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Table Talk I Week of February 22

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 “We can love like Jesus.” Jesus loves EVERYONE. He loves us even when we make wrong choices, and He will always choose to be our friend, no matter what. Since Jesus shows such big love to us, we should show that kind of big love to others! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Does Jesus stop loving us when we make bad choices? (no)
Question 2: Can you think of a time when someone made you sad or mad? Did you treat them with love anyway? (If your child can’t think of a time they were sad or mad, help them. Say something like “what about that time when… “ to get them thinking. Also, ask them why they responded the way they did. Would Jesus have done anything differently?)
Question 3: Jesus wants us to love others the way He loves us. That means we should treat people kindly and show them love no matter what happens. Who can you show love to this week?

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about dealing with family drama. We are all imperfect people, so we can’t expect our families to be perfect. The best thing we can do is to help set a positive tone in our families through understanding, compromising, and serving. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What commonly causes arguments or frustrations between people in your family?
Question 2: What’s one specific thing you could do to help reduce conflict in your family?
Question 3: Tell me three things about your family you can thank God for today.


Table Talk I Week of February 15

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 “Jesus is our friend even when no one else is.” Jesus knew all the wrong things the unloved woman had done. But when everyone else made fun of her and tried to punish her for the bad choices she’d made, Jesus chose forgiveness and became her friend. Even when we feel like no one else wants to be our friend, Jesus always will. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Had the unloved woman made a lot of bad choices? (yes)
Question 2: Did Jesus decide not to be her friend because of her bad choices? (no)
Question 3: Have you ever felt lonely or like you didn’t have a friend to talk to? Who will always be your friend, no matter what? (Jesus)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about finding our value in who God says we are instead of seeking approval from others. We already have God’s full love and attention, so we don’t need to seek those from anyone else. Instead, we should focus on being the best friend we can be to others. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What do you usually do when you want someone’s attention?
Question 2: Is it wrong to enjoy the attention others give us? (No, but it becomes a problem when you start relying on other people’s attention or approval to feel good about yourself.)
Question 3: Do you think you’re a good friend? Why or why not?


Table Talk I Week of February 8

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 “Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong.” Zacchaeus didn’t have many friends because he cheated a lot of people out of their money. Jesus knew Zacchaeus had done wrong things, but He loved Zacchaeus anyway and treated him like a friend. We do wrong things, too, but we can trust that Jesus will never stop loving us, no matter what. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Did Zacchaeus have a lot of friends? (no)
Question 2: Did Jesus know the wrong things Zacchaeus had done? (yes) Did Jesus love Zacchaeus anyway? (yes)
Question 3: Sometimes we do wrong things, too. Who will always love us, even when we do wrong things? (Jesus)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned how to build friendships that last. Our friendships will never be perfect, but we can keep them strong by being ready to forgive others and by asking for forgiveness when we make mistakes. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Why do we need friends? Who are some of the friends you value most?
Question 2: When is it easy to forgive someone? When is it difficult to forgive? (You can also ask them what the differences are between when it’s easy and hard to help them think about WHY it’s sometimes easy or hard to forgive others.)
Question 3: Why do other people deserve our forgiveness? (God has already forgiven us unconditionally.)


Celebrate Healthy Hearts This February

We know it might be chilly out, but in honor of American Heart Month, we want to encourage you and your kids to bundle up and head outside to try some of these family-friendly games and activities that will get your hearts pumping. Buck Buhler, our staff Director of Wellness, shared some of his family’s favorite ideas with us to help your family get the exercise you need and give you all some fun, quality time together!

Get creative and set up an obstacle course for the family to conquer. 

  • Set up a combination of boxes, cones, buckets, chairs, etc. to create obstacles kids can jump on, step on or over, or army crawl under.
  • Use tarps, ropes, jump ropes, beach towels, etc. to create areas to avoid. Give them creative names like “lava pits” or “shark-infested tide pool” to add an extra layer of fun!
  • To practice communication skills and encourage cooperative strategy, have kids take turns navigating the course blindfolded while a parent or sibling calls out instructions.
  • To make the obstacle course competitive, time kids as they complete the course. The fastest time wins! 

Encourage collaboration and creative thinking by playing a round of “Cross the Pond.”

  • Use cones or rope to designate a large area of the yard as a “pond” to cross.
  • As a team, the family will use three or four paper plates or flat discs to cross to the other side of the pond. 
  • The pond can only be crossed by stepping on the plates.
  • If someone falls into the pond, he or she must start over.
  • To make the activity more or less challenging, change the number of plates used to cross the pond.
  • The family can also split into smaller teams with two or three plates each and see who can cross the pond the fastest.

Give the game of tag an overhaul with these fun variations.

  • Arm & Leg Tag: The person who is “It” can only tag other players on their arms or legs. Once one of those body parts is tagged, it can’t be used anymore for the rest of the game. (e.g., if your left leg is tagged, you can only hop around on your right foot.)
  • Tail or Flag Tag: Give each player a “tail” or flag (e.g., ribbon, towel, etc.) to tuck in the back of their pants. Players are out when “It” grabs their tail. 
  • Crab Walk Tag: All players must stay in the “crab walk” position (on hands and feet with knees bent and bellies up in the air).
  • Bear Crawl Tag: All players must stay in the “bear crawl” position (on hands and feet with backsides up in the air).

If “Tag” is all played out, teach your kids how to play “Laces.”

  • Designate a space in the yard or establish boundaries for the game. 
  • Tell kids their goal is to touch someone else’s shoelaces (or the top of their foot if they don’t have shoelaces) first.
  • For two kids, see who can be first to win two out of three rounds. For a larger group, players are out once their laces are touched, and the last person standing is the winner.

Take your hikes to the next level.

  • Hiking is a great opportunity to make memories and have conversations while also getting your family outside and moving around.
  • Increase the fun and the activity level by incorporating different types of exercises along the way. You could stop at certain markers and work in simple exercises like jumps, squats, or pushups. To add in some competition, kids could race from one marker to the next in safe areas, or they could try to step on someone else’s shadow.

We’d love to see how your family cares for your hearts this February, so if you post pictures on social media, be sure to tag @elevationekidz and let us cheer you on!


Table Talk I Week of February 1

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 “Jesus loves everyone.” Jesus didn’t care that the woman at the well had made a lot of bad choices or that she was a Samaritan and would normally be rejected by Jews like Him. He loved her and wanted to be her friend anyway. He loves each of us and wants to be our friend, too! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Why was the woman at the well surprised when Jesus talked to her? (People from Jesus’ town weren’t friends with people from her town.)
Question 2: Did that stop Jesus from being kind to her and wanting to be her friend? (no)
Question 3: Is there anyone Jesus doesn’t love? (no)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we watched commercials and pulled godly lessons out of them. We talked about things like avoiding distractions that keep us from following Christ, living a godly life now, and the importance of surrounding ourselves with other Christians. Sometimes, we find godly truths in unexpected places! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Talk about a commercial you saw recently that could share a godly lesson. What is the godly lesson you can learn from it?
Question 2: The commercial with all the kids cheering on their friend taught us that life is better together. Who are some of the people who make your life better? How do they make it better?
Question 3: What is a godly lesson you’ve learned from another unexpected source?