Elementary (1st – 3rd)

Sunday, September 6

Weekly Parent Guide

Activity: Better Together

What you need:
Timer, six shirts, random toys, kitchen chairs, broom and dustpan

What you do:
Tell your child you’re going to play a game. They’ll get to do a list of tasks and you’ll time them. Then you’ll do those same tasks again, but you’ll do them together and see if your time gets better!

Get ready for the following tasks (i.e. unfold shirts, scatter toys, move chairs away from the table, etc.), and then time your child doing each of the tasks on their own.

  • –  Perfectly fold six shirts

  • –  Pick up and put away toys

  • –  Tuck in all the kitchen chairs

  • –  Sweep half the kitchen using the dustpan

  • –  Organize one kitchen drawer

    Record all the times on a sheet of paper. Say, “You did those things so fast! Now, let’s do them together and see how quick we are!”

    Complete each task together and time how long it takes. The times should be faster. Once you’re finished, record the times on the same sheet of paper as the others. Say, “Look how much faster we were together. We can get so much done when do things together.”

Talk about the Bible story: 

In the video today, we talked about how much better it can be when we do things together. Is there a particular friend that you like doing things with?

What makes that person a good friend?

Do you think it matters who you choose as a friend?

(Yes, because our friends influence us. We start to talk like them and act like them. So we should choose our friends carefully.)

What kind of friend are you? What kind of friend do you want to be?

Say, “Remember, it matters who you choose to be friends with. If you choose friends who disobey, you’ll probably disobey. If you choose friends who work hard, you’ll probably work hard. Choose your friends carefully.”

“Dear God, it’s amazing how You changed the way Saul saw everything and everyone around him. We know that You can change the way WE see the world, too. When we don’t understand why things are happening the way they are, help us to trust You. Help us to remember that You can bring good things out of bad situations. Thank You for ALWAYS being there for us. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”