Harmony

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Often we are consumed by the busyness of day-to-day living and we forget to look for opportunities to teach our children God-honouring character traits. These ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your kids. Read over the suggestions at the beginning of your week and choose one or two that will fit your schedule.

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  • “Shalom, peace be with you”

    Drama / Role play

    Discover the meaning behind the Hebrew greeting, "Shalom."

    Discussion point: Introduces important concepts about how God works to restore peace, beginning with the Fall.

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  • Celebrate unity!

    Fun with food

    Reward spontaneous demonstrations of peacemaking with a small treat.

    Goal: Practice harmony.

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  • Discord detectives

    Drama / Role play

    Take turns being detectives who identify the causes of arguments and strife.

    Discussion point: We need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with forgiveness and love.

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  • Environmental awareness

    Getting into nature

    Examine the harmony of nature, and how human behaviour can disrupt our environment.

    Discussion point: When we sin against others, we “pollute” God’s plan for harmony.

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  • Harmonious relationships in nature

    Getting into nature

    Explore some symbiotic, mutualistic and parasitic relationships among animals.

    Discussion point: Disharmony is harmful to others, just like a parasitic relationship.

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  • Harmony hop

    Physical activity

    Host a three-legged race, and encourage cooperation to reach the goal.

    Discussion point: When we ask in prayer, God will help us cooperate with others.

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  • Love covers sin

    Science with a twist

    Perform a simple experiment with vinegar and soda, to create “fizz,” then snuff out the fizz with water.

    Discussion point: Responding in love calms a brewing fight.

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  • Music to my ears

    Any time

    Practice singing off-key, then singing in tune, and discuss how bickering is like discordant music.

    Discussion point: It’s more enjoyable to live in harmony with others.

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  • Peacemaker parade

    Physical activity

    Take turns being “Peace Police” who identify peacemaking in your home. Hold a musical procession each time you discover peacemaking.

    Discussion point: The Holy Spirit helps us get along with others.

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  • Please, may I have the crust?

    Fun with food

    Discuss the truth of Proverbs 17:1 “Better a dry crust...” and make up similar “proverbs.”

    Discussion point: Good relationships are much more important than material possessions.

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  • Salty snacks

    Fun with food

    Enjoy some salty snacks, then compare positive “salty talk” with “sour talk.”

    Discussion point: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt…”

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  • Singing songs of peace

    Any time

    View a selection of songs that will help your family celebrate love and harmony.

    Goal: Practice harmony.

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  • Walking in the light

    Physical activity

    Go for a walk on a dark light, or spend time in a dark room.

    Discussion point: God wants us to “walk in the light” by showing love to others.

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