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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 TRUSTWORTHINESS! 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 story of Jacob and Esau from Genesis 27. Talk about what it feels like when a friend or family member tricks us. Is it easy for you to trust that person again? Why/why not? When are you most easily tempted to go your own way and not be trustworthy? Why? Is God still going to be trustworthy even when you are not? How do you know?
One day this week, tell the kids your destination and give them a few options. They can either trust your directions, make the call themselves on when/where to turn, or try out one of those options and change their mind at any point during the drive. This will work best if you choose a location that they’re not 100% sure how to get to. If they choose to trust you, you can go a different route than normal and see if they second-guess their decision.
Questions to ask after you’ve reached your destination: What happened when you went your own way instead of trusting mom/dad while they were driving? (EX: Got lost, took a lot longer, etc.) Did you ever doubt that your parent knew the best way to get there? If you trusted your parent from the start, why was it so easy for you to make that choice?
Thank God for being trustworthy even when we are not. Confess some areas where it is hard to be trustworthy. Ask Him to help you be trustworthy in those areas and remember that He will always keep His promises.
This weekend is Palm Sunday, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. As a family, read and act out the story of Palm Sunday together. Make your own palm leaves out of paper or go on a hunt for some in your back yard or neighborhood. Choose someone to be Jesus and grab a broom for them to ride as a donkey. You can read the story from Matthew 21:1-11 or retell it in your own words as you act it out.
Father, thank you for always being trustworthy even when I am not. Please help me recognize areas in my life where I have not trusted your faithfulness and give me the strength to surrender those areas to you.