Trusty’s Travels in Summer ~ Greeting Card
Trusty continues his journey along the road through the high desert under clear blue skies. You can find the blank greeting card of Trusty’s Travels in Summer in the Shoppe.
Big Thoughts for Little People
As you share the story of the Good Samaritan, tell an experience where you have chosen to be a “Good Samaritan” to someone when it wasn’t an easy or convenient thing for you to do… there was a sacrifice or cost involved. Maybe it was for someone who may have been prejudiced against you (or vice versa). Suggest other ways that one can be a Good Samaritan, even simple things such as choosing to spend time listening to someone who just needs to talk… or comforting someone whose feelings are hurt. Ask your child to share an experience when he chose to be a Good Samaritan and serve the needs of someone else.
Sometimes the needs of the “wounded person” are not so obvious to us in the natural. Consider how important it is to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading us to someone who we would otherwise be unaware of who needs our help. Do you have an experience that you can share with your child? Encouraging our children to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit is one of the most important things we can do for them.
This letter design has been specially designed for the Good Samaritan theme, and is available in Trusty’s Shoppe. It includes these key scriptures which are relevant to the theme:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love Him with all your strength and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Luke 10:27 NIRV
“The Lord has shown you what is good. He has told you what he requires of you. You must treat people fairly. You must love others faithfully. And you must be very careful to live the way your God wants you to.” Micah 6:8 NIRV
Exploring Art: The Good Samaritan
Introduce your child to three paintings of the Good Samaritan by famous masters, including Van Gogh. Designed as a companion piece for the Good Samaritan letter, your child will be encouraged to look closely and make his own observations about the paintings and how the artists learned from each other as they carefully studied the others art. He will also be encouraged to try his hand at coloring his own picture with ideas he discovered from one of the paintings that he enjoyed. Integral to this art lesson is a coloring page of the Good Samaritan, or encourage your child to draw his own. Or both! You can also send two copies, and suggest that he send one back to you that he colored, and you can also color one for him. Available in the Shoppe.
Good Samaritan Coloring Pages
Google to find your choice from the many available coloring pages of the Good Samaritan, or choose from one of my favorites here.
A Living Book: Brighty of the Grand Canyon
This classic story based on the true story of the lone little burro who lived in the Grand Canyon in the early 1900’s has been a time honored childhood favorite. You can send a copy to your English speaking children, and for the others, tell them about the story in a few sentences… narrate to them! The best way to help them in learning to narrate to you is by example. See the page on narration for ideas.
Wonders of the Grand Canyon
A perfect companion to the story of Brighty is to share a little bit about the Grand Canyon, If you took a summer vacation to the Grand Canyon, send some photos and tell them about it, and if not, google to find some to send anyway! Or another great option is recycling calendar pictures of the Grand Canyon as mini posters for your child. Here is a coloring page you might like to include.
For older kids, this is a great time to share about the Grand Canyon from the Creationist viewpoint. Answers in Genesis is one of many great resources to get insights to share which will help to build your child’s faith, and also stimulate some great discussion. Watch the 4 minute video for some key thoughts to get you started.
When my family camped at the Grand Canyon a number of years ago, I had Brighty in mind, and took along this little toy burro for photos. I brought home this little potted plant to remember my trip, and have one plant still growing. These are a couple photos I shared with my kids.