This Week in DIG, 6/26

Toddlers-How Peter Served Jesus

This month the toddlers are exploring stories of Peter’s ministry from Acts.  Some possible activities:

*Reread stories about Peter the apostle.  Stories of his earlier life are in Jesus Storybook Bible, or Jesus Calling Bible.

*Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words.  Use your child’s toys to be different characters in the story and have them help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool-The Sower, Matthew 13

Preschoolers are spending June and July exploring Parables.

*I wonder why the seeds didn’t grow among the rocks and the thorns?

*I wonder what the seeds might really be?

*I wonder how the sower feels when the seeds grow?

Even if you don’t have a preschooler, summer is great time to dive into a thematic Bible study as a family, so join us!  Here are some resources to use while exploring Jesus’ parables:

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Favorite Parables from the Bible by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

This book retells many of Jesus’ parables, and children will find the illustrations very humorous.  We are using this book in the preschool classes to retell the weekly lessons.

http://www.christianbook.com/favorite-parables-bible-stories-jesus-told/nick-butterworth/9780310724322/pd/724322

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Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven is like this

http://rainforroots.bandcamp.com/album/the-kingdom-of-heaven-is-like-this

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This Week in DIG, 6/19

Toddlers-How Peter Served Jesus

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This month the toddlers are exploring stories of Peter’s ministry from Acts.  Some possible activities:

*Reread stories about Peter the apostle.  Stories of his earlier life are in Jesus Storybook Bible, or Jesus Calling Bible.

*Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words.  Use your child’s toys to be different characters in the story and have them help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool-The Great Pearl, Matthew 13:45-46

Preschoolers are spending June and July exploring Parables.

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*I wonder what could be so great that the merchant would exchange everything he had for the Great Pearl?

I wonder what the Great Pearl could really be?

*I wonder how the merchant feels now that he has the Great Pearl

Even if you don’t have a preschooler, summer is great time to dive into a thematic bible study as a family, so join us!  Here are some resources to use while exploring Jesus’ parables:

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Favorite Parables from the Bible by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

This book retells many of Jesus’ parables, and children will find the illustrations very humorous.  We are using this book in the preschool classes to retell the weekly lessons.

http://www.christianbook.com/favorite-parables-bible-stories-jesus-told/nick-butterworth/9780310724322/pd/724322

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Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven is like this

http://rainforroots.bandcamp.com/album/the-kingdom-of-heaven-is-like-this

Our family absolutely loves the band Rain for Roots!  This whole cd is includes songs that go along with parables.

 

 

Resources for Praying with children

A while back I posted a way to engage children in daily prayer, using a personalized prayer book (read the post here: https://befreedig.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/praying-with-children/)

Here some follow up resources that I’ve discovered to use alongside family prayer times.

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The Lord’s Prayer by Rick Warren

This version of the Lord’s prayer has lovely illustrations that both my kids found very intriguing.  In addition, author Rick Warren provides simplistic explanations of the prayer along with sample prayers that kids can use.  It is available in board book as well. For toddlers and up.

https://www.amazon.com/Lords-Prayer-Illustrated-Scripture/dp/0310710863/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1465845071&sr=8-2&keywords=lords+prayer+rick+warren

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The Lord’s Prayer by Tim Ladwig

https://www.amazon.com/Lords-Prayer-Tim-Ladwig/dp/0802852386/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465846022&sr=1-1&keywords=the+lords+prayer%2

Another well illustrated version.

Sing the Bible by Slugs and Bugs

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If you want to try and memorize The Lord’s Prayer with your kids the group Slugs and Bugs has a very singable version on their cd Sing the Bible.  Ollie especially loves to belt it out in the check out line.

https://www.amazon.com/Sing-Bible-Slugs-Bugs-Cd/dp/B00IAY7KII/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465846633&sr=8-1&keywords=slugs+and+bugs+sing+the+bible

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A Childs Good Night Prayer by Grace Maccarone

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+childs+good+night+prayer+book

A great bedtime read aloud prayer book for toddlers.

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Let the whole earth sing praise by Tomie Depaola

I absolutely love this little book!  It is a great way to introduce children to the concept of what it means to praise God for who he is and thank him for what he has done.  Toddlers and up.

https://www.amazon.com/Let-Whole-Earth-Sing-Praise/dp/0399254781?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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When Daddy Prays by Nikki Grimes and Tim Ladwig

This collection of poems shows the importance of how as adults we can model for children what a praying life looks like.  For preschoolers and up.

http://www.amazon.com/When-Daddy-Prays-Nikki-Grimes/dp/0802852661

 

 

 

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Writing to God By Rachel Hackenburg

This is a great resource for elementary kids to introduce them to journaling with God.  Great prompts and ideas about sustaining journaling with God.

https://www.amazon.com/Writing-God-Rachel-G-Hackenberg/dp/1612611079/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1465845303&sr=8-2&keywords=writing+to+god

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Praying in Color kids edition By Sybil Macbeth

The popular practice of coloring with God is articulated for elementary kids and up.  Like the previous book, it provides lots of interesting prompts for kids to try as they learn to communicate with God.

https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Color-Kids-Sybil-MacBeth/dp/1557255954/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465846114&sr=1-4&keywords=praying+in+color

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Scrambled Starts by Jenny Youngman

This is a neat guide for parents to read and share with kids.  The author describes the difficulty to make space for prayer as a family and provides practical tips and strategies to find that time, along with sample prayers to use.

http://www.amazon.com/Scrambled-Starts-Prayers-Everything-In-Between/dp/0835814998/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=10PWVZRNN18GJ5ZDTRS7

 

 

This week in DIG 6/12

Toddlers-How Peter Served Jesus

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This month the toddlers are exploring stories of Peter’s ministry from Acts.  Some possible activities:

*Reread stories about Peter the apostle.  Stories of his earlier life are in Jesus Storybook Bible, or Jesus Calling Bible.

*Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words.  Use your child’s toys to be different characters in the story and have them help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool-The Leaven, Matthew 13:33

Preschoolers are spending June and July exploring Parables.  Even if you don’t have a preschooler, summer is great time to dive into a thematic bible study as a family, so join us!  Here are some resources:

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Favorite Parables from the Bible by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

This book retells many of Jesus’ parables, and children will find the illustrations very humorous.  We are using this book in the preschool classes to retell the weekly lessons.

http://www.christianbook.com/favorite-parables-bible-stories-jesus-told/nick-butterworth/9780310724322/pd/724322

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Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven is like this

http://rainforroots.bandcamp.com/album/the-kingdom-of-heaven-is-like-this

Our family absolutely loves the band Rain for Roots!  This whole cd is includes songs that go along with parables.

Here’s an awesome video that goes along with this week’s story as well, the Leaven Song (the kids really enjoyed watching this on Sunday!)

 

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What will you do as you wait on God’s kingdom? Eat a snack.-Maggie

*I wonder why the women puts the leaven or the yeast in the bread dough?

*I wonder how the bread dough grew?

*I wonder how the rising bread is like the kingdom of heaven?

 

This Week in DIG 6/5

Toddlers-How Peter Served Jesus

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This month the toddlers are exploring stories of Peter’s ministry from Acts.  Some possible activities:

*Reread stories about Peter the apostle.  Stories of his earlier life are in Jesus Storybook Bible, or Jesus Calling Bible.

*Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words.  Use your child’s toys to be different characters in the story and have them help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool-The Mustard Seed, Matthew 13:31-32

Preschoolers are spending June and July exploring Parables.

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*I wonder if these birds have names?

*I wonder if this tree could be put back into the seed after it is grown ?

*I wonder what this tree might really be?

 

This Week in DIG 5/29

Toddlers-Saul’s Surprise

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This month the toddlers are exploring the story of Saul.  Some possible activities:

*Reread the road to Damascus  together in the storybook bibles you have at home including: Jesus Storybook Bible or Read Aloud Bible Stories series by Ella Lindvall (find here: http://www.christianbook.com/read-aloud-bible-stories-volume-2/ella-lindvall/9780802471642/pd/71641?dv=c&en=bing-pla&event=SHO)

*Use your child’s figurines to be different characters in the story and have them help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool-Dorcas

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Dorcas-the woman who died.-Lucy
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I wonder how someone could wake up after they were dead? -Christian

Preschoolers spent May exploring stories of the early church.

*I wonder how Dorcas’ friends felt when she died?

*I wonder what others thought when they saw her again?

*I wonder how she felt alive again?