Archives for February 2016

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids (Book Review)

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids (Book Review)

Parenting is hard work!  And with every year that my kids grow older, it seems that we solve one problem just as another makes its way into our lives.  I'm always on the look out for a good parenting book.  When I hard Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry (which I enjoyed), had written another parenting book, I was happy to take a look. In 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, Cartmell breaks down each of the eight tools into five brief chapters, with a … [Read more...]

Building a Tabernacle: Sunday Snapshot

Building a Tabernacle: Sunday Snapshot

Last week, when my kids came home from Children's Church, they had their own version of the tabernacle in tow.  Miss Tara, the teacher had laid out all kids of buttons, jewels, yarn and more so the kids could build a tabernacle like the Israelites.  Here are their masterpieces: Age 6 Age 4 … [Read more...]

Oh, Now I See!  (Taking a Look at the Gospel)

Oh, Now I See! (Taking a Look at the Gospel)

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we're starting a new curriculum and the first part focuses the gospel, or the good news of God.  It's some great content, but I need to find a way to make it easy for preschoolers and the younger group to understand, so I'll be posting some adaptations each week as well as some coordinating small group activities. (In case you're interested, here's an article from the author of our curriculum about whether or not preschoolers can even understand the gospel) … [Read more...]

Discovering the Gospel, Jesus, and Who You Really Are

Discovering the Gospel, Jesus, and Who You Really Are

We're starting a new curriculum in our midweek program.  As we talked at a recent team meeting, we wanted something for our kids this year that pushed them a little deeper in their faith.  We spent 2015 learning how to Navigate the Bible and took a look at types of books that are in the Bible and how they all fit together. For 2016, we want to help kids take greater ownership for their faith.  As a church, we loved the book Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman, and would love to use something along … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Lazarus

Sunday Snapshot: Lazarus

We're always looking for a way to get kids up and moving and really engaged with the story...and if you can add toilet paper to the mix, that makes it even better! Here are some snapshots of a Lazarus lesson we had a little while back.  Kids raced against the clock to see who could have the best wrapped Lazarus at the end of 2 minutes.  Here are the results in action! A real team effort! Woah!  Easy around the neck! Every part needs covered! … [Read more...]

Show Love To Your Kids By Keeping Them Safe Online

Show Love To Your Kids By Keeping Them Safe Online

From the moment our kids are born, we do everything in our power to protect them and keep them safe.  We read up on safety ratings of car seats and cribs.  We sign up for recall notifications of the latest and greatest baby gear.  We swap stories with other parents and ask for advice in order to do the best job that we can do. As kids get older, the world gets a little more complicated.  Not only do we have to continue to protect them in the physical world, but we have the cyber world to … [Read more...]