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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 November is THANKFULNESS! 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 LAMENTATIONS 3:17-26 and 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18 What truths about God was Jeremiah thankful for even in his hard times? (God’s love is forever. He is faithful and merciful. He is good and dependable.) What THREE things does Paul remind us that we need to do? (Be joyful, pray, give thanks) Talk about one thing that has been hard as a family this year. Were you, as a family, joyful, prayerful, and thankful during this difficult circumstance? What did this situation teach you about being thankful even through hard times?
Are you traveling anywhere for Thanksgiving this week? The car ride is a great time to refresh your memory on the books of the Bible and/or work on our memory verse for November (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). You can try to sing the memory verse to the tune of whatever song comes on the radio. You could make flashcards with the books of the Bible and try to put them in order. You could even take turns talking about which stories from the Bible you wish you could travel back in time and see happen in real life. Happy Travels!
Talk with your kids about a hard time they might be in right now and ask the following questions. When you are in the middle of something that’s really hard, do you have to pretend to be happy or is it ok to be sad? (It’s ok to be sad.) Why do you say that? (God created us with emotions. We can see different times in Scripture where God was emotional. Jesus was sad when Lazarus died and happy at a wedding. So, emotions are ok and are from God. You can still be sad and thankful at the same time.) What can you be thankful for even when you’re sad or struggling? Pray and ask God to give you a grateful heart in both hard and good situations.
How is your Thankfulness Countdown Calendar going? If you haven’t started yet, no worries! Any time is a great time to start. At the end of each day, write down at least one thing you are thankful for. On Thanksgiving, share your reasons for being thankful as a family and thank God for them!
Father, thank you for being a constant strength in all circumstances. Please give me a heart that is grateful in both hard and good situations.