take it home | 10.23

“Driving Your Course”

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Word of the Week:  Obey

Bible Verse:  Stay on the right track.  Philippians 3:16

Story:  The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

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Prayer: Lord, I pray that I can understand how to stay on the right track and do the right things.  Help me to obey your instructions that are in the Bible and make good choices in my life.  Help me to be kind to others, just like the Good Samaritan.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents: Are you on the right course in your own life?  Is there something God has been asking you to do?  Are you listening to His voice?  Our own children can’t obey us if they aren’t listening to hear what we’re asking of them.  It is the same with our Heavenly Father.  Take some time this week to intentionally listen for His voice and obey what He says!  It may be as simple as paying for the person behind you in line to taking the first step toward a major change in your life!

Birth – Age 2:  Play a game with your child.  Hide a small item in the house and then give them directions to help them find it.  Remind them to listen carefully so that they can follow the directions.  When they find it, give them a big hug and lots of praise!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Ask your child about the picture they colored or drew today in class. Brainstorm with them ways they can show kindness to others just like the Good Samaritan did (sit by someone who is sitting alone, share their toys, allow others to go first, invite children to play with them, etc.) and help them do just that this week!

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take it home | 09.11

Sailing the “C’s”

“C” of the Week:  Compassion

Lesson:  Be Kind!

Bible Verse:  “Be kind to one another.”  Ephesians 4:32

Story:  Ruth 1:1 – 4:22

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me show kindness at all times and treat others the way I would like to be treated.  Thank You so much for forgiving me when I make wrong choices.  Help me forgive others when they hurt or wrong me so I can be an example of You.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents: The best way to teach your child to be kind is to model kindness to others.  The next time you are in public, look for ways to show kindness to others; hold a door open for someone, offer to return someone’s grocery cart, purchase a little surprise for a friend and deliver it, allow someone to go ahead of you in the grocery line…

Birth – Age 2:     Young children need to experience kindness before they will know how to share kindness.  As you play with your child, use phrases such as “May I have a turn?” and “Would you like a turn?”  Also, practice your “please” and “thank you!”

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Take some time this week to make cookies with your child.  Then allow your child to choose who they would like to give them to (neighbor, friend, teacher, etc.).

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We made bird feeders in class today and would love to see pictures of your kids hanging them at your home.  You can share your pictures on our Bright Beginnings facebook page!

 

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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: Kindness

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Science Experiment:  Magnets & Static Electricity

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Story: The Good Samaritan  (Luke 10:25-37)

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Bible Verse: “…and to your service for God, add KINDNESS”  2 Peter 1:7a

Prayer: Dear God, Help me to think about others and to be kind to them.  Help my words and actions help others, not hurt them.  Help me to see opportunities where I can share Your love and kindness to the people around me.  Amen

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Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Bake some cookies with your children this week and help them make some cards, then deliver them to someone who needs some love and encouragement.

Birth – Age 2: All parents want their children to be kind.  When you see your child sharing, playing well with others, or being friendly, be sure to them then know by verbally praising them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Talk with your children about their friends (from church, daycare, school, etc.).  Remind them to be kind to others, especially when they see a child hurt or crying or who may be left out.  Give them concrete, practical things they can do, such as allowing others to go first, inviting others to play with them, offering to share their toy, etc.

 

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Word of the Week:  SHARE

Recipe We Made in Class:  Trail Mix to Share!

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Bible Verse:  “Share what you have with others.”  Romans 12:13

Story:  Joseph (Genesis 47:11-13)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for all the food that You provide for me and my family.  I am so glad that I never have to go hungry.  Help me to have a kind and caring heart so that I can share with others.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  What is God asking you to share?  Time?  Money?  Faith?  Friendship?  Belongings?  Talents?  Ask Him this week and then be willing to obey!

Birth – Age 2:  Talk with your child often about sharing.  Whether it be with family members, or others, remind them that “we share in our family.”  Purposefully give them opportunities to share with siblings or other children (split a snack, share a toy, take turns, etc.)

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Make a meal or bake a special treat and take it to someone who has a need, an elderly person, a new neighbor, someone who has a new baby or someone who has been ill.  While you are baking together, talk with your child about sharing with others.  The recipes below would be perfect for sharing!

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired pretzels with the word SHARE, so every time your child eats a pretzels, you can remind them that God wants us to share with others! 

Here are two fun (who doesn’t love smashing cookies in a bag?!), simple (just a few ingredients!) recipes using pretzels for you to try with your little chefs at home!

(click on the pictures to get the recipes)

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OR SAVORY

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We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

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Serving Your Crew

Word of the Week:  Serve

Bible Verse: Loveeach other like a family.  Romans 12:10

Story:  Through the Roof: The Paralyzed Man (Mark 2 : 1-12)

Prayer: Lord, Ipray that I will always serve my friends and my family and even those who aren’t very nice to me.  Help me to love others and help them out whenever I can.   Show me ways to be kind and loving at all times.  Amen
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“Ripples of Kindness”

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Is there a spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, neighbor, stranger…that you could serve this week.? Choose someone and do one intentional act of service this week that you don’t usually do!

Toddlers:  Gather up some cleaning supplies, such as a duster, rags, broom, mop, sponge, etc.  Name the item and see if your child can point to the item you named.  Then show them what to do with each item.  Give them a chance to try and help you clean sometime this week.  Be sure to give them lots of praise for their help!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  On slips of paper, write little jobs that your child can do to help you and drop the papers into a jar (you can call this the “Helper Jar” if you’d like).  Each day this week, your child gets to pick out a slip of paper and help you with a new job.  Here are some ideas to get you started:  unload the silverware from the dishwasher, help sort the laundry, set the table, make a bed, dust the living room, match clean socks together, sweep the kitchen, help fold the towels, pick up toys…

Introducing a new series in Bright Beginnings!

chemical reactions | the elements of your character

For the next 8 weeks, we will be mixing up some fun in our chemistry lab – learning about character from 2 Peter 1:57.  Because our goal is to be more like Christ – we will be taking time each week to “put on our lab coats” and learn about

  • faith
  • goodness
  • knowledge
  • self-control
  • patience
  • service
  • kindness
  • love

January 6th – FAITH

January 13th – GOODNESS

January 20th – KNOWLEDGE

January 27th – SELF CONTROL

February 3rd – PATIENCE

February 10th – SERVICE FOR GOD

February 17th – KINDNESS

February 24 – LOVE

Join us as we mix these all up together and get the perfect formula for our character!