It’s always exciting to begin a new year, isn’t it? It can be like starting over with a clean slate. Everything is bright and shiny, and it’s almost as if life has that new car smell all over again. Well, maybe not the smell so much, but it is good to look at a new year as if we have a fresh start. Each month, our kids in Bloom and Jumpstart begin learning about a new topic, and January is no different. We’re excited to see what God will be doing in the lives of Northstar Kids as we learn more about Him this month!
This month, our preschoolers are learning about all the amazing things that Jesus can do. Our theme in the Bloom classes asks the question, “Who Can Do That?” The answer comes in the form of this month’s bottom line: “Only Jesus can do that!”
As you start this new year with your family, what are some goals you’ve set for yourself? What are some goals you’ve set for your family? In what ways are you hoping that your family will grow this year? Whatever your plan may be, it’s important to have a strategy in mind as you seek closer relationships with your children and seek to lead them in a more loving relationship with God. Help your preschooler to memorize their January memory verse, “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Our elementary students are getting a little more hands on with a Life App that hits home for just about everyone: Self-Control. This is something that both kids and adults often struggle with and can be a difficult fruit to cultivate. As a parent, do you ever find yourself constantly reminding your kids to do something you know you’ve told them a dozen times before? “Don’t run in the house!” “Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you!'” “Get your finger outta there!” And maybe it can be easy to look at our kids and find the things they’re doing wrong that we’re trying to correct in them. But what about when we look at ourselves? Are we leading by example, displaying self-control in our every day decisions? Do we let our kids see us doing what our human nature wants to do, or do they see us doing what God has called us to do?
In Jumpstart this month, our kids are learning that self-control is “choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.” That can be a difficult thing to learn, especially when a kid is bombarded by a seemingly endless amount of entertaining options that oppose the responsibilities that are expected of them. Be sure to help your kids by letting them see you practicing self-control. And help them to learn this month’s memory verse, “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.” (Proverbs 25:28)