Series Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.
Character Element of the Week: Patience
Science Experiment: Making Butter!
The children had to practice their patience to turn cream into butter!
Then they were able to eat it on toast!
Story: Joshua and the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-26)
Working together to build a wall…
Marching seven times around the wall, then blowing their trumpets and shouting to knock it down!
Bible Verse: “…and to your self-control, add PATIENCE” 2 Peter 1:6b
Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that You are patient with me. Help me to be patient with others around me. Help me to know Your purposes in my life so that I can be patient in obeying You. Amen
Take-It Home Activities:
Parents: Sometimes it is so hard to have patience when you have young children! Your children learn by watching you, so pray for God to give you an abundance of patience. The next time your child desires to complete a task independently, take a deep breath, stop, and allow your child time. (Then give a high five and hugs of course)!
Birth – Age 2: Young children have a very limited concept of time; however, introducing “one more minute” can be a helpful tool. Start using a timer (or simply announce “one more minute”) one before it’s time to clean up toys, come to dinner, share a toy etc. As your children age, you can increase the time increments and they will begin to understand patience when they learn they sometimes have to wait.
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Children this age often want to know “what the plan is” and how many more days until it happens! This is a great opportunity to teach and encourage patience. The next time your child is looking forward to an upcoming event, find some way to count down each day with your child (make a paper chain, make a sticker chart, cross off each day on the calendar, etc.). Remind them that they are practicing their patience until the day arrives.