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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 August is SERVICE! 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.
Review the hand motions and major stories for the eras we learned about this week. (Hint: check out the Bible Timeline One-Pagers on Creation, Patriarchs, and Exodus) Ask your kids if they have a favorite story from each of these eras. What do they like about those stories? Why? What does that story teach us about God? Is there any way that this story connects to the New Testament and what Jesus has done for us? (Example: In the Creation era, the ark was the only way Noah and his family could be saved from God’s judgment. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus is the only way we can be saved from God’s judgment.)
Spend time in the car this week reviewing the whole Bible Timeline. If it helps, print off a copy of the Timeline to keep in your car. Review the names and order of the eras, the icon for each one, and the hand motions. Make a game out of it! For example, call out an era and the first one to do the correct hand motion wins the round. Describe an era’s icon and see if your kid can guess which era it belongs to (Example: a red balloon = Return era). As we continue learning about each era of the Timeline this year, add to what you’re reviewing by talking about which era different Bible stories belong to.
Thank God for being the same God in both the Old and New Testaments. Thank Him for being faithful to always keep His promises. Spend time praising Him and thanking Him for how you have seen Him keep His promises in your life.
Create your own Bible Timeline. You will add more to it as we continue to learn the different Bible eras this year. Give your child three pieces of paper. Have them draw the icon for each era (Creation, Patriarchs, Exodus) on the pieces of paper. On the back of each page, have them write (or draw) the key people or events (Example: Draw an ark for Noah and the flood in the Creation Era). You can hang them as a banner or use them as flashcards.
Thank you God for providing your word so that I can read about how you always keep your promises. I praise you for being faithful and constant in my life today.