The May/June issue of the magazine shares how parents and other caregivers help to introduce children to the concept of a loving God. Children will meet Lydia, a first-century Christian in the Bible, and John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement. They’ll also learn about helping parents and dialing 911.
Help children explore the beauty of color, while hearing about God’s work and joy as creator of our colorful world. Read about Noah, rainbows, a batik artist and more.
Use this issue to talk with young children about Easter and communion. Stories tell about Mary Magdalene’s visit to Jesus’ tomb; Deaconess Emma Francis, who was not afraid to go places for God; and Sukanya, 7, who lives in Jamaica and is deaf. You’ll also learn American Sign Language and make a butterfly.
This February issue, with its theme of “We Count,” shares stories of literal counting: noses, fingers, toes, first steps, pancakes and calculators. Stories of John the Baptist and Jesus and his friends help parents and other adults convey the other concept of “we count” — that we are precious and important to God.
Under our January theme of "stars," young children will hear how Jesus' family fled to Egypt one starry night, and how the wise men followed a star to find Jesus. They'll meet a pastor's daughter who measured stars 100 years ago, and Venessa, a 5-year-old in Peru. All this, plus bedtime prayers, activities and a song.
Count down the days until Jesus’ birthday while reading the December issue. Young children will enjoy stories about birthdays and new babies, including Jesus, the Christmas baby. They’ll meet a blizzard-loving girl who grew up to be a meteorologist, and a boy in Malaysia who plays gongs for his church.
This issue helps young children consider the power and love behind words like “please” and “thank you.” Being polite — the theme of this November issue — is not about superficial niceness, but genuine respect and compassion. It’s part of learning to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Around the theme of “Fire,” the October issue offers children stories about campfires, fire safety, a firefighter who helps everyone, Jesus cooking over a fire for his friends and other stories that will set a young one’s imagination ablaze.
Children learn the importance of knowing one's address and how churches care about children who don't have an address. Other stories explore the gifts of the natural world, baptism and more.
Explore God’s gift of wonderful water with young children. You may never look the same way at puddles, ocean waves, sinks, clean water projects and Bible stories like the Israelites’ crossing of the Red Sea or Elijah’s visit to the widow.
Blow a little imagination and fun into your summer with this issue. Young children will learn about God's Spirit, pinwheels, flying creatures, swings, wind instruments, a young girl in Malaysia, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton and much more.
Help young children understand the true meaning of Easter. The April issue is chock-full of age-appropriate stories and activities that show how Jesus brings new life. Children will learn that as followers of Jesus, we are called to share that life with others.
Find circles, squares, fruits, vegetables, DNA and more. Children will explore shapes, food and love in the world around us. They'll read about Palm Sunday and get a game they can play in church.
Love your neighbor is the theme for the February issue. You'll make a basket to welcome a new baby. You'll read about a child bringing soup to a sick neighbor; Ruth, who helps her family sell tomatoes in Malawi; Alli, who learns when to whisper in church; and Robin Roberts, who talks to God before doing anything else.
The January issue helps children learn that God is with us, helping us, everywhere we go. God can even work through us to help other people. Children will hear how wise men helped Jesus' family with three generous gifts; learn about Dan West, founder of Heifer Project International; and meet Kivai, a young child from Papua New Guinea.
Your children can learn about Advent and Christmas with this special issue, which includes an Advent calendar, a nativity activity and stories about the Christ child. Wonder together about what season it is in Australia, what animals eat in the winter and how we are similar to and different from others who share our names.
Children and adults can read about thanking God and living with a sense of gratitude. Children will learn about times to give thanks. They'll learn about Jesus' parable of a king who said thank you. And they'll find other stories about friends, moving, worship, Rosa Parks and letting your light shine.
Use this issue to talk with your child about God’s gifts. Children will learn about God’s gifts: a savior, Jesus Christ; Ten Commandments to help us live with each other and with God; the gifts of the Spirit; and more. They’ll also hear a big brother explain confirmation to his little sister at Halloween.
Ride, roll and zoom with young children through the September issue. God goes with us everywhere: to school, to visit friends or to explore on bikes and scooters. Children will fly “helicopters.” The will meet Ruth, Naomi and Jonah from the Bible, as well as Pearl from Iowa, each of whom traveled with God to faraway places.
Use the July/August issue to talk with children about holding on to God in times of happiness and difficulty. Children will meet Jacob, who wrestled with God and held on, and Jhariff, a boy in Peru who takes karate lessons. They'll read about gardeners, plant seeds, and much more!
You'll have many opportunities in the May/June issue to talk with your child about why we call God the Creator. Here are creation-related stories, prayers and profiles of folks from naturalist John Muir to Faradja, an orphan in Tanzania.
The April issue helps children learn about Palm Sunday and make praise branches. Children and adults can read and sing about the good news of Easter. Along with rainbows and tulips, they’ll find stories about a boy who plays in Haiti and a girl who made a 57-cent gift in the late 1800s that inspired a new church, university and hospital.
Water. We drink it. We can swim, fish and baptize people in it. Water is life. In this month's issue, children will sing "Michael, Row Your Boat," and hear about Jesus and the woman at the well, a Christian swimming champion, Noah's big boat and much more.
Young children will delight in the vibrant art and accessible text of the February issue, “Following rules.” From exercising penguins and a preschool to the first people God created, here are ways to consider with children: How do good rules help us? What are good rules that help you?
Use the January issue to talk with children about using their unique gifts and what makes them special. Count the gifts wise men brought to Jesus, sing and make musical instruments. Meet Magreth from Namibia and a little boy who grew up to become Mr. Rogers, telling children around the world, 'You are special.'
In the December issue of the magazine, children can search for Jesus in the manger, make a Santa Lucia crown and sing and sign “Joy to the World.” They’ll help adults “read” pictures telling the story of Jesus’ birth, meet Hannah from India, and hear about Sunday-schoolers who share gifts for children in need.
Use the November issue to tell children about Jesus' loving welcome for all children. Children can also learn a special prayer to say every morning, bake chapati bread and sing their thanks at Thanksgiving time.
God cares for all of us throughout our lives, the October issue tells children. Young children can read about God’s care for people who are sick, who are well, who run races or who serve in a family member’s wedding (a flower girl in the wedding at Cana).
Use the September issue to make a God’s eye and talk with children about the fact that God is always with us and sees us with love. God is with us when we, like Abraham and Sarah, move to a new home. God is with Vilje from Norway at bath time. God’s loving eye was on Henry Muhlenberg when he played church as a boy and when he became a pastor in colonial America.
When you're with a young child, you may often find yourselves exploring the senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Use this issue to explore what children see in everyday moments and in Scripture, and to imagine what God sees.
Happy Pentecost: It's your birthday! You are part of the church, and many people think of this day as the church's birthday. Read the May/June issue of the magazine with children to talk about Pentecost, the Spirit and loving each other.
Adults can use this issue to tell children the story of “God’s surprise” for us — Jesus’ life, from birth to resurrection. You’ll also make resurrection dough, hear about Daniel and the lions, meet two little girls living in France, and pray your thanks to God for creating us and waking us up each morning.
Sometimes children feel the warmth of lots of attention. And sometimes they feel left out. Use the March issue to help children know they are special and God loves them. Read about a little brother who feels forgotten, a child who wants to be bigger, a musician who gets people to sing, and ways you can include your friends in prayer.
"Not fair!" a common theme for children, is also the theme of the February 2010 issue of the magazine. Read about how God helped famous biblical siblings who struggled with "fairness" — Joseph and his brothers; Martha and her sister. Children and adults will also learn about reformer John Calvin as a child, Cambodia and more!
Children and adults can use this issue to talk about their friends. What does a good friend do? How is God a friend? How is praying to Jesus like talking to a friend? You can also read about King Solomon building a temple, hear how a deaconess was a friend to lonely people, make a friends tree and pray thank-yous to Jesus for all of your friends!
Children and adults can learn about Advent as the time when we wait for Christmas. You’ll read about Jesus’ birth, help Mary sing a lullaby to Jesus, hear about a nativity play, ride along on a singing Christmas train, make special ornaments and more!
Grandparents matter. With the November issue, help young children give thanks for grandparents and other older adults in their lives. Read about a visit to Gram and Gramps, helping Grandpa farm, going to church with a grandparent and staying in contact with a faraway grandparent.
As you read this issue of The Little Lutheran, talk with children about how, because God first loved us, we love God and others.
Children will learn about God's welcome for them in the September 2009 issue. Related stories and activities focus on Sunday school, families, Jesus, two sisters who became missionaries to China and more.
Teach your child that sharing is a cause for joy, not guilt. In the July/August issue, children will hear how God shares with us and calls us to share with others. Stories include: “I have a little lunch” (Jesus feeds 5,000 people with a little boy’s lunch) and more.
In the May/June 2009 issue of The Little Lutheran, children hear that Jesus stays with us — when we are lost, when we are sick, during storms and when we play. Sing and sign "Jesus in the Morning," make a sailboat, and get a ritual to use after bad dreams.
Teach your child to "tell God's story" with the April issue of The Little Lutheran. Read "Down a long road" and talk about the Easter story. Send someone a letter with good news about Jesus' love. Sing and sign "Yes, My Lord Is Risen." And learn about other children who have learned to tell God's story.
Thank God for spring as you laugh and dance in the rain! Learn about Jesus' baptism — and yours! Meet Ka Auk, a 5-year-old who lives in Cambodia. Take a walk in melting snow by the river. Sing "Jesus Calls Your Names." Meet Lois, who liked to draw. Celebrate change with your family. Watch seeds grow.
Pray with crayons and celebrate that God made only one of you! Meet Lucy from Kenya — she is God’s child, just like you. Use a special ritual to ease goodbyes (both every day and special transitions). Sing “Itsy Bitsy Baby” and enjoy Psalm 51.
Share prayers about noodles and snow angels. Hear how Samuel listened to God. Learn that Martin Luther King Jr. loved people who didn’t love him back. Meet Nicolle, from Peru, who comes down a mountain to go to church. Remember your baptism with a bathtub ritual.
Celebrate Jesus’ birth by ringing bells and shouting “Hooray.” Read about a grandfather who shares his old Nativity scene with his grandson. Talk about what sheep might have seen when Jesus was born. Meet Sama, a little girl who lives in Jerusalem, and Frances, who invented special Christmas ornaments called Chrismons. Share a ritual about waiting during Advent, the four weeks before Christmas.
In the November issue, children learn about the ten sick people Jesus made well, and the one who came back to say "thank you." They learn about two American boys, Frankie and Liam, who give a gift to help Coumba, in Senegal. They also meet Mark Manary, the peanut butter doctor.
Children learn about God’s everlasting love for us; how Paul encouraged friends in Philippi with a letter; how Francis of Assisi cared for animals; and how Griselda, a young Lutheran in the Honduras, shares God’s love and welcome with a family guest. Children can do a ritual with their pets or stuffed animals and write a letter that shares God’s love.
Children learn about God’s love and forgiveness, and the forgiveness and love they can offer siblings, playmates and others. Read about a little brother who loves and annoys his big sister, Desmond Tutu’s fight against apartheid, the Tower of Babel and more. Activities/rituals teach that God is with them when they are scared and can help them cope with heavy, sad feelings.