Third grade is a year of beautiful discovery and soul-shaping challenges. It’s a season of adventure for both you and your child. Most third graders still have a child’s innocent enthusiasm for life that allows them to embrace new experiences. It’s not without reason the catch phrase for this phase is “Sounds like fun!”…

The transition from summertime to back-to-school can happen so quickly that we’re already in our new routine before we even realize it. Below are some suggestions for how to create an intentional and meaningful back-to-school rhythm for a kid in each phase. Preschool: BacktoSchoolRhythm_Pre_single Elementary: BacktoSchoolRhythm_Elem_single Middle School: BacktoSchoolRhythm_MS_single High School: BacktoSchoolRhythm_HS_single

    Splink 1: DO What’s Right In order to help kids understand the idea of having integrity, tell your kids to do what you say. The hard part will be when you say one thing, but DO another. (For example: Tell them to pat their head, but you will pat your belly. Tell them…

  In the world of education, we often group kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders into a category called early childhood. Or, as I personally call them, the “fun” years. In this phase, there’s very little drama or romantic distraction. Instead, it’s the age where make-believe meets reality. Imagination pumps through the classroom so strongly…

    Splink 1: True or False Read the following statements about animals and see if the kids can tell if it’s true or false. Ask them to put their palms face up when it’s true and palms face down if it’s false. A horse weighing approximately 1,200 pounds, eats approximately seven times its own…

  There’s something magical about the fourth grade. Okay, maybe magical isn’t the right word. But I simply can’t find another word to sum up the incomprehensible value of this phase. Early in my career, I remember having a conversation with Bobb Biehl that really solidified my belief in the importance of the fourth grade….

    Splink 1: Rules are Good Play a familiar game and announce that there are no rules. Each person can do what they want on their turn. (You could also play an outside game such a kickball or baseball.) After a few minutes of confusing play (and before the fights start), sit down and…

    Splink 1: Which Way Should We Go? Gather everyone in the car/van/truck and put in a destination for the GPS. (Let’s go to ________.) Instead of following the GPS, turn the opposite way and listen to how the GPS “corrects” you. Continue making wrong turns…often. Finally, admit that you should listen to the…

    Splink 1: Valuable Give each family member five post-it notes and ask them to stick them on valuable things. How did you decide what was valuable? Do you think God rates people and values one more than another? Students learned three principles about God and His thoughts about people. God loves all people…

    Splink 1: Make playdough to create images. A good recipe is: 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar ½ cup salt 1 to 2 Tbsp. cooking oil 1 cup water Food coloring (optional—appearance only) Mix flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a saucepan. Mix coloring with water and oil, then…