Truth….young children are capable of so much more than we realize.
I have found that children have a special capacity to get to the heart of some really sophisticated and complex realities of our beautiful faith. There seems to be an inherent simplicity, a sense of JOY that pervades their expression of loving the Lord.
Yet, we are witnessing a radical shift in the very young, those even as young as 12 or 13 that are proclaiming that they have ceased to believe, to believe in nothing. Yipes!!!
I recently got this from our friends at Holy Heroes that quoted from an article from The Institute for Family Studies, Secularization Begins at Home, August 31, 2023.
Here are the highlights—startling, isn’t it????
- Most of the decline in religion in America is actually among children.
- Parents don’t perceive their child as losing their religious beliefs, when, in fact, their child has already lost their faith.
- Childhood, including before age 13, is the key battleground for religious formation.
Can this trend be reversed? What can we do to spread the JOY of our Faith and keep our children Catholic?
Here is where your choice to homeschool takes center stage.
The intentional time you spend each and every day to pass on your LOVE of the faith, to live each day where your children know who you worship and the JOY the emanates from that LOVE.
Our faith is living…we are forming a domestic Church.
What moves even little children is beauty, and wonder.
And I am really excited to share with you something pretty exciting that totally aligned to your mission for your family as you homeschool. A brand new and very cool resource…
Enter: The Very Young Catholic Project
The author of this amazing series of books, Emily Koczela is a grandmother of 15 (so far!) who has a burning desire to touch the hearts of Catholic children aged 5-12 with the thrill of discovering God’s Universal Church and the joy of their young brothers and sisters in Christ.
And she has embarked on a unique quest, an approach that is a sure-fire winner.
Over the past few years, Emily has been traveling around the world and gathering her travels into lavishly illustrated books about everyday Catholic families with young children (like yours)!
Her goal: Reach every time zone around the globe to come back with the story of a real Catholic family living the Faith, in the astonishing places God has planted them in His marvelous Creation!
She has already visited 14 time zones–only 10 more to go!
Each visit results in another book–her discoveries becoming an eye-opening extravaganza for a child!
Jam-packed with professional photographs, each volume includes 90 or more pages of stunning photos of the land… the people… the churches… animals… pastimes and sports… local foods and more, all part of the lives of faithful Catholic families…just like yours!
Nothing is more awe-inspiring to a child than to see the world through the eyes of other children— and together they will fill their hearts with the joy of the universal Church and the wonder of the planet that God has filled with His glory and given to all of us!
Our good friends at Holy Heroes is making the Very Young Catholic Project into an adventure that is BIGGER and BROADER than just the books—into just what you need to plant the seeds of the Faith deeply into your child’s developing soul!
The Very Young Catholic Project Online provides even more resources and content to bring the joy of the Universal Church and the wonder of God’s Creation to your family!
With the Very Young Catholic Project Online, you will become part of a monthly program filled with exclusive resources to help you “go deeper” than the books!
Monthly resources include:
- exclusive “Ask Emily” Q&A
- you send in your questions, and Emily will answer them!
- Photos and videos from the Very Young Catholic Project’s archives
- interactive quizzes–learn amazing things about the world and the Church
- printable activities–so there is something for every age
- includes educational mazes, coloring pages, and more!
- read aloud videos
- recipes–children love to learn what other children like to eat!
- including family recipes from Very Young Catholic host families!
- book lists to help you learn EVEN MORE about these countries
- reviewed by the Holy Heroes team for any content concerns
- travel updates on where the Very Young Catholic Project is going next
- and so much more!
Enrollment is now open– BUT for only a short time
YOUR CHILDREN can join Emily as she travels “from the rising of the sun to its setting” to every time zone around the globe!
Now, for the next few days, until September 29th, Holy Heroes is offering 3 “tiers” you can choose to suit your children’s ages and interests.
Each tier comes with a copy of the NEW Very Young Catholics in Argentina book (our first destination with Emily in her quest) PLUS: we’ve created unique bonus goodies for each tier!
I know what you’re thinking: Is this a subscription program I’ll get stuck in?
No–It’s a one-time registration (no additional cost!).
Enroll now–and you’re in! That’s it! Remember enrollment ends September 29th, at midnight !
Want to hear more from the owners and fellow homeschooling family, the Davidsons???
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