Teaching Goal: Talk respectfully to others.

Scripture: I Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone. Romans 12:10 Honor one another above yourselves


  1. Balloon
  2. Marker
  3. String
  4. Open Area

I. Play theme song

II. Pray

III. Review Last Lesson

IV. Lesson and Discussion

Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.

A. The Bible tells us to show proper respect to everyone and to honor one another above ourselves. We want to create an atmosphere of honor and respect within our family. There are many ways to show respect and to honor someone: a smile; a pleasant tone of voice; and the words we use.

You will hear me say, “Don’t use that tone of voice with me.” Or, “Ask nicely.” Today, we’re going to play a special game of volleyball that will help us use words that show honor and respect to each other.

First we need to make a list of these words because we’re going to need them to play the game. Let me give you a couple examples of what I’m talking about and then everyone can add to the list. Thank You. Please. Yes, Mom. Acknowledge all positive answers but keep only the short ones for purposes of this game. More examples:

  • Thank You
  • Please
    Yes Mom
  • Yes Dad
  • Pardon Me
  • Nice
  • May I
  • In a Minute
  • Good Point
  • Of Course
  • Honey
  • You’re Welcome
  • Great Job
  • No Thank You
  • Right Away
  • Excuse me
  • I’m sorry
  • Forgive Me

B. ACTIVITY: Blow up the balloon. Write the words from your list on the balloon. Create a “net” in the open area by tying a string between two chairs.

Hit the balloon volleyball back and forth over the net. Each time you hit the volleyball you need to say one of the words from your list that is written on the balloon. If someone comes up with a new phrase like “nice shot” then use the marker and add it to the balloon.

Throughout the coming week, point out when someone uses an honoring, respectful word.

V. Memorize

Use words that reflect Honor and Respect

VI. Close In Prayer

VII. Pass It On: Make an extra copy of this lesson and pass it to another family.


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