March 2019 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!

This month, we will begin laying the foundation for some very important future conversations around the subject of sexual integrity. Before we ever talk with kids and teens about what to do and not do with their bodies, we need to start with who made their body and why that makes them so valuable.

And a great place to start is now, in the preschool years, with this simple but powerful truth—God made me.

Like the colorful building blocks in our MADE theme art, we want to build the idea that we are all wonderfully made by God in the minds of our preschoolers.

The first block of the foundation we hope to build will be laid week one when we talk about how we are wonderfully made by God. God made each and every one of us and no two of us are the same. We are each unique and special in our own way.

Week two, we will add to the foundation that God made us in His image. Yep, that creativity, smartness, desire to help . . . you got it all from God because He is creative, smart, and helpful too! God made us like Him, and that makes us wonderful!

Week three, the foundation will get stronger when we talk about how we are very important to God, not because of what we do but because of Who made us. We’ll unpack what the word important means while we learn that every individual important to God. Why? Because He made us!

Week four, we will talk about what it looks like to respect ourselves. After all, something God made deserves a little respect. Respecting ourselves means taking care of our bodies. We need to eat healthy foods, brush our teeth, and get enough rest if we want to respect the bodies God gave us.

In week five, we will talk about what it looks like to respect others. God made all people, so all people deserve respect. For preschoolers, respecting others means using kind words, sharing, and playing together nicely. We can be kind to our friends, because God made them too.

Preschoolers need to learn now that they are wonderfully made by God, in His image. This makes them very important and motivates them to respect themselves and others.

Manny and Poppy are in the clubhouse this month having a great time with their new building blocks! They make some pretty fun things. You can find their stories on the Wonder! DVD this month. The DVD is available at The Orange Store, and you can even sign up for a monthly subscription. Use this DVD to supplement a live Storyteller and/or Host for the Story section of the curriculum. In addition, the Wonder! videos are available in the monthly media package.

March’s Preview Video is available in the March download­—it is located in the week one Prelude file. If you’d like to embed the video into your church blog, we have it available on Vimeo. Feel free to share the vision with everyone!

Our team will be praying for you to have moments filled with wonder as you give preschoolers a “first look” at the God who made them, loves them, and wants to be their friend forever.

Kathy Hill
Director of Preschool Curriculum
The reThink Group

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