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The Oikos Family Podcast

The Oikos Family Podcast

By Oikos Family Ministries
Welcome to The Oikos Family Podcast.
A podcast all about the family. Covering topics from home education to health and everything in between.
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Out of Stock Items & Audiobooks
Sonja gives a quick update on the status of the out of stock items on the Oikos store. Many of which we have made audiobooks for, so that you can continue with the lessons related to these titles. Audiobooks are a wonderful support for children, and adults, who struggle with reading, and they can develop a true love of literature. Sonja shares a personal testimony of the value of audiobooks in her family, with special thanks to Tape Aids for The Blind, as they were one of the very few places to find audiobooks in South Africa before the digital age. Please consider joining the Oikos Patron Family to support us in this work – https://patron.com/oikos –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Website: https://www.oikosfamily.co.za Patreon: https://patreon.com/oikos YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/oikosfamily/ Facebook: @oikosfamilyministries Instagram: @oikoslifestyle Twitter: @oikosfamily
16:34
April 16, 2022
Good News!
Sonja shares some exciting good news, encourages you to play board games, and shares some stories to support you in casting off your burdens.
19:40
March 12, 2022
Serious Changes
Sonja shares some serious changes taking places in Oikos in 2022.
17:41
February 26, 2022
Keep Shining
It’s a variety show this week, with topics of Joy, Hope, Audiobooks, and Camping.
13:47
February 12, 2022
Shine
Sonja encourages you to let your lights shine as you enter 2022.
25:39
January 08, 2022
Golden Books – Reflecting on 2021
Sonja reflects on 2021 and shares an activity she did at the end of each year with her children.
07:46
December 24, 2021
A Story
A real life example of looking for joy in the trials.
12:57
December 18, 2021
Joy in the Trials
Sonja reflects on 2021 and encourages you to find the silver lining.
07:39
December 11, 2021
A Child's Puzzle (From The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls)
Sonja shares a short story from the audiobook for The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls.
04:02
November 20, 2021
The Impossible Yesterday (From The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls)
Sonja shares a short story from the audiobook for The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls.
03:42
November 13, 2021
The Dangerous Door (From The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls)
Sonja shares a short story from the audiobook for The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls.
04:03
November 06, 2021
Nothing Finished (From The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls)
Sonja shares a short story from the audiobook for The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls.
03:44
October 30, 2021
A Girl's Song (From The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls)
Sonja shares a short story from the audiobook for The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls.
04:03
October 23, 2021
A Valuable Secret (From The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls)
Sonja shares a short story from the audiobook for The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls.
03:25
October 16, 2021
The Golden Windows (From The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls)
Sonja shares a short story from the audiobook for The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls.
08:14
October 09, 2021
Abundant Life Series Announcement
Sonja shares the journey of writing Abundant Life, then recording the audiobook, and then finally making a video series about the book.
16:44
August 14, 2021
Stories Worth Re-Reading: In the Home
Sonja shares one of the stories from the audiobook, Stories Worth Re-Reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories, read by her son James Wood.
17:48
August 07, 2021
Stories Worth Re-Reading: Tightening the Saddle-Girth
Sonja shares one of the stories from the audiobook, Stories Worth Re-Reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories, read by her son James Wood.
05:01
July 31, 2021
Stories Worth Re-Reading: Spare Moments
Sonja shares one of the stories from the audiobook, Stories Worth Re-Reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories, read by her son James Wood.
06:05
July 24, 2021
Stories Worth Re-Reading: Little Corners
Sonja shares one of the stories from the audiobook, Stories Worth Re-Reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories, read by her son James Wood.
07:30
July 17, 2021
Stories Worth Re-Reading: Muriel's Bright Idea
Sonja shares one of the stories from the audiobook, Stories Worth Re-Reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories, read by her son James Wood.
09:34
July 10, 2021
Abundant Life Audiobook & Oikos Update
Sonja is excited to share that she has been back in the vocal booth to record the audiobook for Abundant Life!
11:07
June 18, 2021
Look for the Silver Lining
Sonja shares a brief update on how things are going in Oikos as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
06:46
May 29, 2021
2021 Update
Sonja shares a quick recap of the events that transpired in Oikos between December 2020 and March 2021.
19:52
April 10, 2021
2020 Summary
Sonja shares a quick recap of the events that transpired in Oikos between the last podcast, episode 76 recorded in September 2020, and November 2020.
17:18
April 02, 2021
Individuality and the Comparing Trap
Sonja and Sylvie discuss the individuality and uniqueness of every family, how no two children are alike, and how social media can be a trop for comparing.
37:24
September 12, 2020
Checklists - Ticking the Boxes
Sonja is once again joined by Sylvie Eksteen and they discuss checklists, curriculum, chronic illness, board games, load shedding in South Africa, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
44:48
August 29, 2020
Read Aloud & Bible Study (The Sonja & Sylvie Series)
Sonja and Sylvie discuss the value and importance of read aloud time and Bible study as a family.
30:52
August 15, 2020
Curriculum – Board Games (The Sonja & Sylvie Series)
Sonja and Sylvie chat about family board games, training character, reading aloud, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
26:19
August 01, 2020
A Golden Opportunity
Sonja and Sylvie discuss the golden opportunity presented to us all by this global pandemic.
10:52
July 18, 2020
The Sonja & Sylvie Series
This week Sonja is joined on the podcast by Sylvie, a home educating mom who lives on the same nature reserve as Sonja.Sylvie has previously joined Sonja on a couple of Oikos Live videos:Tea Time with Sonja & special guest, Sylvie Eksteen (Oikos Live Episode 30)The Digital Revolution (Oikos Live Episode 43) Sylvie has been home educating her 4 children for 8 years at the time of this recording and has much to share. In this episode Sylvie shares her testimony of starting her home education journey and the mental adjustments she has made over the years from an academically focused ‘school at home’ to a ‘learning lifestyle’. One of the tools discussed that assisted in this adjustment was KONOS:https://www.oikosstore.co.za/product-category/social-studies-konos/ Another one being family board games: https://www.oikosstore.co.za/product-category/games/ –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Would you like to support the continuation of this work? – https://donate.oikosfamily.co.za Visit the Oikos website:https://www.oikosfamily.co.zaFollow Oikos on Social Media:Facebook: @oikosfamilyministriesInstagram: @oikoslifestyleTwitter: @oikosfamilyYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/oikosfamily/
27:03
July 04, 2020
Gratitude
The world is still the in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Sonja reflects on the treasures and valuable lessons we can gain during these times…
23:59
June 20, 2020
A Fathers Concern
Sonja shares a conversation she had with a homeschooling father who was concerned about his 4 children’s academic education.
11:35
June 06, 2020
A Treasure a Day
Only the Word of God is the same yesterday, today, and forever more.
18:02
May 23, 2020
Healing Love
This week Sonja is pleased to announce the release of the audiobook version of Healing Love.
12:26
May 09, 2020
Family Unity – Lockdown
As people around the world find themselves spending more time at home with their families we can use this time to solidify the family unit and strengthen the bonds of relationship.
21:52
May 02, 2020
Homemade Yoghurt
This week Sonja tells you how to make your own homemade yoghurt.
22:05
April 25, 2020
Crackers
This week Sonja encourages you to start making your own homemade crackers.
09:32
April 18, 2020
Our Daily Bread
In this episode Sonja encourages you to get into the kitchen and bake your own home made bread
20:10
April 11, 2020
Research
Sonja talks about the value and importance of research.
09:01
April 04, 2020
Sound Treatment
Sonja uses the experience of setting up a room to record audiobooks as a lesson on listening to God.
11:58
March 28, 2020
Listening
Sonja discusses the importance of listening, and training listening skills in your children.
09:08
March 21, 2020
Dismissing the Dread
The title says it all.
12:36
March 14, 2020
All About Audiobooks
In this episode Sonja talks about the podcast now being available on YouTube, shares a few memories from family videos, and tells you about the audiobooks that Oikos is now publishing.
12:45
March 07, 2020
Treasures Forever
This is the final episode on the topic of treasures. Sonja shares some more practical ideas as well as some of her own precious memories.
11:40
February 29, 2020
Treasures Shared with You
This week Sonja shares a few treasures with you.
11:23
February 22, 2020
Shining Stars
This week Sonja shares from Philippians 2:14, talks about the Coronavirus, encourages you to learn more about Susan Wesley, and offers some practical suggestions for your treasure hunts.
23:30
February 15, 2020
Treasure Hunts, Part 2
This week Sonja shares some practical tips on finding the treasures in the Word of God, which is the same yesterday, today and forever.
10:29
February 08, 2020
Treasure Hunts, Part 1
This week Sonja has an exciting announcement and shares some tips and suggestions on making treasure hunts for your children.
18:53
February 01, 2020
Rules for Holy Living
Sonja wraps up the topic of the Oikos Founding Scriptures with Colossians 3. The entire chapter is one of the founding scriptures and Sonja encourages you to immerse yourself in it at the start of this new year.
07:17
January 25, 2020
Simplicity
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. Sonja offers some practical tips on how to apply this scripture to your daily life.
08:35
January 18, 2020
Seek First His Kingdom
Sonja continues from episode 49 talking about Matthew 6:33
06:27
January 11, 2020
2020 Focus
Welcome to a new decade. Sonja reminds you to put your focus on God as you enter 2020.
12:24
January 04, 2020
Better Late Than Early
In this final episode of 2019 Sonja reminds you not to rush ahead into the new year, but rather to take your time and appreciate your children in the current season of life.
09:12
December 28, 2019
Homeschool Blues
Sonja addresses the issue of the ‘Homeschool Blues’. A topic which has come up in ministry and conferences over the years.
14:07
December 21, 2019
Recommended Books for Homeschoolers?
As we near the end of the year (2019) Sonja recommends some helpful books for parents as you enter the new year.
12:48
December 14, 2019
What is Enough?
In this episode Sonja tackles the big question of what is enough. She shares some testimonies and reminds you to let God be your guide.
16:37
December 07, 2019
Rewards of Homeschooling, Part 5
This is a very short episode wrapping up the topic of the Rewards of Homeschooling discussed in episodes 40-43 (links below)
05:14
November 30, 2019
Rewards of Homeschooling, Part 4
Sonja shares some personal stories to emphasise the importance of reading aloud to your children and your children reading aloud to each other.
12:55
November 23, 2019
Rewards of Homeschooling, Part 3
In this episode Sonja shares the rewards of read aloud time.
13:01
November 16, 2019
Rewards of Homeschooling, Part 2
Picking up where she left off in episode 40, Sonja continues sharing the Rewards of Homeschooling.
14:33
November 09, 2019
Rewards of Homeschooling, Part 1
This is the first of four episodes in which Sonja talks about the Rewards of Homeschooling. Offering some practical suggestions, and some personal stories on the rewards she has gained over the years.
16:31
November 02, 2019
Orderliness Blessings
This episode wraps up the topic of orderliness that has been the focus of the previous three episodes. Sonja shares some scriptures relating to orderliness and some of the blessings she experiences as a result of being orderly.
12:19
October 26, 2019
Orderliness Tips, Part 2
In this episode Sonja gives you a few more practical tips on orderliness and how to get organised. To illustrate this she shares a story about helping one of her children become more orderly.
13:45
October 19, 2019
Orderliness Tips, Part 1
Sonja shares some practical tips and suggestions on how to bring order into your home.
13:32
October 12, 2019
Orderliness
This is the first of four episodes talking about order, orderliness, organisation, etc. Sonja starts off in this episode by sharing a story about bringing order to a chaotic home.
19:18
October 05, 2019
Oikos Ministry Messages
Sonja shares a short excerpt from the Oikos Ministry Messages audiobook. This wraps up the theme of audiobooks covered in the last few episodes. She then introduces the theme for the episodes coming in October.
15:04
September 28, 2019
A Learning Lifestyle Diary
In episodes 30 and 31 (see below for links) Sonja talked about audiobooks. In this episode she shares some excerpts from an audiobook she recorded called, A Learning Lifestyle Diary.
14:24
September 21, 2019
Children in Crisis
There are children in need of safety and protection all over the world. In this weeks podcast Sonja talks about some of the organisations she recently visited that are working to protect these children and give them a family.
09:16
September 14, 2019
Thank You
In this episode, Sonja expresses her thanks to you for making the choice to bring your children home and keep them safe.
07:27
September 07, 2019
Audiobooks Continued
Sonja encourages you to spend time with your family listening to audiobooks. And she shares another excerpt from Missy’s Short Stories.
11:30
August 31, 2019
Audiobooks
This week Sonja is excited to let you know about the audiobooks that Oikos is producing and to share an excerpt from Missy’s Short Stories, written by her daughter Missy (Wood) Atkinson, and narrated by her son James Wood.
19:34
August 24, 2019
Memories Continued
Continuing the topic of memories from the two previous episodes, Sonja shares some of her own history which has helped her to focus on what is really important.
06:38
August 17, 2019
Capturing Moments
This episode is all about stopping to capture the precious moments in your day to day life and storing them up in your heart.
07:08
August 10, 2019
Making Memories
Sonja emphasises the importance of making good wholesome memories with your family. She recounts some fond memories of her own childhood to carry the message home.
12:14
August 03, 2019
Oikos Defined
Have you ever wondered what Oikos actually means? Well wonder no more, for in this episode Sonja explains the meaning of Oikos and a brief history of how Oikos Family Ministries started.
12:20
July 27, 2019
Balance
Maintaining a healthy balance is a vital part of being a parent. It is a great blessing and responsibility to support your children with their own balances.
11:14
July 20, 2019
Be An Example
Sonja shares some scriptures with you today to remind you to be a good example to those around you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Be an example of Him.
12:03
July 13, 2019
Psalm 23
As the title suggests, this episode is all about Psalm 23. Sonja shares some history about the significance of this Psalm in her life.
07:56
July 06, 2019
Family Meetings
This episode is all about the importance of family meetings. Including some key points on how to manage your family meetings and what the focus of the meetings should be.
13:52
June 29, 2019
Phillipians 4:4-8
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! – This is the theme of todays podcast. Sonja reminds you to rejoice and find the joy in every day.
09:37
June 22, 2019
Just a Mum
Sonja reads one of the letters from “Letters from Granny Oikos” in which a mother is having to complete a form with the description for ‘job title’. This is a reminder that there is no such thing as “just a mum”.
10:15
June 15, 2019
A Canadian Mothers Testimony
Sonja share’s a letter she received from a mom in Canada thanking her for all the videos. She then has to stop recording due to a thunderstorm.
04:45
June 08, 2019
Healthy Living, Part 4
In this episode, Sonja talks about the massive health benefits from juicing. Juicing ingredients like, carrots, apples, pineapple, spinach, etc. Just a little bit of this juice in the morning is hugely beneficial to your overall health and well-being.
13:43
June 01, 2019
Healthy Living, Part 3
Sonja continues the theme of healthy living with her cancer testimony. She gives some further examples of how to apply the cleanup, which was discussed in previous episodes.
11:12
May 25, 2019
Healthy Living, Part 2 (Cleanup Continued)
Continuing the topic of cleanup from episode 15, Sonja takes a closer look at some of the practical ways to apply the cleanup in your daily life.
16:34
May 18, 2019
Healthy Living, Part 1 (Cleanup)
In this episode Sonja shares a few testimonies about healthy living. Cleaning up all the harmful chemicals and preservatives we find in our homes, particularly in the kitchen.
11:49
May 11, 2019
Play, Part 4
In this weeks episode Sonja concludes the topic of play with some practical suggestions on how to incorporate fun and play into your everyday home education learning lifestyle. She also give some examples of how this was achieved with her own children.
09:43
May 04, 2019
Play, Part 3
Sonja continues the theme of play with suggestions on how to keep the fun alive in your home education journey.
10:37
April 27, 2019
Play, Part 2
Continuing from episode 11. Play with your children.
08:09
April 20, 2019
Play, Part 1
Do you play with your children? In this episode Sonja talks about the importance of play.
07:17
April 13, 2019
Humility
This episode is a short one. A reminder to be humble and to find confidence and strength in the Lord.
06:23
April 06, 2019
Confidence
Following on from Episode 8: The Pathway, this episode is all about confidence. Sonja encourages you to have confidence in yourself’s by finding confidence in the Lord. With a warning that confidence without humility can be seen as arrogance. To emphasise this topic Sonja share’s some of her favourite scriptures which are listed below in the show notes.
10:17
March 30, 2019
The Pathway
Sonja tells a story about overcoming obstacles in education and daily life. It is a reminder to take a step back and seek the Lords guidance and help when we are facing difficulties.
17:38
March 23, 2019
How Children Spell Love
In this episode Sonja talks about how children spell love... T.I.M.E. How spending time with your children equals loving them. How they translate time as love.
05:54
March 16, 2019
Educational Paradigm Shift
In this episode of the podcast Sonja talks about the paradigm shift that is happening in education. She reads a quote from a professor explaining the difference between the Old and New paradigms and how they are relevant to the Oikos learning lifestyle.
11:54
March 09, 2019
Burnout
In this episode Sonja starts off by reminding you to have fun and play with your children. You don't need to experience burnout in your home education journey. And in this episode Sonja gives you some suggestions and advice on how to avoid it.
11:27
March 02, 2019
Taking Your Hand
This one is specifically for mothers. It's all about allowing Jesus to take your hand, guiding and supporting you through your day, and being an example of Christ to your children.
11:45
February 23, 2019
S.T.O.P.
This episode is all about the word STOP, and the act of stopping. Stopping the strife in your home. Stopping the fighting between your children, etc.
11:06
February 16, 2019
Strife in the Home
Do you have strife in your home? Well, in this episode Sonja talks about how to remove that strife and replace it with peace, love, joy, and kindness in your home.
09:34
February 13, 2019
Welcome to the Oikos Family Podcast
In this, the very first episode of the Oikos Family Podcast, Sonja Wood (co-founder of Oikos Family Ministries) explains what the objective and motivation is for this podcast.
03:03
February 12, 2019