Knowledge in September
Posted on: 08/29/2012
It is “Back to School” time. As kids are growing in their academic knowledge, we will be studying knowledge during the month of September at K-1 RACE. Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Godly Character Trait: Knowledge
Definition: Gaining an understanding (point to head) of the Truth (point up)
Memory Verse: Fear of the Lord is the foundation (make a “rock” on hand) of wisdom (point to head). Knowledge of the Holy One (open arms up in a ‘V’) results in good judgment (point to head). (Proverbs 9:10)
Week 1, September 2 – Know God: Read the Bible
Week 2, September 9 – Know God: Memorize Scripture
Week 3, September 16 – Know God: Pray
Week 4, September 23 – Know God: Service & Worship
Week 5, September 30 – Worship Sunday
AT HOME IDEAS:
Know God: Read the Bible
- Jesus Storybook Bible is a great way to help your child understand the big love story of the Bible. Each story “whispers Jesus’ name”.
- Do you have a regularly scheduled time to read the Bible with your child? Be intentional and consistent about reading God’s Word with your child. While getting back into a routine for school, be sure to make a routine for study of His Word.
- Record God’s promises as you read. A mom shared with me that she and her daughters record God’s promises as they read. They are keeping a “track record” of His promises. What an encouragement for any age!
- Here is a fun way to learn the books of the Bible!
- Secret Spot! Make a special place to read the Bible – in a tent, under the bed – get creative. Your child will be excited to have a special Bible reading spot.
Know God: Memorize Scripture
- Stay Up Late! A super K-1 RACE mom lets her children stay up late to memorize Scripture. What children don’t want to stay up late? And what would be a better reason to stay up?
- Make it fun! Create motions to go with the verse. It helps your child remember the verse and it makes it much more fun.
- Make it a game. Write the verse you are memorizing on a chalkboard. Read the verse together, erase a word and see if you can still say the verse. Continue until you can say the verse with no words on the chalkboard.
- Get creative! Write your verse with sidewalk chalk, in shaving cream, with a dry erase marker on the mirror, etc.
- Make a placemat. Let your child illustrate the verse. Laminate the placemat and say it before and after you eat.
- Sing a song. Use the words of the verse to create a new song. You can change the words to a melody you already know, or you can make your own.
- Funny accents. Practice the verse in different accents (robots, ant, monster, etc.)
Know God: Pray
- Make a Prayer Pail of family members and important people to pray for.
- Newspaper Prayer – have each member of the family take a page of the paper and circle items that need to be prayed for. Pray together as a family.
- Make a prayer chain
- Record your requests and God’s answers in a prayer journal. It is amazing to see how God answers prayer.
- Play high/low as a family. Share the “high” best part and the “low” toughest part of your day. Pray to God praise for the highs and ask for help with the lows.
Know God: Service & Worship
- Serve one another. Allow each child a chance to “serve” the family during dinner. Take turns, show gratitude, and remind them that Jesus came to serve.
- Sing praise and worship songs together as a family. Get out your instruments or pots and pans and make a joyful noise to the Lord.
- Even better - sing praise songs as you work together and serve one another while cleaning up your house.
- Make a list of ways to serve others in your neighborhood. Pick one and serve together.
- Join Watermark, Second Saturdays, etc. and serve others in our community.
- Clean out your clothes and toys and give them to a family in need.
- Secret servant. Allow each person in the family to pick a family member’s name out of the hat. Make it your mission to serve that person all week – keep it a secret, could they tell it was you?
I would LOVE to hear all the great ways you are teaching these truths at home – email me back and share your ideas!
Let me know if there is anything I can do for your family!
Mary McGuire email@example.com
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