Family Resources

Dear Families, 


Members of the community have been collecting and sharing resources for faith formation, general education, and keeping kids busy at home. Below is a list of resources to treat cabin fever while avoiding every other kind of fever. 


Experts recommend maintaining structure and routine as best as you can during this time because it makes kids feel safe.  One article says: "Maintain normal sleep schedule, keep the same meal times you would any other day, and involve your kids in creating a daily plan.'"


A few general resources are: Managing Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic, this printable booklet to educate kids on covid-19, and this Family Devotional to address the fear of scarcity. 


Disclaimer: I've done my best to screen these resources, but perhaps only some of them are helpful. Let me know if you feel any of them are not worth sharing. If other you have great resources to share with other families, please email me or add them to the WCF Parents shared google doc at the bottom of the page!


My prayers are with you!


Peace, 

Kate

Minister for Children and Communications

  • Holy WEek

    Palm Sunday goes by many names in the Christian tradition (Palm Sunday, Branch Sunday, Willow Sunday, Flower Sunday) because God’s people have used many different types of local plants to celebrate welcoming Jesus to his throne on Hosanna Sunday.


    This Sunday, April 5, we invite you to gather whatever leaves, flowers, or branches remind you of the beauty of Christ use them in welcoming Jesus as he parades through our homes this Holy Week. There will be a special time in the service for you to lay down your branches and join with the generations yelling “Hosanna! Save us!” (John 12:13) Or check out this printable Palm Leaf Coloring Page!


    Download God's Big Easter Story Journey for Families for a day-by-day easy-to-use Holy Week devotional! Story Symbols here


  • Faith Formation and Bible Stories

    Links at: 

    • The Meeting House - 20 minute videos that include a Bible lesson, memory verse, and thoughtful questions to get kids thinking. They have a large catalog of Bible stories for kids (ages 5-11), middle schoolers, and high schoolers
    • Life Church Early Childhood Bible Videos - 22 minute episodes on youtube for very young children: birth - 4 years old. It's basically Blue's Clues with Bible stories. 
    • DIY Gratitude Journal - Use this craft to engage kids in the importance of being thankful - Ages 3+
    • MCU Lent At Home Guide - Lent is a time of purposeful turning toward God. With this free worship guide, the whole family can slow down, be present to God, open our eyes to see what God has for us.
    • Lent Guide from the Jesus Storybook Bible!
    • Your Story Hour - Audio dramas of Bible stories and biographies - One free story each week!

    • Age-Level Characteristics of Children and Young Teens - For parents: learn the Age-Level Characteristics of Children and Young Teens including Intellectual, Social and Spiritual characteristics

    While not social distancing specific, these one-pagers are great for teaching kids faith at home: 
  • crafts and coloring pages

    Links to: 

    • Color the Psalms Coloring pages
    • Illustrated Ministry has great resources for kids, like printable coloring pages and activity pages. During the covid-19 crisis, they are providing free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages.
    • Praying in Color - Cool collection of handouts and instructions to teach "Praying in Color"
  • activities and games

    Links to:

  • Educational Resources

    Links to: 

    • Anti-racist Curriculum Collection - A collection of anti-oppressive, anti-racist curriculum ideas and resources for families impacted by coronavirus closures - resources organized by age and ranges from Pre-K to 12th grade

    • Scholastic Learn at Home - Usually this is a paid service, but right now you can set up a free account -Pre-K to 9th grade
    • Storyline Online - Videos of dynamic reading of children's books, can be organized by grade level - mostly K - 4th grade
    • Virtual Field Trips! - 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links - Visit a zoo, the Louvre, even Mars from home! 
    • List of Skills to Teach at Home (That are difficult to teach at school) for ages varying between 3-16
  • Stay Active!

    List of Links: 

    • Ballet Nova is offering free online classes during this time! Adult and kid classes available here.
    • Cosmic Kids Yoga - Free interactive yoga adventures on youtube for kids ages 3-11
  • WCF Parents Shared Google Doc

    Here is a link to a shared google document that any WCF parents can edit. Feel free to share things you've found that are very helpful during this time or warn other parents about trying something that did not work out the way you hoped!

  • Marco Polo App

    WCF Families are staying connected to each other on the social media app Marco Polo! Download the app, then email Kate with your phone number if you'd like to join the fun.