What is My Preschooler Learning in August?

Hi there!
We have one month of summer left and are so excited to spend it with you and your kiddos! This month we are reviewing Antioch Kids’ three basic truths that (1) God loves us, (2) God made us, and (3) Jesus wants to be our friend forever. This first truth will be our bottom line, that God loves us. Our memory verse is Jeremiah 31:3: “I have loved you with a love that lasts forever” (NLV). This concept will be presented through Bible stories that illustrate these main ideas:

  • God made us—every part of us—unique and so special! (Creation Story, Genesis 1:26-27)
  • God has an important plan for each of us (The Lord Calls Samuel, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19)
  • God values us even more than people love their own special things, and when we are lost, God will search for us (The Lost Coin, Luke 15:8-10)
  • Jesus wants be with us and help us all of the time (Jesus Provides Fish for His Disciples, John 21:1-14)

To help you continue these conversations at home, here are some videos that complement each week’s important concepts from the Jesus Storybook Bible video collection:

  • The Beginning: A Perfect Home – The Song of Creation, from Genesis 1-2” | God made the whole world and all the plants and creatures in it, but He made humans to be His special friends.
  • The Teeny, Weenie… True King – Samuel Anoints David, from 1 Samuel 16” | Just Like God had a special plan for Samuel, He later used Samuel to call David to an important job, too. He has a special plan for us, too!
  • Running Away – The Story of the Lost Son, from Luke 15” | God loves us like a Daddy loves his son. Even if we make mistakes, we can always come back to Him because He always longs for us.
  • The Singer – The Sermon on the Mount, from Matthew 6, 9, and Luke 12” | Jesus reminds us that we never have to worry, because God gives us all we need, and we can ask Him for help whenever we need it.

Don’t forget to pick up your Parent Cue from your child’s teacher each Sunday! Our Parent Cues offer ideas about how to engage in meaningful activities to reinforce these important truths throughout the week.

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

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What is my elementary child learning in August?

Sometimes it’s easy to know the wise choice. You probably know by now that a healthy breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola is a wiser choice than the greasy, fast-food goodness of a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit. It may pain you because you love a good breakfast from a fast-food joint, but you know that the healthy choice is the wise choice.

But what happens when the wise choice isn’t as easy to spot? Maybe you’re deciding between a few great job opportunities or figuring out the best neighborhood to raise your family. You weigh the pros and the cons of each choice and seek guidance from wise people. You even take time to pray about it. And in the end, you trust that the choice you made is best.

As parents and leaders, we’ve learned this over time. But our kids are just starting their journey of discovering wisdom, and unfortunately, our choices aren’t always cut and dry. As our kids grow up, they’ll soon learn that not every decision they’ll have to make is as clear as we might wish.

That’s why giving kids a strong foundation of wisdom is important. We want them to be equipped to face whatever choices they may encounter in the future, so we’re taking the next several weeks to talk about wisdom.

We define wisdom as finding out what you should do and doing it. It’s not simply about the difference between right and wrong, but about what is wise as we see life from God’s perspective. Jesus knew this first hand. The Bible says that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

When it comes to wisdom, we want every child to grow up and say: “I can trust God no matter what.” And, because of how they trust Him they will also realize they can treat others the way they want to be treated and make wise choices regardless of the circumstances.

The principle is simply this, when a child realizes how much Jesus really loves them, what He did so they could have a relationship with God—and when that child makes a relationship with God and His words a priority in his or her life— then they will have the power and wisdom they need to live out a bigger and better story.

As kids search for wisdom throughout August, we’ll encourage them to memorize Proverbs 8:10-11, “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her.”

Wisdom is valuable. We’re hoping to help kids dig deep into the Bible and discover some of God’s wisdom along the way that will help them in the years to come. After all, finding wisdom isn’t that difficult—all you have to do is look.

Week 1: We will look at 1 Kings 3:4-15 and discover one of the wisest men who ever lived—Solomon. As Solomon got ready to take on the weight of leading a nation, he had an incredible dream. God came to him and asked: “What is it that I can give you, if I could give you anything, what is it that you would choose?” And Solomon picked wisdom.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, ask God for wisdom. Jesus’ brother, James, reminded the early church of this in his letter. He said, “If any of you lacks wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you.” Wisdom comes from God, and we want our kids to know if they want wisdom, they can ask God for it.

Week 2: We will look at what happens when you listen to foolish people and take their advice. In 1 Kings 12:1-15, we’ll see what happened with one of Solomon’s sons, named Rehoboam. He was a young man who, once he got the advice of his elders, disregarded and ignored the advice and listened to his peers and friends—the consequences were devastating.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 13:20: “Walk with wise people and become wise. A companion of foolish people suffers harm.” We hope kids realize that they will become like the people they hang around with most. Choosing good friends is a great way to show wisdom.

Week 3: We will look at Proverbs 12:18 where Solomon wrote, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Words can be powerful. With a word, we can cut people down or we can encourage them.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, think before you speak. Wisdom allows us to see people the way God sees them and to be careful about what we say. It’s important to remember that in every situation we should always think before we let the words come out of our mouths.

Week 4: We will look at Proverbs 22:3. “Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it.” We don’t want children to simply think about what’s right and wrong; rather, we want them to understand what is wise. And wisdom is connected to the words given to them by a loving God, who has their best interest in mind.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. When you tiptoe closer to that line between right and wrong you end up in trouble. Instead, wisdom tells you to back away from danger and run in the opposite direction.

Week 5: We’ll wrap up our month by reminding children that wisdom not only comes from God, but is also about seeing life from God’s perspective. Jesus knew this first hand. The Bible says in Luke 2:52 that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. We’ll dig deeper into some of the wisdom that Jesus shared with his disciples and discover how we can put it into practice.

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, find out what Jesus said. When it comes to wisdom, we want every child to grow up and say: “I can trust God no matter what.” And, because of how they trust Him they will also realize they can treat others the way they want to be treated and make wise choices regardless of the circumstances.

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Elementary God Time Cards for August

August in Antioch kids is all about wisdom for our elementary students! Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it. We would like to equip you as parents to begin a conversation about wisdom at home this summer. To help do this, we want to provide you with this great resource called God Time Cards. These are short devotions are designed for parents and kids to do together. They are fun, engaging – and we hope you love them!

Below you will find the 5 God Time Cards for August to help you and your family continue learning about the importance of wisdom and what it means to make the right choice. 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

Preschool Parent Cue Cards for August

Can you believe it’s already August? This month we’re so excited to teach your preschoolers that God loves them! And we want to help set you up for great conversations with your kids about how God loves them, too. Below you will find a Parent Cue for preschool children. Check out the brief summary of what they are learning and find suggested activities to start a great conversation and teaching opportunity for you and your kids!

Preschool Parent Cue August

Creation Science Safari!

Check out this fun family science safari right here in Central Oregon! On this Creation Science Safari, Russ McGlenn (graduate of Multnomah University with a major in theology and a minor in missions and Christian education) will lead a fun learning group at the Lava Lands Center!  Russ will explain about volcanoes, glaciers, lava tubes and how all these fit into the story of Noah’s flood. Russ is 1/8 Native American and will also teach kids about the local plants in the surrounding area that have been used for food. 

Older students can count this safari as lab credits in geology. They can test their knowledge on rock identification and learn the explanations of geological formations from a world wide flood point of view.  After the volcano trail hike (which is fairly flat and paved), kids and students will explore the Lava River cave park, located two miles south. 

When: August 6, 9:30am – 1:30pm

How much: $25 per family and includes a 20 page colorful handbook. Each car will also need a vehicle day use pass ($5, unless you have a 2015 recreation pass). Optional: Families can ride a shuttle up to the top of the volcanic cinder cone at the park for  $2 fee.

What to bring: Pack a sack lunch for a picnic in the park.

Where: Meet at the parking lot at Lava Lands Visitor Center. (58201 US-97. Bend, OR 97707). Look for a Yellow Adventure Safaris Flag to find the group! 

How to register, or for more information: Please call (805) 588-3353 or email triciamcglenn@gmail.com

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Summer Swamp Recap!

We had so much fun at Summer Swamp! All week long, kids learned that joy is found in Jesus!

  • On Monday we learned that Joy is from God – when we choose to live for him, God will give us joy much like a fruit tree gives off fruit! True joy can only be found from God.
  • On Tuesday we learned that Joy is a Gift – Jesus chose to leave heaven and come here. His experience included being born in a barn, dying on a cross and being buried in a cave. But the story didn’t end there! He rose from the dead and promised that he would be with us always. This is the source of our deepest joy!
  • On Wednesday we learned that Joy is a Choice – The New Testament tells us about a guy named Paul. After learning about God’s love for him, Paul chose to live his life in a way that pleased God, but that didn’t mean he had an easy life. In fact, he wound up in jail and in a ship wreck because he couldn’t stop talking about his love for Jesus! He chose joy despite his circumstances!
  • On Thursday we learned that Joy is Forever – God is with us and all of his creation always. That means that joy can be forever. We should always look to Jesus because He is the one that gives us true and lasting joy. Our joy is found in Jesus!

As Summer Swamp wraps up, we’d love to help you continue a conversation about joy being found in Jesus. One way to do this is by talking through the below questions as a family:

  • Where do people look for joy if they don’t know Jesus? (Try to observe how people spend their money and time. These are often areas that people hope to find joy and happiness.)
  • What do you think will bring you true joy? (Living for Jesus! But living for Jesus isn’t supposed to be boring! Talk about what living for Jesus might look like for your family.)
  • What can take away our joy? (Sin or not living the way God wants us to live. Have you ever made a bad life choice that took away your joy or happiness? Consider telling your child this story.)

Read Luke 15:11-31. Jesus told a story about a son who wanted his share of the family inheritance. Basically, he wanted his dad’s money so he could go and live on his own. This son thought that he would be happier living away from home and doing his own thing. The Bible tells us that he went to a foreign country and spent his money on himself and the things he thought would bring him happiness. Eventually, when he ran out of money, he had to get a job feeding pigs! Pigs are so stinky! He ended up being so hungry that he wished he could eat the pigs’ food. Gross! He began to think that living at home might not be so bad after all. At last, he did return home. So he apologized to his dad, and to the son’s surprise, his father welcomed him with hugs and kisses. In fact, his dad threw a big party to celebrate his return!

Jesus told this story to help us understand how much God loves his people (after all, he created us!) and how readily He welcomes us if we choose to live for him! As we go looking for joy and satisfaction, we will only be satisfied by the joy that comes from knowing and loving God. Our Joy is found in Jesus!

We hope your kids had a great week at Summer Swamp! Enjoy the pictures below and we can’t wait to see you Sunday!

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Summer Swamp Photo Gallery!

We are having so much fun at Summer Swamp! Below, you will find some of our favorite pictures- look at them with your kids and listen as your kids tell you about the memories they are making. We hope you enjoy! See you tomorrow!

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Learning More About God at Home

Looking for practical, comprehensible, and fun ways to teach your preschoolers about God? Visit Jessica Smartt’s blog! Some of her great ideas are:

“How to Introduce Your Child to Jesus”

Discussion on valuable resources in teaching your child about Jesus:

  • Consistent modeling of prayer, i.e. “God, please help me find my car keys!”
  • Prayer with kids—let them repeat after you or ask what they want to pray about.
  • Reinforcing the ideas that “God made everything” and “God loves us” throughout the day.
  • Kids’ Bibles and devotionals; these explain matters of faith in terms kids understand.
  • Help from the Lord—pray God helps you teach your kids about Him.

“How to Host a Backyard Bible Club”

Thoughts on how to invite neighbors to an easy and fun weeklong event.

  • Recruit other adults to help you facilitate the event.
  • Develop a curriculum: Use Jessica’s (found here), find one from a local church or online, or create your own.
  • Set a schedule. Here’s the one she uses:
    • Greet/free choice
    • Sing songs
    • Present story
    • Arts & crafts project
    • Active game
    • Munchies!

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