Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Sunday, February 21
Weekly Parent Guide
Activity: the extra mile
What you need:
Painter’s or masking tape, or items you can use as placeholders
What you do:
Using the tape, mark five places on the floor to create a large circle. Place them as far apart as the room allows (like a baseball diamond with an extra “base”).
Tell your child that you’re going to name a task or chore, and it’s their job to think of a way to take it the “extra mile.” When they think of a way to go the extra mile, they run to the next marker on the floor and shout it out. Call out the next task; let your child go to the next marker and shout out a way to go the extra mile for THAT task. Repeat until they’re back at the original marker.
For example: “I have to load the dishwasher after dinner.” To go the extra mile, your child would run to the next marker on the floor and shout out, “I could empty the dishes when they’re finished washing!”
Tasks (use this list and/or come up with some that are more relevant to your family):
- I have to make my bed.(I can make my sister’s bed, too.)
- I have to do my homework. (I can do it without complaining. I can thank whoever helps me.)
- I have to brush my teeth. (I can do it without being asked.)
- I have to sweep the floors. (I can vacuum the carpet, too.)
- I have to play with my younger sibling. (I can make sure to play his favorite game.)
Talk about the Bible story:
What does it mean to “go the extra mile”? (to do more than you have to do)
Why is going the extra mile a great way to show kindness? (It shows people that we value them.)
When has someone gone the extra mile for you? How did it feel?
What can you do this week to go the extra mile? Think about homework, schoolwork, friendships, chores at home, relationships with family, sports practice, instrument practice, etc.
Parents, share an example of when someone went the extra mile for you.
“God, thank You for being our Friend forever. Thank You for loving us no matter what. Help us to be a friend like Jonathan. Help us to be loyal, honest, and good to the people You have put in our lives. We love You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”