What is my elementary child learning?

Have you ever been watching a sporting event where one of the teams played like they were falling apart at the seams?

The pitcher giving up run after run.

The defensive line that just can’t stop anyone.

The full-court press that simply can’t get the ball back.

It’s a mess. Finally the coach calls it: “Time out!”

He brings the team in, takes a moment to regroup. He adjusts and recalibrates to get his team ready to get back on the field and face their opponent.

The same goes for life.

Everything can be going well. You’re happy at work. The kids are excelling at school, and they are even getting along with each other at home. Life seems pretty perfect.

Then overtime something happens. Not overnight and maybe even so gradually that you don’t notice it. But one day you wake up and it seems like nothing’s going right and everyone is grumpy.

Something is off.

Something is broken.

And everyone needs a time out.

There are just some things that need an adjustment.

God wants to work in your life and the lives of your kids to tweak some things in your character. In a lot of ways, He’s taking a time out and making adjustments to conform you to the image of His Son. In those times, it’s like God is pulling us over to the side and reminding us when we need to recalibrate a few things.

And it makes sense, really. If God made us, He knows what we need to give attention to. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to His instruction manual and what He has to say about certain attitudes. Take the idea of GRATITUDE, for example. If we never take the time to acknowledge what God has done in our lives or how others have helped us, we may develop an unhealthy ego or a growing frustration at the people around us. We might become bitter and complain about every little thing.

That’s why GRATITUDE is a really big idea that God talks about so much. It affects more of your life than you probably have ever imagined. That’s why we’re taking this month to talk about what it means to show GRATITUDE: letting others know how they’ve helped you.

For week one, we kick off the month by taking a closer look at our memory verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It says, “Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” (NIrV)

We want to help kids understand why God wants us to give thanks in all circumstances. We believe something will happen in the heart of any child when they learn to take a TIME OUT, think about this verse, and remember the Bottom Line: You always have something to be grateful for.

In week two, we will take a look at a powerful story in Luke 17:11-19 about 10 lepers who asked Jesus to be healed. But when their skin condition went away, they became so ecstatic about the miracle that they ran off and forgot to say “thank You.” All except for one, who came back. It’s great to influence children in such a way that they become the kind of people who put our Bottom Line into action: Take time to say “thank you.”

For week three, we’ll dig into a parable Jesus told one day about some vineyard workers. In Matthew 20:1-15, we read that a few of the workers started making comparisons to what others were getting paid and became ungrateful and started complaining. Then at the end of the day, they had a bad attitude because they thought, that’s not fair. Have you heard that around your house lately? Well, then, maybe it’s time for this week’s Bottom Line: Take time to adjust your attitude.

In week four, we’ll explore Exodus 23:14-19 and discover how some of the rules God gave His people included some major celebrating with entire DAYS and sometimes WEEKS set aside to give His people an opportunity to take time to celebrate. That’s what we want our kids to do too: Take time to celebrate what God has done.

Finally, we’ll look at how the Apostle Paul closed out his letter to the Roman followers of Jesus. He thanked people—a LOT of people—for helping him on his journeys. We hope kids come away with this Bottom Line: Take time to remember how others have helped you.

Sometimes gratitude takes a little bit of intentionality. Sometimes, you have to literally take a time out and remember what you have to be grateful for. A great way to do that is through giving.

This fall, we’re excited to put our gratitude into practice by giving to others. We’re giving kids a great opportunity to give to our friends and missionaries, the Mara Family. Kids will be encouraged to bring their change in to Antioch Kids this November to help raise money for this great family. And to make it even more fun, we’ll have a little contest between boys and girls to see who can raise the most money for the Maras!

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November Preschool Parent Cue!

Parent Cues provide an overview of this month’s weekly lessons, Bottom Line, and Memory Verse as well as a few fun activities to help reinforce this month’s lessons at home. Below is the preschool monthly parent cue for November- you can also pick up a physical printout at the check-in table on Sundays!

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What is my Preschool Child Learning in November?

November is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. This is a time to pause and give thanks for the blessings in our lives. It is a time to consciously stop and think about all the things we so often don’t appreciate. So this month, we are aiming to remind your preschooler that God created and sustains everything, and that we should remember to thank Him for it!

Thank You, God, for everything. That’s the Bottom Line we hope our preschoolers remember this month. They’re learning that God made it all. From the water in their tub to the apple that they eat, God made it. He made the dog that barks outside. He made the parent that tucks them in at night. Most importantly, He made them. God made everything, and for that we thank Him.

Our curriculum is tackling Creation just a bit differently this year with the adding of the “Thank You” theme, and we’re excited to see how your preschoolers embrace it. We are sharing all that God created, but we’re not doing it day by day. (As in Day 1-Light, Day 2- Sky, Day 3- Land etc.) We only have five Sundays in November, so we’re approaching creation topic by topic, all the while reminding children how good each thing God made is and that we should always remember to thank Him for it.

Week 1, we start with water and all its usefulness to humans and even how fun swimming and playing in water can be! (Genesis 1:6-10)

Then we move to land and all of the amazing plants in week two. We’ll thank God for all kinds of land, like the beach, hiking trails, mountains, sledding hills, and for all kinds of plants that give us shade, make air, and grow into food we can eat! (Genesis 1:9-13)

The 3rd week has us talking about all aspects of the sky- the Sun, Moon, Stars, Clouds and everything! Your preschooler will be encouraged to thank God for the warmth and light the Sun gives us, and the beauty and majesty of the stars and moon at night! (Genesis 1:14-19)

Week 4 will be animals, and it should be a LOT of fun! We’ll thank God for making all of our favorite animals and have fun acting like cool animals- even practice our memory verse (“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart” Psalm 111:1) in our best animal voices! (Genesis 1:20-25)

We end the month talking about God’s most amazing creation, people. We’ll help your preschooler thank God for all the people they love in life- moms, dads, siblings, babysitters, teachers, grandmas, grandpas, etc. and remind them most of all that God created them and loves them! That is one of the most amazing things to be thankful for! (Genesis 1:26-27 and 2:20-23)

We hope your preschooler is reminded just how amazing things that we can overlook- like water to drink and bathe in or the sun that keeps our planet warm enough to live on and gives us light to see by- truly are and is moved to thank God for creating them and giving them to us! Hopefully your preschool child has a whole list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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November God Time Cards

We want elementary kids to get in the habit of learning about our great God on their own! One easy way to do this is by utilizing God Time cards. These are provided by Antioch (meaning they are free to you!) and help elementary aged kids be able to learn more about the bible story, virtue and topic that was taught on Sunday in your child’s class!

They are short, but they are profound. We post them monthly on this blog. Make sure to check them out!

Week 1 God Time Card (November 2-8)

Week 2 God Time Card (November 9-15)

Week 3 God Time Card (November 16-22)

Week 4 God Time Card (November 23-29)

Week 5 God Time Card (November 30- December 6)

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