Nature Window: Feeding Our Pets
Pets are lots of responsibility. We have to make sure they get just the right food, enough water, and shelter. Their home has to be warm, safe, and calming. They each have special needs. Let's talk about what different pets need to eat. Look at the pictures below.
Bearded dragon lizards like to eat baby crickets when they are babies. When they get older, they like all kinds of larvae, too, and they eat fruit and vegetables. Puppy dogs eat dog food. What's in dog food? Grains, meat, and vegetables. What do parakeet birds like to eat? They like to eat seeds, fruits, vegetables, and special pellet food. Bunny rabbits don't just eat carrots. They need their pellet food, hay, and vegetables. We must be sure to only feed our pets what they needs to eat. Did you know that some foods that we eat can be poison to your pet?
Feeding our pets their special diet reminds me of the Bible verse Genesis 1:29, which says, "God said, “Look, I have given you all the plants that have grain for seeds. And I have given you all the trees whose fruits have seeds in them. They will be food for you" (ICB). God has given to every living creature a special diet, including us. God gave man fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables to eat. Later, God permitted man to eat certain kinds of meat, like chicken and fish with scales. There was a story in the Bible about a group of young friends who wanted to keep God's special diet. We will learn more about them today.
On your nature walk today, notice what animals you see or hear around you. They may be pets or wildlife. Do you know what they need to eat? Remember that God gave each one a special diet. He gave us a special diet, too.
Memory Mastery: The Godhead
This quarter we are learning more about the Godhead. During our time, we will unpack a little of the mystery of God to help the children understand some important principles. At the end of our questions and answers, you will find a poem about the Godhead that I want the children to memorize.
Who is God?
Did God really make everything? What was there before Him?
Reference: Acts 17:24-28
Do you like to be alone all by yourself? Neither does God.
In fact, did you know God has his own family?
References: 1 John 5:7; Mark 1:9-11
Can we see God?
References: 1 John 4:12; John 6:46; Hebrews 4:14; John 15:26; John 14:7-9
Here is a poem I wrote to help us remember each person of the Godhead. Let's say it and do our hand motions.
(This poem is the actual memory mastery project we will memorize as a class.)
Mission Trip: A Secondary School for Libreville, Gabon
Do you remember what our world mission project is this quarter? We are going to build a secondary school in Libreville, Gabon in West Africa. It will be the second Adventist secondary school in the country. Please remember to bring your coins to Sabbath School to dedicate to our 13th Sabbath mission project.
75% of Gabon is covered in rain forests! They have many national parks to protect their special forests. Rain forests are home to many interesting animals. Watch this video to see some of the animals in Gabon's rain forests.
Bible Story: Daniel and His Friends Obey God
Reference: Daniel 1
"Oh no! King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is coming to Judah, just like prophet Jeremiah warned. He is coming to destroy Jerusalem." After many years of disobeying God and not listening to the prophets, the people of Judah were in big trouble.
King Nebuchadnezzar came and destroyed God's house and their special city, called Jerusalem. There was a lot of crying. People were afraid. He even took a large group of Jews captive to Babylon, including Daniel and his friends - Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
King Nebuchadnezzar wanted to train some of the Jews to work for him. He only chose the best and brightest, including Daniel and his friends. King Nebuchadnezzar put them in a special school. He gave them a special place to live. He even gave them his very own special food to eat.
But, when Daniel and his friends saw the food, they refused to eat it. There were things that God said we should not eat. And King Nebuchadnezzar's meat had been offered to idols. When people ate the meat, it was a sign that they worshiped the idols.
Daniel and his friends wanted to only worship God and only eat God's special diet. So they asked Ashpenaz, the king's helper assigned to them, to allow them to eat only vegetables and water for 10 days to prove that their diet was good for them.
After the 10 days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier than all the other young men. The king allowed Daniel and his friends to continue eating vegetables and water while they were in school. At the end of 3 years, the king found these 4 young men to be smarter and wiser than even all his wise men.
Our prayer verse is 1 Samuel 2:30, which says, "Those who honor Me I will honor." Daniel and his friends had given their hearts to God, and God gave them wisdom. Do you honor God with obedience, even when it is hard? He will help you obey, and He will bless you.
Dear Father God, Help me honor you with obedience. Thank You for your Holy Spirit who helps me. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Do you like to eat vegetables? Look in the kitchen and see what kinds of vegetables you find. Thank God for giving us good food to eat to help us grow strong bodies and strong minds.
Being a Good Neighbor
What do you think is a neighbor?
Anyone that lives within walking distance of you could be considered a neighbor. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus also implied a neighbor is anyone that happens to be near you at any given time. Today, we are going to explore what it means to be a good neighbor in the neighborhoods we live in.
Safety Fireside Chat
All the principles we discuss today are within the context of children being in the supervised presence of their parents. Children should be reminded to not talk to adults alone or visit neighbors alone.
Friendliness Role Play
Being friendly is part of being a good neighbor. You can wave and say hello. You can ask how someone is doing. Let's pretend to see our neighbor outside while we are getting out of our car to go into the house. What should we say? How should we act?
Get To Know You Activities
When your family visits the neighbor, don't be afraid to ask get to know you questions. Stand behind this line and hop over if... (hop back to start position after each statement)
Let's play another game. I am going to put some different objects on this tray. You have 30 seconds to look at what's on the tray and try to remember what was there. Then I will take everything off. Can you remember what was on the tray?
You can learn a lot about someone just by paying close attention. The next time you go to your neighbor's house with your family, look around. Do you notice an American flag hanging up? Do you see a lot of bird feeders? Do you see planters with flowers? Do you see a sports team logo somewhere? All these observations can tell you something about your neighbor and provide you with lots of fun questions to ask to get to know them better.
Keeping Up the Yard
Keeping our yard or community clean is another part of being a good neighbor. Let's think of some things you can do as a kid and that we can do as a family to keep our yard looking neat and to help keep our neighborhood clean. I am going to put balls of paper all over the room. Can you race to pick them up?
There are lots of reasons why it is important to be careful not to play too loudly or play loud music outside. Can you think of any? Maybe your neighbor has a little baby that needs to take a nap. Maybe your neighbor works at night and needs to sleep during the day. Maybe your neighbor is trying to enjoy a quiet moment in the house. Let's play a game. Close your eyes and pretend to sleep. One of us is going to wake you up by clapping loudly. See if you can guess who it was.
A Ready Helper
Let's play another game. I am going to set the table. (One place is missing a knife, another place is missing a bowl, another place is missing a cup, etc.) Does everything look fine? Look more closely. Uh-oh, what's missing? You have to pay close attention sometimes to notice needs.
If you have an elderly neighbor, or a neighbor that just had a baby, or a neighbor that seems physically challenged, or a neighbor that had a recent death in the family, there might be some ways you and your family can help or encourage them. You might help them with some yard work. You might help them get the mail when it is rainy. You might bring them a card or picture you drew. Your friendliness and efforts to get to know your neighbor might uncover needs that you and your family can help fill. As we help people, we are showing Jesus to them in very practical ways.
Holidays are great opportunities to show your neighbor you care by bringing them a card or food or gift. Decide as a family on one neighbor you would like to include on your Christmas card or gift list.
As we interact with our neighbors, getting to know them and helping them, God may give us an opportunity to tell them about His love and salvation. Draw a picture of your house and the homes around you. Draw stick figures of the people that you know live there. Say a prayer as a family for your neighbors.