If you've been wondering how to begin developing your child's character, or if your past efforts haven't been as successful as you'd hoped, we're excited that you're checking out Kids of Integrity.
Suitable for ages three to ten, Kids of Integrity is designed for maximum kid appeal! Each lesson features Bible-based discussions plus crafts, games and object lessons from science, nature and even home cooking.
As you may already suspect, this is not a "once-a-day-around-the-table" approach to building godly character. Kids of Integrity is a diverse selection of ideas for kid-captivating experiences that can take place in the car, in the park or wherever you happen to be. The goal is to bring Jesus into every aspect of your family's life and make spiritual formation an integral part of your children's daily routine.
Families particularly appreciate Kids of Integrity's inherent flexibility. You tailor the lessons to suit your children's unique needs and interests, and your family's busy schedule. Whether you decide to do a little or a lot, what's important is that you have begun intentionally encouraging your kids to be their best for Jesus.
You don't have to be "super spiritual" to use Kids of Integrity effectively. What does matter, however, is that you recognize that God is the only One who can bring about lasting change in your children. For this reason, we encourage you to make prayer a priority as you select lesson ideas, prepare yourself to present each lesson, and work through each activity with your children. You'll find plenty of sample prayers in each Kids of Integrity lesson to guide you.
First, prayerfully decide which character attribute you should focus on. Ask God to help you determine which dimensions of His character He would like to see developed in your children. Then read through the lesson ideas provided for that particular attribute. Note that you don't need to cover all the content provided. Rather, each lesson presents a "smorgasbord" of ideas for you to pick and choose from. Just select the activities, stories and memory verses that will be most relevant, interesting and age-appropriate for your children.
Many families find that a week is about the right length of time to spend on a single attribute, but some families extend the lesson over a longer period. Monitor your children's interest level, moving on before it begins to decline.
Each character trait lesson has ten different components which are explained further below. We recommend that you commit yourself and your children in prayer first, then compile your lesson plan. It's also a good idea to focus on the memory verse, Bible stories and kick-off craft early in your lesson. The remainder of the lesson components can be completed in any order.
Help your kids understand what their forgiveness cost Jesus, and why it’s so important to forgive others. Includes 15 special readings focused on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
Select from a whole caboodle of ideas in this lesson on forgiveness that will encourage kids to be:
In addition, this lesson helps address vengefulness, bitterness, resentment and persistent guilt.
The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zondervan, 2011. Ages 4-7.
Adventures in Odyssey: Bible Eyewitness Collector’s Set (CD)
Tyndale, 2006. Ages 8 and up.
Adventures in Odyssey #54: Clanging Cymbals and the Meaning of God’s Love (CD)
Ages 8 and up.
VeggieTales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s (DVD)
Big Idea, 2007. Ages 4-7.