Friday
Aug092019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Town of Capernaum

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 45- to 60-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The Town of Capernaum.” It goes with the lesson objectives “Learn the major stories of the New Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1e); and “Learn of the benefits that loving others brings both to oneself and to others” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: God’s Only Law Is Love-1e).

Read Cities of the Bible: The Town of Capernaum.”

Locate Capernaum on a map.

Read Matthew 9:1. Ask your child why he thinks Matthew referred to Capernaum as Jesus’ own town. (We can only presume since the Bible doesn’t tell us why.)

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: A Soldier’s Great Faith” or read Luke 7:1–10.

Discuss the faith that was shown by this centurion. Jesus answered the centurion’s request without even going to the man’s house. We too can believe like this centurion did; even though we don’t see Jesus physically with us, we can believe that He’s able and willing to answer our prayers.

Read Mark 1:16–20.

Read Mark 1:21–34.

Read Matthew 9:1–9.

Imagine with your child a person lying on a mattress on the floor, someone who is unable to walk. Next, imagine the person being told to pick up his mattress and start walking. Have your child consider how he or she would react to seeing Jesus perform this miracle.

Ask your child what the names are of the four fishermen and the one tax collector from Capernaum who became Jesus’ disciples. (Answer: Simon [Peter], Andrew, James, John, and Matthew.)

Read Matthew 11:20–23 or Luke 10:1–24.

Reflect with your child on ways the people in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum saw Jesus manifest His great love for them through the many miracles He performed and through His teachings. (This map shows the close proximity of these towns.)

Read these excerpts from Matthew 5:1–16 and Matthew 5:38–48 of the Sermon on the Mount, teachings that Jesus gave to a large crowd of people at an area near Capernaum.

Discuss possible reasons why the people of these cities might have rejected Jesus and His teachings. (Possibility: Jesus didn’t stop the Romans from taxing the people, nor did He lead them in battle to chase out the Romans. Instead Jesus taught them to treat their enemies with loving kindness.)

Explain that approximately 70 years later, at the time when the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem, they also destroyed Capernaum and the surrounding towns. Referring back to Matthew 5:38–48, ask your child how things might have turned out if the people in these towns had treated their enemies, the Romans, with loving kindness even though the Romans treated them roughly.

Consider with your child any situation they are aware of in their personal life where deeds of loving kindness could change things for the better.

Additional material:

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1e and Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: God’s Only Law Is Love-1e

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

 

Monday
Jul292019

0–5 Lesson Plan: In God’s Garden, Part 2

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on God’s love and care for His children and the benefits of the guidance and instruction one receives in life.

Read More Magnificent than Trees.”

Talk with your children about the gifts and qualities that they are blessed with, and take a moment to thank God for those gifts or qualities.

ReadPruning for Growth.”

Think of one area or skill that needs additional work and how discipline and training would be important when working on something that is challenging. Discuss why it is important to work on something that might be difficult (e.g., it teaches perseverance, helps improve a needed albeit difficult skill, etc.). Also discuss how it’s important to receive guidance and instruction for recognizing and overcoming weak points that one might have when developing a new skill.

ReadA Sapling’s Support.”

Ask the children to think of themselves as plants in God’s garden. Discuss some things that would be needed to keep a plant growing healthy and strong, and then talk about how that could apply to everyday life. (For example, a plant needs proper food and a good environment to grow well, just like a child needs a good home environment, nourishment, and care to thrive.)

ReadTend the Garden of Your Heart.”

Select one or more of the following coloring pages for the children to color:

Listen to Building on a Rock” and “Me and You” while your children color.

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Wednesday
Jul242019

Level One Lesson Plan: Exploring God’s Greatest Commandments, Part 1 (of 5)

Note to parent or teacher: This 40- to 60-minute lesson plan is the first of a five-part series of lesson plans that highlight the various aspects of the lesson objective “God’s Law of Love” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Law of Love- a–h).

Read Love, the Greatest Commandment, Introduction.”

Read Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18.

Discover with your child why Jesus considered the most important commandment to be to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

  • Look up 1 John 4:7–12.
  • Explain how loving God connects us with His love for others, giving opportunity for that love to motivate us in how we live and how we treat others.

Explore why Jesus said that loving your neighbor as yourself is related to loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

Review Crazily Cool Card Set: God’s Law of Love,” Matthew 22:37–40. (Note: Consider printing the full page out for reviewing and coloring.)

Read “Off the Charts,” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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Read Love, the Greatest Commandment, Part 1: Give God First Place.”

Discuss how giving God first place includes taking time to study how Jesus showed us through His own life the ways to live and act, and then learning to put His teachings into action in our lives.

Listen to “Audio: Be Ye Kind.”

Read John 1:1–14.”

Review Crazily Cool Card Set: Love,” 1 John 4:7–8. (Note: Optionally, print the full page out for reviewing and coloring.)

Read Jesus Lived Love.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Guidance” and “Standing on God’s Word: The Light.”

Color (or review) “Coloring Page: A Key to a Beautiful Life… .”

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Law of Love- a–h

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International


Monday
Jul082019

0–5 Lesson Plan: In God's Garden, Part 1

“In God’s Garden, Part 1” is a 40-minute 0–5 lesson plan featuring several “In the Garden” articles that focus on God’s love and care and how He helps His children to grow in faith, joy, and contentment.

ReadJust the Right Kind of Care.”

Talk about things that happen in your child’s day that may cause him or her to compare with others; for example, things that a friend or sibling has/received that your child didn’t. Then discuss why things can still be “fair” even when everyone doesn’t have or get exactly the same thing. (Possible answers: (1) Everyone has different needs. (2) Not everyone needs or appreciates the same thing, so rewards and blessings are meted out differently. (3) Sometimes something is more important to someone at a given time—something they have worked hard for and receive as a reward, a replacement for something lost or broken, etc.)

Watch The Garden.”

Discuss the importance of being content with who you are and how you are made. God created each person, and there is something special about each person, and we should praise Him for that uniqueness.

Read A Happy, Healthy Garden.”

Ask the children to think of themselves as plants in God’s garden. Discuss some of the things that would be needed to keep a plant growing healthy and strong, and then talk about how that could apply to everyday life. (For example, a plant needs proper soil and the right environment to grow well, just like people need a good environment and proper food and care to develop properly.)

ReadThe Sun Will Shine Again.”

Talk about something that each child might be struggling with, then brainstorm something that each one can do to persevere through the struggle, and then list what steps can be taken to get there.

ReadCling like a Vine.” 

Tell of a difficulty you struggled with and how your relationship with Jesus grew through it.

Select one or more coloring pages from these options: “Coloring Page: A Happy, Healthy Garden” or “Coloring Pages: Cling like a Vine.”

Listen toMe and You” while coloring.

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Friday
Jul052019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jerusalem

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is an hour-long lesson plan (which can be divided up and studied in three sessions if desired) to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Jerusalem.” It goes with the lesson objectives “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d); and “Understand that God will give courage and provide strength in order for His will to be performed” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2b).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Jerusalem.”

PART 1
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Look up a map and pictures of the Judean Mountains. (Here is an informative Wikipedia article about the Judean Mountains.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:

Read Psalm 76:1–2.

Read Genesis 14:18 and Hebrews 7:1–2 .

View this show about “Abram and Melchizedek.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read Judges 19:10 where Jerusalem is referred to as Jebus.

Read 2 Samuel 5:6–7, 9 about how Jebus (Jerusalem) came to also be known as the “City of David.”

View this short explanation about “Jebus, City of David.”

PART 2
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

Read Joshua 10:1.

Explain that Joshua chapter 10 is both the first place where the city of Jerusalem is mentioned by the name “Jerusalem” in the Bible, and it is also the chapter where the amazing story is told about the sun standing still for one day.

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: The Hoax of the Moldy Bread and the Day the Sun Stood Still.”

PART 3
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 5:

Read 2 Chronicles 3:1.

View this description of “Solomon’s Temple.”

Read page 3 of “King Solomon and the Temple.” (See page 4 for a coloring page.)

Read Nehemiah 2:1–6

Listen toAn Audio Bible Adventure: The Man Who Built a Dream” and “An Audio Bible Adventure: In Defense of the Poor.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 6:

Find the State of Israel on a world map. Clicking on the name “Israel” on this map will give you a close-up view.


Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d and Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2b

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Tags: cities of the bible, courage, bible knowledge, great men and women of god, level 2 lesson plan

Friday
Jun072019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Babylon

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Babylon,” that goes with the lesson objective “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Babylon.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Read Genesis 11:1–9 about the Tower of Babel.

REVIEW PARAGRAPHS 2 and 3:

Read the chapters below about some of the adventures of Daniel and his friends in Babylon. After reading them, see if the children can name the four kings Daniel served. (Answer: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus. This information can be found in chapters 1, 5, and 6.)

Match the Hebrew and Babylonian names of the four Hebrew friends (answers are found in Daniel 1:7):

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

View one of these videos about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: “Gift for a Queen” or “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Gardens of Babylon Part 1 and Part 2.

BABYLON TODAY:

View on this map where the ruins of Babylon are found today. Zoom out and you will see the ruins are located south of Baghdad in modern-day Iraq.

View these pictures of a reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum of Berlin, Germany.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Friday
May172019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Why Forgive?

Note to parent or teacher: This is a 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Be able to identify the benefits of forgiveness to both the forgiver and the one forgiven, and how the person who forgives is the one who benefits the most; learn of the detrimental effects on one’s life when forgiveness is not practiced, and how when practiced, it is an important step in overcoming resentment or bitterness.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Forgiveness-2a)

Watch Matthew West’s song: “Forgiveness.”

Ask your child how difficult it is for them to forgive someone, and if they have found it more difficult to forgive some than others. Talk about why this may be.

If your child has had a recent experience with the need to forgive, perhaps you can use this time to discuss the situation and gain an understanding of how your child feels about letting go and forgiving the person who has wronged them. Do they feel ready? If not, what do they feel is missing?

ReadWhy Forgive?

Go over the three points addressed in “Why Forgive?” and ask your child how they can apply either one or each one to a current situation they may be going through that involves needing to forgive someone who has wronged them. The three points to cover are:

  • Forgiveness puts your heart right with God (page 2).
  • Forgiveness heals you (page 3).
  • Forgiveness changes lives for the better (page 5).

They may not have an example of how the current situation has changed a life for the better, but they could imagine how it could. Or together you could think back on another time when forgiveness did make someone’s life better—either your child’s, yours, or the one who needed to be forgiven.

Ask your child, What if the roles were reversed? What if your child needed someone’s forgiveness? What if they have apologized but the person they have wronged doesn’t want to forgive them?

ReadThe Thing about Apologies.” 

Discuss with your child how they felt their apology went. Or if they haven’t yet apologized, after reading this, how do they feel would be the best way to apologize? The story covered three key ingredients (page 4):

  • Regret
  • Responsibility
  • Remedy

See if your child can remember what each one of these means, and if not, go back and read the first part of page four. Go over these key ingredients again and see how they can become a part of the apology that is needed, or if a remedy is needed, together figure out what can be done.

Remind your child that even if the person they have wronged doesn’t forgive them right away, if their heart is in the right place, then they can depend on God’s forgiveness, because God always forgives.

ReviewCrazily Cool Cards Set: Forgiveness.”

Additional material:

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Forgiveness-2a

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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Friday
May032019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh,” that covers the lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a); and “Be able to describe what it means to be judgmental, and the negative effects of such an attitude; identify ways to show compassion rather than passing judgment.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Read Genesis 10:1–11 and help the children find the answer to these questions:

  • Was Nineveh built before or after the flood in Noah’s lifetime? (Answer: After.)
  • Besides being the founder of Nineveh, what else was Nimrod known for? (Answer: Being a great hunter.)
  • What was the ancient name of the region where Nineveh was built? (Answer: Assyria.)

Read 2 Kings 19:31–36 and Isaiah 37:33–37 (For those interested, here is the fuller story in Isaiah 37:10–37.)

  • The historical context

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:

Read Jonah, chapters 1–4 or a shorter version in a children’s Bible.

Reflect with the children about how it must have been for Jonah. The people of Nineveh were known for being cruel and evil, even posing a threat to the people of Israel. Maybe that’s why he didn’t want to warn them. When he finally did, thinking they would be judged, he was disappointed when they repented and were shown mercy.

Ask the children if they have ever been upset at another child who has been unkind to them, and maybe even thought it was unfair when the other child received attention from other friends, family, or teachers rather than consequences. Talk about how in such situations, even if it’s difficult to show the same mercy God shows, we can look to Jesus for help to do so.

Reflect with the children on how the people of Nineveh did not know how to live right (Jonah 4:11). Then talk about how helpful it is for us to have the examples in the Bible, especially in Jesus’ life, of how to live in a compassionate and caring manner.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read Matthew 12:38–41.

Ask the children what similarities there were between Jonah’s and Jesus’ messages to the people, and how these messages helped to change them.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

Find on a map the city of Mosul, where remnants of old Nineveh can be seen today.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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Friday
Apr052019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Village of Emmaus

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The Village of Emmaus,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn of the historical backings to the life of Jesus, His death on the cross, and His resurrection.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-2a)

ReadCities of the Bible: The Village of Emmaus.”

Check out the possible location of the village of Emmaus on a map. The village no longer exits, but some believe it might have been located where it is shown on this map.

Look up Luke 24:13–35.

Read Luke 24, verses 13–16.

Ask your child for ideas of why these two disciples didn’t recognize Jesus at first. Some possibilities could be:

•    They knew He had died, so it didn’t occur to them that this could actually be Jesus, Himself.
•    They were not among His closest 12 disciples and perhaps didn’t see Him up close or long enough to remember how He looked.
•    In those days, there was no video or even photographs to help become familiar with how someone looked.

Read Luke 24, verses 17–24.

Imagine with your child the pain and disappointment Jesus’ followers must have experienced when He died, and how their hopes had been dashed for the country of Israel to be restored by Jesus. Then imagine with your child the added confusion His disciples might have experienced when His body had disappeared, thinking it might have been stolen.

Read Luke 24, verses 25–27.

Follow up by reading Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment, Part 1,” and “Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment, Part 2.”

Read Luke 24, verses 28–35.

Imagine with your child the disciples’ surprise and joy as they suddenly recognized Jesus when He blessed and broke the bread.

View Road to Emmaus.”

Reflect how God can use a small village for such a wonderful story. He can do mighty things with each of us, no matter how insignificant we might feel at times.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-2a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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Wednesday
Mar272019

Updated 2019: My Wonder Studio’s Easter Treasures

An index of all past and upcoming Easter-themed articles

To assist you in building on the Easter celebration this year, we’ve compiled a list of the resources available on My Wonder Studio.

EASTER STORIES

0-5

Level 1

EASTER ACTIVITIES

0-5

Level 1

EASTER-THEMED ARTICLES

Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

EASTER ANIMATIONS AND SONGS

0-5

Level 1

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Monday
Mar252019

0–5 Lesson Plan: God’s Gifts of Salvation and Forgiveness

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 40-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the gift of salvation and the forgiveness that Jesus gives those who ask Him for it.

Read God’s Great Love for Us.”

Talk about things that can be done every day to be a good reflection of Jesus. Ask the children whether it is always easy to do what is right or good, and why one might choose to do something that is wrong, unkind, or hurtful. Explain how Jesus wants to help His children choose to do what is right, and that help is available through prayer.

Read Salvation Is Forever.”

Explain how even though someone may do wrong at times, if he or she comes to Jesus with a sorry heart and asks Jesus for His forgiveness, He is eager to help. Ask the children if there are any things that they could use Jesus’ forgiveness for, then take a few minutes to pray and ask Jesus for His forgiveness and His help to do better next time.

ReadSalvation Is Free.”

ReadBright Pebbles: That Simple,” then complete the “action” on the last page.

Memorize John 3:16.

ReadTwice Mine.”

Listen toMy Little Thoughts on God: Salvation Is a Gift” and color one of the coloring pages.

End by praising Jesus for His love and gift of salvation.

Additional material:

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
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Friday
Mar082019

Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Dothan,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Dothan.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Genesis 37:13–17.

Locate the city of Dothan on a map of Old Testament Israel.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Genesis 37:3–11.

Discuss together what the causes might have been for Joseph’s brothers being jealous of him.

Discuss together what Joseph could have done differently concerning the dreams he had.

Explore what steps the brothers might have taken to overcome their understandable jealousy in this difficult situation:

  • They could have ignored Joseph when he began to boast.
  • They might have talked with their father directly about why they felt jealous, telling him how they felt he loved the youngest sons more than them.
  • They might have also told their father how they were hurt by Joseph boasting.
  • It’s possible they took these steps but their father wasn’t able to stop Joseph from bragging. If so, the brothers could have focused more on being thankful for good things in their personal lives and not as much on these difficult issues. Though this would not have solved the problem, it would have made it easier to bear.

Read Genesis 37:12–36.

Point out how originally the brothers had not planned to sell Joseph, and how the oldest brother, Reuben, protected Joseph by having him put in the pit instead of being killed as the others were planning to do.

Discuss how due to the brothers not having dealt with their jealousy of Joseph, they now acted out on it. Explain why it’s important to talk about negative experiences or conflicts with a parent, counselor, or teacher who can help to work out a solution or even just to express a conflict with a responsible individual who can help one navigate difficult situations and emotions. By talking with someone responsible, it allows one to get input on possible steps to take to rectify the situation or look for ways to deal with hurt or misunderstanding.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read 2 Kings 6:8–23 or “Elisha’s Secret Army.”

Recall together the following points from the story:

  • three miraculous occurrences,
  • one act of mercy,
  • the conclusion.

Talk about God’s mighty power that is available for us to call on for help, and how even if we don’t see specifics that show us it is God’s intervention, we know that He’s at work giving us the assistance we need, just as He was there for Elisha and the people of Dothan.

Talk about the power of the mercy shown to the members of the Syrian army.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

View a picture of Tell Dothan in recent times, found here. (You can follow this link to other pictures of Tell Dothan.)

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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DOCX: Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan (Spanish)
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