Can you believe it’s that time of year again? Time to decorate, bake cookies, buy gifts, sing carols. And, in our world, it’s time to teach preschoolers the true story of Christmas—the story of when God gave us Jesus—the best gift ever!
Every year, the story is the same. God sends an angel to tell Mary the good news. Jesus is born. The angels tell the shepherds. And, once they see baby Jesus, they tell everyone! Then the wise men come and worship God’s Son.
If we’re not careful, we can easily forget that the story we’ve heard a million times is brand new for many of the preschoolers who will be hearing for the first time this year. The story we get to share with preschoolers this time of year is so special that we need tell it with excitement and wonder so that our children are excited about it too! We want to tell the true story of Christmas in a way that communicates to preschoolers that Jesus really is the best gift ever! He’s a very special delivery!
We see works of art every day that have a Maker and a plan. We pass them on the street, at work, and every Sunday they play around our feet. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes, people!
People are God’s works of art. He is our Maker. And, He has a plan for each of us. Every neighbor. Every preschooler. Every parent. God has a plan for all of us, because He made us and loves us.
We want to teach our preschoolers that God has a plan for them. And we can’t think of a better story than the life of Joseph.
We’ll introduce the idea that God has a plan for me as we follow Joseph to Egypt, compliments of his older brothers. Joseph had to choose very early on in his life to trust that God had a plan for him. Not only did God have a plan for Joseph, but He has a plan for each and every one of us too.
September Weeks 2 and 3 : Joseph Gets a Coat and Goes to Egypt – Genesis 37; Jeremiah 1:5 – Story Focus: God has a plan for me.
Then, Joseph finds himself sitting in a jail for something he didn’t do. Talk about hard! But it’s during this time that Joseph learned to trust God’s plan, even when it is hard. We want our preschoolers to know that they will sometimes encounter hard circumstances—going to a new school, making new friends, not getting to do something you want to do. But, God is with us and has a plan for us even when it’s hard.
September Weeks 4 and 5 : Joseph in Jail – Genesis 39-40 – Story Focus: I can trust God’s plan even when it’s hard.
Next, we’ll learn that we are all a part of God’s plan when we hear how Joseph saved the grain, which in turn saved an entire nation from starvation. We want preschoolers to know that each and every one of them is part of God’s big plan. What they do matters to Him, and they matter to Him.
October Weeks 1 and 2: Joseph Saves the Grain – Genesis 41 – Story Focus: I am part of God’s plan.
Weeks three and four are a tough one, but oh so needed. We will hear how Joseph forgave his brothers for the hurtful things they had done long ago because he trusted that God’s plan is always best. Even when we don’t understand what is happening in our lives, we can trust that God’s plan is always best.
October Weeks 3 and 4: Joseph Forgives – Genesis 42-45; Psalm 16:11 – Story Focus: God’s plan is always best.
We want to teach our preschoolers that God has a plan for them. Imagine how much better the lives of our preschoolers and, well, all of us could be if we lived like God has a plan for us, and that God’s plan is always best. We would be the complete Works of Art that God created us to be.
When I see his face I think, that is the world of a preschooler. A world filled with wonder, discovery, and first looks at the world all around them. What has become ordinary to us as adults is absolutely spectacular to them because they’ve never seen it, heard it, experienced it before! Preschoolers are making new discoveries every day. They want to know about their world. They want to name it, smell it, touch it, explore it, listen to it – which is probably why they ask so many questions and get “into” so many things.
Well, this summer we want our preschoolers to ask away! We want them to explore, make discoveries and learn about the world around them. More than anything, we want them to walk away knowing that God made the world around them by teaching this one simple bottom line: God made everything – the sun, moon, stars, planets, clouds, rain, oceans, animals, flowers, you, me…everything! It’s mind blowing really! And if we allow ourselves to imagine what it would be like for a preschooler to learn this for the first time, we just might find ourselves totally amazed like the little boy in front of the automatic doors! This summer enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of your preschoolers and recapture the wonder of knowing that God made everything.
Creation, Day 1: Light and Dark – Genesis 1:1-5
June Weeks 1 and 2– June 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th
God made light and dark on day one of creation.
Creation, Day 2: Sky and Water – Genesis 1:6-8
June Weeks 3 and 4 – June 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th
God made the sky and water on day two of creation.
Creation, Day 3: Land, Plants, and Sea – Genesis 1:9-13
July Weeks 1 and 2– June 30, July 1st, 7th, 8th
God made the land, plants, and sea on day three of creation.
Creation, Day 4: Objects in the Sky – Genesis 1:14-19
July Weeks 3 and 4– July 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd
God made the sun, moon, and stars on day four of creation.
Creation, Day 5: Fish and Birds – Genesis 1:20-23
July Week 5 and August Week 1 – July 28th, 29th August 4th, 5th
God made the fish and birds on day five of creation.
Creation, Day 6: Animals – Genesis 1:24-25
August Week 2 and 3 – August 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th
God made the land animals on day six of creation.
Creation, Day 6 continued: People – Genesis 1:26-27
August Week 4 and September Week 1– August 25th, 26th, September 1st, 2nd