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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 June is DILIGENCE! 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.
Summarize the story of Jonah from the Bible and then talk about the following questions. What did Jonah think about the work God had for him? What was the purpose of the work God gave Jonah? After the meal, have your kids help with a chore. (Examples: Clearing the table, cleaning dishes, cleaning the living room, etc.) After it is done, thank them for helping you and then talk about the purpose of that chore. Ask what would happen if no one ever did that chore? Remind your kids that God can help us work diligently when we are tempted to think the work He has for us is useless. He always has a purpose, even when we do not understand.
In the book of Jonah, we see that God forgave the Ninevites for their sin because they repented. When we ask for forgiveness for our sin, God is faithful to forgive us. When someone wrongs you (hurts your feelings on purpose, doesn’t share with you, etc.), do you respond with forgiveness, like God, or do you become angry, like Jonah? Take some time to practice conflict resolution. Come up with different situations for your child/children to work through. (Examples: Your sibling broke your toy, or your friend called you a name.) Have one child ask for forgiveness and the other accept their apology and forgive them. Then, have the children switch roles and/or use other made-up situations.
Practice the memory verse, 1 Corinthians 15:58, before you go to bed. Pray with your child that both of you will “always work enthusiastically for the Lord” and bring Him glory as you work for Him with all your heart. Thank Him for being all-knowing and always having a plan.
Sometimes we may not understand why our work matters, but we can trust that God’s work through us is never useless. To show this, grab an age-appropriate puzzle that your kids have never seen before. Do not show them the picture of what it is supposed to look like but work to put the puzzle together. When you are finished, explain that God always sees the big picture and how all the pieces fit together even if we can only see one little piece. You may not fully understand what our all-knowing God is doing, but you can trust that His work through us is never useless and is part of His great and beautiful plan!
Pray and thank God because He always has a purpose for the work He asks us to do. Ask Him to help you trust His plan even when you do not understand.