Want to know what we’re learning in eKidz this week? In eKidz Online, we’re learning what it means to have discipline and create good habits. In our Quest lesson, we’re learning that God’s plan has good things for us to do. For Safari, toddlers will practice memorizing Joshua 1:9b to help them remember that God is always with them.
What do you think about the word “discipline”? ● Hebrews 12:11
As a family, discuss a few questions together after your child watches this week’s episode.
Question #1: Do you think discipline is a good thing? Why or why not?
Question #2: Read Hebrews 12:11. What do you think a “harvest of righteousness and peace” looks like?
Question #3: Why does having mega discipline lead to a peaceful life better than just “trying harder”?
A habit is something you do every single day. But here’s the thing about habits: they require MEGA DISCIPLINE. That’s because you create good habits by doing good things every day, even when you don’t feel like it.
So here are two tips to help you out:
- START SMALL: Set a simple, realistic goal.
- DO IT AGAIN: If you do something once, that’s great. But you need to be able to do it again… and again… and again.
If you start small with a habit and you keep doing it, eventually, it will become a normal part of your life! That’s what mega discipline is all about. It’s doing the small things every single day and trusting that it will have a big payoff.
Main Point: God’s plan has good things for me to do.
Bible Story: Joseph Saves the Grain ● Genesis 41
As a family, watch this week’s video and then discuss a few questions together.
Question #1: When Pharaoh wanted to know what his dreams meant, who did he ask for help? (Joseph)
Question #2: Was God’s plan for Joseph to help Pharaoh and the people in Egypt? (yes)
Question #3: Does God’s plan have good things or gross things for you to do? (good things)
Family Activity: Medallion
WHAT YOU NEED: activity page, hole punch, scissors, yarn, tape, and paper straws
WHAT YOU DO:
- Before the Activity: Print off the activity page and cut out one of the medallions for your child. Punch a hole in the top of the cutout. Then cut the paper straws into one-inch pieces and the yarn into a two-foot piece.
- During the Activity: Encourage your child to thread straw pieces and the medallion onto the yarn. After your child is finished, tie both ends of the yarn into a knot and encourage them to wear it.
WHAT YOU SAY:
- Before the Activity: “Let’s make a necklace to help us remember that God has a plan for us. That’s what your medallion says.”
- During the Activity: “String some of these straw pieces and the medallion onto the yarn. (Pause.) Did you add all the pieces you wanted? (Pause.) Great job! Let me knot your necklace so you can wear it. (Pause.) There you go! Now you can wear it.”
- After the Activity: “In all the things that Joseph went through, he loved God. Joseph knew God had a plan for him, and he knew that God was always with him. There will be times that are hard for us, but we can know that God loves us, God is with us, and God has a plan for us. God’s plan is the best plan. Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for me.)
This month, we’re learning, “God is always with me.” We will learn “Joseph’s Story” in Genesis 37-47. When Joseph’s father gave him a special, colorful coat, his brothers were angry, and they sent him far away where he was put in jail for something he didn’t do. Even when Joseph was sent away and went to jail, God was with him. God was with Joseph, and He is always with us, too!
Choose an activity to complete with your toddler to learn that we can love like Jesus!
Bible Story Activity
WHAT YOU NEED: Bible (Use a children’s Bible if you have one or download the Bible App for Kids and watch “The Dreamer.”)
WHAT YOU SAY: “I love reading the Bible and spending time with Jesus. Let’s read our Bible story together right now!”
WHAT YOU DO: Read “Joseph’s Story” — Genesis 37:2-4, 37:23-28, 39:1-5, 41:46-49, 45:3-11 from the Bible.
Memory Verse Activity: Joshua 1:9b
WHAT YOU SAY:
- Before the Activity: “Our memory verse helps us remember that God is always with us. Let’s practice memorizing it together!”
WHAT YOU DO:
- During the Activity: Have your toddler say Joshua 1:9b three times. Say it in a loud voice, a whisper voice, and a silly voice. Do the motions as you say the verse. Say the verse, line by line, encouraging your toddler to repeat and complete the actions after you.
“God (point up)
is with you (point out)
wherever (spread arms wide)
you go.” (walk in place)
Joshua 1:9b, NLT (open hands like a book)