Wednesday
Oct192011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Blessings of Generosity

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that further highlights the lesson objective: “Gain an understanding of generosity as based on Scripture: why it is that one gives to others, and the benefits to one’s spirit and heart that are gained through giving; study and memorize Bible verses that encourage giving.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1a)

Listen to and sing along with Done It Unto Me.”

Look up “generosity” in a dictionary to help the children understand the use of this word in the study.

ReadThe Rock in the Road.”

In your own words rewrite Proverbs 19:17 and relate it to a recent experience your child or someone you know has had. For example, “Melissa helped Daddy weed the garden, and Jesus will bless her for her helpfulness.” Or, “Jack played checkers with his elderly neighbor who visited, and God rewarded Jack with happiness for showing kindness.”

ReadHot Dog.”

Do the three activities listed inDid It to Me.”

ReadThat’s My Cow in There!

Look up Psalm 37:25–26 and Psalm 112:5.

ReadAn Important Race.”

Look up 2 Corinthians 9:7. Talk about how this verse applies to the story “An Important Race.” You can also discuss how Bobby didn’t have to give up his chance to win and God wouldn’t have held it against him if he had instead decided to go on and win the race. But because of the decision Bobby made, he was blessed.

Memorize: “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).

Practice generosity by looking for ways to put these principles of generosity into action. (Here are two sites with some helpful ideas for teaching generosity to your children: “22 Ways to Teach Generosity to Children: Part 1” and “22 Ways to Instill Generosity in Children: Part 2.”)

Additional reading and classes:

Roshna’s Gift to Give

Generosity: Bible Stories

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1a

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

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Blessings of Generosity (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Blessings of Generosity (Portuguese)

Friday
Oct142011

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Learning Patience

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on learning patience. It highlights the following lesson objectives: Learn of historical characters who exemplified the virtue of patience, and identify ways to emulate this quality; study and memorize scriptures on the importance patience plays in one’s life. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Patience-2ad)

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ReadPower-Up Devotional #7: Spirit Fruit: Patience.” This article highlighted three different aspects of patience that may be difficult: patience with others, patience with oneself, and patience with God’s plan for our life. Talk about the areas in which it may be difficult for you to practice patience; conclude with what helps you during times when it’s difficult to be patient.

Take two minutes, and see who can come up with the longest list of Bible characters who needed to wait a long time before God revealed to them His plan for their lives. Afterwards, compile your lists and pick a few characters you are most interested in and read their stories before bed or for devotions over the course of the next few days. (You can expand this brainstorm by including historical characters who also needed to practice patience before they could see the fulfillment of their desires.)

Read one or more of the stories/passages from the Bible on patience, using the included discussion questions.

Memorize “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 NLT).

See if you and the children can come up with a few times in your lives when God had something special planned for you, but there was a waiting period involved.

Do the activity in “In Relation to Eternity.”

Just for fun, here are three object lessons on patience that you can do with your children.

Pray for patience, asking Jesus to help you develop this fruit of the Spirit in specific areas that you would like to become more patient in.

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

 S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Patience-2ad

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

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RTF: Plan de clase nivel 2: Aprender a tener paciencia (Spanish)
RTF: Plano de aula para o Nível 2: Aprendendo a Ter Paciência (Portuguese)

Monday
Oct032011

0–5 Lesson Plan: Slow to Become Angry

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on controlling one’s temper.

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ReadSlow to Become Angry.”

Discuss how when we say things in anger, we can hurt others by our unkind and thoughtless words. This is why the Bible says, “The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire” (James 3:5 NLT). Talk about how even small words can set off big emotions, how an unkind word can cause someone to cry, and how a kind and gentle word can make someone’s day.

WatchStay Sweet.” This video features ideas of what to do when faced with a situation where it could be easy to lose one’s temper.

Memorize the verse “A gentle answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1 NIV). You can help your children write this verse in their notebooks or somewhere easily visible throughout the day.

ReadLove Focuses on the Good.” Do the action on the last page of this article.

WatchI Get Along with My Brother.” Brainstorm ways to resolve common conflicts that arise with your child. It may be good to discuss how when you are feeling angry or upset, that probably isn’t the best time to try to talk to the friend or peer causing the upset. Waiting till one is calmer, or talking about one’s feelings with a parent or teacher can also help to set things right.

ReadHow Do We Love Others?” Do the action on the last page of this article.

Additional material: Read “Picking Fights,” “The Funky Fox,” or “Expressing Anger Hastily” for Bible stories and discussion questions on this topic, here.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities for 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

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DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Slow to Become Angry (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Slow to Become Angry (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Sep212011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Who Is God? Part 3

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that further highlights the lesson objective: Learn how the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; study and memorize Bible verses upon which this principle is based. (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundsation-1b)

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Listen to “Joyful Singing.”

Read page 1 of How should I interact with God?

Color the picture Worship the Lord with Reverence.” On another paper draw and color a picture of your head or cut out a photo of yourself and glue it on top of the boy in the picture as he is reverencing God (in the picture). Post the picture on your bedroom wall as a reminder to show God reverence.

Read page 2 of How should I interact with God?

Think about something you or your family need or would like to have. Now take time to ask God to supply this. Remember to start by showing Him appreciation for all He’s done for you already.

Read page 3 of How should I interact with God?

Pray for a friend, parent, or teacher, concerning something they need help from God to be able to do. After you have prayed, consider writing him or her a note of encouragement, letting that person know you are praying for him/her.

Read the Bible story about King Josiah (2 Kings 22–23:4), who honored and obeyed God and was blessed for leading his people in God’s ways. For a simple review of this story and four coloring pages, see “King Josiah.”)

Read pages 4–5 of How should I interact with God?

What Bible stories can you think of where people showed reverence to God, and He blessed them with protection and provision?

Possible answers:

  • Noah revered God, and God led him to build an ark to save his family and many animals (Genesis 6–8).
  • Rahab showed her reverence of God by protecting the Israelite spies. God saved her and her house when the walls of Jericho fell down (Joshua 2 and 6).
  • The people of Nineveh believed the message God gave them through Jonah, that He would destroy them for their evil ways, and they repented and showed reverence to God by fasting and praying in sackcloth and ashes. God then saved the people of Nineveh. (Jonah 3).
  • Paul and Silas revered God by singing songs of praise, despite their pain and imprisonment, which resulted in a tremendous witness and their miraculous release (Acts 16:23–36).

As a follow-up study, you can choose one (or more) of these Bible stories to further reinforce the principle of reverencing God.

Quiz yourself to see what you learned from this class:

  1. We should worship the Lord with __________. (Hint: Page 1.)
  2. Showing reverence to God is a key to having all of our ______ met. (Hint: Page 2.)
  3. True or false: God gives inner strength to those who reverence Him. (Hint: Page 3.)
  4. True or false: God guards and protects those who reverence Him. (Hint: Page 4.)
  5. “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will arise with __________ in its wings” (Malachi 4:2 NIV). (Hint: Page 5.)
  6. True or false: God often ignores us when we look to Him for guidance about what is right or wrong. (Hint: Page 6.)
  7. Which of the following are examples of reverencing God:
  • Arguing with your mother.
  • Thanking God for the food.
  • Complaining that you don’t have a computer game that your friend plays and that you want to have too.
    Doing your best to do the things God tells you to do in the Bible.
  • Happily helping your father with the yard work that he asked you to do.
  • Admiring the qualities God gave your pet lizard.
    (The examples are found in b, d, e, and f.)

Reverence God when sitting or lying down in a comfy place while listening to “The Rotunda of Heavenly Vision” and taking time to reflect on God’s power and awesomeness!

Pray The Lord’s Prayer (“The Lord’s Prayer—From the Heart of Children”).

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundsation-1b

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

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DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: ¿Quién es Dios? 3ª parte (Spanish)
DOC: Plano de aulas para o Nível 1: Quem é Deus? 3ª Parte (Portuguese)

Friday
Sep162011

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Super Traits for Super Students

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on character traits that enhance study skills. It highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn various skills associated with successful learning.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills 2-b)

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Have your child brainstorm all the character traits he/she thinks contribute toward being a successful student. Make a list. Next, read “Character Traits of Super Students.” See how many traits your child listed were in the article you just read.

Talk about your child’s studies. Start with highlighting the subjects that your child enjoys studying; talk about the subjects he’s mastered and the character traits that have helped him to learn and master those subjects. Briefly discuss subjects that your child may have more difficulty with. Ask your child to think of any character traits from the article that will help him in mastering any subjects he may be having difficulty in.

ReadThe Value of Making Mistakes.” What character trait or lesson did the boy learn that can also help your child in his/her studies?

Have your child write out Philippians 4:13 on a small piece of cardstock to use as a bookmark in a study book. Encourage the ones so inclined to decorate their bookmark.

Activity: Pick five traits that were listed in “Character Traits of Super Students,” and focus on using one trait per school day during his next week of school. You can have him write out the days of the week along with the traits he’ll be focusing on each day on a piece of paper.

Lastly, don’t forget that success in school and in many other areas of life doesn’t happen instantly! Read “Bite-Sized Goals” for a reminder of the importance of patience and perseverance in reaching your goals.

Prayer: Have the children thank Jesus for a scholastic subject they enjoy, and then also ask Him for help for a subject that they would like extra help with.

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

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills 2-b

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

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DOC: Plano de aula para o Nível 2: Super Qualidades dos Super Estudantes (Portuguese)
DOC: Plan de clase nivel 2: Características fenomenales para estudiantes fenomenales (Spanish)

Wednesday
Sep142011

“Simple Courtesy” Supplement (Character Building: Social Skills: Courtesy-1c)

After reading “Simple Courtesy,” you might want to talk together as a family about ways you can each improve in showing respect to others and being courteous. Maybe you too could plan a way to celebrate your progress later on.

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Courtesy-1c

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DOC: Suplemento de «Simple cortesía» (Cortesía-1c)
DOC: Suplemento de “Boas Maneiras” (Cortesia-1c)

Monday
Sep052011

0-5 Lesson Plan: I Like to Help

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on being a help to others.

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WatchHappy Helper.”

ReadBright Pebbles: Lend a Hand.” Recall some way that your child has helped you in the recent past, and tell him/her a specific reason for how happy that made you.

ReadBright Pebbles: Caring for Things Big and Small.”

Talk about the chores that you (the parent) do around the house to keep it clean and tidy. If your child doesn’t have any chores, take a few moments to talk about what chores he/she can take on. Print out “My Weekly Chore Chart” as a way to help keep track of your child’s chores. Decide on a reward if your child does his/her chores diligently and cheerfully for one week. You could also hint at, and plan for, an extra reward if the child doesn’t need to be reminded.

Watch the video “Helpful Habits.”

Discuss how, at first, it’s difficult to learn new habits—like remembering to do your chores or being cheerful when asked to help. But after a while you will be remembering more often, and forgetting less often. Compare this with another habit that your child has successfully learned.

Memorize the verse Galatians 6:2.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities for 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

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DOC: Plan de clase 0-5: Me gusta ayudar (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: I Like to Help (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Aug172011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Who Is God? Part 2

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that further highlights the lesson objective: “Learn who God is, based on biblical accounts and verses that describe His nature; learn attributes of God.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God-1a)

Read Where Is God?

Activity for those who enjoy drawing: Draw a picture of God sitting amongst the stars and planets, and His feet resting on the planet earth. Write out the verse, “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool” (Isaiah 66:1 KJV).

Read Psalm 139:7–10.

Ask the children if they can think of something they might do that could distance them from God, and talk about how they could draw closer to God after being distanced from Him. Encourage the children to explore a wide variety of times and places to discover if God would be there too. Then draw the conclusion to this by discussing how comforting it is to know that God’s presence and help can be found no matter where they are. 

Read Namba’s Rock.”

Activity: If you can, go somewhere together where each can sit quietly and talk with God like Namba did. Alternatively, brainstorm scenes that your child could think about while lying in his or her bed at night and talking to God before going to sleep.

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Read Where did God come from?

Memorize “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever” (1 Timothy 1:17 KJV), and sing along with the song, “Unto the King.”

Discuss how God is so great that He lives and exists outside of our human understanding, and yet He is also very personal and there for us all the time.

Color the coloring sheet, “The God of love will always be there for us.”

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

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Who Is God? Part 2 (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Who Is God? Part 2 (Portuguese)

Friday
Aug122011

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Mastering Emotions—Comparing

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.

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ReadThe 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.

ReadCut 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.)

ReadSpecial 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)

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

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Contentment-2e

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

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DOC: Plan de clase nivel 2: Dominio de las emociones: Compararse (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Mastering Emotions—Comparing (Portuguese)

Monday
Aug012011

0-5 Lesson Plan: Quick to Obey

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on being quick to obey.

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ReadThe Right Thing to Do.” Discuss the question on the last page of this article.

WatchSong: Do it Now.”

ReadShawnie O’Gray and the Whale.” Your child can also do the activity “Dot to Dot: Shawnie O’Gray and the Whale.”

Talk about the times when it may be difficult to obey right away. Think of some things that could happen when you are not quick to obey (e.g., accidents, missing out on time spent doing other things, not building the habit of obedience, etc.).

WatchMama, I Remembered.”

ReadFleety, the Little Mouse.” Ask your child what actions Fleety took that made his parents happy. (Answer: obedience)

ReadHappy Actions.” Do the action on the last page of this article.

Memorize “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” (Colossians 3:20 NIV)

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities for 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

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DOC: Plan de clase 0-5: Obedecer enseguida (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Plano de aula: Rápido para obedecer (Portuguese)

Monday
Aug012011

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Who Is God? Part 1

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan to teach about who God is, describing His nature through exploring and applying scriptural explanations. (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God-1a) Please note that while the memorization verses have a specific translation version, you can use the Bible version of your choice for the verses listed for memory.

Read Genesis 1:1, John 1:1, and Psalm 36:7.

Discuss what we can tell about God from these verses. (Answers: He created the world, He is the Word, and He loves us.)

ReadGod Is Powerful!

Memorize “[God] has made the earth by His power” (Jeremiah 10:12 NKJV).

                “God is love” (1 John 4:8 KJV).

Activity: With the children, make a list of all the things they can think of that are powerful. Ask the children how God compares to these things.

Have the children imagine combining the power of everything on their list into one. Talk about how even when everything powerful is combined, it is no match for the power of God.

Color page 6 of “God Is Powerful” (“God’s power can be seen in many ways…”).

Song: God of All Flesh

Discuss with the children how God is so powerful that He’s capable of doing whatever we ask of Him that is within His will.

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Read Can we see God?

Memorize “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship” (Psalm 19:1 NLT).

Activity: Look up a chart of constellations, and check out which ones you can see in the sky on a clear night. (Some sites you might find useful for this activity are The Stars Tonight, Constellations for Kids, and Your Sky.)

Read John 1:18.

Read God’s Great Love for Us.

ReadActing God."

Discuss with the children ways they see God in the characteristics Jesus demonstrated while He was on earth. Talk about how as children they can help others see God through their actions and behavior.

Read God in Us.”

Additional activities and discussion points:

Song: God Is Love

“God Is Powerful" Supplement (God-1a)

“Can We See God?” Supplement (God-1a)

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

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DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: ¿Quién es Dios? 1ª parte (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Who Is God? Part 1 (Portuguese)