ELEMENTARY

School is a crisis. Your elementary-school child is adjusting to big changes, whether it's bus rides or lunch lines or new routines. You can help your child grow in wisdom, faith, and friendship, when you engage your child's interests, You help them trust God's character and experience God's family. The way you answer their questions, listen to their stories , and show up consistently will help them grow in their faith.

GOD TIME CARDS

Weekly devotionals for kids and parents to do together or for kids to do on their own. Weekly themes tie into our curriclum that we teach on Sundays in our Kidsway program. May's theme is Perseverance: Refusing to give up when life gets hard.

 

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CONVERSATION GUIDES


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ParentCue is a group of family experts and everyday parents coming together to help inspire you to make every fleeting moment count before your kids move on to their next big adventure. Their blog, podcast, and app want to remind you why what you do is so important. To help you focus on what matters most. To discover parenting along with you, so you know you’re not in this alone.

Check out their website to find out more!

FAITH PATHS

Faith Paths are a series of intentional events, classes, and small group studies that are aimed at helping parents disciple their children at specific developmental stages, and serves to partner with parents in achieving Crossway's vision of seeing the living hope of Jesus surging through the next generation. These three Faith Paths below are perfect for families with middle schoolers. Also see our Faith Paths page for more information regarding all the Faith Paths offered at Crossway.

  • Positive Discipline

    Anyone who plays a significant role in a child’s life is encouraged to attend this valuable Faith Path event at Crossway. 1-2-3 Magic is a national curriculum created by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. In this 3-hour event, Dr. Phelan breaks down the task of parenting into three straightforward jobs:

    1. Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Learn an amazingly simple technique to get the kids to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, sibling rivalry, etc).
    2. Encouraging Good Behavior: Learn several effective methods to get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, eating, going to bed and staying there, chores, etc.)
    3. Strengthening Your Relationships: Learn powerful techniques that will help reinforce the bond between you and your children.

    For more information or questions about this event, please contact Andrea Andris

  • Spiritual Parenting

    Good behavior isn't what Jesus calls for in the Bible. God wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward Himself and others. In Spiritual Parenting, Michelle Anthony calls us as parents to depend upon God for our children's spiritual and moral development by creating home environments that God can use to beckon our children to him. Parents will be urged toward a heart posture of surrender and faithfulness, and the end goal is a vibrant faith that is passed on from one generation to another. For more information about this event, please contact Andrea Andris.

  • Preparing for Adolescence

    What do you say to an adolescent who’s getting ready to enter those turbulent teenage years? Dr. James Dobson, one of America’s leading family psychologists, knows how to speak directly and sincerely to today’s adolescents about the topics that trouble them most. Topics include avoiding feelings of inferiority, handling peer pressure, drug abuse, puberty, sexual development, romantic love, overcoming discouragement, sound decision-making and handling independence. 


    In this Faith Path, parents will attend a 2-hour session where they will be walked through the topics of Dr. Dobson’s book, and know what to expect and how to dialogue effectively with their pre-adolescent on these important topics. Then the parents will plan an overnight trip with their child (mother/daughter, father/son if possible) and listen to the book “Preparing for Adolescence” on the car-ride to their destination. This trip will allow parent and child to learn together about what is ahead developmentally for the adolescent and have intentional conversations that will open up lines of communication between parent and child for years to come. For more information about this event please contact Andrea Andris

Connect with us on Sundays

Elementary age children experience high energy worship and songs, hear the Bible taught in their language and learn to love God & others in a safe, small group community. Kidsway uses the 252Basics curriculum which includes intentional large group/small group time, engaging activities and applicable lessons for your child's everyday life. Our small groups teach kids all about God's big story and where they fit in that story by emphasizing the 3 basic truths: I need to make the wise choice; I can trust God no matter what; and I should treat others the way I want to be treated. Visit our Kidsway page at Kidsway

THE PHASE BOOKS

  • Parenting Your Kindergartner

    You often feel like the school day is too long for your kid, and maybe a little too short for you, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN UNFILTERED WORDS MAKE YOU LAUGH, SCHOOL DROP-OFF MAKES YOU CRY, AND LIFE BECOMES A STAGE WHERE YOUR KID SHOUTS, “LOOK AT ME!”

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  • Parenting Your First Grader

    Your house is inhabited by a stellar knock-knock-joke comedian, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN UNFILTERED WORDS MAKE YOU LAUGH, SCHOOL DROP-OFF MAKES YOU CRY, AND LIFE BECOMES A STAGE WHERE YOUR KID SHOUTS, “LOOK AT ME!”

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  • Parenting Your Second Grader

    Your kid thinks every game is fun—as long as they win, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FAIRNESS MATTERS MOST, DIFFERENCES GET NOTICED, AND YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC KID THINKS ANYTHING “SOUNDS LIKE FUN!”

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  • Parenting Your Third Grader

    Your kid now has more permanent teeth than baby teeth, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FAIRNESS MATTERS MOST, DIFFERENCES GET NOTICED, AND YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC KID THINKS ANYTHING “SOUNDS LIKE FUN!”

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  • Parenting Your Fourth Grader

    Your kid seems interested in their friends—even more than their family, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FRIENDS ARE BEST FRIENDS, GAMES ARE FOR COMPETITION, AND YOUR CONFIDENT KID WILL INSIST, “I’VE GOT THIS.”

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  • Parenting Your Fifth Grader

    Your kid is growing increasingly confident and competitive, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FRIENDS ARE BEST FRIENDS, GAMES ARE FOR COMPETITION, AND YOUR CONFIDENT KID WILL INSIST, “I’VE GOT THIS.”

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