Kids at First - June 2015

It’s summer, which means kids are out of school and schedules and routines go out the window. Kids stay up later, sleep in longer, and look to you to fill their days with stuff to do. And what happens when we don’t give kids something to do? Something called the summer slide, or the summer slump.

According to research, kids typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Alongside the drop-off in academic activity, your kids’ faith growth can also fall into a summer slump.

The good news is the effects of the summer slump are less pronounced in kids whose families intentionally engage their kids with growth opportunities. In other words, kids who are engaged mentally avoid the slump.

I believe the same could be said for your child’s faith growth as well. Intentionally involving your kids in faith conversations, sharing your wonder at God’s creation while camping, or simply praying together daily will keep their spiritual minds sharp and expanding. At FBC, we believe that God has placed children under the authority of their parents, and it is the parents' responsibility to teach their children how to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Parents, you’re the #1 influencer in your kids’ spiritual lives; take the summer as an opportunity to keep learning—and growing—together. We’ll be here to help you out with some really cool activities during the hot month of June!

  • June 13 we will be having a family swimming party at Don and Judy Hale’s home. Preschoolers are invited as well!
  • Week of June 14th- The Kids@First will be hosting a Game Night with GAP Class!
  • Week of June 21st- Kids@First will team up with the Youth for a bowling night

And that’s just the start. We’ll be adding more events and details as we dive into June. Please check out our Facebook page or website for more details.

And speaking of a hot summer, here is a simple way to cool down and share a faith conversation with your little ones.

Walking on Water

  • With a water hose, challenge family members with these feats:
  • Form a 5-foot-high arc of water and have family members walk under it.
  • Form a 1-foot-high bridge for family members to step over.
  • Challenge kids to step onto a 1-foot-high water bridge with both feet.
  • Afterward, ask: Why couldn’t you walk on the water bridge, even though you could go over it or under it?
  • Read aloud Matthew 14:25-32. Ask: What do you think it took for Peter to walk out to Jesus? What has Jesus asked you to do that seems impossible?
  • Say: Peter had to keep his attention on Jesus to do what Jesus asked. We need to keep our attention on Jesus too! How can you do that this week? Once family members have answered, squirt all of them!

David

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