CSM’s Hope Bearer

Since we have started homeschooling many years back, I have always been on the look out for Bible curriculums we can use not just at home but also for our church’s kids ministry. I was delighted to know that this December, CSM has launched their newest curriculum made for Sunday School entitled Hope Bearer: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis and Change. 

We all know that the pandemic has changed the landscape of Sunday School ministry and to aid teachers and parents in this season, this curriculum was developed with the message that there is hope in God and we can always rely on Him. During this time of crisis, we must not forget our children need to understand  that God is still faithful, powerful and reliable and that they can trust Him.

Hope Bearer contains 30 lessons of hope and courage for children suitable for ages 4-12. It is a tool for teachers to use in the  regular Sunday school ministry, online ministry or even in the home setting.

Hope Bearer includes:

¨      options for adjusting activities to suit online classes;

¨      links to online action song videos to enhance Bible learning;

¨      downloadable Teaching Pictures and craft templates families can print at home;

¨      suggestions for collaborating with parents to enable home-based Sunday school;

¨      a checklist for monitoring children’s spiritual growth and character development.

Here are some photos of the lessons:

The curriculum has an easy to follow layout and has already listed all the information one would need to prepare for Bible lessons. For every lesson, there is a Bible Text, Objectives, Memory Verse, Opening Activities and Closing Activities. The Opening Activities is further divided into Connect, Study and Apply.

A spiritual growth and character development checklist is included and it can be helpful to teachers and parents to see the cognitive, affective and psychomotor development of the children. They can use the checklist as goals for the children as well.

This is a good guide for parents since there is minimal preparation needed and has very detailed instructions on the different activities.

Hope Bearer is in paperback edition and contains 116 pages. It is currently available for 269 pesos only from CSM Publishing’s Lazada store . For more information, you may visit CSM Publishing’s website.

Unchanging Grace from CSM Publishing

With so much negativity around us these days, it is imperative that we have daily source of inspiration. Thankful for CSM Publishing’s new daily devotions, Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year.   It comes in 5 different cover designs which features the Philippines’ beautiful tourist destinations. It is conveniently sized to fit my small bag. Easy to carry for people who go to office and won’t occupy much space on the table. I like  it because it because each day’s reading isn’t  too long to read and has some important insights for daily meditations. The devotions are written by Pastor Joey Umali.

Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year is available at CSM online stores at Lazada (https://bit.ly/3j6H93t) and Shopee (https://bit.ly/2CGtDE3) starting this September 2020.

For more inquiries about Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year, email marketing@csm-publishing.comor call 8852-7301 to 04 local 210.

Shy Shelly and the Big Lie Book Review

If you are a parent like me, I know you are always on the look out for books that show good values. I like the Shy Shelly series because it is not just entertaining to read but shows values as well. In the 3rd installment of this series, Shy Shelly is put in a tight spot and needs to act on a certain situation or face unpleasant consequences.


Shelly is confronted with a tough decision to make. Should she come out with the truth or keep her secret? A decision that all of our kids would need to make sooner or later.



It is also a story about facing consequences of every decision one makes. What secrets should one keep?

After reading the story, as parents and teachers, we can use it as a springboard for discussions on life and the choices we have  to make. It is a good material for talking about wisdom and lying.

If you’d like to know more about the book, do visit the Shy Shelly Page for more information.

You can now pre-order Shy Shelly and the Big Lie at our online store and it will soon be available at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops for only P195.

The Last Tree Book Review

It has been quite some time since I was able to read and browse through new Hiyas Books, but as I heard about their new releases, I got excited to read about them! The Last Tree is one of the latest releases from OMF Literature under Hiyas.




Using poetry, Gutch Gutierrez made the story of The Last Tree really interesting to read and be read aloud. Our family has been reading and memoizing poems for the past school year so we are fond of reading poetry together.

The Last Tree is the story of a girl who went on a journey with her father. Together, they sought for a tree in the hopes of changing the gloomy future they current face.


The book is ideal for ages 8 and up but parents can read this aloud to their younger children. It is a good companion book to tree planting activities and learning about persevering and nurturing our natural resources.

You can now order this book for only 120 pesos!

You can visit OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops in Boni, Il Terrazzo and Pergola to get your copy!

iHomeschool Book Review

I am delighted to finally read a book on homeschooling written for Filipino families! Ms Nove Tan of  I Homeschool has compiled all the questions one might have on homeschooling. The why, the what and the how are discussed in great detail.

Written in a personal tone from a mom’s heart to another, reading i Homeschool has brought me encouragement and allowed me to rethink our own homeschool journey for the past 9 years. We homeschooled because we wanted our children to have a biblical worldview as they grew up. Character building, becoming lifelong learners and loving Jesus are our primary goals. Reading this book has given me a chance to reflect if we have reached our goals so far and what we can do to adjust so that we can make the remaining years of our homeschooling enjoyable and productive.

As more and more families are now considering homeschooling, I am glad to see that there are more
local resources available. IHomeschool definitely is a must read not only for parents who want to homeschool their children, but want to become more intentional in their parenting. Because truly, homeschooling is NOT JUST ABOUT SCHOOL but IS A LIFESTYLE.

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