Quest :: Week of January 4

In December, our preschoolers learned that God gave us Jesus, and now they will learn that because Jesus is God’s Son, He can do anything! With God all things are possible! Throughout their lives, children will encounter things they can’t do. But, in Jesus, they have a friend who can do it all. There is no better friend than Jesus, and He wants to be our friend forever.

This weekend, we learned about the time when Jesus was at a wedding, and turned water into super fancy party drink. Watch this week’s video on the Parent Cue app with your child to help them remember that Jesus can do anything!

During bedtime this week, cuddle and pray with your child, “Dear God, thank You for another day with [child’s name]. Thank You that we get to learn about Jesus. Help us to trust Jesus with everything because He can do anything. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”


Safari :: Week of January 4

WE’RE LEARNING… Jesus can do anything.
MEMORY VERSE: “I know that you can do anything.” Job 42:2a (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Feeding 5,000 I Mark 6:31-44

This month we’re learning, “Jesus can do anything.” In December, our toddlers learned that Jesus is God’s Son. This month, they’ll learn that because Jesus is God’s Son, He can do anything!

We’ll read the story, “Jesus Feeds Thousands” in Mark 6:31-44 to learn about the time when Jesus fed over 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus took the food, gave thanks to God, and it began to multiply. Everyone had eaten, and there were 12 baskets of food leftover! Jesus fed over 5,000 people with a small lunch, and He do anything!

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that Jesus can do anything. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the placemat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Who is in the picture? (Jesus, the disciples, a young boy)
  • Did Jesus use the young boy’s lunch to feed over 5,000 people? (yes)
  • Does this story teach us that Jesus can do anything? (yes)

Say, “That’s right! Can you believe that Jesus fed a whole crowd of people with such a small lunch? Nothing is too hard for Jesus because He can do anything! Who can do anything?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus can do anything!”


Motion :: Week of January 4

When we face choices we don’t feel prepared to make, God’s wisdom is already available to us. He will always help us make right choices when we slow down, ask for His help, and seek out the wisdom He’s given us in His Word.

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show and took a look at Proverbs 4:23, to learn about how God gives us wisdom by speaking to us through His Word, the Bible.

Your heart — who you really are inside and what you value — determines the way you think, speak, and act. That means you need to protect your heart carefully. You need to be careful about what goes into it if you only want good things to come out. 

We need a good filter that allows the right things to fill our hearts while keeping bad things out. God’s Word is the best filter for our hearts. When we spend time in our Bible, God speaks to us. He helps us understand good things that will strengthen and encourage us, and He helps us understand what we should avoid. 

At bedtime this week, read Proverbs 4:23 and pray together. Ask God to help your child guard their heart, filtering out every influence that isn’t coming from Him. Pray they’ll learn to hear and follow God’s voice above all others.

Curriculum from Life.Church

January Family Activities

Whether you have 20 minutes or two hours to spend with your kids this month, these fun activities — like fun recipes to celebrate National Pizza Week or ideas for how to make your Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday count — will help you embrace this season of life together! Our January Family Activities page is available now, so click here to let the fun begin!

eKidz Family Activities are a monthly collection of seasonally-themed crafts, recipes, and games your family can try out together. If you see one or two (or five!) that look fun for your family, click the link or scan the QR code in the document to be taken to that month’s Family Activities board on our Pinterest page (or visit the Pinterest board directly), where you’ll find links with detailed instructions for each activity.


New Year Family Planning Sessions

If someone asked you about your goals for your family in the new year, you could probably name a few — take more family trips, eat healthier meals together, spend less time in front of screens, etc. But you’ve probably learned by now that goals rarely happen when you don’t make a plan to achieve them. That’s why we recommend kicking your new year off with a family meeting to start the planning process together.

Don’t worry — this doesn’t have to be a long, boring, “sit-around-the-table-and-stare-at-each-other-for-an-hour” kind of thing. The goal is to encourage your kids to contribute, too, and if you want kids to engage in the process, it’s important to make it fun! Here are our recommendations for a successful New Year Family Planning Session.

  • Pick an intentional time and place for your meeting. Choose a comfortable (but non-distracting!) location, and make sure it’s at a time when everyone is least likely to be hungry, tired, or distracted.
  • Have some of your family’s favorite snacks nearby. Every meeting is more fun with snacks, right? 
  • Come prepared with at least one family goal in mind, but encourage your children to share what they would like to see your family accomplish in the new year as well. Write out these goals and place them somewhere easily visible.
  • Write down two to four action steps for each goal. If your goal is to spend less time in front of screens, decide how you’ll monitor screen time and list some alternative activities everyone could try. If your goal is to take more family trips, talk about some places you’d like to go and encourage your kids to help you think through ways you could create margin in your schedules and your family budget to make it happen.

 

If you come out of this family meeting energized by the process of planning together, you might love the idea of more regular planning sessions with your family. Head to our Elevation eKidz Pinterest page to find resources and ideas other families are using to plan together more intentionally this year!