Stages of Life Development: Upper Elementary

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Activities SPREADING KINDNESS Kids understand the importance of feeling encour- aged by their peers, teachers, and parents. One way to spread kindness is to write affirming notes or Scrip- ture verses on Post-its or pieces of paper and place them anywhere: the school bathroom, hallways, or on a teacher's desk. SERVICE Kids can participate in many different activities to learn how to serve their neighbors while also connecting them to church: serving dinner at an Advent meal, learning how to be an usher or acolyte in church, or joining the choir. TIE BLANKETS Make fleece tie blankets in groups of four or five. You can also partner with the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to deliver the blankets to a nursing home with the dogs. PEN PALS Assign each child in your class a shut-in or elder in your church. Ask them to write back and forth to each other for the year, and then host a meet-and-greet time at the end of the year. This will help foster relation- ships with the elderly members of your congregation, give kids perspective about someone in a different life stage, and encourage their letter-writing skills. 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 Upper Elementary • 4 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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