Kindness Object Lessons
- Drop a leaf and a rock into water. The leaf floats and gently touches the water. The rock causes ripples and disturbs the water, and then sinks. That’s the difference between kind and angry words. One gives the person a gentle touch, like a soft kiss. The other disturbs the person, pushes into their day, and the words often sink in as hard reminders.
Too often people can be like angry birds trying to boss and change others without kindness.
- Shine a flashlight onto a mirror and watch the light bounce back. Kind words reflect a heart full of light. Kind words often cause a person to pass on kind words to someone else. The kindness seems to bounce from one person to another.
Chat about being kind. How is talking back not being kind (or respectful)? How does forgiveness help us be kind? How does an encouraging word soften our hearts so we respond with kindness?
Start a list of simple ways to be kind, like letting someone else take the first turn in a game, writing a note to tell someone something you like about him or her, or helping someone when you notice they could use an extra hand.
Goal for the School Year
Be like Jesus and grow in the ways he did. Solve the math problems and look up the word for each answer. Put the word on the lines to find out what happened as Jesus grew. Pray to grow, do well in school, and you’ll get great results too.
______ _______ _______ ______ ______ _______ _______ ________ ________ _______
1×1 3×3 11-6 6+7 8/4 7×2 18-5 2+3+5 (2×5)+4 3+8
_______ ______ ______ _______ _______ ______ ______ _______ _______ ______
6/2 2+2 5×3 4×4 28/2 25-10 28/4 12-4-2 3×4 17-9
1= Jesus 5=both 9=grew 13=in
2= Height 6=who 10=wisdom 14=and
3=Was 7=all 11= he 15=by
4=Loved 8=him 12=knew 16=God
Answer is from Luke 2:52 NLT
Jesus grew both in height and in wisdom, and he was loved by God and by all who knew him.
By: Karen (www.karenwhiting.com)will have two new books released in September: Raising a Young Modern Day Princess: Growing the Fruits of the Spirit in Your Little Girl and Christmas is Coming: Waiting is Hard. Both include lots of hands-on activities and ideas that express kindness and other Fruits of the Spirit.
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