Draw closer as a family this month with the May Family Connections Calendar and Scripture reading plan. Each month includes simple and easy ways to connect as a family as well as a Scripture plan to read aloud together.
It’s a new month and a fresh opportunity to connect with your family in meaningful and intentional ways. April ushers in plenty of spring activities with warmer weather appearing and more time spent together as a family outdoors.
Each month, you will receive a calendar with thoughtful, yet intentional, activity ideas for your family that doesn’t require much preparation and are almost always free!
You will also receive a Scripture reading plan to read aloud one chapter from a specific book of the Bible together.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these calendars:
Family Activity Calendar
Included in the activity list are seasonal appropriate ideas as well as conversation starters to have at mealtimes.
These are simple and easy activities to do with your family no matter what season or stage you are in. They can also be adapted to meet the needs of your specific family.
Don’t have kids or are an empty nester? Connect with your spouse with some of these ideas!
Have itty bitty little ones? Older children or teens? There are plenty of ideas that appeal to all ages!
Are you single? Grab a friend or serve your neighbors and family with some of these ideas!
The best part of this calendar is that it is designed to help you and your family better connect this year. So whether you do 2 things off the list or all 31, the point is that you are being intentional!
How to Use
Print off the list and stick it on your refrigerator or place near your family command center. Go through the list today and pick at least 5 activities and schedule them on your family calendar.
Almost all of the ideas are free or require things you probably already have on hand in your home. Some do require a little bit of preparation and making room in your calendar but get your family on board to help with the planning!
You can also just pick and choose the activities that best fit into your family’s schedule and routine. Maybe this list even gives you some new ideas!
Make this connection calendar work for your family and watch how just a few simple activities can really draw your family closer together!
Family Scripture Reading Plan
Perhaps the best way you can connect as a family this year is to spend time reading the Bible together.
Not a children’s Bible but the actual Word of God.
The results were profound and it seriously convicted me to read the Word aloud to my kids too. But sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to start.
This family reading plan makes it simple for you!
Each day you only have one chapter to read aloud. That’s it!
Five days of chronological Scripture reading with a selected Psalm or Proverb for the weekend and a built-in Grace Day because we all know life is unpredictable and busy!
How to Use
Print off the Family Scripture Plan and place in your family Bible, your Bible book basket, or somewhere you and your family will see every day.
Pray together as a family before you read the Bible aloud and then just read.
If your children are old enough, take turns reading aloud or you can even use the YouVersion Bible app to listen to Word if reading aloud is hard.
Both the Family Connections Calendar and Scripture Reading Plan are free to download when you sign up for the email list and then once a month, the new calendar will be delivered straight to your inbox!
I pray these simple ideas and passages from the Bible help draw you and your family closer together this year as well as water those seeds of faith.
Here’s a peek at May’s calendars:
May Family Reading Plan
This month, we will head back to the Old Testament and read through the book of Joshua on the weekdays with Psalms 19-22 on the weekends.
May Family Activities & Discussion Questions
- Make a list of any graduations, special recognition, or anyone celebrating special days this month. List out ways your family will honor those individuals and write them on the calendar.
- Visit the library and check out spring themed books on flowers, Mother’s Day, butterflies or any other spring-themed topics.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: What teacher or coach has made a lasting impact on you this year? Why?
- Plan, purchase, and plant spring and summer flowers or plants in planters to place on the porch, patio or in a flower bed in your yard.
- Invite some friends over to share in a Taco feast with a loaded taco bar and other festive treats
- Write in one child’s memory journal or write a letter to a family member
- Spend an evening intentionally praying over one another in your family.
- Write a letter or note of appreciation to your children’s teachers, coaches, or group leaders from this school year. Have your children make their own cards too.
- Pick out Mother’s Day cards to mail to grandmothers, aunts, friends, or the women in your life.
- In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, sit down with your children and discuss how you will plan on blessing your teacher’s at the end of the year.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: What is one way you saw God working in your life this school year?
- Go to the Farmer’s Market together as a family to explore and pick up some yummy fresh produce.
- For Mother’s Day, go to brunch together as a family after church.
- Bring bright and cheery spring flowers to an elderly neighbor or relative who can’t get out much.
- Take your family book basket outside and spread out a blanket and read on the grass.
- Spend the day intentionally taking real-life photos to capture those precious everyday moments.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: What is a favorite memory from the school year?
- For a special family dinner, it’s pizza and ice cream night! Make it at home or go out for a fun dinner together.
- As a family, mow and take care of an elderly neighbor’s lawn or friend who can’t get out.
- Invite a family from your church, neighborhood, or community into your home for dinner.
- Write in one child’s memory journal or write a letter to a family member.
- In preparation for summer and time spent outdoors, make a few bottles of DIY bug repellant so you can enjoy time outside without those pesky pests.
- Visit the library and check out books about Memorial Day, why we honor it, and other facts about this holiday.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: How do you want to grow your faith this summer?
- Host a family game night!
- Make a favorite Saturday morning breakfast of pancakes, egg casserole, or homemade cinnamon rolls, then while you eat together as a family, listen to the audio version of the Bible (you can listen free on the YouVersion app)
- Serve together as a family in your church nursery, Sunday school classroom, on the hospitality committee, or wherever your church has a need.
- Purchase an American flag or pull your flag out of storage, or line your walkway or sidewalk with small flags to honor those who have served our country.
- Inventory your summer supplies and make a list of any items you need to purchase for picnics, pool days, park toys, beach towels, first aid kits, etc.
- Go on a bike ride or nature walk together as a family.
- Sort through all the photos you took this month and print off the best ones to place in a photo album or digital photobooks like Chatbooks or Shutterfly.
How are you planning to better connect as a family this year?