One of the best ways parents can model a living, active relationship with Christ is to emphasize the importance of the Bible in your family's day-to-day life. These calendar pages from Awana will help you do just that!
How To Use These Pages:
To help make this a family project, we've divided the verses into three parts. Preschoolers memorize the words printed in bold. Elementary kids memorize the words in bold and italics. Older teens and parents learn the complete verse.
Mothers and Fathers (May and June)
Some of the activities for these months involve making or doing something for Mom or Dad. If that's not possible, feel free to do these activities for another adult who plays an important role in your child's life.
Dish Garden (May 16)
To make a dish garden, your child will need a shallow dish filled with water and two or three of the following: carrot, pineapple, beet or potato. Help your child cut off the tops of the fruits or veggies (the potato needs to be cut in half). Place the fruit/veggie tops in the dish, cut side down. The cuttings should start to grow in just a few days.
When they grow big enough, transfer the new produce to a regular dirt-filled container or your garden. As you watch your veggies and fruit grow, talk with your family about the ways parents help their children growphysically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Did You Know? (June 13)
Sonora Dodd was sitting in church on Mother's Day 1909, listening to the pastor preach a sermon on mothers. Sonora's own mother had died giving birth to her sixth child. Sonora's father, William Smart, had raised the baby and the five older children on their farm in eastern Washington.
As Sonora listened, she thought about the selflessness, love, and courage necessary to be a single father to six children, and wondered why there wasn't a Father's Day. She decided to do something about it. She petitioned the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA to set aside a day to honor dads. Because her father's birthday was in June, Sonora asked that Father's Day be in June as well.
The first Father's Day was held in Spokane, Washington, just one year later, on June 19, 1910. Fourteen years later, President Calvin Coolidge acknowledged the need for a national Father's Day. Father's Day is now celebrated on the third Sunday in June in both the United States and Canada.
Happy Face Sandwich (July 15)
- Use a round cookie cutter to make a circle out of a slice of cheese and a piece of bread.
- Spread some mayo on the bread, then lay the cheese on top.
- Now make a face on the cheese using raisins for the eyes and nose, a strip of red pepper for the mouth, and shredded carrots for hair.
- Use your imagination to create your own smiling snack!
What is Awana?
Awana is a nondenominational youth ministry committed to reaching boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and training them to serve him. Each week, more than one million kids in over 110 countries attend Awana clubs where they play games, memorize Bible verses, and learn practical truths from God's Word. From preschool through high school, Awana offers a fun environment in which children and youth hear the life-changing message of the Bible. To learn more about Awana and locate an Awana club near you, visit www.awana.org/about.asp.
|Week #1 Listening to the Father
Proverbs 4:1-2Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction;pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
|1 The proverbs are meant to help us learn how to live godly lives.
|2 Memorize Proverbs 4:1-2.
|3 Why is it important to listen to the people we love?
|4 Ask your dad to teach you something; a silly song or trick, how to make something, or a fun fact that he knows.
|5 Read 1 Samuel 17:1-20
|6 Why was it important for David to listen to his father?
|7 Pray for your dad today.
|Week #2 Obeying the Father
Ephesians 6:1Children, obey your parents in the Lord,for this is right.
|8 Try to do what your dad asks without arguing or complaining.
|9 Read 1 Samuel 17:21-37.
|10 Memorize Ephesians 6:1.
|11 Start working on a Father's Day paperweight by hunting for a stone about the size of an orange.
|12 Paint a picture or a message on your stone and let it dry.
|13 Learn more about the first Father's Day (see above).
|14 Hang the flag in honor of Flag Day.
|Week #3 Honoring the Father
Exodus 20:12Honor your father and your mother,so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
|15Happy Father's Day! Honor your father with a hug and your homemade paperweight.
|16 Read 1 Samuel 17:38-47.
|17 Memorize Exodus 20:12.
|18 Look up honor in the dictionary.
|19 List five ways you can honor your dad. Choose one to do today.
|20 David took bread and cheese to the battlefield. Eat a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch and think about David.
|21 Honor your dad with another item from your list.
|Week #4 God is our heavenly Father
2 Corinthians 6:18"I will be a Father to you,and you will be my sons and daughters," says the Lord Almighty.
|22 If Dad took you to church today, be sure to thank him.
|23 Celebrate summer with a picnic in the yard.
|24 Memorize 2 Corinthians 6:18.
|25 Read 1 Samuel 17:48-58.
|26 Measure out nine feet. That's how tall Goliath was.
|27 What gave David the courage to fight Goliath?
|28 Talk about times you need courage. How can God help you?
|29 Say your verse to a friend.
|30 Review the story of David and Goliath. How did David love, obey, and honor God?
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