Stages of Life Development: Early Elementary

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Activities PRAYER JOURNAL Give each child their own prayer journal to use as they begin learning how to talk to God during their person- al devotion and prayer time. Complete a short devo- tion with the class, turn on Christian music, and allow students to have ten to fifteen minutes to write prayers from prompts or ones they come up with on their own. SERVICE PROJECT Each community has its own unique service opportu- nities. For example, Milwaukee has an urban farming ministry that donates produce to low-income families. Children can help rake leaves, pick produce, and learn about food. Look for opportunities like this in your own city, town, or neighborhood! PLAY-DOH Use Play-Doh to help kids get creative when explaining a Bible story or as an icebreaker to help them think ab- stractly about a concept or theme. Moving their hands and thinking outside the box can enhance a lesson. ASK A PASTOR At this age, students are asking complex questions that even some adults do not know how to answer. Set aside a designated time when the pastor from your church comes in for "ask a pastor"—students write down questions anonymously on index cards, and the pastor responds. Monica Kegley is a wife, teacher, and photographer. Although she grew up in San Francisco, California, she is a Concordia University Wisconsin alumni and now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, Noah, who is a pastor. She enjoys photography, calligraphy, trying new coffee places around Milwaukee, and walking their dog, Cali. About the Author Early Elementary • 4 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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