Ark Kids Elementary: Thanks & Giving

This “THANKS + GIVING” series is much more than some good lessons around a holiday theme. These are two principles that have the power to change lives. Gratitude and generosity are not widely prevalent in our society, especially in the life of a child. There is a natural tendency in all of us to get sucked into thinking that life is “all about me.” Helping kids to understand that all that they receive and benefit from in their lives is the result of someone else’s generosity is crucial. Teaching them to take the time to acknowledge that and express gratitude to those people, and to God, is powerful. Once that happens, we find that generosity prompts gratitude and gratitude inspires generosity and the cycle becomes intertwined and contagious. Thankful, giving people stand out…we notice them and want to be like them. So yes, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to teach kids about thanks and giving. It’s a great reminder for us, as well. As we model these traits in our own lives, not only will we reap personal reward, but we also have the opportunity to start a trend and ignite a truth in the hearts and minds of kids that will literally change their lives.



Lessons

Thanks & Giving Week 1
Thanks & Giving Week 1

Don't Forget To Say Thanks!

Rusty is busy preparing for his big Thanksgiving party. So is everyone else. The only problem is that Rusty can't seem to remember two simple words, "Thank You"

Thanks & Giving Week 2
Thanks & Giving Week 2

Don't Grumbles At Thanks!

Herman and Hannah are snowed in with the most annoying houseguests in history. Can they learn to be thankful even in this situation?

Thanks &  Giving Week 3
Thanks & Giving Week 3

We All Have Something To Give!

Herman and Rusty have auditioned for a local Thanksgiving play; however, things go awry when Herman gets the big part, and Rusty is stuck being the turkey. Can Rusty learn that even "small" parts can have a big impact?

Thanks & Giving Week 4
Thanks & Giving Week 4

No Gift Is Too Small!

Rusty is fighting over a Black Friday deal. He hopes to sell it to Prince Second Tuesday and use the money to give something big to the local toy drive. Rusty needs to learn that no gift is too small when God is at work.