It’s Christmas! Let’s celebrate Jesus’ birthday by being givers like God!
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From a LifeKids Staff Member: “There’s nothing more fun than watching leaders step into their calling and use their gifts to inspire the next generation. [You guys] are a goldmine of leadership!”
It’s the Christmas Season, and kids are excited. Not to mention, you’ll probably see a lot of new faces—especially during Christmas Eve services. Be ready to lead well with excited kids and new kids by focusing more on appropriate praise than correction. Here are some tips on how to put praise to work for you.
- Include specifics. Say the name of the kid you’re praising, and be clear about the behavior you’re praising them for. That way, when you praise them, they’ll know who you’re talking to and what they should be proud of.
- Avoid generic praise. Praise like “Good job,” “You’re a great kid,” or even “I’m proud of you,” may be more easily dismissed by kids because they may not know specifically what they did to receive the compliment. If you catch yourself being generic too often, work to add specifics each time.
- Avoid “I” statements. Always starting off with “I like how you …” or “It makes me happy when …” may teach your kids to look for your approval more than encouraging kids to take pride in good behavior for its own merit.
- Give kids clarity. Kids hear instructions like “Pay attention,” “Be quiet,” Turn around,” “Keep your hands to yourself,” often. But they may not always understand why those things matter. When you see a kid who’s doing a great job, specifically praise them for it, and tell them why it’s so great. For example, “Lynne, you shared that toy with someone who was crying! You showed that you’re a good friend!”
Lead well no matter what challenges pop up each weekend. Find more tips, tricks, and training here.
Click on the links below to watch videos, download leader guides, and prepare for your weekly experience.
Worship Moves: “Celebrate”
Worship Moves: “Away in a Manger”
Mr. Music’s Song: “God Gave Me Jesus”
Guy the Bible Guy’s Verse Motions: John 3:16
Theme Song Moves: “Bible Adventure”
Order of Experience What to do, when
Quick Look Which Prop Talk to prepare for, how long to play, and run time for Movie & Music
Prop Talk Leader Guide What to do for each Prop Talk
Picture Pass Leader Guide How to lead Picture Pass review time
Small Group Leader Guide Ages 2-3 How to lead your small group in Under the Sea and In the Jungle
Story Cards Ages 2-3 Story cards for small group time in Under the Sea and In the Jungle
Small Group Leader Guide Ages 4-K How to lead your small group in The Ark and Crosstown
Story Cards Ages 4-K Story cards for small group time in The Ark and Crosstown
This Month’s Episode: : The First Christmas Gift: Jesus Is Born