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Safari :: Week of January 12

WE’RE LEARNING… God helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God is my helper.” Psalm 54:4a (CSB)
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant I Luke 2:1-7

Grab a blanket and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember God helps me!

Say, “Pretend your mom or dad asks you to pick up your toys, but you want to keep playing. If you know God can help you make the right choice, hold up the blanket as high as you can. (Lead your toddler in holding the blanket up in the air.) Great job! God can help you make right choices!”

Say, “Let’s pretend you’re playing with your friends and it’s hard to share your toys. If you know God can help you share, spin in a circle while holding the blanket. (Lead your toddler in spinning in a circle while holding the blanket.) Great job! God can help you share with others!”

Say, “Let’s pretend it’s time for bed, but you’re scared of the dark. If you know God can help you be brave, shake the blanket! (Lead your toddler in shaking the blanket.) Great job! God can help you be brave when you’re scared!”

Say, “Let’s pretend you want a turn on the swing at the playground, but you have to wait your turn. If you know God can help you wait, hold up the blanket as high as you can and hide underneath it! (Lead you toddler in holding up the blanket and hiding underneath it.) Great job! God can help you wait!”

Continue the activity for as long as your toddler is interested. After the activity say, “God will always be there to help us, no matter what. When you’re scared, tired, or you need helping making the right choice, God can help you! Who helps me?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God helps me!”


Safari :: Week of January 5

WE’RE LEARNING… God helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God is my helper.” Psalm 54:4a (CSB)
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant I Luke 2:1-7

This month we’re learning, “God helps me.” God will always be there to help us. He loves us and wants to help us every day!

We are learning the story, “The Mean Giant,” in 1 Samuel 17:1-50. When everyone was afraid to fight Goliath, David stepped up. He was only a young boy, but David knew God would help him. David took a stone, swung it at Goliath, and it hit him right in the head. God helped David win the battle and He will help us, too! God loves us and He wants to help us! When we’re scared, tired, or need help making the right choices, we can always ask God for help.

 

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember God helps us. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Who is in the picture? (David and Goliath)
  • Did God help David face Goliath? (Yes)

Say, “God helped David fight Goliath and He can help us, too! Who helps me?” Encourage toddlers to say, “God helps me.”


Safari :: January Parent Cue Article

 

If you’ve got one under five, you’re stretched.
If you’ve got two under five, you’re beyond capacity.
If you’ve got more than two under five, well, living in the South, I’ll simply say, “Bless your heart.”

My boys are almost two and four. I’m just beginning to emerge from the fog of baby years and enter the throes of two rough and tumble little beings attempting independence. Most of the time, I feel like we’re making up this parenting thing as we go. But there are a few survival tools I’ve gathered for the days I’m barely keeping my head above water.

Appreciate what’s working. Every kid will provide unique frustrations in each season. My underweight three- year-old, for instance, can go days without expressing hunger. We’ve been through specialists, nutritionists, and feeding therapy. Meals are tough. When the scales show he’s down half a pound and I want to tear my hair out, I have to remind myself that this is only one piece of who he is. Despite the slow growth, he’s healthy. He sleeps a solid 12 hours at night and takes a good nap every day. He’s curious and articulate. Chances are that when your preschooler is driving you nuts in one area, something else is working so well you rarely even think about it.

Find your people. I don’t care whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, whether you’re a working parent, or stay-at-home parent. You need at least a couple other parents in your corner who can laugh and cry with you and tell you that no, you’re not the only one whose formerly sweet 18-month-old can turn into a howling, temperamental beast at the drop of a Mega Blok. If you don’t have people right now, be bold. Make the rst move and invite a family from preschool or church or the park over for a ne dinner of . . . well, probably chicken nuggets on paper plates.

Refuel. I’m preaching to the choir here. Once the kids are in bed, my Type A response is a frenzy of meal prep and cleaning while I put my brain on autopilot with Netflix as my companion. I’m slowly learning ways to instead structure a time in my routine to actually be still and refuel–like walking the dog at night or listening to the Bible in the morning while I’m getting ready.

Those are just a few ways that I’m surviving the preschool years.

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


Safari :: Week of December 29

Read Matthew 2:1-11 together as a family. Use a storybook Bible if you have one (pages 286-290 in The Beginner’s Bible or pages 288-293 in God’s Story for Me Bible Storybook).

Here are a few activities you can use to review what we’ve been learning this month with your toddler. You can choose  one or choose all of them to do together as a family.

CLICK HERE to return to the Help Your Family Learn About Jesus At Home page for other curriculum resources.


Safari :: Week of December 22

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus is God’s Son.
MEMORY VERSE: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Baby Jesus is Born I Luke 2:1-7

This week we decorated an ornament to remind us that Jesus is God’s Son. Grab the ornament your toddler decorated and review the Bible story with your toddler to help them remember that God keeps His promises!

Encourage your toddler to place his or her ornament on your family’s Christmas tree or somewhere around the house where he or she will see it every day. While your toddler hangs the ornament, review the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:1-7. Encourage your toddler to point to baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the animals in the picture on the ornament.

Say, “This ornament will help us remember Jesus is God’s Son! Who is God’s Son?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is God’s Son!”