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0–5 Lesson Plan: Whine or Shine?

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on thankfulness and overcoming whining and grumbling.


Watch Way to Wake Up.”

Discuss how it’s not fun to be around someone who whines or grumbles. Compare grumbling and whining to a smelly sock, or anything very unpleasant that your child dislikes being around. Highlight what kind of attitude people do like to be around.

Watch Look on the Bright Side.”

Talk about how it can be easy to focus on the things that go wrong, but that happiness comes when you choose to focus on the good instead.

Read and/or memorize the rhyme on Poster: Think on the Good.” A coloring page for this poster is available here.

ReadBright Pebbles: So Much to Be Glad For.” Do the action activity on the last page of this article.

Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (TLB): “Always be thankful!”

ReadPoem: My Happy Sunbeam.” The coloring book for this poem is available here.

Play the song “Sunny Sunbeam” while the children get up and dance to it (and/or enjoy it throughout the day while doing other activities).

WatchVideo: The Power of a Smile.”

Optional activity: Take a piece of cardboard or stiff paper, and cut it into a large circular shape to represent a sun. In the center of the circle, write “How to Get to the Bright Side”—and list ideas of things your child can do when he or she is feeling down. String a hole at the top of the circle, and hang it in a place where this craft can be easily seen. 

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International


DOC: Plan de clase 0–5: Refunfuñante o resplandeciente (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Whine or Shine? (Portuguese)

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Reader Comments (1)

Thank you for getting these lessons plans together, appreciate it very much, they are very helpful
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRahul

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