Elementary God Time Cards : March

All month long our elementary students are learning about patience. We want to equip parents to begin a conversation about this virtue at home. To help do this, we want to provide you with a great resource called a God Time Card. These are short devotions designed for parents and kids to do together. They are fun, engaging – and we hope you love them!

Below you will find 5 God Time Cards to help you and your family continue learning about the importance of patience and the many ways we can challenge our kids to be patient. Simply click below to get started! Enjoy!

God Time Card Week 1

God Time Card Week 2

God Time Card Week 3

God Time Card Week 4

God Time Card Week 5

 

 

 

 

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Parent Cue Cards : March

We’re excited for March in Antioch Kids! As we begin looking at the virtue of patience in our elementary classes, and teaching our preschoolers that they can love like Jesus, we want to help set you up for great conversations with your kids! Below you will find a Parent Cue for both elementary students and preschool children. Check out the brief summary of what each age is learning and find suggested activities to begin a (hopefully) great conversation!

Preschool Parent Cue                    Elementary Parent Cue

 

 

What is my elementary child learning?

This past August, in St. Petersburg, Florida, some undercover kindness began at 7 a.m., when a woman in the drive thru paid for her iced coffee and a stranger’s caramel macchiato in the car behind her. This “drive-thru kindness” lasted 11 hours, with 378 people paying for each stranger’s caffeine fix in the car behind them.

That’s a LOT of coffee. And a lot of kindness!

Anonymous drivers joined in the undercover kindness because they just wanted people to feel special, to feel like someone cared for them. But as it turns out, they ended up being part of something so much bigger than themselves that the story of their kindness made national news!

And whether they knew it or not, all of those people who joined in that extreme act of kindness were just reflecting something bigger.

Think about it. When you look at the life of Jesus, He demonstrated kindness all the time. But He not only showed kindness to others, He actually flipped the whole idea of kindness on its head and redefined it for not only His disciples, but all of us.

He showed kindness to all people. People who were marginalized. People with bad reputations. Children, beggars, the sick and outcast, all people—regardless of whether they could return the kindness given to them.

In the month of February, it seems like everyone is talking about how they’re going to show their friends and family how valuable they are with cards and candy and flowers. But it could be that the simplest way we can make the most impact is by showing kindness the way Jesus did and the way He taught His followers.

We live in a world that most often seems like it’s anything but kind. Kindness is so rare that the acts of kindness like what happen in Florida make national news! And just think about the arguments that break out within our own families.

But what would happen if kindness didn’t seem so rare? What would happen if we decided to live out what Jesus said about showing others they are valuable?

That’s why we’re taking the whole month to look more closely at kindness: showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.

All month we’ll be working on memorizing Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” This simple verse is a great reminder of what Jesus said about kindness. We would want others to show kindness towards us, so it’s important that we turn around and show kindness to them as well.

For Week 1, we kick off the month with a familiar story found in Mark 10:13-16. Back in Jesus’ time, children were seen but not heard—and most often they weren’t even supposed to be seen, but Jesus did something different. He said, “Let the children come to me… God’s kingdom belongs to people like them.” Jesus showed kindness to the children when He welcomed them with open arms.

Bottom Line: There’s always time to be kind. We hope kids can remember, that they are never so important that they can’t take time to be kind to those around them.

In Week 2, we’ll look more closely at Ruth 1 and 2. We find Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. Their husbands have died, and Ruth has the opportunity to return home to her family. Instead, she chooses to show kindness to Naomi and stays with her. Ruth’s kindness doesn’t go unnoticed. Boaz notices and offers kindness to Ruth, changing her life in a huge way.

Bottom Line: Be kind to your family and friends. When it comes to our family and friends, often we take them for granted. We hope through the story of Ruth, kids will learn to show kindness to those we care about most.

We’ll continue in Week 3 with Matthew 25:35-40. We’ll revisit one of Jesus’ teachings on kindness. For one reason or another, people are overlooked every day—no one even notices them, much less shows kindness to them. But Jesus says that when we show kindness to one of the least of these, it’s as if we’re showing kindness to Him. We hope kids discover how they can show kindness to people who are overlooked in their world.

Bottom Line: Be kind to people who are overlooked. Some people are easier to show kindness to than others, but everyone deserves to be treated like they’re valuable, no matter who they are.

We’ll finish the month in Acts 9:26-30. We find out that Saul, the guy whose main goal in life was to wipe out Jesus’ followers, had recently met Jesus and believed in Him. It’s no surprise that when he went to meet with Jesus’ followers, they had a hard time trusting that his story was real. But Barnabas took a risk. He chose to believe Saul’s story and helped the rest of the disciples accept Saul as well. Barnabas is a great example for us and helps us discover that we should show kindness to people who aren’t kind to us.

Bottom Line: Be kind to people who aren’t kind to you. There will be people who won’t always be nice to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to show kindness to them. We hope kids see that they can be kind even if people aren’t kind in return.

Through these stories, we hope kids will understand that showing kindness is really important. Not only is kindness a fruit of the Spirit; but it’s also one of the best ways to tap into Jesus’ character. When we show kindness to others, we are reflecting the heart of Jesus to them.

As a parent or leader, one of the most powerful things you can do this month is help a child understand how they can cooperate with God to treat people with kindness; how they would want to be treated. And who knows, their own version of Undercover Kindness might just end up changing the world.

By Dan Scott ©2014 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

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What is My Preschool Child Learning in February?

February is a month we generally associate with Love- Valentines day is right in the middle of it, afterall! All those hearts. All the pink, red and purple. And all that chocolate. Oh wait, that’s not what love month is all about. Love month is about showing the people around us how much we really do care- that we love them. So this month we’ll be focusing on Love, especially God’s love for us that allow us to love others! The theme for the month is I ❤ You!

No matter how much love and how many <3s we shower on our favorite people, it will never be anything compared to the love that Jesus has for us. Jesus’ love is immeasurable. It’s wide and long and high and deep. It’s forever. It’s huge. It’s awesome. It’s what we want our preschoolers to know all about this month- not just chocolates and roses.

We’re going to tell some love stories this month. No, not the Hallmark channel kind—the real ones from the Bible. The ones that show us how much Jesus loves us.

We’ll start the month with two parables that Jesus told to show us how much we are loved.

The first week is the story of the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7). That shepherd searched and searched until he found the lost sheep. That shepherd loved his lost sheep so much that he dropped everything and stopped at nothing to find him. We want preschoolers to know that this is how much Jesus loves us!

Week 2, we’ll tell the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24). No matter how many bad choices the younger son made, the father in the story still loved him. And, Jesus loves us no matter what too.

Then, in weeks three and four, we’ll tell two stories from the life of Jesus:

Week three is the story of the Centurion, the mighty soldier whom Jesus helped just by speaking (Matthew 8:5-13). Jesus loves us and will use His power to help us.

Finally, to wrap up the month, we’ll tell the story of Mary and Martha, two of Jesus’ friends (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus was friends with them and loved spending time with them, and He wants to be friends with us too—forever! Jesus wants to be our friend forever!

We hope this month gives you opportunities to talk about real love with your preschooler, and no love is more real or more amazing than God’s great love for us!