Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

There is an old saying around these parts that “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. While this adage describes the unpredictable temperature and precipitation fluctuations of our bread basket, it can also be applied to the unpredictable mood swings and personality shifts of our children. Even the most timid and level headed kids can be impacted at some point or other. This constantly shifting tide of emotions and behaviors can make it difficult to understand a child’s … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Jokes (Happy Back to School!)

Lunch Box Jokes (Happy Back to School!)

The kids are heading back to school tomorrow (where, oh where did the summer go?) and I thought I'd draft up a few jokes to pop in the lunch boxes for them.   As long as I was at it, I thought I'd share this fun printable with you!  Grab it with the dropbox link below (you do not need dropbox to view): https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ejs49o34yk0rw9/Jokes.pdf?dl=0 Are you back in the school routine?  What are you looking forward to this year? Find more jokes here!  … [Read more...]

David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

Have you had a chance to check out my recently released book: Top 50 Bible Stories for Elementary?  If you've been wanting to take a closer peek, you're in luck!  Today, I'll be sharing a chapter from the book, all about David.  Stay tuned for a video presentation of the lesson later this week! Big Idea: God Looks at the Heart This Week’s Passage: Psalm 119:10-11, 47-48; 1 Samuel 16:7 Memory Verse: People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel … [Read more...]

Wild and Crazy Living (Prodigal Son)

Wild and Crazy Living (Prodigal Son)

Teaching on the Prodigal Son?  Check out this fun lesson plan that gets kids moving and thinking about some wild and crazy living! What You Need: Pictures of fun stuff kids would like (leave me a comment and I'll send you over my pictures), labeled with prices Tape Coins Fresh baked bread Sign advertising fresh baked bread Pig slop (just raid your fridge for leftovers, add a little water) Cupcakes or other treat Celebration music (optional) What You Do:  Before the … [Read more...]

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11 and 12 (David and Bathsheba) Bonus Memory Verse: Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13) Object Lesson: Cotton Ball Sheep What You Need:  Two people figures Cotton Balls What You Do:  Before kids arrive, read through 2 Samuel 11-12 and become familiar with the account.  Hold your Bible as you talk to the kids. Say: One day, King David was walking on his roof when he … [Read more...]

How to Have a Fun and Productive Summer with Kids

How to Have a Fun and Productive Summer with Kids

Sweet summertime.  It can be such a magical time for children. After a few weeks, though, the newness wears off and boredom can set in. Before the “Mom, I’m bored” complaints start rolling in, take action and plan for some fun, productive activities to do with your kids. The kids will have a blast spending some time with you and just may learn something along the way!   Volunteer Your kids have grown up hearing you talk about the importance of sharing with others and how giving is … [Read more...]