Eternal Foundations For a New Generation
The greatest legacy you can give a grandchild is the Word of God.
It will shape their lives long after you are gone.
Some believe that Christianity is just one generation away from extinction. The Eternal Foundations for a New Generation series provides the discipleship tools you need to counter that negative trend.
Children ages 5 to 11 will get the most from these lessons.
I have my older children help teach it at Camp Grandma, and it is easily modified for preschoolers.
There are 30 lessons in each eBook that cover the basic foundations of Christianity through Best Friends Forever (relationship with Jesus), Notes From Our Savior (God’s Word), Sharing Secrets With God (prayer), and The World is Waiting (justice and Christian service).
Each lesson builds upon the material that comes before and should be presented in sequence. If you feel your grandchild already has a grasp on a certain truth, use that lesson material to increase his confidence in its application. There is no way you can over emphasize these foundational doctrines!
You will find that some lessons will bring new understanding; others will be review. All provide an opportunity to dialogue with your grandchildren and work on personal application of the Scriptures.
Emphasis is placed on God’s Word and how a person is to relate to God and to others. Our goal is to encourage you and your grandchildren to know, understand, and apply the Scriptures to life situations and relationships.
Lessons are located in the first section of the eBook. Activity Pages for the lessons are found in the second section. Memory Verse materials are located after the Table of Contents.
Three of the eBooks in this series include a “backward quiz” or review lesson where the child turns the tables and tests the teacher to see if the grandparent or teacher knows the material they have been teaching.
Each eBook in the series concludes with choices for individual projects that reinforce what the child has learned and offers opportunity to share the information with family and friends.
Each lesson is organized in an easy-to-use format that incorporates different teaching techniques. The text in each lesson is designed to be read aloud. Directions for the grandparent and answers to questions are in italics and are not to be read aloud. Each lesson contains the following:
PREPARATION: Review the lesson and collect any indicated materials needed for the lesson (items easily found around your home). You may read the lesson off your computer as a PDF file or you may print it out. Many families print this eBook and place it in a binder.
Print or photocopy the Activity Page for the lesson, making sure you have one copy per child. Write any vocabulary words on flash cards. The vocabulary words are usually Bible terms that aren’t used in everyday language. They are important to know if your child is to understand his Bible and the basics of Christian theology.
INTRODUCTION: Each lesson contains a short introduction to capture the attention of your children. Some introductions will focus on a fun review of the material that has previously been studied.
LESSON: The main body of the lesson includes short teachings plus lots of discussion questions to get you and your grandchildren involved with the Bible and applying it to life. Everything is written out for you to present.
ACTIVITY PAGE: Each lesson has a corresponding activity page that is located in the second half of the manual. Activity pages are used to introduce, reinforce, or apply the biblical principle being taught. Do not hand out the activity page until instructed to do so in the lesson. Each child should keep his completed activity pages in a notebook for review at the end of the study of this manual. It is best to print these activity pages for each child before you begin the course.
WHIZ KIDS: Most lessons contain additional activities for 4th–6th graders. These should be assigned after the regular lesson activity has been completed.
IN YOUR BIBLE: We want to get your grandchildren into their Bibles and marking them up! Children highlight Scriptures (using colored highlighter pens) that correspond to salvation (pink), personal responsibilities (green), God’s promises (blue), or warnings (yellow). Each child will need his or her own Bible.
KID TALK: Another teaching technique used in this material is the narration by your grandchild (in his/her own words) of the material taught in each lesson. This allows you to evaluate how much your grandchild has understood the lesson. It also reinforces the lesson in the child’s mind.
ANSWER KEY: An answer key for each question on the activity page is located at the end of each lesson.
MEMORY WORK AND PRAYER: Each lesson concludes with Bible memory work and praying together. A Memory Verse Poster is provided for you to photocopy for each child. You decide which verses a child will memorize and at what pace.
Choose which Scriptures you want your grandchild to learn off the chart provided, and then list the first one (or all of them) on your grandchild’s Memory Verse Poster. A Memory Verse Certificate may be handed out at the end when all memory work is completed. A Memory Verse Poster and a Memory Verse Certificate are included.
UNIT PROJECT: This manual concludes with a choice of projects (Lesson 30) to reinforce the focus of the manual. Your grandchild may complete one or all of the projects.
We have worked very hard to make this material non-denominational, yet not “watered down.” We know we can’t please everyone, especially when it comes to Bible teaching; therefore, it is expected that you will change any wording with which you disagree. We want you to be in control of everything that is taught to your child or grandchild.
Each child will need a Bible, highlighter pens (pink, green, blue, yellow), pencils, crayons, and a folder for his completed Activity Pages. A few other household items will be needed and are listed in each lesson under the PREPARATION heading.
All for the price of a hamburger date with a grandchild!
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