Welcome to the Watermark Plano Kids Kit Preschool edition! Our heart is to share God’s truth with you and your kids in a simple and engaging format. We miss seeing each of our sweet preschoolers each Sunday, but hopefully our Plano version will bring some familiar faces to you in your home. Find a time this week that works for your family to WATCH, READ, DISCUSS and DO together!
Our goal for preschool curriculum is to build a foundation of biblical knowledge so preschoolers will know the major stories of the Bible and how they fit together into God’s big story. We teach the major stories of the Bible in mostly chronological order, and each week there is a Teaching Truth we want kids to hear and learn about God and His Story.
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This Week's Teaching Truth:
Current Unit: Serving Others
Current Memory Verse: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…And love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37,39
You can read to your children the NLT passage below or from The Beginner’s Bible, “The Good Samaritan” (p. 379-384).
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
God Loves Everyone: Parents, this week’s lesson opens the door for you to talk with your children about the pain and hurt that happens when we fail to love all of God’s people. Talk about how God wants us to show everyone His love. Also talk about the different people we see every day (family, grandparents, neighbors, mail carriers, delivery men and women, etc.) Make a list of these people and how we can show God’s love to them using a dry erase board or paper. Next, make a visual of all God’s people. You will need paper, glue, a marker and lots of pictures. Draw a large heart on a piece of paper with the marker. At the top, write, "God wants us to show everyone His love." Use magazines, advertisements and flyers to cut out pictures of all different types of God’s people. Focus on using different ethnicities, ages and genders so your child has a true representation for who all God wants us to love. After you cut out the pictures, glue them in the heart. If you haven’t already, use this moment to disciple your child’s heart about the beauty of all of God’s people, those that look the same as your family and those that do not. Remember, God wants us to show everyone His love.
A great picture book to read to your kids on this topic is, "God's Very Good Idea" by Trillia Newbell.
Additional activity: Have each child make a card with "God Loves You" on the front for one of the people listed above. They can draw pictures and decorate the card with stickers. You can deliver the cards with your kids to brighten someone's day!
The Knights of Narnia are challenging families this summer to read through the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Click here to download the Narnia Study Guide. This PDF will walk you through which chapters to read each week and then give you questions to answer as a family.