What your Kids will be Learning in May at HDC

Creation Station, Noah's Ark Park, and Short Boarders
Birth - Kindergarten

Basic Truth: God made me.
Key Question: What does God love about you?
Bottom Line: God loves everything about me!
Memory Verse: “I am wonderfully made." - Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

Teaching your child how to love the way God made him or her starts with you mom and dad.  Take some time to get alone and read through Psalm 139.  It may take several reading before it really begins to sink in that God loves everything about you too.
Beach House
Grades 1 - 6
We believe all virtues come from God and therefore reflect the character of God. That is so clearly the case when it comes to the idea we are talking about this month—patience. This month, we are unpacking the idea of patience not only in the way you make decisions but also in the way you treat other people.
We are defining patience as waiting until later for what you want now. In other words, we are trying to help children understand the value of delayed gratification. We want to help children recognize that God, who has been very patient with them, is in the process of developing patience as a characteristic in their life as well. As a leader and as a parent, it’s also important to help children remember to be patient with themselves in developing patience. Patience is kind of like making ice cream. Think about the process involved in making homemade ice cream. Think about all the effort that goes into the end result. Someone has to go to the store to get the ice, the milk, the salt and everything else that goes into it. Then you lay out the ingredients: the milk, the vanilla. You mix it all into a canister and—if you’ve got a really old canister—you begin to churn. The constant churning sound reminds you there is a work in progress to get all those ingredients to the finish line so that you can eat and enjoy some homemade ice cream. That’s delayed gratification. You have to be patient before you can see the result. We all believe it will be worth it in the end because we get to taste the icy cold, sweet, vanilla ice cream.

But you have to be patient. You can’t rush it by churning faster. You also can’t give up five minutes into it and expect it to taste nearly the way it’s intended to taste. You would be missing out on something as well as messing it up for everyone else that was hoping to get a bowl full of that creamy dessert. When you are impatient, not only do you miss out on something, but you could cause others to miss out on something, too.

Our memory verse this month comes from Ecclesiastes 7:8. It says, “The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning. It’s better to be patient than proud.” This month we want to help children learn to think about the end of the matter, to see the benefit in delayed gratification. And we want for them to understand the power of patience.
You know, kids are kind of like ice cream too. As leaders and parents, I think one of the things you need to remember during this month as you talk to kids about patience is how important it is for you to be patient with them as they develop patience. I think we are all going to learn a lot about patience this month.