There are many reasons why people send their children to a Christians preschool, but one of the primary ones is that they want their children to have schooling that will provide their children with additional Christian education. Sure, many children will get some teaching at church daycare on a Sunday morning, but most parents want even more for their children.

At Children’s Ark Academy, our Christian daycare and preschool would be honored to be part of your child’s Godly upbringing. But religious instruction can’t begin and end with us; it has to happen at home as well. Here are some of the ways that you can start the year off right by staying on top of your child’s education needs.

Don’t Let Them Forget

“Jesus is the reason for the season,” is a phrase that you hear a lot around Christmas. But when you think about it, isn’t Jesus the reason for every season?

Christians — and the entire country in one way or another — think about Jesus more during the Christmas season. But after Christmas day, much of that focus begins to wane. Just a week after Christmas is New Year’s Day, and our thoughts suddenly switch to parties. While we might end the year, the reset with New Year’s kind of tells us that it’s okay to move past the December holiday  and “get on with our lives.” Suddenly most of us can’t wait to get the Christmas tree out of the way so that we can get the living room back in order, and it’s time to prepare school-age kids for their second semester.

Of course, we shouldn’t put Jesus on the back burner…ever! Just because we’re in a new year doesn’t mean that we should focus on God any less, and we make sure to make God a priority at our Christian preschool every single day. Whether we’re leading up to a major holiday or just coming off one, you should make sure to include Christian principles in some way.

Consider Midweek

Churches have known for quite some time that a couple of hours on Sunday morning isn’t enough time to deliver all of the messages they’d like. That’s where midweeks comes in, less formal gatherings that usually happen on Wednesday nights.

If you don’t currently attend midweek and your child is still thirsting for more heavenly content, consider taking them to midweek at a church. At the very least, your child will get to show off their knowledge when the midweek teachers ask Bible trivia thanks to what they learn here at our Christian preschool in Alpharetta!

Keep the Conversation Going

Some children are so talkative that you’ll never have to ask them “How was your day?” They’ll probably tell you all about it long before you get to the car after picking them up from our Christian early childhood education center!

But some kids are a bit quieter, or they might only tell you about everything that happened at daycare besides the religious parts. If your kid isn’t sharing the Bible stories they learned each day, just ask them. We’re sure they’ll be able to recall at least something they learned that day.

Do Daily Family Devotions

We think it’s important to keep God front and center, and that’s what happens at Christian daycare, during Sunday school, or on midweek nights. But those activities often don’t involve the parents directly. That’s why we suggest doing some sort of daily family devotion.

There’s a really good chance that your church offers daily family devotions as part of the ministry. If not, there are hundreds of family devotions online that are specific to your denomination. The best way to make sure they happen is to set a specific time of day and stick to it, and many parents choose right after dinner since the family is often gathered together already.

Keep the Kids Praying

If you send your children to church preschool or a Christian preschool, there’s a good chance that you pray with your kids every night at bedtime. Keep it up!

Here’s a bit more advice on the subject: let the kids pray. Often, parents will take over the praying duties to make sure the kids “get it right,” whether it’s the bedtime prayer or at mealtime. But if you let kids pray, you might be surprised at just how much they know! There’s nothing wrong with praying twice before bedtime, so after the child is done with something like “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep,” encourage them to talk directly to God. If they say anything that scripturally inaccurate, you can gently correct them. Otherwise, just enjoy how wonderful it is that they’re talking to God!

Remind Them About Discipleship

It’s really simple: We’re called to be disciples and tell other people about Jesus. That can be difficult and awkward for many of us, but it doesn’t change the fact that Matthew 28:19 says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The best way to make sure your children know about discipleship is to do it yourself. If they see you doing what you can to invite others to church, they’re more likely to do so as well.

Talk To Them About Kids They Don’t Like

We don’t have to tell you that not everyone gets along with everyone else. There are some difficult people to work with in life, but we’re still called to love them.

If your child has a big problem with a child in class — one that leads to harsh words or physical altercations — we’ll let you know about it. But there are more subtle problems between children that don’t always warrant our intervention, and the new year might be a good time to start talking to children about the kids that they don’t get along with. It might be a great opportunity to talk with them about loving others and letting old grudges die.

Watch the Language!

In this case, we’re not necessarily talking to the parents. Yes, parents should watch the foul language they use, but right now we’re talking about the foul language that the children use.

But we’re not talking about the most common words that cause parents to flinch. We’re talking about negative talk that could be harmful to others, words that kids might say about other kids. Don’t ignore it if your child uses words like “hate” or “stupid” when referring to others. If they are unhappy with something that happens at our Christian daycare center, talk to them and us about it. We want to make sure children are happy, and they might tell you what they won’t tell us.

Happy New Year!

The new years is a great time to make resolutions, and we hope that we’ve given you some good ideas on ways that you might jump into 2019 with a positive attitude and new ways to communicate with your child. And if you don’t yet have a Christian daycare center of your own, we invite you to call us to schedule a tour!