Thursday, October 1, 2015

Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Lesson & Link-Up #23 What is Sin?

http://myteachersnameismama.blogspot.com/search/label/Theology%20Thursdays%20FOR%20KIDS!!!
Welcome back to, "Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!"  Don't forget at the end of the post you are invited to Link-Up!  If you missed the introduction post please click HERE! This will give you all the information about this series!  Theology Thursdays post will now be on the FIRST THURSDAY of every month!

(affiliate link below)
Current guidebook for the series.
Order HERE!


Theology Lesson FOR KIDS #23


What is Sin?
 "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, 'You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.'" Gen 2:16-17

I really enjoyed this chapter by Dr. Ware.  Sin is something we explain to our child at an early age.  In fact, my four year old daughter just memorized, "All have sinned." Rom. 3:23 for her Wednesday night church program.  We may begin explaining sin as "the bad things we do" but if we want to go deeper Dr. Ware provides great instruction!

First he encourages us to to, "read the early verses of Genesis 3 and then consider what we can learn about sin from this passage."  He helps the reader pull out three main points from this passage...
  1. "Sin always works by tricking us, or deceiving us, into doubting things that are true and believing things that are false."
  2. "Sin is lived out through turning from God and his ways in order to do what WE think is best."
  3. "Sin always results in harm, ruin, and death."
"Sin always involves, then, a desire in our hearts to live our own way, not God's way.  Sin always involves thinking we know what is best, not God.  Sin always leads us to turn from God and his ways because we think that our ways will end up better for us than God's ways." Dr. Ware

Consider these Ideas for Teaching Theology to Children...
  • Don't be afraid to challenge your child to THINK!  In a world where children have many thoughtless and effortless tasks (video games, TV, and computer time) challenge your child to THINK through great truths of the gospel!
  • Take your time to soak up truth!  Don't rush through a lesson, allow time, opportunities, and study to help resonate a specific truth within them (and us!!).
  • Begin an individual journal or family journal about the theological truths learned, review it regularly. 
  • Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom and understanding as you seek to honor Him in the teaching and training of your children.
  • Pray that God would open the eyes of your child's HEART that they would EMBRACE the gospel not just KNOW the content intellectually (see this related post).
  • Talk about these truths DAILY and when teachable moments present themselves take advantage of them! 

AND NOW...

It's your turn to LINK-UP! Please see the rules below!  
Your participation is a BLESSING to me (and I'm sure others as well!)

Link-up Rules:
  1. Please link up any related post on biblical theology, teaching God's Word to Children, or even a general biblical post for encouragement! 
  2. I would appreciate if you link back to my blog in some way!  
  3. Then don't forget to come back and visit other bloggers who linked-up too!

*I reserve the right to remove any post that I feel may not be appropriate or applicable to this particular link-up.  Thank you for reviewing and following the link-up rules!


http://mad.ly/signups/115703/join


Was your blog featured?  Grab this button below to display on your blog!  Thank you for your participation!
Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Everything Butterfly: Butterfly Garden

What REALLY got us started with a love for butterflies this year was a simple caterpillar kit we ordered online (see my affiliate link below for further details).  The kit came with wonderful instructions, five live caterpillars, and a large butterfly house/net.

IF you are approaching cooler weather where you live you may want to save this activity for spring OR complete now but consider releasing the butterflies at a local indoor butterfly garden!  We had SO MUCH fun watching the life-cycle unfold before our eyes!


After we released our butterflies we started to make our own back yard garden.  My husband cut out a small rectangular place in our yard, bordered it with wood planks, and filled it with loose soil.

Next, we added two types of plants...HOST plants and NECTAR plants.  Host plants are the plants that butterflies lay their eggs on.  For example a monarch butterfly will lay her eggs on a milkweed plant SO milkweed would be considered the host plant.  Different butterflies prefer different types of host plants!  The best way to know what type of host plants to plant in your garden is to see what type of butterflies are in your local area.  Then pick out host plants that those butterflies will lay their eggs on.  Not sure what type of butterflies you have in your yard?  Visit a local nursery or science center and ask!!  The butterflies can smell the host plant many miles away and will come to your garden to lay their eggs!
We are fortunate to live close to a wonderful nursery that actually encourages you to plant butterfly gardens.  They have many types of host plants available for purchase.  Pictured above are the plant labels of what butterflies they will attract.
Next (the easy part), plant nectar plants for your butterflies to feed on!  Some nectar plants butterflies really enjoy so carefully read your plant labels to see if they will attract butterflies!  Try to plant a variety of colors and flowers that bloom throughout the season!

TA-DA!!!  
Now watch & wait to see your new winged friends visit your garden!
video




Thursday, September 3, 2015

Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Lesson and Link-Up #22 Features of Being Human

http://myteachersnameismama.blogspot.com/search/label/Theology%20Thursdays%20FOR%20KIDS!!!
Welcome back to, "Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!"  Don't forget at the end of the post you are invited to Link-Up!  If you missed the introduction post please click HERE! This will give you all the information about this series!  Theology Thursdays post will now be on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month!

(affiliate link below)
Current guidebook for the series.
Order HERE!


Theology Lesson FOR KIDS #22


Features of Being Human
Last month we dove into what it means to be made in the image of God!  This month we will continue to work through biblical facts of being human!  Dr. Ware shares with us four additional aspects of our human nature.
  1. "We are creatures, and God is the creator."  This first point will help you explain to your child that creation points to a beautiful, special creator God.  God has allowed us to know this through the bible and through observing creation.  The human body alone is such a wonderful masterpiece designed and formed by God!  In response we humbly submit ourselves to our  God! 
  2. "God has given us the ability to know the difference between right and wrong."  The second point allows us to teach our children that we have a moral nature unlike God's other created things (like animals).
  3. "All that God created was good (Gen1:31)."  This means that our bodies and souls were part of God's good creation.  God invented the human body...God was kind with how he made our bodies...he gave us taste buds that make our food enjoyable...eyes to enjoy seeing, and so forth!!
  4. "God made human beings male and female."   This point may also be a good way to discuss the different God-ordained roles that men and women have (both equal before God yet both have different roles).  I would like to direct you to the web-site Desiring God.   It has many FREE resources for you to use as you seek to train your own mind and heart biblically!  Click HERE for a good resource that goes along with point #4!

Consider these Ideas for Teaching Theology to Children...
  • Don't be afraid to challenge your child to THINK!  In a world where children have many thoughtless and effortless tasks (video games, TV, and computer time) challenge your child to THINK through great truths of the gospel!
  • Take your time to soak up truth!  Don't rush through a lesson, allow time, opportunities, and study to help resonate a specific truth within them (and us!!).
  • Begin an individual journal or family journal about the theological truths learned, review it regularly. 
  • Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom and understanding as you seek to honor Him in the teaching and training of your children.
  • Pray that God would open the eyes of your child's HEART that they would EMBRACE the gospel not just KNOW the content intellectually (see this related post).
  • Talk about these truths DAILY and when teachable moments present themselves take advantage of them! 

AND NOW...
The Featured Post from Last Week's Link-Up...
 No 2 daughter and son
Jump on over to Darling Downs Diaries to find out why she said, "I would rather be tired of these things than never have experienced them."  

It's your turn to LINK-UP! Please see the rules below!  
Your participation is a BLESSING to me (and I'm sure others as well!)

Link-up Rules:
  1. Please link up any related post on biblical theology, teaching God's Word to Children, or even a general biblical post for encouragement! 
  2. I would appreciate if you link back to my blog in some way!  
  3. Then don't forget to come back and visit other bloggers who linked-up too!

*I reserve the right to remove any post that I feel may not be appropriate or applicable to this particular link-up.  Thank you for reviewing and following the link-up rules!


http://mad.ly/signups/115703/join


Was your blog featured?  Grab this button below to display on your blog!  Thank you for your participation!
Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Lesson & Link-Up #21 Made in God's Image

http://myteachersnameismama.blogspot.com/search/label/Theology%20Thursdays%20FOR%20KIDS!!!
Welcome back to, "Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!"  Don't forget at the end of the post you are invited to Link-Up!  If you missed the introduction post please click HERE! This will give you all the information about this series!  Theology Thursdays post will now be on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month!

(affiliate link below)
Current guidebook for the series.
Order HERE!


Theology Lesson FOR KIDS #21


Made in God's Image

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
 
So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
 Genesis 1:26-27


Dr. Ware shares two main ideas that help us understand what it means that we are made in God's image.  Before he presents theses ideas he addresses that both men and women are equally made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), humans have a calling to rule or have dominion, and Jesus helped us understand what it means to be the image of God as he lived his life and showed dominion over creation (Colossians 1:15-17).
  1. Dr. Ware's shares, "The main way we are made like God is through the qualities that he has put within us."  We are to be holy, loving, forgiving, truthful, faithful as God is.  Yet sin came into the world and we are not this way therefore we need to be REMADE into the image of God once again.  Because of what Christ has done for us through his life, death, and resurrection we can trust Christ for our forgiveness of sin.  We then can begin the process of being remade into the image of God, as we are made like Christ (Colossians 3:8-11, Colossians 1:15, John 1:14).
  2. Then Dr. Ware shares, "The image of God is not only about the qualities of our inner lives, it is also about our responsibilities, what we are called to do."  Jesus was the perfect image of God, obeying God perfectly and completely.  Jesus shows us what it means to be the image of God.  So being made in God's image is not only having the qualities that are like God's qualities but acting in the ways God would act
"God is at work remaking his own people to be like Christ in their character and in their conduct.  Only by God's grace can this happen.  And as it does, God's people enter into more of the joy of what it means to be re-created in the image of Christ, the perfect image of God." Dr. Ware 

Looking to dive deeper in your understanding of what it means to be made in the image of God?  John Piper from Desiring God has a wonderful 5 minute explanation to help us deepen our understanding of this amazing truth!  Click HERE to listen!

Consider these Ideas for Teaching Theology to Children...
  • Don't be afraid to challenge your child to THINK!  In a world where children have many thoughtless and effortless tasks (video games, TV, and computer time) challenge your child to THINK through great truths of the gospel!
  • Take your time to soak up truth!  Don't rush through a lesson, allow time, opportunities, and study to help resonate a specific truth within them (and us!!).
  • Begin an individual journal or family journal about the theological truths learned, review it regularly. 
  • Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom and understanding as you seek to honor Him in the teaching and training of your children.
  • Pray that God would open the eyes of your child's HEART that they would EMBRACE the gospel not just KNOW the content intellectually (see this related post).
  • Talk about these truths DAILY and when teachable moments present themselves take advantage of them! 

AND NOW...
The Featured Post from Last Week's Link-Up...
 248375108_747a376a6f_q (1)
Thank you to my faithful blogger from Darling Downs Diaries who shared a post titled, "We are all the Same."

It's your turn to LINK-UP! Please see the rules below!  
Your participation is a BLESSING to me (and I'm sure others as well!)

Link-up Rules:
  1. Please link up any related post on biblical theology, teaching God's Word to Children, or even a general biblical post for encouragement! 
  2. I would appreciate if you link back to my blog in some way!  
  3. Then don't forget to come back and visit other bloggers who linked-up too!

*I reserve the right to remove any post that I feel may not be appropriate or applicable to this particular link-up.  Thank you for reviewing and following the link-up rules!


http://mad.ly/signups/115703/join






Was your blog featured?  Grab this button below to display on your blog!  Thank you for your participation!
Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Everything Butterfly: Butterfly Bubbles


Welcome back to "Everything Butterfly" if you missed the introduction post click HERE!  

We absolutely LOVE bubble wands!!!  I think they make the BEST bubbles.  Kids love bubbles AND they are a great learning tool for the young child!  We decided to get creative and turn our bubble wand into a butterfly!


These are the following items you will need...
  1. Bubble Wand
  2. Large Foam Butterfly Cut-Out
  3. Pipe Cleaner for the Antenna
  4. Googly Eyes 
  5. Stickers (or other fun objects to decorate with)
  6. Hot Glue to Attach Foam to Bubbles (for ADULTS only)




 Tips & Ideas for Your Butterfly Bubbles
  • To use the foam butterfly for just the wings simply trim off the foam antennas (you will be using pipe cleaners for the antenna).
  • Kids may want to decorate with markers BUT markers will bleed when bubbles are blown.
  • The butterfly bubbles are REUSABLE!!!  Simply REFILL when the bubbles run out. 
  • GREAT craft idea for playdates.
  • Use as a party favor for a birthday or special get together.
  • Give as a gift to someone special!
  • I called these bubbles "butterfly kisses" when we blew them!  The children thought this was fun and silly!
  • See the supplies below from my amazon affiliate link!
Happy Creating Butterfly Bubbles!!



http://mad.ly/signups/115703/join

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Everything Butterfly: Hands on Life-Cycle

Welcome to "Everything Butterfly!"  If you missed the introduction click HERE! Today's "Everything Butterfly" post shares two simple hands-on activities that teach the butterfly life-cycle.  The first activity uses play dough!
Print off a simple life cycle worksheet and place it inside a plastic page protector.  The plastic page protector will act as a play dough mat which will prevent the play dough from sticking to it!  Using play dough have your child form each stage, discuss the stage as they create it.  I also supplied a butterfly cookie cutter for additional play and fun!


The next activity uses a popcorn seed and uncooked noodles to form the life-cycle on a stick!
  • The Popcorn Seed = Egg
  • The Rotini Noodle = Caterpillar
  • The Shell Noodle = Chrysalis
  • The Farfalle Noodle = Butterfly
I attached each piece with a hot glue for extra security! 

http://mad.ly/signups/115703/join

I love teaching through great books!  Check out these titles below through my affiliate links!  Happy butterfly learning!



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Everything Butterfly: Introduction


The life cycle of the butterfly is truly amazing.  It points to our creator who so intelligently, beautifully, and magnificently created butterflies for His glory and our knowing and enjoyment of Him!

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.  Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 
Romans 1: 20 (NLT)

Join me as I share with you our enjoyment of God's creation, EVERYTHING BUTTERFLY!  We have been very busy watching the life-cycle unfold, visiting our local butterfly garden, making our own backyard butterfly garden, creating butterfly arts & crafts, and even eating fun butterfly themed treats.

Today I will share with you a simple stamping activity that will help children recognize that God created butterflies for His glory!  This lesson was taken from "Jesus, What a Savior!" curriculum created by Children Desiring God.  If you would like to read the review of this particular curriculum click HERE.


The lesson is titled, "God Created the World to show How Special He Is."  I have used this lesson MANY times while studying or enjoying nature with my children.  The key verse is Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims his handiwork."  The three main ideas are...
  1. God is overflowing in His greatness and worth.
  2. Creation is a display of how special God is.
  3. In creation, we can see, feel, touch, hear, and smell how special God is. (Click HERE for more ideas of how to extend this idea). 
After discussing the main ideas and reading the correlated bible verses we stamped butterflies to the worksheet above.  The completed worksheet would then communicate to the child, "God Created BUTTERFLIES (stamped picture) to Show How Special He Is."  After, I displayed the completed worksheet for us to be reminded of this great truth!


If you are looking for another way to use stamps try this...


Simply use a variety of colored markers to color directly onto the rubber stamp then press stamp directly onto the paper for a beautiful colorful design!

Please join me as I share with you and your family more "EVERYTHING BUTTERFLY"  activities and ideas!

http://mad.ly/signups/115703/join









Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...