"Of all the holy works, the education of children is the most holy." - St Theophan the Recluse

Homeschooling: the Encouragement and Challenge of St. Emmelia (by Fr. Noah Bushelli)

“Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy.” - St. Theophan the Recluse

“Father, please talk to my son, I don't know what to do....” I have heard this before but this was different this conversation renewed my perception of education.... The Teenager was feeling sheltered and struggling to be kind to his parents in the midst of the transition to college and adulthood.


Praxis is a magazine published by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education. The magazine's format focuses on total parish education and includes catechetical material, religious home school lessons, leadership development, internet reviews and continuing education for Orthodox Christians. To subscribe, visit, or call 800-566-1088 or 617-850-1218.

Celebrate the Feasts (Gigi Shadid)

Celebrate the Feasts. The much-anticipated sophomore disc from Khouria Gigi (Baba) Shadid is finally here!

The CD is a collection of 11 original tunes from American Orthodoxy's favorite female folk singer, plus 16 more tracks of Gigi and friends singing various festal hymns of the Church.

Fruits of the Spirit (Gigi Shadid)

Fruits of the Spirit. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this production. Renowned youth worker Gigi (Baba) Shadid produced this awesome folk CD to teach children and to help them grow in their faith in Christ and their love for His holy Church.

My Prayer Journal

My Prayer Journal from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is a good start to helping our children learn about what the IOCC is doing, both in our country and abroad. It helps the children learn about other places, recognize the needs there, and formulate prayers to ask God to meet those needs.

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