Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on comparing. It highlights the following lesson objective: “Recognize thoughts that are rooted in envy, covetousness, greed, and discontent, and the negative effects such thoughts can have on one’s happiness; learn what steps to take in order to be content again.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Contentment-2e)
The general target age for this lesson plan is 8 through 12. You can, however, adapt, simplify, or expound on this lesson plan to better suit your child’s comprehension level.
Read “The Comparing Debate.”
Discuss together how thinking about what you have compared with what someone else has can lead to negative emotions and negative comparisons. Possibly share a personal experience along this line.
Read “Cut Down Rosa!”
Talk about how Veronica’s unhappiness in “Cut Down Rosa” was due to her comparing negatively with Rosa. Talk about how comparing causes one to be unhappy and dissatisfied with what one has.
Look up and read from the Bible these verses about God’s wisdom and love for every one of His creations: Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 55:8–9, Romans 8:32, Psalm 139:16, Luke 12:7. Read a verse, and then pause to reflect on it. Then talk about each verse in your own words and what it means to you.
Discuss with your child various activities that he/she can do when he/she feels discontent. (For example, memorize Bible verses on contentment, write out a list highlighting positive aspects of whatever he/she is having difficulty with, etc.)
Read “Special Gifts.” Discuss the gifts and talents that your child has, or has the potential to develop.
Memorize “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” (1 Timothy 6:6–8 NIV)
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Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
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