November 2019 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!

“Can you say thank you?” How many times will a child be asked that question in their preschool years? We ask them again and again because we want to help them learn to be thankful. This month is all about saying thank you. In fact, we are going to be bubbling over with thankfulness in the Bubble Factory, our theme for this month.

Throughout the month, preschoolers will learn to be thankful for their family, friends, and food. And, they’ll learn that saying, “Thank you” is just as important as being thankful.

Week one, we are going to thank God for our families. Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz were so thankful for the family God gave them. When you go from no family to lots of family, you start bubbling with thanks!

We will thank God for our friends in week two. Friends help us, encourage us, and make us laugh. We can read about two great friends, David and Jonathan, in the Bible. They cared for one another and even shared their things.

During week three, we are going to thank God for our food. If we could talk to Moses and the Israelites as they ate their manna, they would be sure to remind us to bubble with thanks for having choices and plenty to eat!

Finally, we are going to talk about simply saying, ‘thank you.’ For everything. Even if we’re the only one, we want to be that one who remembers to say thank you. Just like the one leper who said thank you after Jesus had healed ten of them. This story reminds us that most people are not bubbling with thanks, so we need to choose to be the ones who do.

Imagine the preschoolers in your church learning to tell God thank you—for everything—all while having fun with their small group leaders and friends.  Imagine them growing up giving thanks to the Lord with their whole heart.

Manny and Harper are in the clubhouse this month. They’re having fun playing with bubbles and bubbling over with thanks! 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.

Our monthly song, “Just Wanna Thank You,” is from the album All Good. It can be downloaded with the curriculum or purchased on the album in The Orange Store. Dance moves are included in your media package if you subscribe, or they can also be found on the Orange Store. If you would like to share a link to the album with parents, please use this one:

November’s Preview Video is available in the November 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!

Take a minute to look at the Barnyard Project file. This is an awesome opportunity to introduce a service project to both your preschool and elementary children while partnering with Compassion International. We’ve given you all the resources you need to partner with parents and incorporate the project into your Sunday environments. There are even adorable printables to keep track of all that’s been donated. This file will appear in both your November and December curriculum, and you are encouraged to participate starting around the end of November.

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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