Can a simple, uplifting, tucked-in note be a huge gift?

Once again, they will go off to school. Carrying a backpack filled with practical supplies: pencils, paper, and pocket folders.Walking upstairs

Did you include a note for your child to find?

Perhaps when she opened her lunch? Or concealed in his pencil case?
Or tucked into the sleeve of a carried-along jacket?

One of several backpack or lunch box blessingsDid you know that your note can speak powerful words? The very thoughts of God: a blessing.

Writing a note is a special chance to bless your child.

Get a set of free Lunch box / Backpack Blessing Notes here. (Two samples are shown.)

Another backpack blessing cardBlessing your child empowers them — indicating who they are and who they are meant to be.

 

Tuck encouraging words into your child’s day.

Get your Lunch box / Backpack Blessing Notes here. Want to write them out by hand? Feel free to copy!

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Photo credits:
Going up the steps by Jake Hills, who has released this photo to the Public Domain. Offered at unsplash.com.
Backpack blessings created with various Public Domain clipart from wpclipart.com.

How to Raise Lifelong Learners

A new school year approaches. Ready or not, time to get back into the learning mode.

a child walks to school

If your child is experiencing even the tiniest hint of anxiety or trepidation about the re-start of school, remind them that God gave us an example of how we can consider learning. God’s example is in the life of Jesus, who teaches us to view ourselves as “disciples” – and what is a disciple but a student!

As disciples we are all life-long learners. How can we help our children to view themselves in this manner? Start off by talking about things you’ve learned this summer. Invite your child to share their list. A new swim stroke? Mastered a new game? Made a new friend? Perhaps they’ve learned what the word “Testament” means (as part of our summer video series on What’s in the Bible).

Ask what your children intend to learn over the next school year.

Make “SMART” goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. (It’s a school-ish way to think!)

  • Memorize the multiplication tables through 10?
  • Finish reading one new book a week?
  • Expand your sight vocabulary by 50 words?

But some worthy goals are harder to measure, such as learning to be more caring.

A young boy comforts a toddler

What will help your kids to build confidence, kindness, courage, perseverance, respect, enthusiasm, responsibility, or generosity?

Here are ways to help achieve those hard-to-measure goals!

  • Read the Bible every day. (Just a few verses! How about reading for our next Rotation? Acts 9:1-22.
  • Learn a Bible verse by heart every month. For our upcoming Rotation (starting on Sept. 11th) try 2 Corinthians 5:17.
  • Ask “I wonder” questions around the dinner table.
  • Look for ways to practice being caring, kind, and generous.
What is your family planning to learn?


Photo credits:
School starts by Gideon Tsang, and “Take Care Dude” by Thijs Weenk, who both licensed these photos on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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