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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 JANUARY is GENTLENESS! 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 1 PETER 3:8-9 You probably haven’t been threatened with your life, but have any of you even been laughed at because of what you believe? Have you or anyone you know been the victim of a bully or gossip? Brainstorm with your kids about ways they can respond gently when they’re in situations like that. Ask them the following question: Is gentleness a form of weakness or strength? Why? (Strength. It takes a very strong person not to give in to anger or frustration but to instead respond calmly and humbly. Anyone can get mad and fight back, but strength is needed to trust God and be gentle.)
Practice the memory verse (Ephesians 4:2) stop-and-go style! When you are about 100 feet from a stoplight or stop sign, start saying the verse as fast as you can. The goal is to get through the entire verse before you have to stop at the light or the sign. If you don’t make it in time, pause when you reach the light/sign and then pick it back up when you start driving again.
Talk to your kids and see if they’re believing a lie about who they are or who God is because of a hard time they’re facing. Read through the Truth vs. Lies page that has a list of truth from God’s Word that can help combat common lies our enemies try to tell us. Thank God for the hope we have in Him even when others are against us. Ask Him to help you remember His Truth and respond gently to people even when they are mean to you.
We know that persecution for our beliefs is an expected reality for believers. Though this sometimes may seem like a hard concept to teach kids, there are ways that we can begin to show kids how to respond gently to opposition. One way you can do this together is through a friendly competition. Find a board game or outdoor game that you can play with your family. Take some time to play together, reminding them to respond gently to each other whether they are winning or losing. At the end of the game, have everyone shake hands and congratulate the winning team or individual.
Father, thank you for being a place of safety and refuge. Help me to remember the truths from your Word so that I can respond gently to others in every circumstance.