Preschool Parent Cue Cards for June

One of the easiest ways to reinforce Biblical truth to your kids is by first knowing what they are learning at church and then engaging with them about the topic. We want to set you up for great conversations about God and His love for all creation with your kids. Below you will find a Parent Cue for parents of preschool children. This resource will help you continue the learning at home.

This month preschoolers are learning that God’s way is perfect. By clicking below you’ll find suggested activities to begin a (hopefully) great conversation about God’s perfect way! Have fun!

June Preschool Parent Cue

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What is my elementary child learning in June?

Growing up, I always thought it’d be cool to be a superhero. Mostly because, well, flying sounded like it would be AMAZING. But also because superheroes stood up for what was right regardless of how dangerous or how scary the situation. Their conviction drove them to find the courage to stand up to evil, even when no one else seemed to care or stood petrified with fear. No matter what, the superhero came to the rescue.

Given the chance, I thought that jumping into the storyline of my favorite superhero comic book sounded like something I would want to do with my life. I guess it’s because when I was a kid, I didn’t realize that I was already part of an amazing story. No one ever told me that it didn’t take some super power to act like a superhero.

I have a feeling there are a ton of kids out there who feel the same way. That’s why we’re taking the months of June and July to discover what it means to Stand Up: Get in the Story as we learn more about conviction.

Conviction is standing for what’s right, even when others don’t.

Let’s take Jesus for example. Even for Jesus, the Son of God, it wasn’t always popular to do the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing meant hanging out with tax collectors, blessing the little children, or even forgiving someone who had done something wrong. No matter what it was that Jesus needed to do, He did it because it was the right thing to do.

But doing the right thing often made Jesus stand apart from some of the rich and powerful people of His time. They didn’t always like what He was doing or saying, but Jesus never let those crowds persuade Him to go against what God, His Father, wanted Him to do. Even when it meant going to the cross to die, Jesus knew that it was the right thing, and He did it.

Jesus was able to live with conviction because He knew the will of His Father, and that gave Him strength and courage. In the same way, God has given us the ability to know what is right and the ability to do it. You see, when we are fueled by God’s character, we will stand up for the things that matter to God.

Week 1: We start the month talking about Jesus’ conviction as we find Him praying in the Garden of Gethsemane right before He is arrested. In Matthew 26:36-46, we find Jesus talking honestly with His Father about everything that’s about to happen. In the end, Jesus submitted to His Father’s will and went to the cross for us.

Bottom Line: Jesus showed us how to stand for what’s right. Even though Jesus prayed for another way, He willingly gave up His life to save us. He showed us that even though it’s difficult, we could stand for what’s right.

Week 2: Starting in week two, we begin looking at a person who showed conviction throughout his whole life, even when he was in captivity. In Daniel 1, we meet Daniel and his friends who chose to follow what God says even when it meant they could get in trouble.

Bottom Line: When you know what God says, it can help you stand for what’s right. The best place to find out how you should show conviction is from God’s Word. When you know what God says, it makes it easier to figure out when and how you should stand for what’s right.

Week 3: We will continue Daniel’s story in Daniel 2. The king had a strange dream and had no idea what it meant. When his advisors couldn’t explain it either, he decided to put them all to death. Daniel found out about this and stuck up for the advisors. With God’s help, Daniel helped the king understand his dream and saved all the advisors in the process.

Bottom Line: When you stand for what’s right, you stand up for others. Sometimes you stand up for something that is true, but often when you stand up for what’s right, you can help others who are affected by what you’re standing up against.

Week 4: We’ll close out the month of June by looking at how Daniel’s friends also showed conviction. In Daniel 3, we look at the familiar story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When faced with bowing down to an idol or a fiery furnace, it wasn’t a question for them—they were willing to do the right thing. When the friends did what was right, God stepped in and rescued them from the furnace. Because of their conviction, the king realized that God was the true God and should be worshipped.

Bottom Line: When you stand for what’s right, others can see God. Standing for what’s right isn’t always easy, but when you do, it makes it possible for others to see why you have conviction in the first place. Because of how you stand up, others can see how awesome God is.

Because showing conviction and standing up for what’s right isn’t always easy, we thought it would be a great idea for the kids to memorize 2 Thessalonians 3:13 “Don’t ever get tired of doing the right thing.” The best place to find out how you should show conviction is God’s Word. When you know what God says, it makes it easier to figure out when and how you should stand for what’s right.

We’re looking forward to a great summer of helping kids discover that God created them in His image to join the story that He’s telling in the world. We hope they figure out how they can Stand Up and have conviction in their lives as well.

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By Dan Scott ©2015 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

What is my preschooler learning in June?

Hello, Friends!

It’s summerrrrrr! I hear Olaf singing that, don’t you? Gotta love Olaf, but we have no snowmen in our summer theme this year. We do however have water—and lots of it!

It’s time for Camp Splish Splash!

Camp Splish Splash will run through both June and July and introduce our preschoolers to lots of interactive Bible stories that all teach us God’s way is perfect. And, they all have something else in common—water! So, get your tubs, buckets and towels ready. The water activities are coming.

In June, preschoolers will hear about Noah, his ark, the multitude of animals and the rainbow. This one’s always a preschool favorite, Noah’s story is such a great one of how one man trusted God and did extraordinary things. And, the animals—they’re lots of fun too.

Then, preschoolers will learn about Jonah and that very BIG fish. Oh Jonah, why didn’t you listen the first time? Jonah truly shows us that God’s way is perfect, even when we don’t want to do it.

The month will end with Gideon and his dwindling army. Now, here is a man who really trusted that God’s way is perfect. He listened to God and allowed his scared soldiers to leave. Then, God told him to only keep the soldiers who drank from the river in a certain way. Gideon trusted and listened, and God led his army to victory. What an awesome story!

As we share these stories with preschoolers, we want not only to have fun, but to show them solid examples of people following God’s way and it being the perfect way. We want to teach them to trust God’s way in the easier things so that when life gets harder, they will know that God’s way is perfect, and that’s the way they should choose.

What is my elementary child learning in May?

There’s something about the things that we say that kind of stack up one way. Then there’s the way we live, or the reality about certain situations that stack up another way. If both stacks line up, you can build something strong on them. When what we say lines up with what we do, people know they can trust us—our words have strength, our lives are built with integrity.

Honesty really is a big deal. That’s why we’re spending the month of May talking about it. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.

When we’re honest, when our words line up with our actions, people know they can trust us. Our relationships grow stronger. God understands the relationship between honesty and trust. This is something God set into motion in the first place.

Since the beginning, God has been in the business of making and keeping promises.

God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation of people—he was.

God told the Israelites that He would provide for them in the desert—He did.

God told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would fall if the people marched around it for seven days—it did.

God told Mary that she would give birth a Son, Jesus—she did.

That baby boy was the answer to a promise God had set in motion from the beginning: God kept His promise to send a Savior. When we were lost, He came through and sent Jesus, the Messiah, the One who in whom we can ultimately put all of our trust.

That’s really it, isn’t it? God is honest. He has proven from the beginning that He can be trusted—even to the point of sending His Son. And we’re called to reflect the image of God to a world around us that is desperate for people who will live with integrity.

We want kids to begin building the kind of lives that show they can be trusted. Because they know the One who can be trusted above any other.

We start the month with Proverbs 10:9, “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely.” Being honest isn’t just about the words you say, it’s really about the life you live. Being honest comes much easier when you are an honest person and live your life with integrity.

Bottom Line: Being truthful helps you stay out of trouble. You don’t have to worry about what will happen to you if you live life with honesty. We hope kids realize that making the wise choice to tell the truth is a great way to stay away from trouble.

In week two we head to Genesis 27 where we find Jacob and Esau. It seems that Jacob was always up to something sneaky. He had already conned his brother Esau out of all the wealth and power he’d receive when Isaac passed away. But Jacob hasn’t forgotten about the special blessing Isaac still has yet to give Esau. He wants in on that too. We’ll see what happens when his mom Rebekah gets involved and they scheme a plan to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing.

Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you can hurt the people you care about. We hope that kids realize that when we tell lies, it breaks relationships that should be most important to us.

For week three we’ll take a closer look at a story in 2 Kings 5 that involves Elisha and his servant named Gehazi. At a moment in time when Gehazi saw Elisha turn down a gift, Gehazi decided that he could take advantage of the situation and take the gift for himself. He went behind Elisha’s back, denied his actions, and inevitably lost Elisha’s trust.

Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you lose trust. If you continually tell lies and hurt people with dishonesty, eventually you will lose the trust of those around you. We hope kids realize that honesty helps them build relationships with others.

In week four, we’ll head to the book of Esther. We learn that Haman’s just been promoted as the king’s most important advisor, but there’s one man who won’t bow to him: Mordecai. Haman is so angry that he vows to destroy not just Mordecai, but all of his people, the Jews! Little does Haman know that Mordecai has family in high places. Queen Esther risks everything to save her people. Once her plan with Mordecai is set in motion, Haman’s dishonesty to hurt others ended up hurting himself instead.

Bottom Line: When you lie to help yourself, you hurt yourself instead. Sometimes we have a tendency to lie in order to make ourselves look good. But we can’t keep the lie for long. Eventually we’ll be found out and our lie will only hurt ourselves.

We finish off the month in 1 John 1:9. We’ll discover that not only is it important to be honest with everyone, but it’s even more important to be honest with God. God already knows what’s on your heart, but He wants to hear from you—even when it’s to confess the times we’ve messed up.

Bottom Line: Being truthful with God keeps you close to Him. We don’t have to worry about telling God what we’ve done wrong. Our honesty with God will keep our relationship with Him strong.

As we look at these great stories and principles from the Bible, we hope that kids begin to live with honesty and integrity, that what they say will line up with what they do. But this won’t always be easy. That’s why our memory verse for the month can serve as a prayer for our kids when they need God’s strength to tell the truth. Psalm 119:29 says “Keep me from cheating and telling lies. Be kind and teach me your law.” We pray that this month will be a great reminder to all of us to be honest no matter what the situation looks like.

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By Dan Scott ©2015 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

What is my preschooler learning in May?

The Happy Helpers Club is back! And, it’s better than ever. This is one of our FAVORITE themes to do with preschoolers. At a young age, children start saying, “I help,” and it’s our responsibility to teach them how to help. God wants them to help others, to think of others before themselves, so let’s make sure they know how to do it!

This month we’ll hear how Ruth helped Naomi by staying with her when she could have returned to her hometown. Then, Boaz helped them both by making sure they had enough to eat and were cared for. We can help others by being with them in a time of crisis and making sure they have what they need.

Preschoolers will learn about Nehemiah and how he led an entire city to rebuild their wall. We can help others by leading them to accomplish a task.

Then, they’ll experience the story of the woman who built a room for Elisha so that he had somewhere to rest when he was in town. We can help others by providing them hospitality.

Finally, preschoolers will hear how Aaron and his friends helped Moses by physically holding up his arms to help the army win an important battle. We can help others by physically helping them do something as well as standing by them during a hard time.

The children will finish off the month with a Happy Helper Party where they will receive a certificate that they are an official member of the Happy Helper Club. It’s so exciting!!! We can’t wait to start teaching our preschoolers how to be Happy Helpers!