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Our elementary curriculum builds on the biblical foundation laid for kids in preschool. We want elementary kids to see the excellent character of our all-powerful God and why He is the hero of every story. We do that by looking at 36 godly character traits – one per month – with weekly Finish Lines that teach kids about God, His Word, and how He can help us reflect His character to the world.
Our character trait for March is PATIENCE! Check out the Monthly Overview for a snapshot of everything we will be learning about this month.
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
Read Joseph’s conversation with his brothers in GENESIS 50:19-21 and talk through the following questions together. While he was being patient in prison, could Joseph have known how his story would end? Why not? Did God always know the whole story? Is it comforting to know that God sees how all the pieces of your life fit together even if you cannot? Why or why not? What is one part of your life that you have trouble understanding how it fits into God’s plan? What are some things you can remember are true about God that can help you be patient?
Pick one trip or task that you have this week and not tell your child(ren) where you are going. If they ask questions, tell them “Be patient. We’ll be there in a few minutes. Just trust me.” Ask them to see how easy or hard it is to trust that you know where you’re going and how to get there even if they don’t understand. You can use this as an excuse to take them out for a treat, but don’t tell them that ahead of time. You can also do this by going somewhere you normally go but take a different route that they’re not familiar with. After you end up at your location, you can ask questions like “Was it easy or hard to trust me as the driver? Why or why not?” “Is it easy to trust that God is in control of our whole lives? Why or why not?”
Thank God for seeing the whole story of your life even though you cannot. Ask Him to help you trust Him when you cannot understand His perfect plan. If you are walking through something hard right now, ask God to remind you that He never stops being good and that He can take hard things and use them for good, just like He did with Joseph.
Write each word of the memory verse (Psalm 27:13-14) on an index card. Shuffle the cards together and see if you can put them in the correct order. When you do it again, time yourself to see how long it takes. You can even have a competition within your family to see who can do it the fastest!
Father, thank you for planning my steps and making a place for me in your ultimate plan. Help me to remember and trust that your plan never stops being good even through hard times.