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Motion :: Week of August 17

How did Jesus define church? Does going to church really matter? Is it worth sticking with for the rest of my life? We’ll help kids answer these important questions in Big Church!

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show to learn about some of the places we can gather with friends and family. We took a look at 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 to learn that we are the body of Christ — God’s Church — and we all have an important part to play!

Think about how the different parts of your body work together.  All the parts of your body work together to help you, and each part has specific jobs. As the Church, we should function like one big body. When we all do the jobs God has called us to do, and when we work together to make church a wonderful, welcoming place, people will naturally want to be a part of it.

At bedtime this week, read1 Corinthians 12:26-27 and pray together. Pray that your child would realize they are part of the Body of Christ — God’s Church! Pray they’d always feel a strong desire to gather with others in church as part of God’s family.

Curriculum from Life.Church


Safari :: Week of August 17

WE’RE LEARNING… The Bible is God’s Word.
MEMORY VERSE: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.” 2 Timothy 3:16a (CEV)
BIBLE STORY: The Bible teaches us how to live. I Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 13:16, and John 14:15

Grab a blanket and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that the Bible is God’s Word!

Say, “If you know the Bible is God’s Word, shake the blanket as fast as you can!” Repeat the activity, each time with a different way to shake the blanket (with one hand, slowly, with your eyes closed, while jumping up and down, etc.).

After the activity say, “God gave us His Word, the Bible, to teach us how He wants us to live. In His Word, God teaches us to be kind, share, and obey. I’m so glad God gave us the Bible! What is the Bible?” Encourage your toddler to say, “The Bible is God’s Word!”


Quest :: Week of August 17


The teachings in the Bible are worth more to us — are more valuable in this life — than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. At the end of the day, learning how God, our Creator, wants us to live is worth way more than anything money can buy. So grab a Bible and get ready — we’re going on a treasure hunt! We want to begin to uncover some nuggets of truth and set our preschoolers on a lifelong search for treasure — the kind of treasure that is better than gold.

This weekend, we learned about the time Jesus told the story of the house on the rock to teach us how to live God’s way.

As you drive, take turns finishing the sentence, “The Bible is better than _______.”End with, “The Bible is better than gold, because it teaches us that God made us, God loves us, and Jesus wants to be our friend forever!”


Table Talk I Week of August 17

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend we learned the Bible teaches us how to live. God’s Word is filled with wisdom that helps us live His way, and His way is always the best.

Question 1: In the story Jesus told in Matthew 7:24-27, the man who built his house on the rock made the wise choice. Where can you learn how to make wise choices? (The Bible)
Question 2: God wants us to spend time with Him so He can show us the best way to live our lives. What is one way you can spend time with God? (pray, read the Bible, come to church)
Question 3: When we have questions about what the Bible teaches us or when we want to know more about how to make right choices, we can ask people who know a lot about the Bible. Who is someone you know who knows a lot about the Bible?

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend we learned that church is a great place to gather with friends and family. We weren’t created to do life alone. God wants us to come together with other believers to find community and encourage each other.

Question 1: Who is someone who encourages you? How does he/she encourage you?
Question 2: Where are some places you gather with others to help each other grow closer to God?
Question 3: Who is someone you want to encourage this week? How will you encourage him/her?


Motion :: August Parent Cue Article

This information is taken from the Phase Guides by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner.

Parenting is hard. Just when you think you understand your child, everything changes. And then you have to get re-acquainted and figure out a new way to parent. It might be helpful to know that every kid at every phase is asking a unique and fundamental question. How you answer that question for your child will communicate the one thing they need most: LOVE.

Your Elementary-Aged Child is Asking “Do I” Questions

K-1st Grade

In kindergarten and first grade, kids are adjusting to lots of changes and trying many things for the first time, like going to school, riding the bus, joining a team. With all the increased opportunities in these early years, your kindergartner or first grader is asking one major question:

“DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION?”

In this phase,  your child needs to know you see their efforts, their ideas, their failures.

2nd-3rd Grade

In second and third grade, kids are becoming increasingly self-aware, and they begin to compare themselves to others. They are asking this fundamental question:

“DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?”

They want to know they have what it takes to make the team, to get the grade, and to measure up to their own (and your) standards.

4th-5th Grade

Your fourth or fifth grader can understand different points of view, empathize with others, and negotiate like a champ. That means one thing: Your influence is shifting. Your kid still needs you, but they are beginning to need you in a different way.

4th and 5th graders are asking one major question:

“DO I HAVE FRIENDS?”

Sure, everyone needs a friend. But research shows there’s extraordinary value in having a best friend in the fourth and fifth grade. Kids need to share their most authentic version of themselves with another person.

In elementary school, you can give your child the love they need when you do one thing:

ENGAGE THEIR INTERESTS.

When you engage their interests, you . . .

communicate that their ideas have value,
show curiosity about their activities
establish that their efforts are significant,
demonstrate that they are worth loving,
help them push through setbacks,
communicate their relationships have value.

So pay attention to what they like and who they like. Who and what do they seem to enjoy the most right now in this phase?

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.