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Chemical Reactions | Week 5

This week our character element is PATIENCE and to practice our patience we made butter!

We all worked together to shake…

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and shake some more!

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And when we were all done, we enjoyed the butter we made on some toast.

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Here’s your Take it Home for the week:

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

Story: Joshua and the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-26)
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Marching around the wall!

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”) just 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.

God made me!

We wrapped up our Creation Series with a little fun with food!

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Do you see any resemblances?

3rd Sunday of Advent

Story – Follow that star! (wisemen and shepherds)

Bible Verse – “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” Psalm 119:10

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for being the perfect gift. Thank you for having a plan for me. I pray I will seek you and follow you my whole life. Amen

TAKE IT HOME 12.16.12

Following is a part of every kid’s life.  Kids learn about following rules, following in line, following the example given, and so learning to follow God fits right into their world.

Star-of-BethlehemParents – Talk about the shepherds who heard a message from angels and followed a star all the way to a baby in a manger, and help your kids understand that we follow God the same way…listening to what he tells us in the Bible and doing what he says is good to do.

Birth-Age 2 – Make a big star to hang in your house.  Every time you see a star this week (TV, stores, signs, books, etc.), talk about the shepherds and how the star led them to find Baby Jesus!

Ages 3-4 – Trace a star shape and decorate it.  Take turns playing “follow the leader” with your child…the leader carries the star and everyone else follows until it stops at a special place.

Kindergarten – Make star-shaped placements from construction paper or a file folder.  Decorate with markers and set them at your table.  As you eat together this week, talk about the shepherds and the message they heard from the angels.  Tell your children how important it is to follow God and his commandments.

Take-it-Home This Week 11.11.12

Kids in Bright Beginnings said a prayer Sunday: “Jesus – everything about You is good and true!”.  Here are some ideas to help us remember Jesus everyday this week, and think about what is true.

Parents: Often the things that we are “attracted” to in our lives, turn out to be what “distracts” us from what is true in God.  What tends to distract you from the Truth? Write out a prayer that you can use everyday to help you stay true to Him  this week.

Birth-Age 2:  What better way to help our children learn God’s truth, than to read Bible Stories to them!  Read a Bible Story to your child everyday this week.

Used with permission from AndrewMalone’s photostream on flickr.

Age 2-Kindergarten: When you’re driving in the car or eating dinner together this week, take turns telling each other what is true about God (God loves me, God made me, God made animals, God is everywhere, We can talk to God anytime and anywhere, etc.).

Celebrate God who is TRUE!