October’s Memory Verse
Toddlers-4th Grade: 1 Corinthians 10:31, Seeds of Purpose Track 8 – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
5th-8th Grade: OT Books of the Bible (Poetry & Major Prophets) – Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel
Some memorizing tips:
- Practice the verse at home and sing the Seeds of Purpose songs to help children really master them. Childhood is when our capacity for memorization is optimum so it’s never too early to start this rich discipline.
- Display the memory verse prominently in your home to remember to practice (pick up a copy at your child’s DIG classroom).
- For toddlers and preschoolers, start with 1 verse, and for older students try all the verses.
- For middle schoolers, use entertaining songs by performers like Slugs & Bugs to learn the Books of the Bible. Songs are available for free on YouTube.
- Using toy animals and figurines, act out the story of Noah, using a box as a pretend ark.
- Talk about rainbows. Share some beautiful pictures of them like these. Thank God for this reminder of His mercy and faithfulness to us.
Preschoolers will spend the next 2 months looking at stories from the Old Testament that display the arc of God’s redemptive story, with this week’s focus on the story of Noah.
- I wonder why other people didn’t believe that a flood was really coming?
- I wonder what it was like inside the ark?
- I wonder how Noah and his family felt when they got out of the ark?
Grades K-1: Giant Staircase to Heaven
Younger Elementary children continued in the Jesus Storybook Bible with the story of the tower of Babel.
- I wonder why people wanted to build such a tall tower to reach up to heaven?
- I wonder why the tower made God angry?
- I wonder what it was like to not understand what everyone was saying?
- I wonder what it means that “People could never reach up to Heaven, so Heaven would have to come down to them”? (Jesus Storybook Bible, page 54)
Grades 2-4: Abraham and Isaac, Genesis 21:1-7, 22
- I wonder why Sarah laughed?
- I wonder why God tested Abraham?
- I wonder what Isaac was thinking as his father prepared the sacrifice?
- I wonder if you have ever had to trust God to provide something?
Grades 5-6: “How does Christ feel about His Church?”
5th and 6th graders will spend the school year exploring the second half of the EFCA statement of faith. This month they’re continuing their study of the Church.
- Why do you think Christ loves the Church?
- Is it helpful to think of the Church as the Body or the Bride? Why?
Grades 7-8: “I am the Light of the World,” John 8:12-30
7th and 8th graders are meditating on Jesus’ “I Am” statements in the book of John.
- Why do you think Jesus called Himself the Light of the World?
- How is Jesus the Light of the World to you?