Family experiences - Birth to 5th grade
The Family Experience is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith to their children in an annual ceremony.
We'll give you the tools you'll need to carry out a Family Experience each year including:
- A Planning Guide to walk you through the resources and the actual ceremony.
- 3 Videos explaining the why and how of each Family Experience.
- Kick Starters for Biblical family discussion time to lead up to the experience.
- Each year we'll focus on the biggest milestone for the year and give you the tools to make this milestone one to remember.
Click on your child's grade for access to all the resources to create your family's own Family Experience.
Invitation to Peace
In this Family Experience parents will discover a time of peace with their newborn. The first year with a baby is all about routine, and this Family Experience will equip Parents to build peaceful moments into that routine.
This Family Experience helps parents throw the best 1st year birthday party for their child where they’ll share with friends and family a written “Birthday Blessing”. This “Birthday Blessing” will be a treasure that helps the Parents outline their prayers and dreams for their child.
Invitation to Prayer
Now that their child is speaking, Parents can take the time to teach them what it means to speak with God. We want to help parents process what type of person they want their child to be, then build a simple prayer around one of those traits that the parent and child can begin praying together.
Big Kid Bed
Moving from the crib to a big kid bed is a big step. This Family Experience guides parents through a big kid bed ceremony where parents write a verse/prayer on the big kid bed and friends/family gather to read scripture/pray over the bed.
Invitation to Independence
This Family Experience will help parents set their child up to enter kindergarten with independence. It will give parents some steps to ensure their child is as prepared as possible.
Children in kindergarten are fairly self sufficient. They are beginning the phase of independence. whether your child is at half-day or all-day kindergarten or is home-schooled, they are going to be spending some amount of time away from you for the first time. This can be both scary and exciting for parents. But rest assured--your child is ready for this change.
1st graders are stepping into their “Big Kid” years. There can be me insecurity for children during this transition. This year kids are spending a good deal of their time away from you, which can be a little scary for everyone involved. However, they are developmentally ready for this shift toward independence.
Engage the Bible
The biggest developmental jump in the life of a 2nd grader is in the area of social development. Kids are beginning to develop significant friendships and recognize the needs and feelings of others. Another big milestone is in the area of reading. This year children will read more independently than they have in any of the previous years.
This is the year that children begin to see clear differences between themselves and others, which can lead children to suppress their individuality. We need to help children see that they are uniquely made. This is the year that children’s interests in multiple areas can peak, leading to increased chaos in scheduling.
The biggest change in development for 4th graders is the change in friendships. All of a sudden, they care what others think of them and want to fit in. Your child probably has at least one very close friend this year that they enjoy spending time with.
Fifth graders still want your encouragement, but they will rarely ask for it. This is the year that teasing and gossiping take center stage, and with your child’s desire to “fit in,” it can lead to a compromise of values. These big shifts make it even more important for you to help your child see how they are designed differently, on purpose.