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It is a joy to partner with you in this season! Find parent resources, kids activities, and lesson replays and printables here. Don't forget to connect with your church's Journey Kids Facebook group, too! Click below to join your location's group.
Join us Sundays at 8:30 for Preschool and 9 for Elementary lessons!
Zootopia Movie Night & Discussion
Friday, August 7, 6-8:30 p.m.
Attention church family of all ages! We invite you to join us for a virtual film discussion about Zootopia on Friday, August 7! Zootopia (PG) is a sweet and clever animated movie, but it is also incredibly thought-provoking for folks of all ages.
Themes such as acceptance, diversity, prejudice and bias are presented throughout the movie in a way that is accessible and applicable for children. This is a time for our children to learn from conversation with us, but even more, an opportunity for us to learn from the reflections of our children.
Please register at least one adult and all children who will be participating.
Things to know:
- For this event, we'll have movie activity bags available for pick up!
- Because of licensing, we are unable to share the movie virtually; however, it is available on a number of streaming platforms
- After the movie, we will provide you with questions for you and your family to discuss the different themes that Zootopia presents.
REMINDER: There’s no need to be an expert on how to lead a conversation about these topics with your kiddos. We want to help you step into that space with them and graciously do it together.
For more details and to register, click below.
August 2 Lessons
PRESCHOOL | I Am Wonderfully Made in God’s Image
Genesis 1:26; Psalm 46:1; Proverbs 2:6
This week, Ms. Kerry and friends learn that we are all wonderfully made in God’s image.
Parent Guides for story and worship experiences are easy-to-use guides with fun activities and discussion prompts.
Genesis 1 and 2:3
Happy August! We are starting a new theme this month of uncovering how indescribable God is! This week specifically, we will learn that there is no limit to God's creativity. Check it out!
To watch previous Journey Kids at Home lessons, visit our YouTube channel!
This Week's Resources
Parenting Anxious Kids in an Anxious Time
"In the midst of the fear and uncertainty we are experiencing with COVID-19, I want to offer some brief, even basic and practical ideas for managing your own anxiety, as well as your children’s..." Read More
Now’s the Time! Resources for Family Devotions
A friend once asked me, “Do you really do family devotions every morning . . . with teenagers? How do you get them to do that?” I understood the underlying surprise behind her question... Read more
Three tips on teaching your children about racism
Parenting is hard, but learning how to parent as a white mom to black, white, and biracial children and discuss racial issues with them has been quite the journey. Raising children who not only see the brokenness in our society, but know that the gospel speaks a better word is powerful. So, here are three tips on speaking to your children about racism.
Why You Should Teach Your Kids About Racial Reconciliation
For parents, this social reality means we need to talk with our children about racism and ethnic difference. Here are three pressing reasons why we believe this work is so vital. Read more
Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Talking to Your Kids About Racism
If you’ve been paying attention these last few years, you know this: Racism is real. But when it comes to talking to kids about racism, many parents are uncertain about how to talk about it with their kids. Read more
God Made Me and You – This beautifully illustrated children's book invites kids to explore God's design for ethnic diversity and challenges readers—both parents and children—to learn and live out counter-cultural, biblical views, fostering a lifelong celebration of diversity for the glory of God. Designed for four- to eleven-year-olds, God Made Me AND You by Shai Linne is the second book in the God Made Me series, starting with God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb.
God’s Very Good Idea – This book is all about God's delightfully different family. Everyone you see is different than you, and the same as you. We look different, speak different and play different – but we are all valuable. That's because, in the beginning, God had the very good idea of making us that way. This is the story of His idea – and how you can be a part of it!
The Gospel in Color for Parents and Kids – Racism is a painful, complex issue, and can be challenging to explain to children. That’s why The Gospel in Color – For Kids is written to facilitate honest conversations about race and racial reconciliation between kids and their parents.
Parent Pause - Jill Oberle, PLPC from Karis Kids shares more about equipping parents and caregivers with tools to regulate their children. Watch here
As humans living in a fallen world, we are all brought face to face with loss, disappointment and suffering. While these things can be difficult for us as adults to process through, they are also difficult for our children. As parents, we often wish we could protect our children from this pain; but oftentimes that is just not possible. In the linked document the Karis Kids team shares some information on how to walk with children during times of loss and grief.
Check out Long Story Short The Bible can seem like a long story for an active, Christian family to read, but when you break it down into short sections, as Marty Machowski does, family devotions are easy to do. Long Story Short will help busy Christian parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God's story of salvation through Jesus Christ.
It is important to give children a vocabulary for the emotions they will experience throughout their life. In younger years children do not have a vocabulary for the emotions. Oftentimes their bodies and brains become really overwhelmed with their emotions and they have big responses. These flashcards are a great place to proactively help your children build their vocabulary and express what they are feeling in a positive way.
Have you been wanting to reach out to your neighbors but you're not quite sure how? Check out this postcard that you can print and drop off for your neighbors! Include your children in the process! You could have your children draw a picture on the back or include a photo of your family and your address on the back of the card.
Join The Journey family in learning the hymn, "Holy Holy, Holy." This is our May Hymn at Home!
We know that navigating and correcting behavior is a regular part of life with children. We wanted to share with you the IDEAL response which is a tool developed by Karyn Purvis that empowers parents to engage with and correct behavior in a way that builds trust and honors the dignity of the child.
Check out The Bible app for kids!
Parenting Well in Pandemic
Kids are sponges, which is great and also frightening, right? Little ears are ALWAYS listening. With all the talk about COVID-19 and the many changes to family routines due to school closings, changes in parents’ work schedules, and cancellations of many events, this can raise concerns and questions. So how do we talk to our kids during this health crisis?
Anxiety Conversation Guides: Helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Parents can download these age-appropriate resources to find tips and practical ways to help their children.
A Message for Kids About Coronavirus – Your child is likely having many emotions in reaction to our current season of life. Here’s a great video that might spark some conversation with you and your child.
Talking with your child about the novel coronavirus can be daunting, especially when we don’t fully understand it ourselves. Check out this colorful kid friendly book on what the coronavirus is!
Educating from home for the first time? Here’s a list of online education companies offering FREE subscriptions.
This Week's Resources
Check out these hilarious no prep games to play at home!
Have some EXPLOSIVE fun and make Elephant Toothpaste as a family!
San Diego Zoo watch and learn! Check out live cams of various animals in sunny California!
Scholastic Learn at Home has a menagerie of daily courses for kids to explore!
Make a sensory bin: Fill it with anything and everything, give the kids some shovels, and they’ll be excavating for hours. Sensory bins are enjoyed by all ages but often suite 2-5 year olds best!
We can’t physically leave the house...but with these 30 virtual field trips you won't want to!
Making elephant toothpaste is a great science experiment. Using the laws of both chemistry and biology, this recipe will cause an enormous foaming reaction, fit for an elephant. Check Scientific American for a how-to.
Reading can be fun for the whole family! Check out this FREE read at home Bingo card!
Kids can unleash their creative side with this online coloring book!
Dive deep into an ocean or hike to the highest point with Park Rangers from all over the USA in this online National Parks interactive experience. Start exploring!
Please note that while we share articles and books that we feel will equip parents and caregivers, resources here do not equate to endorsements of authors or organizations.