Our second week of the Kids of Integrity lessons we focused on learning about being attentive. This is big issue in our house, and since we learned last week that "if you love me, you will obey my command" (John 14:15) it makes sense that this week we will learn about how we find out what God's commands for us are!
We focused on the verse .."He who belongs to God, listens to what he says." John 8:47
The first day we made these "listening ears" ...to relate the need to listen carefully, just like animals who are hunting do (thus this look of a tiger..or something :).
We talked about Samuel, who listened carefully to both Eli and God when they spoke. That story is ripe for kids lessons of so many kinds :)
Then, we followed the lesson from KOI but added a few little changes of our own, to fit these specific boys.
We learned that listening involved eyes, ears and heart - we talked about how we read God's word with our eyes, as well as watch others who are good examples. We listen with our ears to instructions, carefully so we know what commands to follow. And that one way we listen to God is through our heart.
We really stressed eyes and ears together ...HUGE stress on making eye contact, and we mentioned alot about where your eyes are, there your ears and heart will follow :) We paid out from the nickel jar for making eye contact, listening and then obeying properly. The boys got two nickels if they both paid attention with their eyes AND obeyed cheerfully. This worked pretty well!
We played the "Pay Attention" game ...this is one we have played before, and the boys loved it. We took the timer that beeped, set it for one minute, and then I hid it somewhere in the room. They had to come in the room, and see if they could find it. They had to wait until they could hear the beeping, before they could locate it. We did this over and OVER ..meanwhile, we talked about we can look for something with just our eyes like that for a long time, but it is easier when we "listen" for it as well (aka ..listen to mommy's instructions so you know what to do to obey).
This week, we have moved onto Self Control ...another big one for these boys. I cant wait to tell you about the week! :)