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Many of us celebrated Valentine’s Day this February, and once again, hearts, chocolates, and teddy bears made their way into my home- but you’ll hear no apologies here since chocolate hearts and teddy bears are among two of my favorite things. Also, my husband and I were able to enjoy our very first date since our move to San Jose back in October. We actually found ourselves a babysitter and took off for an afternoon. We found ourselves a nice, cozy spot for lunch at a local Japanese restaurant and got to enjoy spending some one on one time together in conversation.
You see, our lives have been pretty fast-paced lately. As a navy reservist, my husband’s flex drill scheduling plus his civilian job means we’re apart more often than we’d like to be. Meanwhile, every moment we have together means so much more. We have to squeeze in as much quality time as we can, and remember to not only cooperate with each other, but serve one another’s needs. Spiritually speaking, we must learn to apply the fruit of the Spirit in our marriage and in our parenting so that the limited time we have together really makes a difference.
That said, I’ve been thinking of the fruit of the Spirit and how we can apply it to our lives as couples, as parents, and as women in general. So this month, I’ve gathered up some Fruit of the Spirit resources that I think you’ll enjoy browsing through- mainly to help your homeschool and parenting your kids, but also to helps us as individuals.
Selected Resources for Teaching Our Children the Fruit of the Spirit
1. Focus On The Family
Focus on the Family offers a 52-week devotional called Planting Seeds of Biblical Truth that is free for download when you sign up for the mailing list. It’s a nice tool for families to use as a brief reflection on what it means to apply the fruit of the Spirit in your lives. Meant for the parents to read aloud the bible principles with your family and talk it through.
2. Kids of Integrity
One of my favorite resources for teaching the fruit of the Spirit to my youngest daughter is Kids of Integrity. Complete with a teacher’s planning guide and tools for each theme-based lesson, I feel pretty set when it comes to introducing the different fruit of the Spirit to my daughter. Not to mention, the activities are a nice add-on. The kick-off craft and bible stories feel more complete with the blessing and parent prayer. I love how this website works, it’s very user-friendly and well organized…and it’s free.
3. Learning to Speak Life
Carlie Kercheval’s Learning to Speak Life is a 9-week family bible study geared toward the 3 to 9-year-old crowd. Chock full of family discussions, stories, and silly sayings, role playing, and prayers, it seems to me a pretty thorough and applicable study of the fruit of the spirit in our children’s life.
Leigh Ann Dutton from Intentional by Grace offers a fruit of the spirit curriculum, especially for toddlers. It comprises of loads of printable and arts and craft ideas to help your child connect the dots between personal faith in God and their beautiful lives. There are 18 theme-based lessons with letters, numbers, and shapes covered, as well as a memory verse. This is the one affiliate link in this post, and if you’d like to support this podcast and you feel that this tot curriculum would suit your family, your purchase would be helpful. Cost for the curriculum is $14.00 (the price of a few coffees!)
5. Mama’s Learning Corner
Lauren Hill of Mama’s Learning Corner created a set of printable for the Fruit of the Spirit. I especially love the chart where you mark the progress your child is making on showing those different fruit in their lives throughout the week. When you catch your child exhibiting a fruit of the spirit, you supply a sticker on the chart. It’s a nice visual aid and helps the child feel proud of his accomplishment. It’s that positive reinforcement that really works when it comes to teaching our kids our faith. Here’s a video of my child using this system (you can feel free to skip over to around the 1:38 mark):
6. All Play On Sunday
A compilation of play based ideas on the fruit of the spirit for younger kids (around age 6 and younger) are listed at the blog, All Play On Sunday. Using real fruit, games, art, playtime, balloons, and cooking, the fruit of the spirit come to life in these play-based activities.
7. Ministry To Children
Finally, ministry-to-children.com offers a full page of resources. They’ve got game ideas, lessons and coloring pages, music and songs, with a few word search and pinterest pages thrown in.
8. His Fruitful Vine
And finally, one of our very own writers here at CHM, Robin Pearson, has offered an inspiring post at His Fruitful Vine about love– a very important fruit of the Spirit in our lives as parents.
Thanks for reading (and listening to the podcast!) Leave me comments below if you have any to add to this list.
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